Otillo Swimrun World Championship: Running through the Swedish islands and swimming in the Baltic sea The Otillo Swimrun is a legendary race that consists of both swimming and running. Held in Stockholm, Sweden participants enter the race in teams of two where endurance will be challenged as the dawn to dusk race will result in […]Otillo Swimrun World Championship 2022 Prästbacken 22, 130 56 Utö, Sweden Stockholm Sweden
The Otillo Swimrun is a legendary race that consists of both swimming and running. Held in Stockholm, Sweden participants enter the race in teams of two where endurance will be challenged as the dawn to dusk race will result in a total of 75km of swimming and running. 65km of the total distance will include trail-running while 10km will involve open water swimming between the 24 islands. There’s no doubt that this race will test limits, in fact, CNN has even ranked the Otillo Swimrun as one of the toughest races in the world.
‘You, a partner and one of the toughest races in the world’.
Due to the nature of the race and the fitness required to finish it, the Otillo Swimrun is not for beginners. In order to be considered as a competitor, you must have participated in seven races over the course of 24 months, qualified in an Otillo Swimrun world series race, or have strong merits.
Participating in the event will require strength both physically and mentally along with a high level of overall fitness.
The race itself is very well set up with multiple viewpoints for spectators and several restaurants and food stalls along the course. Safety boats and medical staff are on hand throughout the Otillo Swimrun to oversee the safety of the participants.
Providing you have met the criteria for the Otillo Swimrun championships, registration costs start at 13,900 SEK ($1600) per team (two people). Prices for other Otillo Swimrun, World Series events, vary depending on location.
For spectators, there are two packages available. The complete package starts at 6,300 SEK ($740) and includes transfers and accommodation from Sunday to Tuesday along with the ability to take part in most of what the participants go through.
Alternatively, there is a finish line package costing 1,000 SEK ($120) which includes a dinner buffet, transfers, and a spectator spot to watch the contenders cross the finish line.
As with all great events comes a great birth story. In this case, the idea of Otillo Swimrun all started with a very drunken night after hours in a bar with four friends.
Naturally part of the drunken chitchat included a challenge, the last team of two to reach Sandhamm pays for drinks, dinner, and the hotel. From there the challenge snowballed into what it is today. An event for the fittest in and out of the Baltic sea across the 24 islands.
Race competitors and spectators who have bought spectator packages will have chartered transport included with the packages that will pick up from Stockholm and drop off at the Otillo Swimrun World Championships pre-race hotel Djuronaset.
The pickup point is at Klarabergsviadukten which is next to Stockholm train station. Return ferries from Uto to Stockholm are free for racers but will need to be booked.
There are two return ferries, one leaving Monday evening and the second leaving on Tuesday morning. Stockholm is a well-connected city with regular public transport to and from the airport.
Stockholm is known as the city on the water, and there are many floating hotels to choose from if you plan on extending your trip. This friendly and laid-back city has an array of 3 and 4star hotels from basic right up to luxurious.
Budget travelers are met with an extensive choice of hostels with complimentary WIFI, communal areas, and fully fitted kitchens for self-service needs. Groups can find several self-catered apartments within the city center and on the outskirts.
Built up across 14 islands, Stockholm is packed with gorgeous views and attractions. Gamla Stan, the historic old town of Stockholm is well worth a visit with its many top-rated restaurants, colorful buildings, and cozy cellar bars. Towards Naka nature reserve, is where the lakeside sauna can be found. Scandinavians love to sweat their stresses away, and in Hellasgarden you can do just that.
Similar to that of Buckingham Palace, Stockholm’s Palace also has a changing of the guard ceremony where tourists gather around the palace to watch the march.
As much as Scandinavians love a good pamper, they also love a good party. Stockholm has a vibrant nightlife scene with many parties continuing into the early hours. With its many surrounding islands, there are more boat trips available than you could count. And, if you don’t really fancy sailing away, you can always enjoy a glass of wine or two on one of the many floating bars.
The annual Otillo Swimrun World Championships takes place on September 4-6, 2022.
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