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Taking the plunge at the fifth ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö

OTILLO 2014 run - photo credit Jakob Edholm

The fifth edition of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö will kick off the swimrun season in Scandinavia on 27-28 May. A notable 280 teams from 21 different nationalities have registered for the 43km tough ÖTILLÖ World Series event in Sweden, on 28 May. 73 teams from nine different nationalities are signed up for the sprint race the day before, on 27 May.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö was the first ever qualifier to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship, with its first edition held in 2013. Being the finishing island of ÖTILLÖ and the place where the whole swimrun movement started, it was seen as a natural choice as a world championship qualifier. In the first year of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, in 2013, 45 teams signed up and 38 started. Four years later, for the fifth edition in 2017, there are around 350 teams signed up for the weekend.

The islands of Utö, Ålö and Rånö provide a backdrop to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö event, with forests, trails, rocks, cliffs, sandy beaches, gravel roads and a small yet supportive local community. The course consists of almost 38km of trail running and 5.2km of open water swimming over 19 different swim sections. With a late spring, the water will be cold in the Baltic Sea. But the swim stretches are shorter than at many other swimrun events, with the longest stretch being 600m.

Eight top teams (top 3 men, top 3 mixed, top 2 women) at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö qualify for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship, taking place on 4 September 2017 in the Stockholm Archipelago.




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