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Ötillö Swimrun Engadin, The First Race Weekend Since The Covid-19 Storm Hit The World!

Press Release / 24.07.2020
Racing Engadin in 2019
Racing Engadin in 2019 / © ÖTILLÖ

The 2020 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun season started with a fantastic race weekend on Catalina Island outside of Los Angeles on March 1st.  Little did we know that the season would stop abruptly two weeks later as the Covid-19 storm has swept through the world causing havoc.

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Engadin will be the first ÖTILLÖ swimrun weekend since then and will follow a strict Covid-19 Safety management plan. The races will be adapted to this new normal, the nature and racing will be the same.

The Engadin Valley in the Swiss Alps will host its seventh ÖTILLÖ Swimrun weekend. The first one was in 2014 and launched the international swimrun movement.

A fantastic total of 24 nationalities and a little more than 400 racers are coming to the Engadin Valley to enjoy the weekend’s races.

Some are participating to enjoy the beautiful sport of swimrun and some are chasing the six (6) qualification spots to the "Holy Grail of swimrun", ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2021.

As the race is in the Alps the weather could be anything from snow to a beautiful, sunny day. The water temperature is around 14 degrees C in the bigger lakes.

The Engadin valley in Switzerland is a stunning location; 3 000 meter peaks, hanging glaciers, Swiss cows, amazing trails and a high mountain valley studded with emerald green lakes. It’s a swimrun dream and racers get to visit the famous town of St Moritz.

Otillo Swimrun Engadin
Racing at Engadin in 2019

Race Formats

On Saturday, July 25th we will host several shorter races to make the sport accessible to more people and to let newcomers experience the beauty of swimrun, all under the best organisation in the business.

The EXPERIENCE distance is 7 km with 3 swim sections totalling 1400 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

The SPRINT alludes to the distance and not to the speed. It is a total of 15.2 km with 4 swim sections totalling 2200 metres. This race distance you can either do in teams of two or solo.

We have close at 220 persons signed up for these beautiful tastes of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun.

On Sunday, July 26th, we have the WORLD SERIES event which acts as a Qualifier to the World Championship 2021 and where teams can collect ranking points.

The World Series race you can only do in a team of two and it is one of the most prestigious events.

The World Series Race On Sunday

We have a total of 22 nations and 100 teams participating in the World Series race on Sunday July 26th.

These teams of two will start their Sunday morning with a brutal uphill run to the first and coldest lake swim in Lej Cavloc at 1910 metres above sea level.

In total, they will cover almost 40 km on foot and 6 km swimming with a total elevation gain of 1600 metres.

Some of swimrun’s top teams will be taking on the challenge in the Engadin, trying to qualify for the 2021 World Championship. Some racers 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.

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