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Ö Till Ö

04-Sep-2017 Seglarhotel, Sandhamn, Stockholm Country, Sweden

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75KM / 47Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

The ÖTILLÖ takes place in the Stockholm Archipelago, to the east of Sweden’s capital city. The race consists of swimming between and running across 26 of its islands in teams of two.

This swimrun competition began officially in 2006.

The total distance for the race is 75km, of which ten are open-water swimming and the remainder is trail running with some sections of forest. The swimming sections range from 100 to 1790m long. The race transitions between swimming and running a total of 52 times.

Safety boats, medical staff and race marshals are in place to guarantee the safety of all participants.

The race starts on the island of Sandhamn at dawn and finishes on Utö at dusk.

Read Mark Chandler's review of the 2015 edition HERE.

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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rbyde

01:08 19-09-15

If you're looking for a really big challenge, you should consider this race! It's so much more than 10k of swimming and 65k of running looks on paper. The changeovers and the effects of constantly getting chilled and warm again take their toll, as does the mental energy needed to keep on track in the swims and stay upright on the runs. Beautiful place to race, impeccably organised. I loved all the crazy swims and the running through the forests. I toughed out the road runs and cursed the slippery rock runs! Be prepared to do some work on your kit set up before you go. Race fee includes travel to and from Stockholm, two nights of accommodation and food. I've never done an ultra run before (only adventure races, which are more like power walking), so it was a massive achievement for me to finish. I raced in 2015. If you want to do this one, you'll have to prove you're good enough and entries are limited to 120 teams.

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Marcbarton

02:03 19-09-15

2015 was my first year doing ÖtillÖ, but it was my teammates second time. This race was A-ma-zing. The water conditions were very rough due to windy conditions, which in my opinion, just added to the fun and toughness factor of the race.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the running because I love rugged, trackless terrain which made up the bulk of the course. One minute you're running down a gravel road and the next you're running through the woods looking for the next piece of tape that you're supposed to follow. There's also some paved road running thrown in to "give you a break".
The longest swim was around 1800 meters and the longest run was close to a half-marathon. Outside of that, some of the runs are just quick jaunts across a small island before hitting a swim again.
The race is supported VERY well, with great feed stations and other support before, during and after the race, all very well organized. A couple of "unofficial" waterstops were created by local residents who were also cheering us on. Every local that we came across cheered and gave us words of encouragement.

GREAT race

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Chan73

01:49 11-09-15

I took part in 2015 in this amazing adventure race taking in 26 islands in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden. Total running is 65km (but not much running as it's sliding on slippery rocks, clambering up and down sharp rocks, stumbling over tree roots, fighting through forests and even going through bamboo swamps!) and swimming is 10km in rough, cold relentless sea.
The small field of 120 teams of 2 that have to stay together throughout which means a great cameraderie and the event organisation was perfect from start to finish.
It's a huge challenge and I loved the pain throughout the 12 hours and 22 mins it took me and my team mate to complete it.

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