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