2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series Kicks off in Hvar Croatia

The beautiful island of Hvar in Croatia hosts the first race of the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series with close to 120 teams from 20 nations on the start line. Sunday, April 8th is race day.

Some of the best teams in the world will chase the coveted GOLDEN BIB and take on the challenge of winning six ÖTILLÖ races in a row and the prize purse of 33 000€ per category.

These teams together with an additional hundred teams will be challenged by this stunning course where the pairs will run along beautiful trails and do epic ocean swims.

More information on ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar:

About ÖTILLÖ Hvar

Start of OTILLO HVAR 2017. Photo Irina Kurmaneava

The island of Hvar, accessible off the Croatian coast from Split, is an incredible swimrun location and the perfect opening race for the swimrun season.

The sea is crystal clear, the water temperature on race day will be around 15°C and, on a sunny day, air temperatures can climb to 20°C.

The 40,4 km race course is challenging, with almost 31,6 km of trail running, including some good vertical climbs and descents, as well as magical run along the central ridge of the island. Racers need to be good swimmers to handle the 9 different swim sections totalling 8 800 metres, where the longest swim is a brutal 2 950 metres!

Add on some Roman ruins, beautiful architecture, blooming wild flowers, the smell of rosemary, and wonderful people, and this course makes for a great setting.

Mats Skott, Race Director of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and one of the Founders of the sport says: After a long winter in Sweden it is so nice to start the season in a warm, friendly place like Hvar where you realize why this sport is such a great thing. The camraderie, the sense of discovering new places and the challenge of Hvar makes this the perfect location.

Some of swimrun’s top teams will be taking on the challenge in Hvar. Swimrun world champions and winners of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series will be on the start line, as well as athletes from all over the world, some are veterans of swimrun and some are totally new to the sport, but eager to find out why so many people are so hooked to the unique experience of racing in swimrun.

Start list here

ÖTILLÖ Hvar Sprint

On Saturday, April 7th ÖTILLÖ will host a shorter, more accessible race, the ÖTILLÖ Sprint Hvar. The name eludes to the distance and not to the speed.

With more than 55 teams signed up for a beautiful taste of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun they will complete a 12,5 km course where 9,9 km are running and 2,6 km are swimming over five sections.

See more info here

OTILLO HVAR Photo – Jakob Edholm

Fast facts ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar 2018

  • Hvar, Croatia
  • Total race distance: 40,4 km
  • Trail running: 31,6 km
  • Swimming: 8,8 km
  • Swim sections: 9
  • Longest swim: 2 950 m
  • Longest run: 13 600 m
  • Teams of two; for safety reasons and for the unique experience
  • 120 registered teams
  • 20 Nationalities
  • Winners ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar 2017:
    Men/Overall: Lennart Moberg & Daniel Hansson (SWE), Swedish Armed Forces, 5:55:08
    Mixed: 1. Annika Ericsson & Stefano Prestinoni (SWE), Team, 6:10:57
    Women:Diane Sadik (SUI) and Charlotte Eriksson (SWE), Team, 7:37:41

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar is part of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and a qualifier to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship in the Swedish archipelago.

The ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series is heading for its third season with a minimum of six qualifier races for the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship.

One exciting, new event is seeing its birth in the autumn of 2018;

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series 2018

Six qualifying races to ÖTILLÖ:

  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar, Croatia, 8 April 2018
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö, Sweden, 20 May 2018
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Isles of Scilly, UK, 10 June 2018
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin, Switzerland, 8 July 2018
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, Germany, 30 Sept 2018 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2019)
  • ÖTILLÖ Swimrun XX – event to be officially confirmed, Autumn 2018 (qualifier to ÖTILLÖ 2019) First edition!

At each World Series event a sprint race is organised the previous day.

ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship

  • 13th edition on 3 September 2018
  • 75 km over and between 26 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago
  • Renowned as one of the toughest one-day races in the world




Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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