Utö, in the southern part of the Stockholm archipelago in Sweden, is the birthplace of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun and sets the stage for the next stop of the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series. The island of Utö and its archipelago is where the original bet was made that set the seed to the original ÖTILLÖ race, which later set the seed to the sport of Swimrun.
Utö in the Stockholm archipelago is also called the island of love. It will host the second race of the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series with close to 200 teams from 25 nations on the start line. Sunday, May 19th is race day.
Some of the best teams in the world will chase the coveted ‘GOLDEN BIB’ and take on the challenge of winning six ÖTILLÖ races in a row and a prize purse of €33,000 per race category. Others are on-site to try to get one of the eight qualification spots to the ‘holy grail of Swimrun’, ÖTILLÖ – The Swimrun World Championship.
Mats Skott, Race Director of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and one of the founders of the sport said, “Finally we are back in the Stockholm Archipelago and the island of Utö. This is where it all started for us, 13 years ago and it feels like coming home. We cannot wait to share this location and race course as it is why swimrun has become the way it is.”
On Saturday, May 18th, ÖTILLÖ Utö 2019 will host several shorter races. These aim to make the sport accessible to more people and to let ‘newcomers experience the beauty of swimrun’. The EXPERIENCE distance is 7 km with 4 swim sections totalling 950m. 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 13.3 km with 7 swim sections totalling 2050m. Again, this race distance can either be undertaken in teams of two or solo.