It's not just a race, it's an adventure
When Mats Andersson and Michael Lemmel were involved in these Swimruns some time later, there were soon several teams at the start (but not necessarily the finish). The race direction was reversed with the start at the hotel Sandhamn and the finish at the Utö's Vardshus. Now there are 120 teams in three categories at the start (men, women and mixed) of what has become the world Swimrun championship (120 teams with athletes from 26 countries).
In Sweden the sport gained enormous popularity in a very short time and similar competitions are now organised all over the country. The sport is developing fast in terms of material and training level. Ötillö remains the reference and in order to participate in the race qualifiers have been introduced. The first qualifier to be organised outside Sweden was held in 2014 in Engadin, Switzerland.