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 will find everything you need to know as a racer at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö 2018. Please read this thoroughly as the information is important for your experience before and during the race.

ÖTILLÖ and swimrun is a sport where you have to adapt to nature. This means checking weather forecasts, water temperatures, the type of terrain you will be running in, checking if there are currents or tides on the swims and so on. It is your own responsibility to check all this and be well prepared.

Plan your day together with your team mate, calculate your estimated times on all sections so you know if you need to bring more energy or drink between 2 energy stations on a long run as an example.

Train with the gear you are planning to race with, so you dress accordingly and are used to a towing line if you will use one.

We give you a lot of info about the race course on our web page please study it carefully. You will find maps, times and distances, GPX files, schedule where energy stations are located and what is served at each one.

Come prepared and enjoy the fantastic sport of swimrun! Good luck and have fun!

Race Directors
Mats Skott
Phone no: +46 (0) 735 25 97 01
Email: mats@otillswimrun.com

Michael Lemmel
Phone no: +46 (0) 735 25 97 02
Email: michael@otilloswimrun.com

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
23:59Last day to make team changes for ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö (individual names and team names). These changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com before midnight.
Friday, May 18, 2018
16:30#cleantheocean activity – One hour joint trash search and collect from Race tents
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.
23:59Last day to make team changes for ÖTILLÖ Sprint Utö (individual names and team names). These changes must be sent to lollo@otilloswimrun.com before midnight.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
12:00Race briefing and bib distribution for ÖTILLÖ Sprint Utö – Race area in the harbour Gruvbryggan
13:30Start ÖTILLÖ Sprint Utö
15:00First teams expected to finish
16:25Last teams across the finish line
16:30Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Sprint Utö
14:00-17:00Registration and bib distribution ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series Utö – Race area in the harbour Gruvbryggan
Sunday, May 20, 2018
07:30Ferry departure Årsta Brygga
07:45-09.30Pick up start packs and registration – Race are in the harbour Gruvbryggan
08:30Race briefing – in the tents at race area
10:15Start ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series Utö
13:00Cut-off – Time 5
14:30First teams expected to finish
14:30After-race meal opens
15:40Cut-off – Time 8
16:15Cut-off – Time 9
16:30Prize giving ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 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 Central Station. 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 in the 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 and one at 19:45, these you must pay for.


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. 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 and sign the following:


You must have a valid insurance that covers you when racing. If you do not have one you can purchase The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Insurance, which is a “Swimrun-Athletes-Insurance Program” with a recognized international Insurance Company. It is possible to buy this cover for single events only or for the entire Swimrun season.

Individual events €12,60 – €19,95, Entire season €37,80

Read more what the insurance offers and which swimrun races that are included

Race briefing

The race briefing for the Sprint and World Series event will be in the tents in the race area in the harbour, Gruvbryggan at Utö.

Be on time. MANDATORY for both team members.

  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint – Saturday, May 19th at 12:00
  • Briefing for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series – Sunday May 20th at 08:30
Included in the start pack
  • Swim cap x 2
  • Race map
  • Timing chips, to be returned x 2
  • Race bib to be returned x 2
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away x 2
  • ÖTILLÖ Collapsible cups x 2 – If you already have a cup from previous events, please bring it and use it. If you do not need the new one you get in the start package, you can give it back at the registration.
World Series
  • Swim cap x 2
  • Race bib x 2
  • Race map
  • Timing chips, to be returned x 2
  • ÖTILLÖ Give away x 2
  • Post-race food voucher x 2
  • ÖTILLÖ Collapsible cups x 2 – If you already have a cup from previous events, please bring it and use it. If you do not need the new one you get in the start package, you can give it back at the registration.
Race bib and timing chip

The system we use is a chip that each team member needs to a¬ttach around the right ankle with a Velcro strap and when passing the timing checkpoint your time will be registered. We will have several checkpoints along the course and will be reporting the times live on the website.

We can only guarantee that you will be registered by carrying 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 first aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
  • 2 wet suits
  • 1 compass / watch compass
  • 2 whistles, 1 per person (easy-accessible for both swims and runs)
  • Race bibs to be worn on the outside at all times
  • Swim cap must be worn visible during all the swims
  • Maps
  • 2 Timing chips
Logistic to get to start

The start for both races is close to the race area in the harbour, Gruvbryggan. 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 behind the main tent and in the harbour.
  • If you need to leave clothing by the start line you must put it in a bag and leave at the indicated place by the start. Do not leave valuables as we cannot guarantee its safety.
Cut offs

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

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series Utö 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 or another solution you prefer.
  • We will have water and electrolytes by Precision Hydration at all stations
  • We will have energy bars from Roobar at 1 station on the Sprint race and on 3 stations at World Series race.
  • Beside that we will have fruits and real food.
  • If you need gels, bring your own and carry in your wetsuit.
Time 2Bananas, RoobarPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water
Time 4Precision Hydration Sports Drink, Water
Finish lineBananas, Cinnamon bunsPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water
World Series FoodDrink
Time 2Bananas, Orange, RoobarsPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water, Redbull
Time 4Bananas, Roobars, Boiled new potato saltedPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water
Time 5Bananas, Hot dogs, Gel blocks (vegan)Precision Hydration Sports Drink, Water
Time 6Bananas, Candy, Energy balls (vegan)Precision Hydration Sports Drink, Water, Warm Broth
Time 7Bananas, Roobars, Cinnamon bunsPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water
Time 8Bananas, Orange, Gel blocks (vegan)Precision Hydration Sports Drink, Water, Redbull, Redbull cola
Time 9Bananas, Candy, Coffee, Energy balls (vegan)Precision Hydration Sports Drink, Water, Warm Broth
Time 10Bananas, CandyPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water, Redbull, Redbull Cola
Finish lineFinish line buffetPrecision Hydration Sports Drink, Water
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 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. The fins must be shown at registration for approval

Do not´s at 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
  • 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 several teams of medics 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 the finish line.
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. 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 unseasonably cold weather. 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.

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 media.requests@otilloswimrun.com

During the race we will do a live webcast on https://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, even though 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 award 8 spots to ÖTILLÖ 2018, The Swimrun World Championship. These spots will be awarded to the teams, where no member already has a spot to ÖTILLÖ 2018. If a team does not accept the spot it rolls down to the next team in line. The entry fee must be paid by June 12th 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. Since 2017 there is also a ranking system for the ÖTILLÖ Sprint Series.

Some of the slots to ÖTILLÖ World Championship 2019 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. Read more about how to gain your spot for ÖTILLÖ here.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2018

Teams that finish top 30 in each category (Women/Men/Mixed) will collect points in the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2018. Your team can collect points from all ÖTILLÖ World Series events and the last ÖTILLÖ Sprint of 2018. No other ÖTILLÖ Sprints are included.

NOTE: To get points from the last ÖTILLÖ Sprint you will have to also get points from the last ÖTILLÖ World Series race (be top 30 in your category).

After the last ÖTILLÖ race of the year we will award the best team in each category with €2 500.

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.

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