ÖTILLÖ Round 2 | Isles of Scilly, UK

Known as the toughest one day endurance race the world has to offer, the second leg of the LifeProof sponsored 2016 ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship hits the water this Saturday, on the Isles of Scilly, UK. This year ÖTILLÖ brings together 297 teams from 18 nations, made up of special forces, IronMan champions and seasoned athletes, charging together for an epic day of endurance racing.

The Isles of Scilly event marks the first time the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Championships has hosted an event in the UK, it is set to be an a challenging one. The Isles remain relatively unknown to the outside world and hosts beautiful clear water, pristine beaches which could be mistaken for the Caribbean. Even the team behind ÖTILLÖ didn’t know this spot existed until 2015. Race Director Michael Lemmel said, “For us it is a dream come true after searching in many places for our home in the UK. This race will be tough and it will be spectacular!”

The Isles of Scilly are located off the South West tip of England in the Atlantic Ocean, covered in ancient ruins this mythical place has been inhabited since the Stone Age. All in all 140 islands are scattered around the area with only 5 now being inhabited making for the perfect swimrun playground. ÖTILLÖ discovered the Isles in the Summer of 2015 when fellow racer Roland Kelly released a training clip he had created while training there. Michael and his team couldn’t get the image out of their heads, after reaching out to Roland followed by their own research, they found the home for the UK leg of The Swimrun World Championship

This weekend 8 teams will have the chance to progress to the final of the ÖTILLÖ, The Swimrun World Championship – the first 3 men’s, the first 3 mixed and the first 2 women’s teams.

This is Swimrun in its true adventure sense. The start and finish will be in Hugh Town on St.Mary and athletes will race to and around the big islands of St.Martin’s, Tresco and Bryher, passing magical small, uninhabited islets. The swimming sections will test their abilities and mental strength as there is a large tidal difference and they will most likely encounter big ocean-swell. There will be a minimum of 8 swims and the longest swim will be approximately 2,000 meters, pushing the athletes to their very limits. The running sections will be fast with some sections on loose sand and some on rocky outcrops. The teams need to be fast on land and strong in the water!

Total race distance 37 500 m
Trail-running 29 975 m
Swimming 7 525 m
Swim sections 9
Longest swim 2 340 m m
Longest run 7 200 m

This is setting up to be a game changing Swimrun event for the UK, keep track of this epic endurance race by following OTILLO on Facebook or Instagram 

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Alan Lund

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