27 JUNE 2017
With a race course held in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin is one of the most original swimrun races to be had. Demanding vertical climbs, glacial cold alpine lakes and beautiful mountain trails will be on the agenda for the 46 km ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series race on Sunday 9 July. Being the first swimrun race organised outside of Scandinavia in 2014, its fourth edition is sold out with 180 teams of two from 27 different nationalities registered. For the shorter 17 km race on Saturday 8 July, no less than 55 teams from 15 different nationalities will take part.
Follow the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin live on social media on 9 July: otilloswimrun.com/live
For the fourth stop of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series, the 46 km scenic but gruelling race course at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin consists of 40 km mountain trail running and 6 km swimming in the cold alpine lakes. There are eight different swim sections, meaning 16 changes between running and swimming. Added to the challenge there is a total vertical climb of 1 570 metres. The highest swim is at 1 900 metres and racing at higher altitude will test every athlete. Warm weather and cold water should also be an important factor to handle with respect.
Despite its tough profile, the race course scenery couldn’t be more idyllic, with emerald blue lakes, cows grazing in flowery fields, snowy white mountain tops and picturesque alpine villages. A true treat for every racer!
Will last year’s overall winners, the phenomenal mixed team Daniel Hansson and Kristin Larsson (SWE), manage to stay in front and take the win again? They will see tough competition in last year’s winners in the men’s class (2nd overall), Swiss Igor Nastic and Jean-Marc Cattori, as well as the men’s second team in 2016, André Hook and Wolfgang Grohe from Germany, who are hungry for a win and have been training hard for this specific race.
Most importantly, whatever level you are at, all the 500 competitors during the weekend (world series event and sprint race) are taking part to experience the fantastic spirit of swimrun: team spirit – always racing in teams of two, respecting nature – leaving only footprints, and spending a great time outdoors.
Eight top teams at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin qualify to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship 2017, on 4 September 2017 in the Stockholm Archipelago: top 3 men, top 3 mixed, top 2 women.
Fast facts ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin 2017
- 4th edition, 9 July 2017
- Total race distance: 45 730 m
- Trail running: 39 805 m
- Swimming: 5 925 m
- Swim sections: 8
- Longest swim: 1400 m
- Longest run: 8 400 m
- Total elevation: 1 570 m positive
- 180 teams
- 27 different nationalities
About Swimrun and ÖTILLÖ
Swimrun is the fast growing sport where you in teams of two alternate trail running and open water swimming along a marked course. There is no time to lose – you run in your wetsuit and swim in your shoes! It is a unique sport and experience as you always race with a partner and the race course is in wild nature. The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship (ÖTILLÖ meaning island to island in Swedish) is the original swimrun race, renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world.
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2017
Six qualifying races to ÖTILLÖ:
- ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, 2 April -17 First edition!
- ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, 28 May -17
- ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, 17 June -17
- ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, 9 July -17
- ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, 1 Oct -17 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2018)
- ÖTILLÖ Swimrun XX – event to be officially confirmed, Nov -17 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2018) First edition!
At each World Series event a sprint race is organised the previous day.
ÖTILLÖ The Swimrun World Championship
- 12th edition on 4 September 2017
- 75 km over and between 26 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago
- Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world
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