Swimrun Latest News!

Find out everything that's happening in the World of Swimrun!  All updates and Swimrun latest news items will be posted here.

Date 1 October 2019

New Otillo Flotation Rules

Otillo have today announced the following:

After discussing with many racers we have decided to update the flotation rule one more time. The measurement is based on the commercial products on the market and we will NOT allow pool buoys bigger than 32 cm x 30cm x 15 cm. This is effective as of October 1st, 2019.

At the same time we will no longer require Safety buoys for solo racers. We will have buoys available or you can bring your own. This is effective as of October 1st, 2019.

Date 21 September 2019

Apologies for lack of news!  We've been unfortunately offline with Wifi issues for a month, but now we're back to keep you up to date with what's happening in the world of Swimrun!

Otillo Swimrun 1000 Lakes

Another view on ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes which is taking place this weekend in Germany. Race Director Michael Lemmel tills you why he loves the race!  Check out his video below!


Date 13 August 2019

Otillo New Flotation Rule!

Announcement from Otillo:

"After seeing the development of bigger and bigger pull buoys, which becomes a huge advantage for those using them, we have decided to make a new rule limiting the size of the flotation.

As of today (13 August) the maximum size flotation that you can have in any ÖTILLÖ race is 40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm.

We will have a box in which your device will have to fit into.This rule is effective as of August 12th, 2019 and therefore also for ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship 2019."

Date 6 July 2019

Otillo Engadin is LIVE this weekend!

ÖTILLÖ Engadin, Switzerland. The last ÖTILLÖ weekend before ÖTILLÖ, the swimrun world championship 2019! The Engadin Valley is exceptional, if you are not there participating you can follow the races as close to LIVE as possible.

Click below for the LIVE site to find everything relevant to the races over the weekend!


Date 2 July 2019

Otillo Registrations Open!

ÖTILLÖ Malta registration opens at 14:00 CET on July 2nd. Today!

Click here for more information and to enter

ÖTILLÖ Catalina registration opens on July 10th at 14:00 CET

Click here for more information and to enter

Date 26 June 2019

The Authieman Swimrun in France - a unique race!

Authieman First Busy SwimBusy First Swim!

700 swimrunners on a large sandy beach. 700m to run, and a buoy 500 further away. Guaranteed melee. Add to that waves and strong tide current, and you’re in for a tough first swim. Centred around Berck-sur-mer in the North of France, 1 hour drive from Calais, the Authieman is unique as it passes through the sea, a river, a lake … and a tiny swimming pool at the very end!

Read more here....

Date 20 June 2019

Otillo announce new SwimRun in Malta!

Swimrun Malta


Otillo announce ÖTILLÖ Malta to be held end of November - finish the season in warm water!

Malta has been populated by many strong cultures since 5900 BC which has left some incredible historical sites. The coastline is rugged and the water is AMAZING!

In November water temperatures are around 20 degrees C.

This will be the finals of the 2019 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series.

CLICK HERE for more information!  Registration opens on July 2nd.

Date 28 May 2019

Otillo announce USA Swimrun Dates

Swiwmrun Catalina Island

Breaking news out of the ÖTILLÖ camp as co-founders Michael Lemmel and Mats Skott announce the first-ever ÖTILLÖ swimrun race outside of Europe.

ÖTILLÖ promises unique races in unique places and they’ll certainly deliver with the new ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Catalina Island on February 29 and March 1, 2020. Located 40 km off the coast of Los Angeles in southern California, Catalina Island is a conservancy-protected, geologic and environmental phenomenon.

Read more here....

Date 25 May 2019

Who is fitter? A swimmer or a runner?

Who is fitter, a swimmer or a runner?  A new study looking at the hearts of athletes in each sport has found that whilst all showed above-average heart function, runners came out on top in terms of left ventricle performance.  But if you want to be on the safe side and cover all bases, the Swimrun is definitely the answer!

Read the full article from The New York Times here....

Date 24 May 2019


Breca New Zealand dates for 2020 have been set!  The courses are still being plotted but you will be guaranteed stunning backdrops, clear waters, gnarly trails and friendly faces.  It's the winning recipe that makes New Zealand such a dream swimrun location.

Entries will open next Thursday (May 30th) at 1pm NZ time.

Breca Wanaka - 11 January 2020 - Click here for details

Breca Bay of Islands - 4th-5th April 2020 - Click here for details

Date 22 May 2019

Swimrun Costa Brava - Official Video Released

The official Swimrun Costa Brava by HEAD 2019 video has been released.

Click below to watch!

Date 2 May 2019

ÖtillÖ about to expand to the US

ÖtillÖ may be coming to Catalina Island in 2020 - read more here!  There has been much support to hold the race there so watch this space!

Date 15 April 2019

Great Race Report from Hvar SwimRun Women's Champ!

Hvar Womens Team Winners 2019Fanny Danckwardt and Desiree Andersson win the Womens Team Event!

A great read from Fanny Danckwardt - winner of the Womens event in Hvar 2019.  Written 'from the inside' it gives her thoughts during the big event!

Read the Race Report here

Date 2 April 2019

European Swimrun Championship to be Launched

The World of Swimrun have made the following statement:

"World of Swimrun understands that following the creation of multiple national championships (e.g. the recently announced Belgium championship) and the perceived need to unite European nations in light of the BREXIT events, the European Community commission for Sport will announce during its next Forum taking place in Bucharest (Romania) on the 8-9 April 2019 that a European Swimrun Championship  (ESC) will be organised. The team aspect was a key factor of the decision. This is an exciting development and recognition step for the sport. More details to follow."

Date 27 March 2019

British triathlete and 12-time Ironman Champion Lucy Gossage to compete at Isles of Scilly SwimRun

Find out how Lucy Gossage is taking on a new challenge every month in a break from Ironman racing.  On June 9th she will be competing in the Mixed Teams Group of the Isles of Scilly SwimRun - this is also the race we are competing in!! I think we may be a bit behind them :) 

Read the interview with Lucy here

Date 13 March 2019

SwimRun Canada Events are Set!!

The SwimRun Canada program is set and registrations are coming in. Canaqua Sports is proud to be hosting 8 SwimRun Challenge events for the 2019 season. Check out their new website www.swimrunchallenge.ca and join in the fun and excitement that is SwimRun, as they continue to expand and grow SwimRun in Canada.

We will be adding Canada dates to our SwimRun Rest of the World calendar soon!

Date 6 March 2019

US SwimRun Calendar and National Champs!

Check out the new US SwimRun calendar and they have also announced a national championship!  Find out more here....

Date 31 January 2019

Inaugural Breca UK National Championships!

For the very first time, teams will be able to compete for the Breca National Championship title and earn Rankings points across all their races.

The winning teams in the Full and Sprint distance races at Breca Buttermere in each category will be crowned the 2019 Breca National Champions.

Breca Buttermere will be held on 10 - 11 August 2019 - 43km full distance and 19km sprint - "brutally beautiful"

Find out more about this new challenge HERE!

Date 29 January 2019

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series

On Monday February 4th at 11:30 you can listen to one of our Race Directors, Michael Lemmel at the ISPO Trade Show in Munich.  ISPO is the world's largest international multi-segment exhibition for the sports industry.

Mats Skott and Michael Lemmel are the two organizers of ÖTILLÖ - the race that started the whole Swimrun movement. What started as a drunken bet in Vardshus on Utö is now the driving force behind Swimrun, one of the fastest growing endurance sports in the world. Michael Lemmel tells the Oudoor and Watersports community why the sport is exploding and where it might go in the future.


Date 23 January 2019

World of Swimrun Bucket List 2019

The World of Swimrun site have created a world swimrun bucket list now the 2019 Swimrun season is on!  Get planning those races round the world!

click here to read more....

Date 8 January 2018

Swimrun Bologna, Italy - 2019 date in the calendar!

Swimrun Bologna will be held on 28th July 2019.  This is a great race that we did in 2017.

There are now three distances Short, Half and Long of 40 km - Otillo Merit Race and National Championship in pairs.

All race information and registration methods will be on their website soon - click here for further details.

You can read our race report here.

Date 16 December 2018

Vietnam's First Swimrun is Announced!

Beautiful views and fresh air between the pine forests, challenge yourself in the cold water that will be a great and unforgettable experience.

The first Swimrun event in Vietnam is being held in 2019 - find out more here.

You can get a taster of the race route by clicking here to watch a short video!

Date 12 December 2018

Swimrun Engadin Registration Open


ÖTILLÖ Engadin is where ÖTILLÖ started the International Swimrun movement back in 2014. The race is now one of their most popular. Not hard to understand why as it is incredibly beautiful and in such a friendly place. We did this race in 2017 and it is stunning - highly recommend!  Read more here

Do not miss out!  Register on the link below....


Date 7 November 2018

Swimrun Côte Vermeille - sold out in 20 mins!

The middle distance for this Swimrun in South of France - near the Spanish border - sold out in 20 mins!! We tried to enter and are on the waiting list.

The short distance sold out in 25 mins.   Other distances are still available but selling fast!

Read more about this popular race here....

Date 6 November 2018

Date set for ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly Swimrun!

The third ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series weekend of the year. On the beautiful Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall. We call it "Paradise lost". Do not miss this unique place.

Friday afternoon #cleantheocean activity
Saturday - Sprint & Experience - Team and solo

Sunday - World Series - teams onlyInformation about the weekend is found here:

Date 25 October 2018

ORCA launch SwimRun specific products!

PRESS RELEASE FROM ORCA - one of the original Triathlon brands

If you love swimming, obstacle courses and nature then SwimRun could be the sport for you!Discover more about this exciting sport from three of our fave experts and then check out the SwimRun specific products we've developed at Orca - selected items are 30% off right now so it's a great time to stock up for the coming season!Take a look here: www.orca.com/featured/swimrun-time/

Date 29 September 2018

ÖTILLÖ’s new World Champs are ready for 1000 Lakes this weekend!

The new Otillo record holders Fredrik Axegard and Alex Flores are racing again at OTILLO 1000 Lakes after an impressive win just 3 weeks ago.

To read the story of how they prepared for their race and a bit about their background in sport click here

Date 14 September 2018

Records Tumble at Breca Jersey 2018

Due to historically calm conditions, records were set at the Breca Jersey Swimrun! 144 swimmers raced around 54k of Jersey coastline.

Course records were set and 16 teams went faster than their previous best.

To read more about the third edition Jersey Swimrun and the records smashed click here

Date 3 September 2018

Turkey announces its first international SwimRun race!

The race is to take place on November 10-11 and will consist of sprint and long distances categories. You can visit the site below for more detailed information.

Date 22 August 2018

Swimrun Costa Brava (Spain) announce 2019 date!

Save the date: 11/08/2019 ANDORRA SWIMRUN
Only 200 bibs will be available!
Tomorrow, the race will open the 2019 registration... book your bib and don't miss the Pyrenees Swimrun!


Date: 19 August 2018

ÖTILLÖ announce 2019 race dates

ÖTILLÖ have announced the following race dates for 2019 - further details and links to register will be on our Swimrun calendar Europe soon!  We have been informed registration will open soon.

  •  ÖTILLÖ Hvar - April 6/7
  • ÖTILLÖ Utö - May 18/19
  • ÖTILLÖ Isles of Scilly - June 8/9
  • ÖTILLÖ Engadin - July 6/7

Date: 8 August 2018

ÖTILLÖ introduce new distances and solo events

ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series have made the following announcement in their aim to make the Swimrun sport grow:

"Dinosaurs go extinct, Swimrunners adapt!

In our sport and in our lives we need to learn how to adapt and how to expand our minds.

After 13 years of living with Swimrun almost everyday we too also have to adapt and see the world with new eyes.

During the ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes weekend we will try something new that has grown out of our own practice of the sport. Some days we train together and a lot of the time we train alone.

For the sport to grow and for us to bring new people into the sport we have decided to not only introduce a shorter race called ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Experience but we will also introduce an ÖTILLÖ version of solo entry in both the Sprint and the new Experience format.

These solo entries will have their own start and they will also bring their “team member” - an inflatable buoy for all swims- that we supply. The Solo events will be separate from the team events, they will not be together.

In this way, we believe we can introduce Swimrun and our community to a new group of people, that then will find a partner to continue their lives as full-fledged swimrunners.

As Anders Malm, Original 4 and one of the origins of the sport says “in the beginning we trained together and sometimes alone. It was as it was, but we always preferred to do it together”.

This being said we assure you - it is only for the shorter races and the only access to the World Series races and the World Championship is in a pair!

Let’s convert some new people to the art of racing as a pair!

See you out there.

Michael & Mats"


Personally we enjoy competing as a team but it is good they are trying to widen the appeal of Swimrun.  Maybe the next step should be age-group categories so that older competitors (like us!) can get a little recognition of their achievements!

Date: 2 August 2018

The World's First Book on Swimrun

The World of Swimrun are now sharing the first ever book on Swimrun and it's FREE!

The book was written to help both beginners and experienced Swimrunners further explore what the sport of Swimrun is all about.  You can download it HERE.