SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2019

PRE RACE PRESS RELEASE

THE SEASON CONTINUES AT ÖTILLÖ 1000 LAKES

THE RACE WEEKEND

Just three weeks after ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2019 the season continues. ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes just 70 km North East of Berlin will set the stage for the fifth ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series weekend of the year. For some it is for the adventure, for some it is for the experience, for some it is to race hard and for some it is to qualify to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2020.

The Mecklenburger Seenplatte is an astonishing place which few outside of Germany know about. The area has more than 3 000 fresh-water lakes with very clean water. This lakes are in a landscape of beautiful beech tree forests that start changing colors in the end of September.

This area will host its fourth ÖTILLÖ Swimrun weekend. More than 400 persons from close to 20 nations will start in the races and experience the magic of the race courses.

More information about ÖTILLÖ Swimrun1000Lakes: https://www.otilloswimrun.com/races/1000-lakes

RACE FORMATS

On Saturday, September 21st we will host 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 have close to 210 persons signed up for these beautiful tastes of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun.

On Sunday, September 22nd we have 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 have close to 240 persons signed up for the World Series.

SUNDAYS WORLD SERIES RACE

The nearly 120 teams of two start their Sunday morning with a brutally fast run to the first lake where they will face a 1 000 metre swim at full speed before continuing South.

In total, they will cover almost 34 km on foot and 8 km swimming making a course distance just above 42 km.

This years race will have the warmest water temperatures to date – around 16 degrees C in the bigger lakes.

The fastest teams are expected to complete the course in around around 4, 5 hours.

Will the 2018 winners and former World Champions Fredrik Axegård & Alex Flores, Team ARK Swimrun (SWE) be able to come back after their dissapointment of coming second at the World Championship three weeks ago?  Or will we see some new faces appear? As seen in previous races this year the top 5 teams are battling until the very last kilometres.

In the mixed category former World Champion Martin Flinta with new partner Johanna Edman (Team Thule Crew/ HEAD SR team) SWE will be difficult to beat. In the womens category we are honored to welcome the NEW WOMENS WORLD CHAMPIONS Fanny Kuhn & Desirée Andersson of Team Envol (SWE).

Some of swimrun’s top teams will be chasing each other from the Burg in Wesenberg to the castle in Rheinsberg.

It will be great to see athletes from all over the world on the start line, some are veterans of swimrun and some are totally new to the sport, but eager to find out why so many people are so hooked to the unique experience of racing in swimrun.

As in all races, it is only when the dust has settled that we know the outcome of the race.

Start list: https://otilloswimrun.com/races/1000-lakes/start-lists/

THE ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN 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 the ÖTILLÖ 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.

ÖTILLÖ, THE SWIMRUN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2020

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)

https://otilloswimrun.com/races/otillo/

PHOTOS AND VIDEO FREE TO USE FOR MEDIA

Images and video from last years ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qlfp5u0rlvfweuz/AAC992h2I0hYrJK1RFb5LpP1a?dl=0

(please credit photographer / ÖTILLÖ event as marked in the photo)

Pre- race videos ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes 2019
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/25wvl2oa3s8wg32/AAAWDCVbKXhIci17uzp2e5O8a?dl=0

After the event on September 22nd, 2019 you will find images herehttps://www.dropbox.com/sh/wu37ptxwth4f7v9/AACASBhiG1St-wTKgtlVhf2aa?dl=0

(please credit photographer / ÖTILLÖ)

On September 29th you will find the Official Video herehttps://www.dropbox.com/sh/25wvl2oa3s8wg32/AAAWDCVbKXhIci17uzp2e5O8a?dl=0

NEWS CUTS FOR TV

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

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9qd1sfxbbmb5czr/AAC9ZwvLwaoGAlCRIpmDJSrfa?dl=0

ABOUT SWIMRUN AND ÖTILLÖ

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.
https://otilloswimrun.com

MEDIA CONTACTS

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series
Lauritz Putze, media.requests@otilloswimrun.com, +49 157 768 05 234

ÖTILLÖ,The Swimrun World Championship
Josefine Ås, pr@otilloswimrun.com, +33 6 79 04 23 46

FAST FACTS ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN 1000 LAKES 2019

  • 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

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

Vivobarefoot ARK Swimrun Mr Green 

DESTINATION PARTNERS

Mecklenburgische Seenplatte 

SUPPLIERS

Gococo Precision Hydration Crownhealth Dryrobe

International partners
  • Vivo Barefoot
  • ARK Swimrun
  • Mr Green