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Cole Classic Sydney

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The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Experience Sydneys Northern Beaches with our iconic Cole Classic 1km, 2km, and 5km ocean swims celebrating 36 years.

Thousands of swimmers will gather in Manly to take part in one of Australia's largest ocean swims. This iconic event gives participants the opportunity to test their abilities over 1km, 2km, and 5km courses. The event aims to raise much-needed funds for more than 500 charities, including the Dee Why and Manly Surf Life Saving Clubs.

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5
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  • Organisation
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Mark T
"I found spotting the cans quite challenging in the swell and I swam to the..."
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How to enter the Cole Classic Sydney

  1. 1k

    Swim 1km
    AUD $20–AUD $55
    Event passed
  2. 2k

    Swim 2km
    AUD $30–AUD $65
    Event passed
  3. 5k

    Swim 5km
    AUD $65–AUD $85
    Event passed

Cole Classic Sydney routes

Time Restrictions

1km – 30 minutes

2km – 60 minutes

5km – 3km distance within 90 minutes / 4km distance within 120 minutes

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

1km

Start Time

8:00am

Categories & Start Waves 

  • Elite – All participants will start in a mixed start wave competing for the overall distance title. Pre-Qualification is required for this wave.
  • Age Groups – For participants who are competing in the 9-10 yrs or 11-12 yrs age categories.
  • Open – Participants will have a choice of the Female Open or Male Open.
  • Back of the Pack – Combined gender and age waves for general entry participants. Waves will fill based on order of registration.

2km

Start Time 

10:30am

Categories & Start Waves 

  • Elite – All participants will start in a mixed start wave competing for the overall distance title.
    Pre-Qualification is required for this wave.
  • Age Groups – Participants will be split into start waves depending on their age and gender.
  • Open – Combined gender and age waves for general entry participants. Waves will fill based on order of registration.

5km

Start Times

7:45am

Categories & Start Waves

  • Open – Participants will be split into start waves based on gender.
    Pre-Qualification is required for this wave.
FAQs

Can I enter a pre-qualifying Elite start wave?

If you have competed in the 2017 or 2018 Cole Classic event and your time placed you within the top 50 swimmers overall, you will automatically qualify and the Elite start wave will be available for selection during registration. If you did not compete in 2017 or 2018, please fill out the Elite Pre-Qualification Form below prior to entering with links to your previous results.

Can I enter the 5km swim?

If you had participated in the 2017 or 2018 Cole Classic 5km swim, you will automatically qualify and the 5km start wave will be available for selection during registration.

Cole Classic Sydney weather forecast

Humid throughout the day.

29°C
Predicted highs
22°C
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 9mph

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Cole Classic Sydney reviews

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 5k in 2019

    I found spotting the cans quite challenging in the swell and I swam to the wrong one at the turn. If possible, maybe add some more cans and make the two at the far turn different colours. Otherwise, great event.

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