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GOLD COAST
ATHLETE GUIDE

LOCATION:

MIAMI QLD
AUSTRALIA

DATE:

SATURDAY
18 NOVEMBER 2023

 

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EVENT PARTNERS

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WELCOME

Thank you for entering Swimrun Australia: Gold Coast 2023.

This is the inaugural event at this location and we’re excited to get you out and racing on this stunning coastal course. You will be one of the first to ever race this course and you’ll have bragging rights forever!

Swimrun is an exciting adventure race format and it may be different to what you’ve experienced before. Perhaps the most important thing to know is that you are racing free in nature and amongst the public. None of the course is closed off for the race and the course route is not extensively marked. This is part of the mystique and adventure of our urban swimruns.

It is your responsibility to know the course route and the location of the public water taps and toilets. We have marked all these on the Google Maps for you.

As with any new event, we’re still finding our way and even though we’ve planned well, we’re asking if you can please bear with our small team in the lead-up and on race day as we learn more about the course and logistics in realtime as you race. We may not get everything right this first time around, but we’re committed to improving with every event.

In addition to this, as an entrant in this inaugural event, we’d like to thank you for your support as an ‘investor’ in Swimrun Australia. Your entry fee not only goes towards delivering this event, but it also allows us to have the confidence to develop other new events and ensure the sustainability of swimrun in Australia.

Finally, I’d like to remind everyone that safety comes first. We commit to running a safe event for you and we ask you to make yours and your fellow participants safety the #1 priority at all times.

Thanks again for your support, have fun and enjoy your adventure.


Andre Slade
Race Director

TEAM SNAPSHOT

LONG COURSE

168 TEAMS
83 MALE – 50 FEMALE – 35 MIXED

SHORT COURSE

47 TEAMS
14 MALE – 15 FEMALE – 18 MIXED

215 TEAMS / 430 ATHLETES 
183 FEMALES (43%) / 247 MALES (57%)
YOUNGEST: FEMALE (15), MALE (17)
OLDEST: FEMALE (68), MALE (65)
AVERAGE AGE: 41 YEARS
OLDEST TEAM: 130 YEARS
1 INTERNATIONAL TEAM (NOUMEA)
ACT (3), NSW (191), NT (1), QLD (14), SA (1), VIC (3), WA (1)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DATE

ANNOUNCEMENT

18 NOV

LIVE TRACKING, RESULTS & PHOTOS

LIVE TRACKING WILL START ONCE THE RACES START (VIEWED ON RACE PAGE), PROVISIONAL RESULTS WILL BE AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY, AND PHOTOS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE AFTERNOON.

15 NOV

WEATHER AND BEACH UPDATE

WE’RE EXPECTING SUNNY SKIES WITH WINDS FROM THE SOUTHEAST (TAILWIND!).  HIGH TIDE IS AT 11:19AM. SURF CONDITIONS ARE FORECAST TO BE CLEAN WITH A MIX OF 3-FT ENE/SE SWELL (OCEAN SWIMS ARE LIKELY TO BE IN THE GUTTERS). 

14 NOV

CHANGE TO REGISTRATION LOCATION AT CURRUMBIN

REGISTRATION FOR THE SHORT COURSE WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE GRASSED AREA IN FRONT OF THE CAFE ON PACFIC PARADE.

11 NOV

GOOGLE MAPS UPDATED + .GPX FILES ADDED (FOR GARMIN)

GOOGLE MAPS NOW HAVE LAYERS FOR THE LOCATION OF PUBLIC WATER TAPS & TOILETS AND NAVIGATION NOTES. GPX FILES ARE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD OR VIA GARMIN RACES.

07 NOV

JOIN THE SWIMRUN AUSTRALIA FACEBOOK PAGE

Make sure you’re following our Facebook page and Instagram for the latest on this event, and join the Swimrunners (Australia) group to keep up-to-date with swimrun in Australia, get answers to your swimrun questions, find race partners and generally share your passion.

WEATHER & COMMS

Weather

The Race Director will monitor weather and on-course conditions in the lead-up to the event.

As a rule, the event will be run rain, hail or shine.

With water conditions the largest variable, as part of the race rules, we reserve the right to remove one or more swim legs if they become unsafe.

Communications

This online Athlete Guide provides dynamic updatable information for participants.

As it can be updated in real time, participants can return for any updates in the lead-up to the event.

Follow the Swimrun Australia Facebook Page as it will also be used to provide event updates.

VENUES

Short Race Registration/Start
Currumbin Beach

The Short Course race starts on Currumbin Beach in front of Tower 11.

Registration will take place on the grassed area opposite the cafe.

This event site will be limited to event flags and the registration marquee and will be packed up immediately after the start.

There is limited parking or direct public transport and it is recommended that you catch an Uber/Taxi or get dropped off by friends/family.

There will be a bag drop available to transport your gear to the event hub at the finish.

Sprint Race Registration/Start
Tallebudgera Beach

The Sprint Course race starts on Tallebudgera Beach opposite Twenty Fifth Avenue.

Registration will also take place on the beach.

This event site will be limited to event flags and the registration marquee. It will become an Aid Station for the Short Course after the start of the Sprint race.

There is limited parking or direct public transport and it is recommended that you catch an Uber/Taxi or get dropped off by friends/family.

There will be a bag drop available to transport your gear to the event hub at the finish.

Note: There are no toilets at this location. The closest toilets are located at Tallebudgera SLSC.

Event Hub/Finish
Miami Beach

The event hub is located at the finish of the race on Miami Beach in front of the Miami SLSC.

There is limited parking around this area of Miami Beach, but it is well-serviced by public transport via the Gold Coast Highway.

The finish line will be set up on the beach and there will be access to toilets and showers in and beside the Miami SLSC.

The bag drop location will be upstairs in the clubhouse, accessible via the front stairs.

Facilities

At the event hub, you’ll have access to the following:

  • Changing rooms
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Water
  • Fruit

Bag Drop

Bags can be left by athletes at registration and they will be transferred to a room upstairs at the Miami SLSC.

Whilst all care is taken to look after bags, full security is not provided, so you should factor this in when deciding what to bring to the event.

Spectator Locations

If you have friends and family keen to watch you race, these are the most easily accessible and interesting locations along the course.

  • Currumbin Creek Northside Beach (Under the bridge, access via Lions Park access road off Thrower Drive)
  • Kevin Gates Park, Tallebudgera Creek (Access off Awoonga Avenue)
  • Burleigh Beach
  • Miami Beach (Finish)

What’s Happening at the Event Hub?

Invite your friends and drag along your family, the event hub will have plenty to entertain them.

  • Music
  • Race Commentary
  • BBQ
  • Cafe open under the Miami SLSC

The event hub will be open from 8:00 am to 11:30 am.

EQUIPMENT

Mandatory Participant Equipment

Supplied and worn by each participant:

  • 1 swimsuit per person, suitable for running and swimming
  • 1 whistle per person, easily accessible so you are able to use it during the swims (for sale at rego)
  • 1 pair of shoes per person, worn at all times, including during the swims

Mandatory Equipment (Provided)

Supplied by Swimrun Australia:

  • 1 race vest per person that must be worn and visible all the times (returned to SRA at the finish)*
  • 1 timing chip per person that must be worn on an ankle at all times (returned to SRA at the finish)
  • 1 swim cap that must be worn on the head during all the swims (kept by the participant)
  • 1 cup or bottle must be carried for use at aid stations and water taps along the course.

*Race vests are the property of Swimrun Australia. The intentional cutting or permanent alteration of a vest is strictly prohibited. Participants are permitted to tie a knot in the back of the vest to reduce its size.

Vests and tracking bracelets must be returned at the finish line.

For optional equipment, please see the Swimrun Basics page.

Refer to the Swimrun Australia Race Rules for official Equipment rules.

Fuel your race with Tailwind Nutrition

Tailwind Nutrition is an all-in-one endurance fuel that will keep you energised and powering through your training and your race!

It contains all your calories, hydration, and electrolytes so you don’t need to carry or consume anything else.

Grab yourself some Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel sticks from their online shop and give them a try and choose Tailwind Nutrition at the event hydration stations.

Use our special sponsor code and save 15% on your order.

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Code: SWIMRUNTW15%

If you need help with how to use Tailwind or have any questions at all, follow them on Facebook and Instagram for all the details.

Nutrition Talk

To learn more about fuelling your training and race and the benefits of Tailwind Nutrition, watch the video below where race director, Andre Slade, talks with the team behind the product (33 mins).

RACE RULES

This event is conducted under the Swimrun Australia Race Rules.

It is a requirement of entry that participants follow the Race Rules. Failure to do so will result in a team disqualification and the team will be asked to leave the course. 

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This is a Triathlon Australia-sanctioned event

A Triathlon QLD technical official will be present, ensuring the event is run under a policy that delivers a safe and fair event that’s accessible to everyone.

SCHEDULE

Sprint Course Participants

Time
Event
Location
Required
7:30 AM
Sprint Course Registration Opens
Tallebudgera Beach
Registration confirmation email or SMS (Printed or on Phone), ID
8:10 AM
Sprint Course Registration & Bag Drop Closes
Tallebudgera Beach
RACE PACK: TRACKING BRACELETS, VESTS, SWIM CAPS, CUP
8:20 AM
Sprint Course Compulsory race briefing
START LINE
TEAMS READY TO RACE, COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT SPOT CHECKS
8:30 AM
Sprint Course Individual Race Start*
Start Line
Sprint Course Male/Female/U19
9:05 AM
First Sprint Course Participants Due To Finish
Finish Line
Sprint Course Race Supporters
10:00 AM
PODIUM PRESENTATION
PODIUM
Placegetters (1st, 2nd, 3rd in each category)

Short Course Participants

Time
Event
Location
Required
6:30 AM
Short Course Registration Opens
Currumbin Beach
Registration confirmation email or SMS (Printed or on Phone), ID
7:20 AM
Short Course Registration & Bag Drop Closes
Currumbin Beach
RACE PACK: TRACKING BRACELETS, VESTS, SWIM CAPS
7:30 AM
Short Course Compulsory race briefing
START LINE
TEAMS READY TO RACE, COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT SPOT CHECKS
7:45 AM
Short Course Individual Race Start*
Start Line
Short Course Male/Female/U19
7:48 AM
Short Course Team Race Start*
Start Line
Short Course Male/Female/Mixed Teams
9:15 AM
First Short Course Participants Due To Finish
Finish Line
Short Course Team Supporters
10:00 AM
PODIUM PRESENTATION
PODIUM
Placegetters (1st, 2nd, 3rd in each category)

* All categories combined into a single race start

Please note, race start times are approximate. Teams should be ready to go immediately after the Compulsory Race Briefing. All team categories may be grouped into the same start.

Start times may be changed right up until the start of each race.

Registration

Teams must check-in and register upon arrival.

Short Race
Registration will take place on the beach at Currumbin from 6:30 am to 7:20 am.

Sprint Race
Registration will take place on the beach at Tallebudgera from 7:30 am to 8:10 am.

^No registrations will take place after the Compulsory Race Briefing.

Teams should bring the following to register:

  1. Entry confirmation email or Race Number SMS (digital copy ok on phone or watch)
  2. Mandatory equipment

Participants/teams will receive a Race Pack with the following items:

  • Race vest/s
  • Swim cap/s
  • Tracking bracelet/s
  • Collapsible silicone cup/s
  • Bag drop identification sticker

Presentations

The presentation to placegetters is planned to take place at 10:15 am (an hour after these teams are forecast to finish).

We are aware that some teams may still be on the course at this time and we reserve the right to delay the presentation if event crew resources are required elsewhere.

COURSES

SPRINT COURSE

The sprint course takes teams from Tallebudgera Beach to Miami. The course covers 5.5km with 1.3km of swimming over 3 legs and 4.2km of running over 4 legs.

SHORT COURSE

The short course takes competitors from Currumbin to Miami. The course covers 12.5km with 2.2km of swimming over 5 legs and 10.3km of running over 6 legs.

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LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
5,500m
1
Run
1,000m
2
Swim
500m
3
Run
1,700m
4
Swim
500m
5
Run
1,200m
6
Swim
300m
7
Run
300m

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LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
12,500m
1
Run
1,200m
2
Swim
600m
3
Run
1,700m
4
Swim
300m
5
Run
4,200m
6
Swim
500m
7
Run
1,700m
8
Swim
500m
9
Run
1,200m
10
Swim
300m
11
Run
300m

SPRINT COURSE

The sprint course takes teams from Tallebudgera Beach to Miami. The course covers 5.5km with 1.3km of swimming over 3 legs and 4.2km of running over 4 legs.

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LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
5,500m
1
Run
1,000m
2
Swim
500m
3
Run
1,700m
4
Swim
500m
5
Run
1,200m
6
Swim
300m
7
Run
300m

SHORT COURSE

The short course takes competitors from Currumbin to Miami. The course covers 12.5km with 2.2km of swimming over 5 legs and 10.3km of running over 6 legs.

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LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
12,500m
1
Run
1,200m
2
Swim
600m
3
Run
1,700m
4
Swim
300m
5
Run
4,200m
6
Swim
500m
7
Run
1,700m
8
Swim
500m
9
Run
1,200m
10
Swim
300m
11
Run
300m

Graphic maps are not to scale. *Distances are approximate. Swim distances include any wade component. The final course is determined on the morning of the event. View Google Map course for more detail. The course is not extensively marked, participants are required to know the course.

IMPORTANT: The course is not extensively marked. As an adventure race, it is the responsibility of participants to know the course and carry what they need. 

Live Tracking 

Participants in this event will each wear a tracking bracelet, secured to the ankle. It is mandatory that both participants in a team wear a tracking bracelet.

Tracking bracelets are used for:

  • Determining the order teams cross the finish line
  • Providing real-time team positioning for safety management and cutoff determination
  • Ensuring all participants are accounted for at the completion of the event.

Participants must not remove their tracking bracelet at any time and ensure they run as close to the checkpoint scanners as possible.

Live tracking check-points are located at:

  1. Currumbin Beach (Short Race Start)
  2. Palm Beach/Currumbin Creek Lagoon
  3. Tallebudgera Beach (Sprint Race Start/Aid Station)
  4. Rudd Park, Burleigh
  5. Miami Beach (Finish)

On-course Hydration

Hydration/Aid Stations

Hydration/Aid Stations are provided at the following locations:

  1. Tallebudgera Beach (Twenty Fifth Ave)
  2. Miami Beach (Finish Line)

Public drink fountains, showers and taps are available along paths and participants are encouraged to use these to hydrate when necessary, even if it means detouring off the course a little to do so.

If you require more nutrition than is provided, this should be carried on you.

Please note: All rubbish (i.e. nutrition wrappers) must be kept on you until the finish. Littering will result in a team disqualification and the team will be asked to leave the course.

Cup-less Aid Stations

As part of our push to reduce our environmental footprint, our events now have cup-less aid stations.
 
Participants will be required to carry their own cup or drink bottle, which can be used at hydration stations and public water taps.
 
To support this new initiative, all entrants will receive a lightweight collapsible silicone cup with their entry. These 200ml reusable cups squash down flat and can fit into your pocket, clip onto a belt or be tucked into your swimsuit or wetsuit.
 
There will be other strategies in place to assist with the experience, including super quick refilling UltraSpout dispensers (fills your cup in 2 seconds) and a small number of compostable cups for emergency backup use.
 
Finish Line Nutrition

At the finish line participants will be provided with the following nutrition:

  • Fruit (i.e. bananas, watermelon, oranges)
  • Water

Toilets On-course

There are public toilets at the Start and Finish and along the course.

See the Google course maps for locations.

Course Markings

Parts of the course are marked to assist in navigation.

Teams should not rely on the course markings and should know the course before starting the race.

Course markers consist of (but are not limited to):

  • Ribbon, tied to poles/fences/trees
  • Cones, placed on the ground
  • Pin markers 

The colour of the marker will indicate whether you are on the correct or incorrect course.

Yellow markers

Yellow markers indicate the correct course direction.

Red markers

Red markers indicate the incorrect course direction. If you come across red markers, you should turn around and head in the opposite direction.

Feathered Flags

Large Swimrun Australia feathered flags will also be placed along the course, predominantly at the beginning and end of a swim leg.

Course Modifications

It is possible that the event crew may change the course for safety and/or other reasons at any time during the race.

The course communicated in the pre-event briefing is deemed to be the official course for the event.

Once the race has got underway, if a swim leg is considered to be unsafe or if water safety is preoccupied with an emergency, one or more, or all, of the swims may be removed from the course. In this instance, event crew will communicate this to participants and teams may be asked to continue racing by skipping one or more swim legs and continuing on foot (this might be temporary or for the remainder of the event).

Should it be deemed necessary to remove all the swims from the event due to an unacceptable level of risk before the start of the race, a revised run-only course will become the official course.

Cutoff Times

Teams should be able to complete this course within 3 hours with reasonable weather.

As this is the first event, we are not certain of exact cut-off times so will manage this in real time and do our best to keep all participants on course to finish.

Water safety, medical support and event crew reserve the right to remove participants from the course at any time if it appears their safety is at risk.

The event crew, at the discretion of the Race Director, may extend the cutoff times.

How Results Are Determined

See Section 2.6 Results of the Swimrun Australia Race Rules for official rules relating to Eligibility, Wave Starts, Results and Awards.

SAFETY

Swimrun Australia takes the safety of participants, event crew, and the public extremely seriously

Water Safety

Lifeguards

Water safety for this event is provided by lifesavers from Broadbeach SLSC patrolling the course with four IRBs and rescue boards.

In-water Emergencies

If you or your team member requires assistance in the water, you should:

  1. Relax and stay calm
  2. Use any floatation equipment (i.e. pull buoy) to assist with floating
  3. Get the attention of other teams and/or lifeguards by raising your arm and continuously blowing your whistle
  4. Slowly get yourselves to safety, if you can.

Video: How to Perform a Swimrun Rescue

Watch Swimrun Australia founder and ex-Bondi Lifeguard, Adriel Young, demonstrate how to assist your partner in the water if they require assistance.

Personal Water Safety

Do not dive head-first into the water. All water entries must be feet first.

Shoes must be worn at all times during the race and cannot be removed for the swim leg. Take care as you enter and exit the water over slippery surfaces, including sharp rocks, barnacles and miscellaneous items.

When swimming, be aware of underwater obstructions, tidal movements, watercraft (moving and anchored), currents, rocks and marine life.

Team Safety

For team races team members must stay within 10m of each other at all times.

This includes:

  • When racing (swimming and running)
  • When a team member is injured and being seen to by event crew/medical support

In it Together

When a team member has to retire from the race this forces the retirement of the team. One member of a team cannot race alone.

Use of the Whistle

Each participant must carry a whistle (no sharing one between two team members).

The whistle is to be used in emergencies to get the attention of other teams, lifeguards, medical support, or event crew.

Participants should never leave an injured or tired team member alone.

To attract attention, continue to blow the whistle until help arrives.

Emergency Contacts

In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call 000 firstRace Director
Andre Slade
0433082541

Water Safety Philosophy

The over-arching philosophy of swimrun is that you are racing in nature, along a course that isn’t overly marked.

Water safety is directed to keep back from participants whilst maintaining 100% oversight during the race so you get the feeling of swimming free in nature.

If you require assistance from water safety, you should use your whistle to attract attention. 

Medical Safety

First Aid

Trained event first aid staff are provided:

  • At the Event Hub
  • At Tallebudgera Beach
  • Mobile along the course

If you or your team member require the assistance of medical support, alert the nearest event crew member who will call for assistance. Stay with this event crew member until help arrives.

Assisting Others

Participants are responsible for their own safety and the safety of others.

If you are asked by an event crew member to assist in an emergency, you must stop racing and render assistance.

You must do your best to help another athlete that has been injured or who is sick.

Race Safety

Participants must:

  1. Know, understand and follow all race rules and attend all participant briefings
  2. Not run on the road (stick to the footpaths)
  3. Follow instructions from event crew
  4. Treat race officials, event crew, spectators, the general public and other athletes with respect and courtesy
  5. Obey laws and local regulations
  6. Take all caution when crossing a road and follow the road and traffic rules at all times
  7. Inform an event crew member promptly after withdrawing from the race and return your timing bracelet and vest.

Open Course
This event is run on an open, public course. Participants share the course with the public at all times (i.e. walkers, runners, vehicles, marine craft).

Please give the public right of way, even if it means slowing down or stopping to do so.

AFTER YOU FINISH

WHAT TO DO

We’ve got you covered after your race. Keep an eye out on the event website and socials for the latest.

Finisher Medal

All finishers will receive a finishers medal.

Race Photos

Free race photos will be available shortly after the race.

Please check the Swimrun Australia Facebook page during the afternoon.

RESULTS

Having been tracked throughout the course, you will be able to view your race splits and overall placing by category.

Share on Social

Share your excitement with your friends on social media.

Take a photo beside the media wall with your medal!

MERCHANDISE

PRE-EVENT ONLINE ORDERS HAVE CLOSED
A LIMITED RANGE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT

ONLINE PURCHASES ARE PROCESSED VIA THE DELFINA ONLINE SHOP & COLLECTED AT THE EVENT

PRE-ORDERS CLOSED
A LIMITED RANGE WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE EVENT

SWIMRUN SPRINT

6KM | 11 SECTIONS | OUT & BACK
12 YEARS +

HAVE A GO & ENJOY THE SWIMRUN EXPERIENCE. RACE AT YOUR OWN PACE. NO TIME LIMIT. PARTICIPATE SOLO OR RACE WITH YOUR MATES. GOOD BALANCE OF SWIM AND RUN.

SWIM

SECTIONS: 5
TOTAL DISTANCE: 1.76KM (29%)
LONGEST SECTION: 500M (INCL. WADE)
TYPES: FLAT HARBOUR BEACHES & BAY

RUN

SECTIONS: 6
TOTAL DISTANCE: 4.24KM (71%)
LONGEST SECTION: 1.94KM
TYPES: TRAIL, SAND, FOOTPATH

COURSE BREAKDOWN

LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
6,000m
1
Run
900m
2
Wade/Swim
500m
3
Run
280m
4
Swim
330m
5
Run
1,940m
6
Swim
330m
7
Run
280m
8
Swim/Wade
500m
9
Run
780m
10
Swim
100m
11
Run
60m

Graphic maps are not to scale. *Distances are approximate. Swim distances include any wade component. The final course is determined on the morning of the event. View Google Map course for more detail. The course is not extensively marked, participants are required to know the course.

COURSE MAP

RECOMMENDED GEAR

THIS RACE CAN BE COMPLETED WITH MINIMAL GEAR AND EQUIPMENT

WE RECOMMEND: SWIMSUIT, WETSUIT SHORTS & GOGGLES
+ COMPULSORY VEST, SWIM CAP, WHISTLE & SHOES

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