ÖtillÖ Swimrun 1000 Lakes: the toughest swimrun yet?

“You’ll be hot, cold, hot, cold – that’s the nature of swimrun…” says Michael Lemmel. “Or, in the case of this race,” muses fellow race director Mats Skott, “cold, cold, cold cold…” 


We’re at the race briefing for the inaugural ÖtillÖ World Series 1000 Lakes race in Rheinsberg, Germany and not one of the 150 teams starting are underestimating the challenge ahead. The next day we’ll face a 43km course that includes 10km of lake swimming in temperatures ranging from 10-14 degrees, plus the air temperatures are unseasonably cold, too. Brrrr.

Early start