The Ötillö swimrun World Championship is held the first Monday in September every year. It is to swimrun what Kona (Hawaii) is for the triathlon world. This is the original swimrun, the mother, the monster…the magical race!
Watch our interview with race-director Michael Lemmel
Michael is one the race-directors, and together with Mats Skott, they arrange the Ötillö swimrun world championship and the swimrun world series. In this interview, Michael shares his thoughts about the race, the course and his favorite place alongside it.
Starting in Sandhamn, and the very quiet and focused run to the first swim, this is the start of your journey towards the finish line at Utö Värdshus. The first swim, sighting towards a stroboscope on the next island is magical! Swimming as the sun rises and you know you have a fantastic day ahead of you in the Stockholm archipelago is a thrill. The Ötillö swimrun world championship takes you through varied terrain and scenery, everything from the small uninhabited islands to large islands like the infamous Ornö. Where the racers will do the longest run, just shy of a half-marathon.
How do you train for the Ötillö swimrun World Championship?
A big race like this takes months of preparations. Starting with base training and working in an ever-increasing and periodized training plan will get you ready on race day! Our suggestion is to at least do the following:
And for some, also do one or two Boost Up programs
Follow the race live
As a spectator of the race, it can be difficult to follow. You need a boat to get around the massive racecourse. Thankfully, Ötillö broadcast the whole race live with fantastic commentators! If you are not one of the lucky enough to be able to race the swimrun world championship. Be sure to follow it via this link. The Ötillö swimrun world championship is something extra, and a great watch!
Individual swimrun training plan
Are you as hyped up as we are for this? Do you want to get into the fun of swimrun? Sign up for a free individual swimrun training plan!