ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö

Racer information 2020
Pierre Mangez
International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green
National partners
  • Garmin
  • Nocco
Destination partners
  • Utö Värdshus
  • Stockholms Capital of Scandinavia
  • Haninge Kommun

  • Aktiv Skärgård
Suppliers
  • Gococo
  • Precision Hydration
  • CrownHealth
  • Nynäshamns Ångbryggeri
  • Dryrobe
  • Holmstrom

Racer information

Here you will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Utö World Series, Sprint and Experience. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race.

Good luck and have fun!

Race Directors
Mats Skott
+46 (0) 735 25 97 01
mats@otillswimrun.com

Michael Lemmel
+46 (0) 735 25 97 02
michael@otilloswimrun.com

Schedule

Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
13:59 Last day to enter and make team changes for ÖTILLÖ World Series. Changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com.
Thursday, May 21st, 2020
13:59 Last day to enter and make changes for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience races.
Saturday, May 23rd, 2020
11:00-12:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – Race tents, Gruvbryggan
12:30 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ Sprint & Experience – Race tents, Gruvbryggan
13:30 Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Team & Solo
14:00 Start ÖTILLÖ Experience Team & Solo
14:45 First Experience Team/Solo across the finish line
15:00 First Sprint Team/Solo across the finish line
15:10 Cut off at Utö harbour – Time 3
16:00 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint – Race tents, Gruvbryggan
16:30 Last teams across the finish line
17:00 ARK SOULS CLINIC. Tips and gear tricks for the race. Open for anyone. Meet up at the ARK BOX by the race tent.
17:30 #cleantheocean activity – One-hour joint trash search and collect from the race tents
Sunday, May 24th, 2020
07:30 Ferry departure from Årsta Brygga
07:30-08:25 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series – Race tents, Gruvbryggan
08:10 Charter ferry arrives Utö Gruvbryggan
08:30 MANDATORY Race briefing ÖTILLÖ World Series, for all racers – Race tents, Gruvbryggan
08:55-09:30 Registration ÖTILLÖ World Series – Race tents, Gruvbryggan
10:15 Start ÖTILLÖ World Series (subject to change depending on ferry schedule)
13:00 Cut-off at Båtshaket – Time 5
14:15 First team across the finish line
14:30 After race meal opens
15:40 Cut-off at Soccer field – Time 8
16:15 Cut off at Utö harbour – Time 9
17:45 Last teams across the finish line
17:45 Prize giving ÖTILLÖ World Series – Race tents, Gruvbryggan
18:45 Ferry departure to mainland, Årsta Brygga

Travel

The island of Utö is in the Stockholm Archipelago South East of Stockholm. We suggest that you fly to Stockholm Arlanda Airport and from there you can take the Arlanda Express train to Stockholm City Central Station. From the Stockholm Central Station you can take a subway, bus and ferry to Utö.

Use this travel planner and put Stockholm C as your departing station and Utö Gruvbryggan as your arrival station.

If you arrive by car there is a big parking lot at Årsta Brygga where the ferry to Utö, Gruvbryggan leaves form. Use the travel planner above to check the ferry times from Årsta Brygga.

CHARTERED FERRY

We have organized a chartered ferry for the World Series race to Utö that leaves 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 06:31. You can check the route in the travel planner.

The chartered return ferry leaves Utö at 18:45 on Sunday. It arrives Årsta Brygga to match the public bus that will take you to the train station. There are also several regular ferries from Utö in the afternoon.

Accommodation

Book your accommodation with Utö Värdshus, they have all types of living solutions for you. The beds will run out so we recommend you to make your booking as soon as possible.

There is also 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 Saturday to satisfy most needs.

Registration

The registration for the Sprint, Experience and the World Series race will be in the race tents at Gruvbryggan.

  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, May 23rd, 11:00-12:30
  • Registration for ÖTILLÖ World Series – Sunday, May 24th, 07:30-08:25 & 08:55-09:30

All racers have to come to the registration to collect the Start pack. At the registration you will have to display your photo-ID and sign that you accept the rules. If you plan to race with fins you need to bring these so that we can verify that they are in line with the rules.

Included in the start pack

EXPERIENCE

  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib to be returned, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • Race map
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away, 1 per person

 

SPRINT

  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib to be returned, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • Race map
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away, 1 per person

 

SPECIAL GEAR FOR SOLO

  • Safety buoy is optional and you can borrow one at the registration.

 

WORLD SERIES

  • Timing chip to be returned, 1 per person
  • Race bib, 1 per person
  • Swim cap, 1 per person
  • Race map
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away, 1 per person
  • Post- race dinner voucher, 1 per person

 

We care for the environment and encourage you to reuse your Swim cap from our previous events. If you do not need the new one that you receive in the start package, please give it back at the registration.

Mandatory equipment

Mandatory equipment per team is:

  • 1 First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
  • 1 Neoprene wetsuit per person suitable for the current water temperatures. If the water temperature is above 19 degrees Celsius you can choose to not race in a  neoprene wetsuit. If you do so you must use a pull buoy.
  • 1 Compass/Watch Compass
  • 2 Whistles, 1 per person
  • 2 Foldable cups/soft flasks or similar (not your swim cap) to drink from at the energy stations

Mandatory equipment in the Solo classes is:

  • 1 First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
  • 1 Neoprene wetsuit suitable for the current water temperatures. If the water temperature is above 19 degrees Celsius you can choose to not race in a  neoprene wetsuit. If you do so you must use a pull buoy.
  • 1 Compass/Watch Compass
  • 1 Whistle
  • 1 Foldable cup/soft flask or similar (not your swim cap) to drink from at the energy stations

Mandatory equipment that the organisation will supply:

  • Race bibs that must be worn visible all the time during the race
  • Swim caps that must be worn visible during all the swims
  • 1 Map
  • Timing chips, 1 per person

Before start and at the finish line we will randomly select teams for a check of the mandatory equipment. If the teams are missing any of the equipment required, they will get a 15 minute time penalty per item.

Equipment that is not allowed:

  • The maximum size pull buoy that you can have in any ÖTILLÖ race is  32 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm. If you want to have more than one pull buoy the total size cannot exceed 32 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm.
  • No wetsuits can be modified with paint or color that washes off in the water. This will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Swim fins are not allowed if the fin is longer than 15 cm. Measurement is from the toe to the end of the fin.

Rental wetsuits

”Try before you buy”.

Now you have the possibility to rent the Worlds fastest swimrun suits at all ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series events. Book your suit online and pick it up on site at the ARK box. Limited amount of suits per event. If you want you have the option to buy your suit afterwards at a discounted price.
Book your wetsuit here.

For our races in 2020, you can start book your wetsuits in the end of December 2019. Use the same link above.

Rental sites:

  • ÖTILLÖ Malta - November 23 - 24, 2019. Last day for booking November 18.
  • ÖTILLÖ Catalina - February 28 - March 1, 2020. Last day of booking February 10th.
  • ÖTILLÖ Hvar — April 18 - 19, 2020. Last day for booking April 10
  • ÖTILLÖ Utö — May 23 – 24, 2020. Last day for booking May 18
  • ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly — June 6 - 7, 2020. Last day for booking May 26
  • ÖTILLÖ Engadin — July 4 - 5, 2020. Last day for booking June 28
  • ÖTILLÖ Final 15K — August 29, 2020. Last day for booking August 26
  • ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes — September 19 - 20, 2020. Last day for booking September 13

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 10 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

Race briefing

The race briefing for the Sprint, Experience and World Series race will be in the race tents at Gruvbryggan, Utö. Be on time. MANDATORY for all racers.

  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and Experience – Saturday, May 23rd, at 12:30
  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ World Series – Sunday, May 24th, at 08:30

Logistics to get to start

The start for both races is close to the race area in the harbour, Gruvbryggan. Make sure to be there on-time.

  • You have to be in the start box 10 minutes before start
  • Toilets are available next to the start line
  • You can leave your bag on the indicated place at the start. We will not be able to supervise your belongings so if you have any valuables, please bring a lock to your bag.

Cut offs

The ÖTILLÖ Experience does not have any cut-offs.

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint has one (1) cut-off. This is for your safety:

  • TIME 3 at 15:10

The ÖTILLÖ 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 jeopardizing 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.
  • From energy station 2 in the Sprint and energy station 3 in the World Series you will have to use your own collapsible cup, soft flask or another solution you prefer.
  • We will have water and electrolytes by Precision Hydration at all stations.
  • We will have energy bars from Crownhealth at the energy stations in all races.
  • Besides this we will have fruits and normal food.
  • If you need gels, bring your own and carry in your wetsuit. Do NOT throw the wrappers on the ground, leave it in the garbage cans at the energy stations.

Cups at ÖTILLÖ races

In our quest to leave as small of an environmental footprint as possible we have decided to take away the majority of disposable cups during our races. This means that we will ONLY have disposable, paper cups at the first two (2) energy stations at the World Series race and first energy station at the Sprint.

After that we expect you to have your own foldable cup or soft flask to be able to drink. If you don’t have your own foldable cup you will be able to buy one at the race registration.

Race course

If the race organization believe there is a danger for the racers or the organization 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.

Safety

  • 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 racers have to help another racer in an emergency.
  • We have 2 medics and 1 doctor on the course. We also have two stationary medical teams and medical assistance at the finish line
  • Communicate with race officials when help is needed.
  • If you abandon the race you must communicate with race officials as soon as possible and return the timing chip to the ÖTILLÖ tent by the Finish Line (from behind). Do not cross or go close to the finish line with it on.

SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE WORLD SERIES EVENT:

  • You cannot wear a tow rope before the first swim
  • We suggest that you do NOT use a tow rope when running on the rocks.

Swimrun rescue

As a swimrunner you are responsible for your team mate and for others around you. It is your obligation to know how to rescue someone out of the water, how to do CPR and how to use your Mandatory pressure bandage if someone has a bad cut. Here are some good films for you to watch.

Trash

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.

Basic rules

  • 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 meters apart is the maximum distance allowed.
  • The racers have to follow the marked route. If not, you can get time penalty or disqualification.
  • It is not allowed to get assistance from other people than the race organization during the race. Breach of this rule will result in disqualification.
  • It is not allowed to throw trash along the course (The only places are at the 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 NOTS IN UTÖ
  • 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.

Insurance

You must have a valid personal insurance for racing in Swimrun. If you do not have one you can purchase it for the race or for the 2019 season, valid in all the races listed. It is an insurance that will repay your entry fee and travel costs if you have to withdraw prior to the race due to an accident or illness (you have to have a doctor’s certificate).
­Read more and buy your insurance here.

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

We will cover the ÖTILLÖ Utö 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 you 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.

Weather on Utö

In the end of May Utö usually have early Swedish summer weather with warm, calm days and cold nights. 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. The water in the Baltic has very low salinity, some teams will even race without swim goggles.

Spectators, friend and families

We welcome all spectators, friends and families to participate in our events. The races are great to follow as a spectator. All courses are very easily accessible from land and our recommendation is that you rent a bike in the harbour on Utö. That way you can ride around and look at the teams. Make sure to ride safely as you are on open roads, even though they have li­ttle traffic.

You could have lunch at Båtshaket on Ålö where all the teams will pass around lunch-time in the World Series race. Print the race map found on the web page and you will see where to go. 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

The first two men, women and mixed teams where no team member already has a spot for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020 will be awarded a spot. If a team does not want the spot it will roll down to the next ellegible team. If no team wants the spot it goes back to the ÖTILLÖ organisation who are free to do what they want with it. The entry fee needs to be payed at the date set in the invoice.

Swimrun ranking

All teams that finish an ÖTILLÖ World Series race or a race with ÖTILLÖ merit status will receive ranking points, see all merit races here. Check out the races, finish it and get points. If you are not registered, read more about the Swimrun ranking and register here

To be able to participate in ÖTILLÖ The Swimrun World Championship through ranking selection or random team selection, you need to have ranking points. Read more about how to gain your spot for ÖTILLÖ The Swimrun World Championship here.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series

Teams that finish top 30 in each category (Women/Men/Mixed) will collect points in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series. Your team can collect points from all ÖTILLÖ World Series events and ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship.

The winning team in each category will be honored at the last World Series event of the year.

Check out the World Series standings and the new point distribution here.

ÖTILLÖ Merchandise

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

Our partners will be in the event area at the finish line with products on-site.

SIPE

Swimming induced pulmonary oedema (SIPE) is a condition which has gained attention in recent years. In short, due to somewhat unclear mechanism, fluid collects in the lungs, compromising the transfer of oxygen from the lungs to the bloodstream. This results in the following symptoms;

  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased oxygen saturation (which has to be measured with medical instruments)
  • Cough, sometimes with blood

There is ongoing research in the subject, and as the knowledge increases, we will hopefully learn how to better prevent, diagnose and treat the condition.

The current research suggests that the condition terminates in less than 48h. Often it’s enough to stop the activity, remove/open up the wetsuit and get warm. In some cases, oxygen therapy is needed. It’s not fully understood why the condition arises.

There are yet no studies evaluating the long-term effects of SIPE. There is evidence that susceptible individuals may have recurrent episodes of SIPE. There are some medications that may help to prevent recurrent episodes.

If you experience the above symptoms, we recommend stopping the activity and contacting race marshals. If you encounter symptoms during a training session, we recommend seeking medical attention since there are other medical conditions which can manifest in the same way.

Train smart, race hard and take care of yourself and your partner!

International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green