ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes | Rundown

The first edition of the LifeProof Sponsored ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes was launched today at the spectacular location of Mecklenburger Seenplatte in Northeast Germany, an area with over a 1000 lakes and a dense mystical forest making for the perfect swim run course.

Over 300 seasoned athletes from 21 different nations took to the trail in the hopes of qualifying for the ÖTILLÖ World Championships in 2017. But none of these athletes could have imagined the grueling weather conditions that lay ahead.

Racers and officials alike said that this was the toughest ÖTILLÖ race to date due to the ice cold air and super low water temperatures. These conditions challenged the 300 competitors to push their limits on the 45km course of trail running and swimming. With temperatures of below 10 degrees on some of the lakes the officials decided to close off one off the swimming sections to ensure the racers made it home safely. Check out the almost ice cold conditions below:

ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes - 2016. Foto: JakobEdholm.com
Credit: ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes – 2016. Foto: JakobEdholm.com

Holding strong in the water and pulling away on land the Swedes Pontus Lindber and George Bjalkemo took home the overall victory. “Our game plan was to get a gap on the runs, where we knew that we could accelerate. It was hard as our legs were so stiff from the cold but we managed!”, said a happy Bjälkemo at the finish.

ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes - 2016. Foto: JakobEdholm.com
Credit: ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes – 2016. Foto: JakobEdholm.com

The first mixed team and second overall was Jasmina Glad-Schreven and Thomas Schreven of Finland. Both team members fought a good fight and finished only 5 minutes behind the overall winners.


Credit: ÖTILLÖ 1000 Lakes – 2016. Foto: JakobEdholm


Local hero’s Knut Baadshaug and Sebastian Kreder closed the gap during the extreme weather conditions to take third in the men’s category.

”It was cold and long and tough. The swimming went well for us, the biggest problem today was the cold air”, said Knut Baadshaug. His partner Sebastian Kreder added: ”If we weren’t working so well as a team, we would never have been able to reach the finish today. We are quite equal, and the team has to fit well together for a challenge like this. It was a great race!” 

Eight top teams at ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes qualify to the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun World Championship 2017, on 4 September 2017 in the Stockholm Archipelago; top 3 men, top 3 mixed, top 2 women.


Check out all the results here:

Top 3 results ÖTILLÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes, 23 October, 2016


  1. Pontus Lindberg and George Bjälkemo, Terrible Tuesdays Triathlon, SWE, 4:42:02
  2. Hamish Cropper and Alan Scott, Clapham Bruderwunderz, GBR, 4:51:08
  3. Knut Baadshaug and Sebastian Kreder, The Visible Ninjas, GER, 4:52:52



  1. Jasmina Glad-Schreven and Thomas Schreven, Say no to doping!, FIN, 4:47:59
  2. Helen Maalinn and Andrew Maclean, Wolff Wear Swimrun, SWE, 5:15:16
  3. Rhian Martin and Ben Martin, Team RMF, GBR, 5:21:53



  1. Diane Sadick (SUI) and Fanny Danckwardt-Lillieström (SWE), Team Orca, 5:33:45
  2. Isobel Joiner and Rosemary Byde, sportextremeswimrun.com, GBR, 5:55:48
  3. Josefine Fast and Maria Möller,Team Fastler, GBR, 7:17:00


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