The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series continues with the race that ‘launched the whole international expansion of the swimrun movement in 2014’.
The original purpose of ÖTILLÖ Engadin in Switzerland was to give the swimrun movement an international platform. Now, with the event’s sixth edition on July 6-7, 2019, ÖTILLÖ notes that ‘swimrun has become one of the fastest growing endurance sports in the world’.
The Engadin Valley in the Swiss Alps will host its sixth ÖTILLÖ Swimrun weekend. It is the fourth stop of the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series. Some teams are on-site to try to get one of the last eight qualification spots to the ‘holy grail of Swimrun’, ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2019 in the Swedish archipelago.
Although, the majority of the two-person swimrun teams will be racing to ‘experience the magic of the race course’. A total of 29 nations will be represented in the Engadin Valley across the race weekend.
As the race is in the Alps, the weather could be anything from snow to a beautiful, sunny day. The water temperature is typically around 12-14ºC in the bigger lakes. The fastest teams are expected to complete the full-distance World Series course in around five hours.
The Engadin valley in Switzerland offers up: 3000m peaks, hanging glaciers, Swiss cows, trails and a high mountain valley studded with emerald green lakes. The Engadin Valley is also well-known for the town of St Moritz.
On Saturday, July 6th ÖTILLÖ Engadin will host several shorter races. Here, the aim is to make the sport accessible to more people and to let newcomers experience swimrun.
The Experience distance is 6.7km with 3 swim sections totalling 1310m. This race distance can either be undertaken in teams of two or solo.
The Sprint eludes to the distance and not to the speed. It is a total of 15.3km with 4 swim sections totalling 2650m. Again, this race distance can either be undertaken in teams of two or solo.
Sunday’s World Series race
A total of 24 nations are participating in Sunday’s ÖTILLÖ Engadin World Series race. Close to 120 teams will take the start for the World Series race on July 7th. These teams of two will start their Sunday morning with a brutal uphill run to the first and coldest lake swim in Lej Cavloc, at 1910m above sea level. In total, they will cover almost 40km on foot and 6km swimming with a total elevation gain of 1600m.
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin is part of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and a qualifier to ÖTILLÖ, the Swimrun World Championship in the Swedish archipelago. The 14th edition of the championship event takes place on 2 September 2019. It features qualifying 160 teams from all over the world. Teams must race a 75km coure between 24 islands in the Stockholm 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)
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, 7 April 2019
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, 19 May 2019
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, 19 June 2019
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, 7 July 2019
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, 22 September 2019 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Cannes, France, 20 October 2019 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020)
ÖTILLÖ Malta, 24 November 2019 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2020), new race
At each World Series event an Experience & Sprint race are organised the day before.