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SwimrunX

Sat 2nd Mar 2019
85 Endeavour Dr, Wollongong NSW 2500, Australia
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SwimXRun Wollongong is a unique fitness event where teams of two compete by running and swimming continuously together over a series of short swim and run legs. Inspired by the exploding popularity of the Nordic swimrun adventure race, SwimRunX Wollongong offers a smaller taste event, in a fun and challenging format.

You carry your swim and run gear with you, and your mate is with you each step or swim stroke.

The total distance covered is 1350m of swimming and 4.2k running over a mix of harbour and ocean swims, sand, cycle path and a short rocky sections to run over!

Distances in this event

  1. SwimRun 1

    SwimRun:
    Sat 2nd Mar 2019
    AUD $150–AUD $160
    Event passed

Where could you finish?

We’ll work out your time based on past results, elevation and terrain.

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What’s Included

Benefits that you will receive with your race entry:

  • Event finisher hat
  • Chip timing and results
  • Fantastic location and course venue
  • Safe and professionally managed event
  • Supportive volunteer crew
  • Key services as First Aid, Aid-Stations & post-event recovery
  • Fun, challenging event experience not to miss
Course Details

SwimRunX Wollongong has six legs, three runs, each of which is followed by a swim.

The event starts at central Wollongong harbour with a 400 m beach run; followed by your first 300m harbour swim. The second run is 500 m around the harbour roadway and some off road, followed by your second 300m harbour swim. The final run leg is 2.4km over a more challenging hill and rock run along the water front between the harbour and North Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, followed by the final and longer 800m ocean swim from Wollongong Harbour to North Beach.

You pass through 5 transition stations and collect a transition band on the way.  You can’t leave transition on your own, you must be with your buddy when both of you have secured your transition band.

The course will be marked by cones and signs, with officials placed at each transition to guide athletes, ensure equipment is not dropped, and enforce the buddy system so that teams stay together.  Teams stay together and carry all equipment with them.

The team must cross the line together, wearing all five bands.

Raceday Logistics

Registration/Check In

Once you have successfully registered, a confirmation email with event day instructions will be forwarded to you. Please read and retain.

Important 

  1. Arrive early (allow minimal one hour) to collect your entry kit and make your way to the start line.
  2. Registration collection is at City Beach Surf Club Hall (Beach side Marine drive, Wollongong)
  3. Please ensure you have read the event rules and arrive with all your equipment
  4. All participants MUST attend the pre-event course safety and briefing at 7.30am.
  5. Location of the briefing: Shore line at Central Wollongong harbour. Look for a SWIM RUNX FLAG!
  6. Event will commence at 8 am
  7. PLEASE NOTE: The event finish line is on NORTH BEACH (900m north of the harbour)

Race Day Check In

From 6:45am – 7:30am

Start Times

8.00am Male Teams
8.03am Mixed Teams
8.06am Female Teams

 

Travel

Getting There -

Location 

Located on the coastal city of Wollongong NSW, only 80km south of Sydney makes for an easy and worthwhile trip. North Beach and the picturesque Belmore Basin (known as Wollongong Boat Harbour) are central to the city, with a host of cafe’s, shops, hotels and magic beaches on your doorstep.

Travel 

A little over an hour south of Sydney, offering an easy drive or train trip, ( 2.5 hours outside Canberra)- makes for a perfect weekender or day trip

 

Kit List

What to Wear

Within reason, in SwimRunX you can wear just about anything you want that is appropriate for the event, however, you must wear shoes, and the swim cap provided at registration.  The swimsuit you choose should be appropriate for open-water swimming. Wetsuits, goggles, pull buoys and hand paddles are all options, – you swim with your shoes and run with your wetsuit on.  If you start the event with something you must finish with it too.

Footwear: The shoes you choose must suitable for climbing over rocks.Light weight joggers that don’t absorb too much water are best, but you can use your standard training shoes.  Socks are an option, but they do hold lots of water.

Cap: The swim cap provided at registration is bright to ensure you are always visible.  If you need to wear a second cap, it must be underneath the event swim cap.

Swimwear: You have lots of options.  Various forms of wetsuit are often worn to help with keeping warm, but they also provide extra buoyancy to compensate for the shoes.  In warm water events a short sleeve wetsuit or Tri-Suit may be more suitable, with a pull buoy carried to help with the buoyancy.  If you think it’s too warm for a wetsuit, swimming jammers or neoprene training shorts for the men would be a good start to avoid chaffing and potential exposure.  For ladies, a one-piece swim suit with longer legs would be appropriate too.

Swim-gear:  Pull buoys, paddles, fins, snorkels and masks are all suitable equipment for the Wollongong SwimRunX.  Pull Buoys can be strapped to the leg to free up your hands for running and scaling the rocks. Paddles also help with scaling rocks, and give extra pull to compensate for the lack of kick available.  A snorkel and mask can be work for those who enjoy the comfort of a full-face goggle, but you’ll need to keep your snorkel attached on the run.   Some athletes choose to wear fins, so you’ll need to think about how to carry your shoes during the swim.  If you wear fins during the swim they need to be carried during the run!

Volunteers

If you have any questions about the race or would like to volunteer then please do get in touch with the event organiser -

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FAQs

How Does Swim Run X Work?

You are a 2 person team!

Based as a fun yet challenging event, you alternate between swimming and running on a course that is divided into 3 runs followed by 3 run sections. Two short swims are within the more sheltered Wollongong Harbour and the final (800m) takes on the ocean from the harbour to north beach. The event starts at central Wollongong harbour with a short beach run;  the second run is around the harbour roadway, the final run leg over a more challenging hill and rock run along the water front between the harbour and North Beach Surf Lifesaving Club.

Safety

These vessels will be following the swimmers around the course:

  • Maritime Rescue Boat (subject to event/RMS discretion)
  • Minimal 1 x IRB’s for harbour swim venue and two (2) for ocean swims
  • Lifeguard operated jet ski’s with mats (subject to event and venue)
  • Rescue Boards
  • Surf Skis
  • Rescue Tubes

First Aid
First aid will operate at the shoreline, on course and finish by appropriately trained personnel. Medical and emergency services are on standby

Emergency Evacuation Plan
On the Day of the Event, there will be a full briefing for all water and land safety directly involved, in regards to any major risk or incident, requiring all swimmers to evacuate the water or runners to evacuate the course

SwimRunX is completed as a team of two, separated by no more than 10m the whole way, participants carry their equipment the whole time. (See what to wear for a guide).

Tell me more?

Unlike most single discipline sports, SwimXRun does not favour runners or swimmers, the event is staged to ensure athletes who are good at both disciplines participate.

The course crosses footpaths, has rock climbs, sand runs and fences to navigate, so teams who work together typically do well in SwimXRun.  Two of the swims use a jetty jump into deep water, and the other is a beach transition that requires you to navigate your way through moored boats. Teamwork is the secret to success in SwimXRun; don’t leave your buddy behind!

How do you stay together with your partner?

In the swim you can choose your position: swim side by side, follow your mate, or simply stay within 10m of each other.  In the run: Run side by side, or follow, simply stay within 10m of each other.  You must, however, pass through each transition together.

Is It a Race?

Whilst the event is timed and medals will be offered to the first three teams in each category – Men, Women & Mixed teams.  SwimRunX Wollongong can be taken on equally as a fun challenge. Every team member that completes the course will receive a SwimRunX hat.

It is expected that quicker teams finish within 45 minutes and slower teams within 90 minutes.   You’ll need to do some training for this event, so don’t leave your planning to the last minute.  If you need some help send an email to the race organizer and we’ll get back to you with some guidance.

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