The WoS ÖtillÖ Special – Your Complete Guide To The WC Race

It’s time! – The world championships of swimrun racing.

74.7 km racing on one of the toughest 1-day courses there is.

ÖtillÖ – The original!

We have all the info you need for the race, just scroll down and enjoy!

Swimrun was born in 2002 when 4 friends challenged each other to see who could get themselves first from Utö to Sandhamn island by only running and swimming. A couple of years later Erika Rosenbaum dubbed the sport swimrun, and it is defined as follows:


It is always carried out outdoors where the goal is to go from a starting point to a finishing point with at least 2 swim and run sections. All the starting equipment has to be carried all the way from the start to the finish line. Except nutrition, nothing can be discarded or picked up on the way. Flotation equipment no larger than 100×60 cm is allowed. The racers compete in teams of 2 of and have to stay together within few meters of each other during the whole race. Nowadays, a few races offers the possibility to races solo. At the moment there are more than 300+ races in world.

ÖtillÖ is the oldest and most known race. However, the biggest is currently Ångaloppet with some 400+ teams competing in its main race. The longest and hardest race is the Stockholm Archipelago Ultraswimrun Challenge (SAUC) open challenge with its staggering length of some 260 km.

But this coming weekend it is all about ÖtillÖ 2017 and below you will find all the info you need about the race.

Race coverage

The race starts at 05:45 CET on Monday the 4th of September, at Sandhamn Värdshus in Stockholm, Sweden.

You can follow it live via video HERE. The commentators are truly excellent!

You will find photo streams on both Instagram and Facebook.

You can monitor all teams or favourites via the map and gps tracker function.

You can discuss with other ÖtillÖ fans in their Facebook group.

Race stats

Course records

For a quick overview of the current standings, we suggest you head over to ÖtillÖs own ranking system.

Men – 2016 Women – 2016 Mix – 2016
Lelle Moberg Daniel Hansson (SWE) Swedish Armed Forces

Time: 07:59:04

Kristin Larsson Annika Ericsson (SWE) Addnature

Time: 9:32:03

Adriel Young (AUS) Eva Nyström (SWE) Thule Adventure Team

Time: 8:49:58

Results Archives

2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015  2016

Expected weather forecast

In the links below, we’ve pre-chosen Ornö for you, it’s in the middle of the course and will give you the best average weather for the whole day. However, the Stockholm archipelago is well-known for its occurring sea breeze, which can affect the wind direction.

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SMHI (click on Idag = Today or Måndag = Monday)

Expected wind

Windguru

Expected water temperature

SMHI This is the best and closest average measurement available. However  measurements are taken 1 metre below the surface and doesn’t take wind, waves and currents into account. With these factors the water will be colder on the surface.

Race course analysis

This race just keep getting faster. From the inaugural race, the finish time has dropped an impressive 4 hours. The race is of course weather dependent but given the forecast, we believe we will have more racers go sub 8 hour. If you don’t know about the course and the starting field, it will play out something like this:

Already on the second stage, the 1st swim which is also the longest, the strong swimmers will take the lead. For those who are not so strong, they will get caught up in the bulk of swimmers, which can get quite messy especially since the landing and running on the following two islands, Vindalsö and Skarp-Runmarn, are quite narrow and technical. The strong swimmers will have an edge all the way down to Runmarö, where the racers will run on big wide roads. This 9km run will level-out the field and put the strong runners back into the top-tier.

From here-on it’s an open game really, all the way past Nämndö down to Mörtö and Mörtö-Klobb, where the running becomes really technical, favouring the trail-runners. The strong swimmers will make up for any loss during the 1400 metre long “PigSwim”, between Mörtö klobb and Kvinnoholmen. This swim is famous for being challenging, with strong currents and winds pushing their way around the islands making you drift a lot, check out our guide on how to swim this section and remember, a pull-cord will help out significantly!

The Kymmendö-Bunsö section, just before the 4th longest swim of the day (970 meters), is rather steep, narrow and technical, and you don’t really overtake anyone on this island. It’s when the racers reach the northern tip of Ornö, time 13 on the race map, where things start to get interesting. By now the fastest racers have been out for just about 6 hours, and fatigue starts to kick in. On Ornö, you almost run half a marathon, 19700 meters, and here we believe we will see who are the top 3 contenders for each class. Ornö is well-known for being the make or break island. It’s a tough run, especially if the sun is out, and those who make the cut-off time here will also finish the race. So if you can’t monitor the race for a whole day, we suggest you check in when the racers are approaching this island, because, from this point onward, strong swimmer, strong runner? It’s anyone’s game! The fresher team who have paced themselves well often raise above the others who may pay for a faster start.

We believe that this year we could have our first non-all-male team on the podium finish, but we’re not sure if it will be from mixed or women. This has already happened, Logh gu loch in 2015 and Engadin and Rockman in 2016 and the women chrusing it on SwimRunman 2017. Both categories look super strong!

Some of the competing teams

If you are new to swimrun racing, we suggest you read up on what some of the competing teams have had to say about their preparations, and other thoughts they have had about the race

Good luck to all of you and may the tail wind be with you!

We are exited! 😀

/The WoS Team

Dont forget to check out our 2017 swimrun equipment test results:

(Just click on any of the links)