It will rain the night before. The start will be wet. It’s a very hot summer and the water is warmer than usual. The winds will be strong but coming from the west side. There are many new faces from all over the world looking strong and with great results from previous races. There will be drama!
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. Swimrun has since been 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 (ÖtillÖ has now amended this rule for their races). The racers compete in teams of 2 of and have to stay together within few meters of each other during the whole race. (Nowadays, many race organisers offers the possibility to races solo).
At the moment there are more than 500+ races in world.
You can follow it live via video HERE. The commentators are truly excellent!
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.
- The course measures 74.740 meters in total (74.7 km). Check out the course map!
- A total of 65.215 m run, longest run 19.7 km on Ornö.
- A total of 9525 m swim, longest swim 1750 m between Sandön (Sandhamn) and Vindalsö.
- Total swim/run ratio: 15%
- 45 stages (transitions).
- Over 26 islands.
- 3 classes competing in pairs: Men, Women & Mix
- 1st edition took place in 2006.
For a quick overview of the current standings, we suggest you head over to ÖtillÖs own ranking system.
|Men – 2018||Women – 2018||Mix – 2018|
|Fredrik Axegård Alex Flores (SWE)||Team Sport Office
|Kristin Larsson Annika Ericsson (SWE)||Outdoor experten
|Helena Erbenova (Pol) Martin Flinta (SWE)||Thule Crew Wolffwear
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.
SMHI (click on Idag = Today or Måndag = Monday)
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 a positive forecast, we believe more racers will be able to 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-Runmarö, 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 9 km 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 set in. On Ornö, you almost run half a marathon, 19700 meters, and here we believe we will see who the top 3 contenders for each class are. 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.
The starting field in all categories look super strong!
Good luck to all racers and may the tail wind be with you!
/The WoS Team