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The fifth ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series race of the season and the first qualifier for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020 went fast!

This fourth edition of ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes saw the young french team “Head – Mat/Sudrunning” – Hugo Tormento & Matthieu Poullain pull away after mid-course from the other front teams for an impressive win. The first all- French winning an ÖTILLÖ World Series race. in the mixed and womens category the two winning teams pulled away from the chasing teams from early on in the race. They pushed hard all the way to the finish line with no place to relax until the end. They are all keeping impressive speeds.

ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes is in the area of the thousand lakes (Mecklenburger Seenplatte) just 70 km North of Berlin. The more than 4000 freshwater lakes are surrounded by beautiful Beech tree forests where you feel that you are running in a tunnel of green. The trails are hard-packed sand and fast to run.

THE WINNERS, Hugo Tormento and Matthieu Poullain from France managed to pull away from the leading pack and cross the finish line in Rheinsberg as the first team after 4H 21m 06s (new course record), five minutes ahead of Nicolas Remires (FRA) and Francesc de Lanuza Gimeno (ESP), Team Envol. The very strong Martin Flinta & Jonna Hedbys (SWE) Team Thule Crew/ Head SR finished as first mixed team, with the time of 5:01:39, sixth overall! The first women’s team World Champions Fanny Kuhn & Desirée Andersson (SWE) Team Envol completed an impressive race and finished after 5:04:00. 7th overall.

News cuts for TV

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Please credit the photographer: name/ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes (indicated in the photo)


Ater about mid-race we decided to push as hard as we could to see if we could make a break and then if we would manage to hold it without cracking. We are so happy we managed!” said the thrilled winners Matthieu Poullain & Hugo Tormento Team Head – Mat/Sudrunning(FRA) after finishing as overall winners.

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes World Series course is 42km long of which 34 km are running and 8 km are swimming. The course is hard and fast. Each of the 12 runs are almost flat on hard-packed sand trails through beautiful beech tree forests. The 10 swims are in clean, beautiful lakes where there is very little waves or wind. This in combination makes for a very fast race course which is very challenging as you always have to push it. The course is linear with a start in the beautiful town of Wesenberg and the finish in the town of Rheinsberg, almost straight South.

Water temperatures have been between 16 – 17 degress with alomost ideal conditions. The beech tree forests makes this course almost to a magical experience running in a very linear world. It truly is a unique and original swimrun experience that many teams come back to year after year.

Several teams had to struggle to make it in time for the two cut offs. Some had to abandon along the way. The top teams pushed each other hard, chasing each other in a tight group all the way to the finish line. The level of competition has really exploded!

At all ÖTILLÖ swimrun World Series events teams race in pairs. Using each other’s strengths will push boundaries. The team experience is incomparable and is part of why swimrun is growing so fast in popularity.

114 teams of two from 21 different nations travelled to the 1000 Lakes area to compete in the ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes, the lfirst qualifier for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020 in the Swedish archipelago.

The day prior to the race two shorter, more accessible race were organised, the ÖTILLÖ Sprint and ÖTILLÖ Experience, offering the same flavours as the longer, more challenging race but in a smaller format.

Six top teams at ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes qualify to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020 on August 31st, 2020 in the Stockholm Archipelago; top 2 men, top 2 mixed, top 2 women.

Top 3 results ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, September 22nd, 2019

1. Matthieu Poullain & Hugo Tormento Team Head – Mat/Sudrunning(FRA) – winner photo:
2. Nicolas Remires (FRA) & Francesc De Lazuna Gimeno (ESP) Team Envol
3. Fredrik Axegård & Alex Flores (SWE) Team ARK Swimrun

1. Martin Flinta & Jonna Hedbys (SWE), Team Thule Crew / Head SR team  – Winner photo :
2. Sofia Axelsson & Tony Svensson (SWE) Team Wonder woman & Aquaman
3. Per Ahlin & Lisa Ring (SWE) – Team Rå/IK

1.Fanny Kuhn & Desirée Andersson (SWE) Team Envol – Winner Photo:
2. Anna Hellström & Jenny Ramstedt (SWE) Team Head Swimming
3. Linnéa Olausson & Cassandra Eliasson (SWE) Primalcoaching HEAD

Complete results list here

Website here

For TV news cuts ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes

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(please credit Photographer/ ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes)

A video highlight for web use will be uploaded on Monday, 30 September here:


On Saturday, September 21st we hosted several shorter races to make the sport accessible to more people and to let newcomers experience the beauty of swimrun. All under the best organisation in the business.

The EXPERIENCE distance is 8,3 km with 4 swim sections totalling 1560 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

The SPRINT eludes to the distance and not to the speed. It is a total of 16,9km with 6 swim sections totalling 2810 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

We had close to 200 persons signed up for these beautiful tastes of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun.

On Sunday, September 22nd we had the WORLD SERIES event which acts as a Qualifier to the World Championship and where teams can collect ranking points. The World Series is a total of 42, 2 km with 10 swim sections totalling 7 560 metres. This race you can only do in a team of two and it is the most prestigeous event in Germany.

We had close to 230 persons signed up for the World Series.


ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes is part of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and a qualifier to ÖTILLÖ, the Swimrun World Championship in the Swedish archipelago.

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series is in its fourth season with a minimum of seven qualifier races for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2019 (Confirmed races)
Seven qualifying races to ÖTILLÖ:

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, 7 April -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, 19 May -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, 19 June -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, 7 July -19
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, 22  Sept -19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes, France, 20 October – 19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)
ÖTILLÖ Malta, 24 November -19 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020) NEW RACE!

At each World Series event an EXPERIENCE & SPRINT race is organised the day before.


15th edition on August 31st, 2020

160 teams from all over the world.

75 km over and between 24 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago.
Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world (CNN 2012)


Pre- race videos ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes 2019

Official photos ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes 2019

(please credit photographer / ÖTILLÖ)

On September 30th you will find the Official Video here


After the event on September 22nd at 5 pm CET you will find news cuts and a shot list here:


Swimrun is one of the fastest growing endurance sports in the world where you alternate trail running and open water swimming on a marked course.

ÖTILLÖ started in 2006, it is the leading brand and the origin of the sport.

ÖTILLÖ, The 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
Lauritz Putze, [email protected], +49 157 768 05 234

ÖTILLÖ,The Swimrun World Championship
Josefine Ås, [email protected], +33 6 79 04 23 46


  • Mecklenburger Seenplatte / North East Germany
  • 4th edition, September 21 & 22, 2019
  • Sprint 17 km and Experience 8 km races Saturday, September 21st
  • World Series September 22nd
  •    Total race distance: 42 200 m
  •     34 640 m of trail running
  •     7 560 m of open water swimming
  •     20 changes between running and swimming
  •     The 10 swim sections are between 330 and 1 300 metres long
  •     The runs are between 270 and 7 100 metres long
  •     Longest swim: 1 300 metres
  •     Longest run: 7 100 metres
  •     Teams of two; for safety reasons and for the unique experience
  •     6 Teams qualify to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020


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