Jul 05 2020
ÖTILLÖ World Series Engadin
Location: Engadin Valley
The Engadin Valley is the first place we went to when we wanted to take the sport of Swimrun out of Sweden. The exceptional beauty of the valley speaks for itself.
The Engadin Valley is in the Swiss Alps with the well-known St Moritz in one end of the valley. The valley has several pristine mountain lakes on the valley floor and also some at altitude, up in the mountains. The trail- running is awesome with some very good vertical. This race is a real test for the athletes.
In July the flowers are in full bloom and the kite-surfers fill Lake Silvaplana on windy days. The weather in this period can really be anything from a nice summer day to a cold, hard day out. Be mentally prepared for the worst and enjoy the best.
The water is clear and crisp with some sections around 11 degrees C, some of the swim sections are long. Dress smart! Do not take the altitude of the course lightly. We strongly suggest several days of on-site to get used to the altitude.
ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin is a challenging yet beautiful race. The varied course, the water temperature and the very strong group of participants will challenge everyone to put in their best performances.
The race course is beautiful and quite challenging. The start is in Maloja and finish is by the lake in Silvaplana. The course passes Sils and Silvaplana along the way. The running sections are very varied, it is on dirt roads, single tracks, rocks and with some challenging steep sections to climb. Those who will manage the whole course will have a magical experience. We have cut-offs along the course for safety reasons. These will be enforced to 100%.
The swim sections are awesome. Swimming down an alpine valley is something else. However, the water is quite cold, 11 – 14 degrees C which can be quite a difference with the outside temperature if the weather is good. Any wind and waves will only be down- wind and fun, the high altitude lakes are magical. ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin will be won by the team that manages to handle the temperature differences, the vertical gain on the runs and the transitions between running and swimming. There are several energy stations along the course.
The race course is approximately 45,4 km long of which 39,6 km are trail running and 5,8 km are open-water swimming. There are a total of 8 swims of which the longest is 1 400 meters. The total vertical gain is 1 500 meters and the highest swim is at 1 900 meters.
The summer weather in the Engadin can vary as it is in the mountains. The lowest elevation of the race is 1 780 metres. The teams have to be ready for warm air temperatures and cold swims at the same time as it could be stormy and cold. Make sure you bring clothes for all weather conditions. This course is very tough and will test the metal in all the racers.