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SEPTEMBER 25, 2018

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series continues with the second to last race of the season and with a very exciting race in the Mixed category- ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes will be a shocker!

The Mecklenburger Seenplatte just North of Berlin in Germany 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 third ÖTILLÖ Swimrun weekend, the fifth stop of the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series. It is also the first race where teams can qualify to the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship.

Close to 120 teams from 22 nations will take the start for Sundays World Series race (September 30th).

We will see the new World Champions in Men and Mixed together with some of the best teams in the world But the most exciting race will be in the mixed category as Team Thule Crew (Martin Flinta – SWE & Elena Erbanova Karaskova – CZE) have only this race to win in their awesome winning streak of 5 races in a row. If they win they will get the GOLDEN BIB and the prize purse of 33 000€. The biggest hurdle to face is a newly made up team of Adriel Young – AUS & Lisa Nordén – SWE – runner up in the London Olympics in Triathlon. Will this newly composed team have a chance against the racing metal of Team Thule Crew?

Others are on-site to try to get one of the first eight qualification spots to the holy grail of Swimrun, the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship. A majority of the teams will be racing to experience the magic of the race course.

These nearly hundred and twenty teams of two will be challenged by the fast trails and long swims on this stunning course.
More information about ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes

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 18 degrees C in the bigger lakes.

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

Will the new World Champions Fredrik Axegård & Alex Flores (SWE) be able to keep their winning streak? 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 we will see how the New World Champions and the current Golden bib holders Martin Flinta (SWE) & Elena Erbanova (CZE) will manage to keep their nerves and competitors in-line.

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.

Saturdays Sprint & Experience races

For the first time ever we introduce a new concept – ÖTILLÖ EXPERIENCE – this is an 8 km race course which is truely accesible to anyone, with the infrastructure of a World Series race. We are introducing this distance at all race weekends starting with ÖTILLÖ 1000Lakes. It will always be held on the Saturday.

On the Saturday we will also host a little longer course which is accessible to most – ÖTILLÖ Sprint 1000Lakes. The name eludes to the distance and not to the speed. The course is almost 17 km.

In both of these two categories you can aprticipate in solo ÖTILLÖ -style; meaning that you will get an inflatable buoy to race with for swimmer safety and if you want someone to talk to. You most likely will not get an answer.

These beautiful races start and finish in Rheinsberg.

We have more than 50 teams from 13 nations signed up for these different tastes of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun.

Fast facts ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes 2018

  • Mecklenburger Seenplatte / North East Germany
  • 3rd edition, Sunday, September 30th, 2018
  • Sprint race (16,4 km), Saturday, September 29th
  • Total race distance: 41 360 m
  • 33 800 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
  • 8 Teams qualify to ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship 2019

2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series

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

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series is heading for its third season with six qualifier races for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship.

One exciting, new event (ÖTILLÖ Cannes) will see its birth in the autumn of 2018;

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2018

Six qualifying races to ÖTILLÖ:

  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, 8 April -18
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, 20 May -18
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, 10 June -18
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, 8 July -18
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, 30 Sept -18 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2019)
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes; France – 21 October – 18, First edition!

At each World Series event a sprint and experince race is organised the previous day.

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

  • 14th edition on 2 September 2019
  • 75 km over and between 25 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago
  • Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world

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 is the leading brand and the origin of the sport.

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.

Media contacts

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series
Hannes Hofer
+41 79 818 98 28

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship
Josefine Ås
+33 6 79 04 23 46

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