In the ÖTILLÖ organization’s quest to create unique races in unique places, the swim-run specialist has now ‘finally found a home in the UK’. The picturesque Isles of Scilly off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula will be the host of the first ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series event in the UK.
The event will be held on 18 June 2016, and in its first year will be limited to 100 teams chasing the 8 qualification spots to ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship in the archipelago of Stockholm, Sweden.
The Isles of Scilly Swimrun will be a true test for the teams of two that will tackle a course close to 45K long with a minimum of eight swims. The open-water swim sections will total around 10K and the 35K remaining will be made up of trail-running over and around the major islands of St Mary’s, Tresco, St. Martin and Bryher.
Registration for the event opened on 26 November, priced at €400 per team of two.
”Finally we can bring ÖTILLÖ to the UK and thanks to the Isles of Scilly and their hospitality. We will put on an awesome show in one of the most beautiful places in Europe!” said Mats Skott, Race Director for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Series.
The Isles of Scilly are off the south-west tip of England, in the Atlantic. They have been inhabited since the Stone Age. There are 140 islands of which five are inhabited. At times, when low tide is particularly low, it is possible to walk between islands.
As the ÖTILLÖ team points out, the area offers ‘exceptional beauty and a pristine environment where the power of the ocean is never far away!’
Swimrun is an emerging multisport discipline originating from ÖTILLÖ that started ten years ago in Sweden. ÖTILLÖ means ‘island to island’ in Swedish; and teams of two race together along courses that alternate between running and swimming.
The sport has now grown to have more than 75 races world-wide and is often talked of as one of the fastest growing sports. ÖTILLÖ is the Swimrun World Championship with qualifying events in a ever-growing ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series.