On April 6-7, the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun season gets under way. Season-opener ÖTILLÖ Hvar in Croatia will reportedly have the biggest starting field to date with many of the best teams in the world on the start line.
Kicking off the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series, ÖTILLÖ Hvar, is situated on and off the Croatian coast.
‘Spring weather, crystal-clear waters and beautiful race courses over the whole weekend. More than 400 racers from more than 20 nations will travel to participate and to get the season started.’
The following races are the confirmed 2019 World Series races. ÖTILLÖ adds that one more might be added towards the end of the season.
ÖTILLÖ Hvar Weekend (Croatia) 6-7 April 2019
ÖTILLÖ Utö Weekend (Sweden) 18-19 May 2019
ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly Weekend (England) 8-9 June 2019
ÖTILLÖ Engadin Weekend (Switzerland) 6-7 July 2019
ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes Weekend (Germany) 21-22 September 2019
ÖTILLÖ Cannes Weekend (France) 18-19 October 2019
ÖTILLÖ World Championship (Sweden), 2 September 2019
Each of these races (from Hvar in Croatia to Engadin in Switzerland) acts as qualifiers and also generates ranking points towards ÖTILLÖ, the Swimrun World Championship. This event is always held on the first Monday of September in the Stockholm Archipelago. ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes Weekend (Germany) and ÖTILLÖ Cannes (France) are qualifiers for the 2020 Swimrun World Championship.
ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship (14th edition) 2 September 2019
Taking in a course of 75km over and between 26 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago, the event is renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world (CNN 2012).
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun weekend
An ÖTILLÖ Swimrun weekend is positioned as a full immersion into the sport of swimrun and its community. The ÖTILLÖ team notes that there are usually around 20 nations participating over the weekend with 400+ racers.
Athletes start the Friday afternoon with a #cleantheocean activity where everyone spends an hour picking garbage from beaches and in the vicinity of the event start & finish area. On Saturdays are the Sprint & Experience races. These can be undertaken either as a team (two persons) or solo.
The Sprint event is approximately 15 km and the Experience is approximately 7 km. ÖTILLÖ adds that ‘These two races really make it possible for anyone to participate. The courses are fun and the camaraderie is great. If you want to be competitive the front of the Sprint moves quite fast.’
On Sundays, the World Series event takes place. This is approximately 42 km. It serves as a qualifier for the World Championship. These events can only be done as a team.
At all ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Weekends athletes will now be able to rent a swimrun wetsuit thanks to ÖTILLÖ’s partnership with ARK… ‘This means that you can come straight from the office and we will kit you up with the best gear out there.’
Vivobarefoot will also have shoes for athletes to use.
On the event weekend, the Golden Bib is a challenge to the top teams. Billed as the biggest cash prize in Swimrun, here, any team (men, women or mixed) that wins six (6) races in a row with the same team mate will win €33,000.