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Our Favorite Images From ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN Hvar

The 2018 ÖTILLÖ SwimRun World Series kicked off from Hvar, Croatia. Hvar is a long thin island in the Adriatic Sea. Originally occupied by the Neolithic people, the island is steeped in ancient history and features one of Europe’s oldest towns in Stari Grad which is also part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When ÖTILLÖ found Hvar they felt they had found the ideal location for a race in the Mediterranean. According to ÖTILLÖ:

“The island is magnificent, surrounded by emerald-colored seas and the exceptional Paklinski islands to the south. Hvar is known to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Just one hour off the mainland city of Split makes the ferry ride a perfect place to relax into the island vibe. Rosemary, lavender, wine, more than a 2000-year old history; just simply, a unique place for a unique race.”

The  ÖTILLÖ SwimRun World Series is the hottest thing in multisport at the moment and its easy to see why. The ÖTILLÖ Series offers a somewhat crazy/adventurous multisport challenge across six stunning European locales which calls back to triathlon’s roots and what we truly love about multsport. The races are raw, authentic, and fun. You won’t find contrived drafting rules, or $12,000 pieces of kit on the race course or a plethora of branded tchotchkes in the event registration tent.

Add to that the fact that SwimRun events are off road events and thus create the camaraderie, soul, and connection with one’s environment that only dirt can provide, the ÖTILLÖ Series exemplifies everything great about endurance sport and is a beacon to what triathlon on the whole needs to get back to.

That said, here are our favorite pics from the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Hvar.


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All images credited to Pierre Mangez/ÖTILLÖ Hvar

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Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. 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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