It's not just a race, it's an adventure


Origin in Sweden

The idea to Swimrun got a whole different dimension in 2002 when the brothers Jesper Andersson and Matts entered into a bet with Anders Malm, owner of the Vardshus hotel on the island Utö, to race as quickly as possible from Utö to Sandhamn by swimming and running on the islands. Two teams of two began the race to the Sandhamn hotel, the last team would pay for hotel, food and drink, and should eat and drink what the first team had ordered for them. They needed more than 24 hours the first time but it did not stop them to try again the following year. Ötillö was born (ö till ö, literally "from island to island").

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.

Beautifull landscape during the Ötillö race 2014

Birth of Amphiman

After Jan Syryn and Dirk Beersmans (Belgian ZEROD-Scott Endurance team) had participated in both Utö Swimrun and Ötillö ,organising a Swimrun in Belgium had become inevitable. Amphiman was born.

Jan and Dirk during the Ötillö race 2014

Lac Eau d"Heure

We went looking for a site in Belgium with swimming and running possibilities, providing both challenging nature and the necessary vertical meters. In the end, only one site qualified : the lakes of the Eau d'Heure. This lake area is 4 times larger than the second one in Belgium, and consists of 3 water levels (2 dams). Vertical meters guaranteed. The surrounding presence of dense forests provides the opportunity to develop a beautiful track.

Reception Center

The race starts at the main reception center which provides all necessary commodities :
  • A detailed scale model of the site at the start package collection point.
  • A large auditorium where the briefing will be held at 10h.
  • A secured area for your belongings and material.
  • A large tea-room
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Track Changes

6 January 2018
Track Changes
38km and 28km
Also for this edition, we included some track changes to keep it interesting.
Now there is even less tarmac to run and 1 climb extra to conquer.

To make it easier on the debutants, we decided to remove the longest and coldest swim section out of the track.
The athletes of the short distance are allowed to come to the finishing line via the dam instead of the swim.