It's not just a race, it's an adventure
When Mats Andersson and Michael Lemmel were involved in these Swimrun a little later, there were soon several teams at the start (but therefore not yet to the finish). The race direction was reversed with start at the hotel Sandhamn and finish at the Utö's Vardshus. Now there are 120 teams in three categories at the start (men, women and mixed) for what has become the world Swimrun championship (120 teams with athletes from 26 countries).
In Sweden it became very popular in a short time and similar competitions are organized all over the country. Developments are going fast in terms of material as well as the training level. Ötillö is constantly the reference and in order to participate in Ötillö they now organize qualifiers .In 2014 the first qualifier was organized outside Sweden in Engadin, Switzerland.