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Rough Water Challenge 2020

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Sign up for this open water swimming challenge series and swim your way through September, competing and collecting event swag along the way! TYR have kindly provided spot prizes too; these will be awarded to lucky swimmers throughout the challenge series. The goal is simply to swim for as long and as frequently as you possibly can and join a community of open water swimmers around the world.

With single event races and total distance in a month events, there’s an opportunity for every level of swimmer to participate in our rough water challenge series. You’ll feel like you're part of the swimming community again as fellow swimmers cheer you on and challenge you to be top of the Leaderboard. The events are open to swimmers all over the world so there’s a great opportunity to make new swimming friends while you complete your events.

Please share pictures of your aquatic adventures so we can celebrate your achievements, as we would if we were all standing at the finish line. Jump in any body of water you are experienced and safe to swim in, including swimming pools, then start swimming and uploading your results! We’ll be there virtually to cheer you on and support your swimming journey.

Good luck with your swims, we’ll be supporting you from your first dip to your final stroke!

About the hosts:

This rough water swim series has been created by the Surf Swim School based in Westward Ho! who are an open water swimming school and lifeguard training centre based in the beautiful Bideford Bay in Devon. We are all passionate rough water swimmers!

Choose your event

Past events

03 Sep -10 Sep
Rough Water Challenge - Week 1 (1km)
03 Sep -02 Oct
Rough Water Challenge - 30km total distance challenge

Swag awards per number of completed events:

1st event = Swimming cap
2nd event = Series medal
3rd event = T-Shirt
4th event = Event water bottle
5th event = TYR special Ops 2.0 goggles
6th event = TYR Waterproof bag

Spot prizes have also been provided by TYR.

Complete 3 events and earn your series T-shirt
Complete 3 events and earn your series T-shirt

How to complete a Virtual Event

Participating in a virtual event means you can complete the distance at any time within the event timeframe in a location of your choice.
Here's what you need to do:


Preparing your virtual event

  • Secure your virtual spot in the event by booking your ticket
  • Plan your ideal route
    Make sure the route is at least the event length and as traffic free as possible
  • Download a distance tracking app
  • Ensure your phone and/or GPS watch is fully charged

During your event

  • Record your activity on a tracker and take a screenshot
    This can be either a phone or a GPS watch.
  • Complete your activity in the designated event completion timeframe
  • Make sure you go the event distance
    But don't worry if you go a bit further, we'll calculate your finish time.
  • Take a Finisher's Photo to share with your fellow finishers

Submitting your result

  • Head back to this event page to submit your results
    Make sure to submit your results within the event completion timeframe
  • Upload a screenshot of your activity tracker or GPS watch to verify your results
    You can still participate and submit results without this, but we won't be able to verify your results.
  • Provide your finish time and overall distance
    If you go further than the race distance, we'll adjust your time down to the correct distance based on your pace.
  • Share your Finisher's Photo on the Finish Line gallery
    Get featured on our Finish Line where you can celebrate your achievement and inspire others to get active.

Frequently asked questions

How do I record my activity?
To record your activity, you will need to download an activity tracking app that is able to track your distance and time. Popular apps include Strava, Nike Run Club, MapMyRun, and RunKeeper, and are available in the app store for free on your phone. For more details on our favourite tracking apps check out our blog post.
Are there time cutoffs for Virtual Events?
Virtual Events are fantastic in that they can be completed at any pace and location. The only restriction on how long you take is the event submission window, which is generally 48 hours, giving you lots of time to complete your event.
Can I go further than the race distance?
Yes, you can complete a distance further than what the event requires. All you need to do is input distance travelled and time, and we will adjust it down to the time it took to complete the event distance.
Can I take a break during my activity or do I have to do it without stopping?
In order to make the virtual experience as close to a physical event as possible, please submit your total elapsed time that it took to complete your chosen distance rather than total moving time. This will take into account any breaks or stops taken during completion, and mimic the experience of a physical event.
If offered, when will the post-race goodies be mailed?
Any race goodies or merchandise will be posted by the Event Organiser as soon as possible after the event. Please contact the Event Organiser if you have further enquiries about race swag.
Can I take part at any time of day?
You will find the event start time on the event page. Once the event starts, you can complete the event any time within the submission window. Make sure to upload your result and picture within the submission window to verify your results!
Have a question about this event? Ask our team member below and we'll get back to you. In the meantime, visit our Help Center

For more advice about virtual events, see our Virtual Event Handbook here.

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