Team information

Dear Solvalla Swimrun 2018 participants,

On this page you will find all the information you need to prepare for Solvalla Swimrun 2018. The page will be updated in August 2018 at the latest.

We look forward to seeing you at Solvalla Swimrun 2018!

Kind regards,

Race Director Mats Almqvist & Race Manager Alexandra kvist


Race information

Here you can find all the information you need to know about Solvalla Swimrun 2018.

Download the race information letter: To be released

Map: To be released

Information on race distances from 2017Solvalla Swimrun Distances

Estimated competition timetable (Start- service stops – finish) from 2017: Solvalla Swimrun Timetable




Friday 21.9.2018, 13:00 – 21.30 (Race confirmation can be made an gear can be picked up)

Saturday 22.9.2018,  08.00-20.00

Before the race the competition office is open Mon-Friday 08:30-16:00 (GTM +2).Please note that no gear can be picked up before Friday 21.9.2018 at 13:00.





Preliminary time schedule Friday  21st of September 2018

13:00 – 21.30 Competition office is open, Race registrations and confirmation of participation can be made and gear can be picked up.

Preliminary time schedule Saturday 22nd of September 2018

08:00 The competition office opens
08:00 – 08:50 Last minute participation confirmation has to be done to the office

09:00 – 09:20 ÖtillÖ Merit Race briefing session
09:20- 09:40 ÖtillÖ Merit Race teams: Mandatory team photo
10:00 ÖtillÖ Merit Race Start

10:05 -10:20 Endurance Race briefing session
10:20 – 10:40: Endurance race teams: Mandatory team
11:00 Endurance Race Start

11:05-11:20 Sprint briefing session
11:20-11:40 Sprint race teams: Mandatory team photo and gear check
12:00 Sprint Race Start

15:00 – 19:00 Warm dinner buffet is served at Restaurant Villa Solvalla
14:00 – 19:30 Lakeside saunas open

Please note that random gear checks will be conducted upon finish.


Confirmation of participation in the race must be made to the competition office by 21.9.2018 at 08:50 by the latest.

All teams get a map, swimming cap and start number after confirming their attendance.

Unpaid registration fees have to be paid to the office by 08:50 on Saturday 22nd of September. The competitors who have paid the registration fee in advance are advised to bring the receipt of payment.

Late registrations have to be made to the Competition Office 22.9.2018 by 08:30 at the latest. The fees for late registration are: Sprint: 165 € , Endurance 195 € , ÖtillÖ Merit Race 210 €. Please note that late registrations can only be made if there are still available slots left.


Accommodation is available at Solvalla Sports Institute. The price is 45 euro/person in double room and 62 euro/person in single rooms. Breakfast is included in the accommodation fee. We also offer 3 – 5 people bedrooms, which can be booked through contacting the Race Manager.




All teams must have their own:

  • First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
  • 2 Wetsuits (1 per person), suitable for water temperature of 10 degrees Celsius
  • 1 Compass or GPS watch
  • 2 Whistles ( 1 per person)

It is also recommended that the teams have a water bladder


 Solvalla Swimrun will supply the teams with:

  • Race bibs, which must be worn visible all the time during the race.
  • Maps
  • Timing chip
  • Swim caps, which must be worn visible during all the swims.

Recommended equipment (Not compulsory):

  • Pull buoy
  • Hand paddles
  • Tow line
  • Goggles

Equipment that is not allowed are: 

  • Any floatation help that is bigger than 100 cm x 60cm
  • Modified wetsuits with paint or colour that can wash off and contaminate the water.

Time and tracking equipment

The time equipment that will be used is a timing chip.


Teams that for some reason have started the race but do not wish to complete it must notify the competition office about the termination as soon as possible!


Random equipment checks will be performed after finish.




Shuttle Bus Service

A shuttle bus service is organized from the Helsinki Airport to Solvalla Sports Institute on Friday will be organized as follows:

September 21st 2018

17:30 Departure from the Airport to Solvalla

20:00 Departure from the Airport to Solvalla

Price: 15 euro/team.

There are limited places available so make sure you book your seats as soon as possible. To book your place in the bus please e-mail:

Public transport

From the airport you can take the local train from the Airport to Huopalahti station. At Huopalahti you need to switch trains and get the local train to Espoo city centre. From Espoo city centre bus service 245 / 245A / 245K (Nuuksionpää or Kattila) goes to Solvalla Sports Institute.

For more information about public transport in the capital area please visit: or


Competition briefing sessions

Competition briefing sessions will be held for all participants.

Briefing session timetable:

  • ÖtillÖ Merit Race: 09:00
  • Endurance: 10:00
  • Sprint: 11:00


Sauna and dressing rooms

After the race are the lakeside saunas are open 14:00-19:30

Dressing rooms are available in the Solvalla Arena and the old main building. In the Solvalla Arena there are dressing rooms reserved for Swimrun participants (lockable boxes in the dressing rooms, which work with 1 euro coins).

In the old main building, there are dressing rooms available for the racers. This is the building which is located next to Haltia Nature centre. The dressing rooms are locked during the race (clothes may be left there).

In case you do not want to leave your belongings in the dressing rooms there will be a free wardrobe service at the Solvalla Arena.


A warm buffet meal is complementary and served on the race day between 14:00 – 20:00. Special diets need to be informed to

 Service stations

On the race track there are 5 service stations. The snacks and drinks served will be released in August 2018.

The participants in ÖtillÖ Merit Race are allowed to bring their own provisions to Service point 2, The race track passes the start- and goal area at about 14 km.

* Information on snacks and drinks served, race map and more will be sent to you by email 2-4  weeks before the race, depending on when you register. All information can be found here in August 2018. 

Price Ceremonies

The price ceremony will take place close to the finish area 30 min after the 3 first teams in each series have crossed the finish line.

Photos and Media

Before the start of the race a team photo will be taken due to safety reasons. All photos taken can be used by Solvalla Swimrun for marketing purposes (See race rules section 17).  There will also be a mandatory equipment check for every team. (See race rules section 8)



At Solvalla Swimrun we are greatful for the beautiful nature that allows us to arrange our race in such beautiful landscapes. We aim to be a green race and promote sustainability in order for us to be able to create races many more years to come.

We do the following to protect the beautiful environment:


  • Collect all race bibs after the race, and aim to reuse them in coming races. Please return your bib after the race.


  • Racers are not allowed to leave any trash or equipment on the track. All trash and equipment need to be taken to the finish line or thrown in bins at the service stations.


  • Racers who deliberately leaves trash in the nature may be subjected to disqualification.




Race Director: Mats Almqvist

Race Manager:  Alexandra Kvist

Tel. +358447578885



Head of Competition track: Heikki Kiili


Tel.+358 50 5901275


These persons also form a jury to which the participators can make a protest. The protest fee is 50 € and will be returned if the protest is approved.




As a partner of ÖtillÖ, the Solvalla Swimrun race rules follow the rules set by ÖtillÖ. Please read these rules carefully.



1.1 To be able to participate in ÖTILLÖ SWIMRUN WORLD SERIES you have to race in a team consisting of two persons that are at least 18 years old and able to swim.

1.2. Each team member needs to have a valid Swimrun insurance.

1.3. Your application is final. No entry fee will be reimbursed by the Race Organisation, with the ÖTILLÖ Swimrun Insurance you will get your entry fee back against a medical certificate.

1.4. It is allowed to change one team member of the same gender.


6.1. The race course is marked

6.2 The participants must follow the marked course

6.3 The participants that do not follow the marked course will be disqualified

6.4 There will be several water / food checkpoints throughout the         course



7.1 There will be several medical points where participants can get help if needed

7.1.2 There will be medical staff and equipment on boats and on land.



8.1 All teams need to bring all their equipment from start to finish, if a team fail to bring all their equipment to the finish line they will be disqualified.



  • 1 First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof
  • 2 Wetsuits, 1 per person, suitable for water temperature of 10 degrees Celsius
  • 1 Compass/Watch Compass
  • 2 Whistles, 1 per person



  • Race bibs must be worn visible all the time during the race
  • Maps
  • Timing chip (lost or not returned timing chip will be charged

100 Euros or equivalent)

  • Swim caps must be worn visible during all the swims



  • Water bladder



Before the race there will be a mandatory gear check.



8.6.1 Floatation help that is bigger than 100 cm x 60 cm.

8.6.2 No wetsuits can be modified with paint or color that washes off in the water. This will result in immediate disqualification.



9.1 The time is from the start until the finish line

9.2 The team has to pass all timing checkpoints and the finish line together



10.1 Throughout the course there will be cut offs where the teams need to pass by a certain time to be able to continue racing.

10.2 Information about the cut off times will be given the day before the start



11.1 The participants must know the rules and follow these

11.2 The participants shall respect other participants, organisation, spectators and the people living in the race area.

11.3 The participants are not allowed to use unfair methods to get advantages

11.4 Doping according to Swedish RF rules chapter 13 are forbidden. 11.5 The participants are obliged to help in case of emergency if the organisation is asking for it.



12.1 The participants can train and scout the course prior to the race but have to respect the residents in the area and behave according to the Finnish “everyman’s right”. Training recommendations for the area will be communicated via news letter to the racers as some areas are sensitive from an environmental perspective. These recommendations must be respected.



13.1 The participants are participating at their own risk and can not hold the organisation responsible for any accident during the race.

13.2 The teams are obliged at their best ability to help another team that have been injured or being sick.

13.3 A team that has abandoned the race shall report it as soon as possible to the organisation.

13.4 The participants are not allowed to throw trash in the nature. If a team is doing so they will get disqualified.



14.1 Race jury is the race director and two persons from the race organisation.


14.2 The race jury is:

  • Enforcing the rules
  • Decide the outcome of a protest
  • Decide about disqualification
  • Decide about course changes and changes in the rules


  • At least two members of the jury is needed to be able to take a race jury decision.
  • The race jury has the right to use “common sense” to take a decision about arisen situation if it is not clear in the rules
  • The decision of the race jury is definitive.




14.5.1 A protest must be given in written to the race organisation within an hour after finishing the race.

14.5.2 A protest must include:

  • Time and location
  • Team number and signatures of the team members
  • Team number or team name of the team that the protest is against
  • The reason for the protest
  • If possible include witness with name or team number


14.5.3 A protest that does not fill the criteria of point 7.2.2 will be ignored.

14.5.4 A decision from the race jury will be communicated to those involved as soon as possible.



Offence against the rules leads to disqualification.

15.1. External Assistance

It is not allowed to receive assistance from other people than the race organisation. Each team has to make their own way from start to finish.



16.1 The two members of each team has to stay together at all time and can not be more than 10 metres apart.

16.2 The race organisation can refuse a team to continue if they judge them not capable due to fatigue or being in such bad physical condition that continued racing would be to take unnecessary risk.



17.1 Sponsor Markings

The teams are allowed to have sponsors marked on their race gear.

17.2 Race Bibs

The race bibs can not be modified in any way and must be worn all the time


17.3 Pictures and Film Free Rights

The participants gives the race organisation the right to use pictures and film material taken during the race to be used free of rights in marketing, press material, internet, television and films etc.

  1. Environmental issues.

Due to our Environmental policy all racers are asked to return their race bibs after the race. Racers who deliberately leaves trash in the nature may be subjected to disqualification.


By entering the race each team member accepts the rules in full.

All images and rights from the event are reserved. All unauthorized commercial use of images will be legally addressed.





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