This year, the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Series presents its first race in the USA. To launch its 15th season of Swimrun, the event organizer is presenting ÖTILLÖ Catalina. Its first race in America will held on February 28th to March 1st, 2020 – on Catalina Island off the coast of Los Angeles.
“This race will be very special,” said Michael Lemmel, Race Director & co-founder of ÖTILLÖ Swimrun. “It is a dream come true to finally be able to establish an ÖTILLÖ race in America. It is the right timing to be able to support the growth of Swimrun in the US.”
A release from ÖTILLÖ states… ‘For all of you endurance and adventure junkies out there, this is the new frontier! In North America the sport is beginning to grow with several race organisations leading the way. Now, ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Series launches its first-ever race weekend in America.
‘15 years ago, it was the start of the sport of Swimrun. Since then it has grown with leaps and bounds with more than 700 races worldwide; it has become a >50-million dollar industry and it is an established sport in Europe.’
Across the event weekend, racers in all three distances – Experience (8km), Sprint (15km) and World Series (38km) – start and finish in the small town of Two Harbors. ÖTILLÖ adds that they ‘will get a glimpse of spectacular coastal chaparral and crystal-clear waters home to plant and wildlife species found nowhere else on earth.’
Saturday, February 29th is the day for the Experience and Sprint distances. These races can be undertaken in either do a team of two, or solo. They are positioned as being fun and accessible to everyone with the Sprint race being a bit more challenging.
On Sunday, March 1st, the World Series race gets underway. This is qualifier to the ÖTILLÖ World Championship in Sweden. The average island air temperature between January and April is around 16°C, and the water is 12-14°C.