ÖTILLÖ is a unique race in a unique environment. It’s the World Championship in SwimRun (Swedish Duathlon) racing. You can only start there either by qualifying in one of the qualifier races or by lottery. This race is ranked as one of the toughest endurance races in the world.
Teams of two race together from island to island (Ö TILL Ö) from Sandhamn to Utö in the Stockholm archipelago. The teams swim between the 26 islands and run on them. The total distance is 75 kilometers of which 10 km are swimming and 65 km are running.
The course starts by the Seglarhotel in Sandhamn and finishes at Utö Värdshus on Utö. The course passes the big islands of Runmarö, Nämdö and Ornö. The running sections are beautiful. At times the course goes through the wood without trail but most of the time the course is on trail or gravelled roads. The swim sections are between 100 and 1600 metres long.
To manage to finish the course from dawn to dusk demands that the competitors are fit and that they have practiced a good technique to be quick in and out of the water as there are as many as 38 in and outs.
The Seglarhotel in Sandhamn and Utö Värdshus on Utö guarantee a high quality prerace scene and a very good finishing environment. We will have spectator spots and food stations at some well- known restaurants on the islands along the way. There are safety boats, medical staff and race marshalls along the course to try to guarantee everyones safety.
Here are some more information about the course: http://www.otillo.se/course/
And here is a movie about the race