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A Fantastic Weekend at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Utö With 6 Heats In Very Different Conditions

Press Release / 31.08.2020
Racing the Utö Swimrun on the island where the sport began
Racing the Utö Swimrun on the island where the sport began / © Jakob Edholm / ÖTILLÖ

The ÖTILLÖ Sprint Final 15K on Utö was decided in the last heat of the weekend. During Saturday and Sunday three heats were held each day with 50 persons to follow the local regulations. Saturday had gale conditions with rain, agitated seas and slippery rocks. On Sunday it was the opposite with sun, calm weather and dry rocks.  Over the weekend close to 250 racers participated in the six different heats.

In the last heat the winners, Team Swimshop - Henrik Wahlberg & Erik Rosenborg (SWE) finished after 1:36:31. This was the fastest time over the weekend, Just ahead of ARK SWIMRUN/ YO RUNNING CLUB - Fredrik Axegård & Daniel Adams- Ray (SWE) - who won the first heat on Saturday. The difference across the line was only 2 1/2 minutes but under very different conditions. The third team overall also came from the last heat on Sunday  - Team HUBBO by TOT - Markus Lund & Magnus Jirlind (SWE) who were nine minutes after the winners.

In mixed the order was similar. The total winners came from the last heat on Sunday, the second team from the first heat on Saturday and the total thirds from the last heat on Sunday again.

1) Emma Isberg & Mattias Isberg - Gyllene dolmen (SWE) 1:43:36
2) Kathrin Ohlander & Joakim Brunzell - Team Muskö (SWE) 1:45:58
3) Lars Ekman & Kolan Nordbeck - Kolan & Lars (SWE) 1:47:12

In the womens category the total top three came from the gale-force races on Saturday.

1) Helena Dalivin &Lorraine Axegård - Team Hello (SWE) 1:54:22
2) Cassandra Eliasson & Caroline Arringer - Team CC - (SWE) 2:01:40
3) Åsa Ehrnholm & Helena Bjälkemo - Åsa & Helena - 2:06:24

See the total results:

A New Course for Covid Times

The newly designed race course showed fantastic trails of the island of Utö, the small, rugged skerries to the North and some spectacular swims. The course of 12,5 km had a total of twelve swims and thirteen runs. It was a total immersion in nature.

As the Swedish regulations only allow 50 persons on the course at the same time the race had three starts on Saturday and three starts on Sunday, in total almost 250 racers. These spanned World Champions to newcomers.

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