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Start your summer racing right with this beautiful seaside Swimrun in East Sydney. Forget the bike, this multistage swimrun features beautiful views of Parsley Bay and some serious sea swims. Great for beginners, come for the views, the breakfast and the kudos.

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20 Reviews
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George M
"Great local race, friendly people and well organised. Could have done with a..."


Eatin N
"Had a fantastic race. The bush bashing part on the run from Parsley was a..."


anna d
"Wonderful race. Lovely conditions. A better more obvious finishing area would..."
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  1. 3 Bay Challenge

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    The 3 Bay Challenge is a three-stage biathlon where participants run between and swim at three of Sydney's iconic harbour beaches: Nielsen Park, Parsley Bay, Watsons Bay. The course consists of three running legs and three swimming legs. Total distance is 6km run and 750m swim.

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    The race starts at 7:30 am, at Watsons Bay and participants will follow the red route marked “Run OUT” towards Nielsen Park, via the Parsley Bay Bridge (3km).

    After the swim at Nielsen Park (250m), participants will run back along the “Run IN” route towards Parsley Bay (2km) for the second swim (350m).

    After the swim, the run route goes through Parsley Bay Reserve and towards Watsons Bay (1km), via Gibson’s Beach Reserve, for the final swim (100m).

    Total Distance – 6km run and 700m swim


    Signing in on the day?

    Signing in and getting your race number will occur at 6:30 am (race start at 7:15am).

    What to wear to the event?

    We have seen it all: people swimming in their shoes, running barefoot, and fully clothed or just swimmers.

    But the majority of participants run in shoes and their swimmers only. Before each swim, you take your shoes off (as the swims are a circular route) and you put them on again when you take off on the next leg of the run.

    Will there be wave starts?

    There will be three to four waves on the day. Your wave will be determined by when you entered. If you want to run with a group of friends, start a team and ask them to all to register in the same team.

    Bag drop?

    Yes, there will be an area for bag drop at the start of the race. Someone will be watching this area for the entire race. We do encourage you not to leave valuables in your bag, as we do not accept liability for loss, theft or damage to your items.


    3 Bay Challenge reviews (20)

    4.8 out of 5 stars

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    • Did the 3 Bay Challenge in 2018

      This was my first time doing the event. I was a little nervous as it was my first swim/run event (although I had done a lot of triathlons before). The route was beautiful, and I liked the fact you ran the furthest distance first. I also liked the fact it was a 'grass root' run event. I would have liked it to have been a swim point to point, but that would have meant having to swim in trainers... I thought the distance was perfect and the three areas (bays) were easy to swim vs. the ocean. There was some confusion at the start regarding the distance - the organiser suggested the first swim was 750mm!! And 1.5km swim in total. I think this was a joke. I was aware this was organised by a group of South Africans and the charity was related to Rhinos. I am a big supporter of charitable givings, but I would have preferred to have supported a charity which would have put money back into South Africa as opposed to repatriating Rhinos to Australia!!!!I would definitely do this again - I am Bondi based so this was super easy to get to. Thanks,
    • Did the 3 Bay Challenge in 2018

      Great fun, thanks for making the effort to put it on
    • Did the 3 Bay Challenge in 2018

      Wonderful race. Lovely conditions. A better more obvious finishing area would be great. A good kick off for training for the swim|run event in April 2019.
    • Did the 3 Bay Challenge in 2018

      Had a fantastic race. The bush bashing part on the run from Parsley was a little red hot due to moss. But was great!!!!!
    • Did the 3 Bay Challenge in 2018

      Great local race, friendly people and well organised. Could have done with a few more marshals on key corners but other than that all was great. It was great that the proceeds went to a good cause too and also good knowing that the event organiser are not being greedy and taking the profit as is the case form many events these days.It would be great if this was a series of races and even better if there was chip timing!
    • Did the 3 Bay Challenge in 2018

      I didn't think the maps really showed the race.
    • Did the 3 Bay Challenge in 2018

      maybe elastic laces for quick transition

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