ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Weekend Utö

Racer information
Jakob Edholm
International partners
  • Head
  • Campz Addnature
  • Garmin
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • Mr Green
National partners
  • Apollo
Destination partners
  • Utö Värdshus
  • Stockholms Capital of Scandinavia
  • Haninge Kommun
  • Gococo
  • Lifeproof
  • Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri
  • Precision Hydration
  • Roobar

Racer information

Here you´ll find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Utö. Please read this throughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race.

Good luck and have fun!

Race Directors
Mats Skott +46 (0) 73 525 97 01
Michael Lemmel +46 (0) 73 525 97 02

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
23:59Last day to make team changes (individual names and team names) These changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com before midnight.
Friday, May 26th 2017
18:00One hour presentation of ÖTILLÖ, swimrun, the future of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series. Get together with the founders of Swimrun. Michael Lemmel & Mats Skott. Open for anyone, NOT mandatory. Utö Värdshus.
Saturday, May 27th 2017
12:00Race briefing and Bib distribution for ÖTILLÖ Sprint Utö – at the race area in the harbour.
13:30Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Utö
15:00First teams expected to finish
16:15Prize Giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint Utö
Following the Prize Giving:
Presentation and Q&A on the Vivobarefoot concept by Vivobarefoot Founder Galahad Clark at the event area in the harbour
14:00-17:00Registration and bib distribution open for ÖTILLÖ Utö at the event area in the harbour
Sunday, May 28th 2017
07:30Ferry departure Årsta Brygga
07:45-09.30Pick up start packs and registration at the event area in the harbour
08:30Race briefing – Event area in the harbour
10:15Start ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö
14:30First team across the finish line
14:30After-race meal opens
16:30Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö
18:45Ferry departure to mainland, Årsta Brygga

The island of Utö is in the Stockholm Archipelago South East of Stockholm. We suggest you fly to Stockholm. From Stockholm Arlanda Airport you can take the Arlanda Express train to Stockholm City Centre.

From the Stockholm Central Station you can take a subway, bus and ferry to Utö. Use this travel planner and put in Stockholm C as your departing station and Utö Gruvbryggan as your arrival station.

In the same link you can also check the ferry times if you arrive by car. If so from Årsta Brygga to Utö Gruvbryggan.

The ferries for Utö, Gruvbryggan leave from Årsta Brygga. There is a large parking lot at Årsta Brygga.

Chartered ferry
As you know we have a chartered ferry on Sunday morning at 07:30 from Årsta Brygga. If you plan to take this it fits with a subway train and bus that leaves from Stockholm C at 05:34. Make sure you check well in advance how to do this with this travel planner.

The return chartered ferry is at 18:45 from Utö. It leaves so that it matches the public bus on the other end that takes you to the train station. There are several regular ferries in the afternoon.

Bus to the ferry
As the train service is poor on Sunday morning to get the chartered ferry (departure at 05:35 from Stockholm C) we have organised a direct bus transfer to the ferry from Stockholm Bus Central/City terminalen.

The bus LEAVES at 06:30 for a direct arrival at the chartered ferry at 07:15. The buses will be marked on the departure board as ÖTILLÖ.

You must have a pre-booked ticket as no tickets are sold on-site. You must bring your receipt as proof of payment

100 SEK/person – Book here


Utö Värdshus is fully booked since early winter. However, if you contact them they can help you find accommodation close to the ferry for Sunday morning. Follow this instruction.

There is a camping area less than 1 km from the start.

If you are staying on Utö, the restaurant at Utö Värdshus will have a special dinner formula on Friday and on Saturday to satisfy most needs.


Both team members must come to the registration of either the Sprint or the World Series event

You must bring:

  • A photo ID
  • Proof of insurance
  • A signed and filled out copy of this health declaration
  • If you want to use Fins or a flotation device you need to bring it and get it/them approved according to the rules
  • 1 First aid pressure bandage
  • 2 Whistles

As we take safety seriously we have spent a year developing the first ever Swimrun insurance and we we are extremely proud! It is now available and with World-wide coverage.

You must have a valid Swimrun insurance for the race and for all our races.

If you do not have one you can purchase it for one race or for the whole season, valid in all the races listed. It is a travel and accident insurance and it will also repay your entry fee if you have to withdraw prior to the race (if you have a doctors certificate).

Read more and buy your insurance here

Race briefing

The race briefing for the Sprint and for the World Series race will be in the event tents in the harbour. Be on time. MANDATORY for both team members.

  • Briefing and registration for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint – Saturday, May 27th, at 12 (noon)
  • Registration for the World Series event – Please register as early as possible.
    Saturday, May 27th, 14:00 – 17:00
    Sunday, May 28th, 07:45 – 09:30
  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series – Sunday, May 28th at 08:30
Included in the start pack
  • Swim cap x 2
  • Race map
  • Timing chip to be returned
  • Race bib to be returned x 2
World Series
  • Swim cap x 2
  • Race bib x 2
  • Race map
  • ÖTILLÖ Utö Beanie x 2
  • Post- race dinner voucher x 2
  • Timing chip to be returned
Race bib and timing chip

The system we use is a chip that you attach around your right ankle with a Velcro strap and when you pass the timing checkpoint your time will be registered. We will have up to 11 checkpoints along the course and will be reporting your times live on the website.

We can only guarantee that you will be registered if you carry the chip around your right ankle. It is important that you return your chip after the race. Non-returned chip will be charged 100 €.

  • Your race bib must be worn visible at all times
  • Your swim cap must be worn on all swims
  • Your timing chip must be worn on your right ankle at all times
Mandatory gear

Mandatory gear per team is:

  • 1 pressure bandage
  • 2 wet suits
  • 1 compass or watch compass
  • 2 easy-accessible whistles
  • Race bibs to be worn on the outside at all times
  • Swim cap must be worn visible during all the swims
  • Maps
  • Timing chip
Logistic to get to start

The start for both races is in the harbour, where the ferry comes in. Make sure you are on-time.

  • You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before the start
  • Toilets at the start are found in the harbour
  • You can leave your bags for the Sprint: In the event tent. For the World Series race: In the two lorries by the finish line.

Start area
In the Harbour

The Course
The Sprint course is the same as in 2016. The World Series course has been modified. Make sure you have checked out the new course and also the updated times & distances document found on the race page.

Cut offs

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint Utö does not have any cut-offs.

The ÖTILLÖ Utö World Series has three (3) cut-offs. These are for your safety:

  • Time 5 at 13:00
  • Time 8 at 15:40
  • Time 9 at 16:15

We have cut-offs in our events to make sure that we can have a safe race, these are put in place so that everyone has a possibility to finish before dark and without jeopordizing the safety of others by stretching the safety organization too much. Please respect this and the people enforcing them.

Energy stations

We will have energy and liquid stations along the course as marked in the course map.

  • Please eat and drink what is offered, do not take more as there are others behind you
  • Please re-use your cup instead of taking multiple cups

We will have water and electrolytes by Precision Hydration http://www.precisionhydration.com/ at all stations.

This is what is offered at the different stations:

World SeriesFoodDrink
Time 2Bananas, Candy, Dried fruitPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water, Redbull + Cola
Time 4Oranges, Bananas, Candy, Dried fruitPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water
Time 5Bananas, Sausage, Dried fruit, Energy ballsPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water, Warm Broth
Time 6Winforce Gel, Bananas, Candy, Dried fruitPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water
Time 7Oranges, Bananas, Candy, Dried fruit, Cinnamon bunsPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water
Time 8Bananas, Candy, Dried fruitPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water, Redbull
Time 9Candy, Cinnamon buns, Dried fruitPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water, Redbull + Cola, Warm Broth, Coffee
Time 10Bananas, CandyPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water, Cola
Finish lineRace banquettPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water

If you need more GELS than that, bring your own and carry in your wetsuit.

Basic rules

Basic rules, make sure you understand as we will enforce them.

  • You must have read and understood the rules before you start
  • You race at your own risk
  • The team has to stay together at all times. 10 metres apart is the maximum distance allowed.
  • The teams have to follow the marked route
  • It is not allowed to have assistance from other people than the race organisation. Breach of this rule will result in disqualification
  • It is not allowed to throw trash along the course (The only places are at energy stations). Breach of this rule will result in disqualification
  • The gear that you have from the start has to be brought to the finish
  • FINS – if you plan to use fins make sure that they comply to the new FIN RULE – which means they CANNOT be longer than 15 cm beyond your foot.
  • Do not swim across the harbour at any time, it can be very dangerous.
  • Do not swim across the entrance to the harbour by the red/ green markers, boats go through here and it can be very dangerous.
  • Take care of each other; it is a long and tough course.
  • We have safety boats and are trying to do our best to cover the course.
  • All teams have to help another team in an emergency.
  • We have 2 medics and 1 doctor on the course.
  • Communicate with race officials when help needed.
  • If you abandon the race you must communicate with race officials as soon as possible and return the timing chip at ”RED HUT” marked timing chip at the harbour end of the event area.
SPECIAL NOTE for the World Series event:
  • You cannot wear a tow rope before the second swim
  • We suggest that you do NOT use a tow rope when running on the rocks.
Race course

If the race organisation feels that there is a danger for the racers or the organisation based on weather or other conditions the course can be changed the day before or even in the middle of the race.

Safety is our priority.


We will NOT accept ANY trash along the course. If you throw any trash outside of the provided bins at the energy stations we will disqualify you straight away. Make sure you know how to carry any trash between the different energy stations.

Weather on Utö

In the end of May we usually find early Swedish summer weather. Withwarm, calm days and cold nights. This year it has been a cold spring so make sure you bring clothes to stay warm. It can be anything between 5 – 20 degrees C.

Water temperatures will be between 8 – 11 degrees C depending on where along the course. Make sure you dress with a good wool layer underneath your wetsuit and use a Neoprene cap if you are not used to cold water.

Like everywhere we can have wind, rain and un-seasonably cold. Make sure you bring clothes to handle this.

Salt water. The water in the Baltic has very low salinity. Some teams will even race without swim goggles.

Media production

During each race we make a big media production for social media and traditional media. You will see photographers, reporters and film teams.

If you have any personal media contacts that would like to have material from us please email to pr@otilloswimrun.com

During the race we will cover it LIVE on otilloswimrun.com/live please spread the information to all your friends and family.

We will also use #otillouto to tag our posts, please do so too.

Our images that we post from the race are free to use for you as racers but not allowed for commercial use to promote other products or events.

Spectators, friend and families

We welcome all spectators, friends and families to participate in our events.

The course is very easy to follow by bicycle. These are available for rent in the harbour. Make sure to ride safely as you are on open roads, eventhough they have little traffic.

There is a restaurant right next to the event area in the harbour. If you want to buy food there is plenty there. The post- race food is only for the racers but you can take part as the tent and bar is open for everyone.

NOTE: you may not assist any teams unless if it is a medical emergency. Any other assistance will result in disqualification of the team.

ÖTILLÖ Qualification

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö will awarded 8 spots to ÖTILLÖ2017, The Swimrun World Championship.

These spots will be awarded to the teams, where no member already has a spot to ÖTILLÖ 2017. If a team does not accept the spoit it rolls down to the next team in line. The entry fee must be paid by June 15th to keep the spot.

The Spots will be awarded as below:

  • 3 men
  • 3 mixed
  • 2 women

If any spots are not awarded they belong to the race organisation.

Swimrun ranking

All teams that finish a race which has ÖTILLÖ merit status will receive ranking points. Check out the races, finish and get points.

New for 2017 is that there is also a ranking system for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint Series.

Some of the slots to ÖTILLÖ 2018 will be offered to the teams with the best ranking points on December 31st each year.

Also, for ÖTILLÖ 2018 only teams with ranking points will be able to participate in the random team selection.

ÖTILLÖ Merchandise

As you might know we have some ÖTILLÖ branded goods. These can be found on our website otilloswimrun.com/shop

Both Addnature/Campz and Vivobarefoot will be in the event area at the finish line with products on-site.

International partners
  • Head
  • Campz Addnature
  • Garmin
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • Mr Green