ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Hvar Starts the 2018 Season
The beautiful island of Hvar in Croatia hosts the first race of the 2018 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series with close to 120 teams from 20 nations on the start line. Sunday, April 8th is race day.
Some of the best teams in the world will chase the coveted GOLDEN BIB and take on the challenge of winning six ÖTILLÖ races in a row and the prize purse of 33 000€ per category.
These teams together with an additional hundred teams will be challenged by this stunning course where the pairs will run along beautiful trails and do epic ocean swims.
The island of Hvar, accessible off the Croatian coast from Split, is an incredible swimrun location and the perfect opening race for the swimrun season.
The sea is crystal clear, the water temperature on race day will be around 15°C and, on a sunny day, air temperatures can climb to 20°C.
The 40,4 km race course is challenging, with almost 31,6 km of trail running, including some good vertical climbs and descents, as well as magical run along the central ridge of the island. Racers need to be good swimmers to handle the 9 different swim sections totalling 8 800 metres, where the longest swim is a brutal 2 950 metres!
Add on some Roman ruins, beautiful architecture, blooming wild flowers, the smell of rosemary, and wonderful people, and this course makes for a great setting.
Mats Skott, Race Director of the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series and one of the Founders of the sport says: After a long winter in Sweden it is so nice to start the season in a warm, friendly place like Hvar where you realize why this sport is such a great thing. The camraderie, the sense of discovering new places and the challenge of Hvar makes this the perfect location.
Some of swimrun’s top teams will be taking on the challenge in Hvar. Swimrun world champions and winners of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series will be on the start line, as well as athletes from all over the world, some 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.
Start list here
On Saturday, April 7th we will host a shorter, more accessible race which we call ÖTILLÖ Sprint Hvar. The name eludes to the distance and not to the speed.
We have more than 55 teams signed up for a beautiful taste of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun and they will complete a 12,5 km course where 9,9 km are running and 2,6 km are swimming over five sections.
See more info here www.otilloswimrun.com/races/hvar/sprint
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