#SRASYDNEYEAST

SYDNEY EAST ATHLETE GUIDE

LOCATION:

ROSE BAY
SYDNEY NSW
AUSTRALIA

DATE:

SATURDAY
29 APRIL 2023

 

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WELCOME

Thank you for entering Swimrun Australia: Sydney East 2023.

This will be the fifth running of the Sydney East event after a 3-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic and we look forward to welcoming friends old and new.

As the new owner of Swimrun Australia, I would like to thank the founder and previous owner, Adriel Young, for his trailblazing efforts in bringing this event to Australia and for his help in handing over such an amazing event to me and my team at OceanFit.

As we transition into the future of this event and take a growth lead in developing the sport in Australia, we have already instigated some new features into this event which we hope you’ll enjoy.

This year’s event doubles as the 2023 Australian Swimrun Championship, all the best to those competitors out for glory.

Finally, what we really love about swimrun is that it is raced in pairs – stroke for stroke, stride for stride. Not only do you get to support and motivate each other as you enjoy the scenic adventure together, you also get to watch out for each other and keep each other safe. 

Please make your team’s safety a priority at all times.

Thanks again for your support, 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)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

DATE

ANNOUNCEMENT

24 APRIL

LONG COURSE – CHANGE TO ROUTE THROUGH NIELSEN PARK

DUE TO AN UPDATED REQUIREMENT BY THE PARK RANGER, THE COURSE THROUGH NIELSEN PARK WILL NOW LOOP DOWN TO THE PROMENADE AND BACK TO FIG TREE ROAD. SEE THE LONG COURSE MAP @ NIELSEN PARK FOR EXACT ROUTE

23 APRIL

PUBLIC TOILETS ON COURSE

COURSE MAPS HAVE BEEN UPDATED WITH LOCATIONS OF PUBLIC TOILETS ALONG THE COURSE

20 APRIL

CONTENT UPDATES

Watch the swimrun rescue video to learn how to provide assistance to your partner in the water
Watch a talk on nutrition given by Tailwind Nutrition to Race Director, Andre Slade

18 APRIL

SWIMRUN AUSTRALIA RACE RULES UPDATED [VERSION 1.4]

RULE 2.5.3 and 8.3.3 relating to age category results have been removed
We are working on a masters-style combined age category system for teams but may not have it ready for this event

16 APRIL

SWIMRUN AUSTRALIA RACE RULES UPDATED [VERSION 1.3]

SECTION 8: AUSTRALIAN SWIMRUN CHAMPIONSHIP (ELIGIBILITY/START WAVES/RESULTS/AWARDS) HAS BEEN ADDED
RULE 2.1.15 HAS BEEN ADDED RELATING TO STAYING WITH INJURED PARTNER
Rule 2.4.7.1 has had the cut-off points and associated times aligned to timing checkpoint locations

3 APRIL

SHORT COURSE MODIFICATION & DISTANCE UPDATED

SWIM 2 & 3 are now both to/from milk beach (320m). ACTUAL DISTANCE FOR RUN #2 IS 1,840M (NOT 1,500M). TOTAL NOW 5.5KM.

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.

VENUE

Event Hub: Woollahra Sailing Club

The event hub (incl. registration, race start and race finish) is located at the Woollahra Sailing Club in Lyne Park, New South Head Road, Rose Bay.

We recommend taking public transport; there is one ferry stop and two bus stops located approx. 200m from the event hub. There is also limited parking in Lyne Park and on New South Head Road.

Facilities

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

  • Changing rooms
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Water and Tailwind Nutrition
  • Cafe

Note: Athlete’s should bring their own drink bottle for use at the hydration station.

Bag Drop

Bags can be left by athletes in a room on the first level of the sailing club, which is also used as the registration room.

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 locations along the course.

  • Rose Bay (Event Hub – start/finish)
  • Nielsen Park (Short Course turnaround, access via Steele Point Road off Vaucluse Road)
  • Parsley Bay
  • Watsons Bay
  • Camp Cove

Friends and family can’t make it? They can follow the live team tracking and finish line camera online.

What’s Happening at the Event Hub?

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

  • Coffee
  • Food
  • Giant Games for the kids
  • Music
  • Race Commentary
  • Live race tracker on the big screen
  • Giveaways
  • Official Event Merchandise (limited range)

The event hub will be open from 6:30 am to 12:00 pm.

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)

*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: SWIMRUN15%

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. 

This is a Triathlon Australia-sanctioned event

A Triathlon NSW 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

Time
Event
Location
Required
6:30 AM
Registration opens
Upstairs, Woollahra Sailing Club
Registration confirmation email, ID
7:20 AM
Registration Closes^
Upstairs, Woollahra Sailing Club
RACE PACK: TRACKING BRACELETS, VESTS, SWIM CAPS
7:30 AM
Compulsory race briefing
OUTSIDE COURTYARD
TEAMS READY TO RACE, COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT SPOT CHECKS
7:45 AM
Championship race start*
START LINE
Championship Male/Female/Mixed Teams
7:48 AM
Long Course Open Male Race Start
Start line
Long Course Open Male Teams
7:51 AM
Long Course Open Female Race Start
Start Line
Long Course Open Female Teams
7:54 AM
Long Course Open Mixed Race Start
Start Line
Long Course Open Mixed Teams
8:00 AM
Short Course Race Start*
Start Line
Short Course Male/Female/Mixed Teams
8:45 AM
First Short Course Teams Due To Finish
Finish Line
Short Course Team Supporters
9:30 AM
First Long Course Teams Due To Finish
Finish Line
Long Course Team Supporters
10:30 AM
CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTATION
PODIUM
Championship Placegetters (1st, 2nd, 3rd in each category)
11:30 AM
Prize Draw
PODIUM
Participants

* All categories combined into a single race start

Please note, race start times are approximate. Teams should be ready to go as early as possible.

Registration

Teams must check-in and register upon arrival.

Registration will take place in a room upstairs at the Woollahra Sailing Club from 6:30 am to 7:20 am.

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

Teams should bring the following to register:

  1. Entry confirmation email (digital copy ok)
  2. ID for each participant
  3. Mandatory equipment

Teams will receive a Race Pack with the following items:

  • 2 x race vest
  • 2 x swim cap
  • 2 x tracking bracelet
  • 2 x event tee (if entered before the cutoff date)

Presentations

Australian Swimrun Championship

The presentation for the Australian Swimrun Championship is planned to take place at 10:30 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.

Random Prize Draw

Following the finish of the last team on the course, the general presentation will begin.

Only participants/teams that are present at this presentation will be eligible for random prizes.

Prizes from Orca, Tailwind, OceanFit, Swimlab, Tri Swim and more

COURSES

SHORT COURSE

The short course, included for the first time in 2023, will take teams from Lyne Park, Rose Bay, to Nielsen Park, Vaucluse, and back.

LONG COURSE

The long course is the Championship course that takes teams from Lyne Park, Rose Bay, to Hornby Lighthouse, Watsons Bay, and back.

LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
5,500m
1
Swim
870m
2
Run
460m
3
Swim
320m
4
Run
1,840m
5
Swim
320m
6
Run
460m
7
Swim/Wade
600m
8
Run
470m
9
Swim/Wade
140m
10
Run
20m
LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
16,000m
1
Swim
870m
2
Run
460m
3
Swim
320m
4
Run
3,000m
5
Swim
170m
6
Run
790m
7
Swim
200m
8
Run
870m
9
Swim
210m
10
Run
1,750m
11
Swim
180m
12
Run
870m
13
Swim
200m
14
Run
790m
15
Swim
170m
16
Run
3,000m
17
Swim
320m
18
Run
460m
19
Swim/Wade
600m
20
Run
510m
21
Swim
140m
22
Run
20m

SHORT COURSE

The short course, included for the first time in 2023, will take teams from Lyne Park, Rose Bay, to Nielsen Park, Vaucluse, and back.

LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
5,500m
1
Swim
870m
2
Run
460m
3
Swim
320m
4
Run
1,840m
5
Swim
320m
6
Run
460m
7
Swim/Wade
600m
8
Run
470m
9
Swim/Wade
140m
10
Run
20m

LONG COURSE

The long course is the Championship course that takes teams from Lyne Park, Rose Bay, to Hornby Lighthouse, Watsons Bay, and back.

LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
16,000m
1
Swim
870m
2
Run
460m
3
Swim
320m
4
Run
3,000m
5
Swim
170m
6
Run
790m
7
Swim
200m
8
Run
870m
9
Swim
210m
10
Run
1,750m
11
Swim
180m
12
Run
870m
13
Swim
200m
14
Run
790m
15
Swim
170m
16
Run
3,000m
17
Swim
320m
18
Run
460m
19
Swim/Wade
600m
20
Run
510m
21
Swim
140m
22
Run
20m

Distances are approximate. Swim distances include any wade component. The final course is determined on the morning of the event.

IMPORTANT: The course is not extensively marked. As an adventure race, it is the responsibility of teams 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 team members wear a tracking bracelet each.

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.

Note: Placings in this event are determined by the position a team crosses the line, irrespective of what start wave a team started in. The elapsed time for a team has no bearing on results (due to staggered starts for the Championship).

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. Event Hub (Start/Finish)
  2. Nielsen Park (Short Course turnaround)
  3. Watsons Bay
  4. Hornsby Lighthouse (Long Course turnaround)

On-course Hydration

Hydration Stations

Hydration Stations are provided at the following locations:

  1. Event Hub (Start/Finish)
  2. Parsley Bay (approx 5km & 11km)

There is no on-course Hydration Station for the Short Course.

Hydration Stations have water and Tailwind Nutrition.

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.

Finish Line Nutrition

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

  • Fruit (i.e. bananas, watermelon, oranges)
  • Cookies
  • Water
  • Tailwind Recovery Nutrition

The Woollahra Sailing Club cafe will be open for food, including a BBQ and coffee.

Toilets On-course

There are toilets at the Event Hub 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

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 1/2 hours with reasonable weather.

Throughout the course, there will be cut-off points that teams will need to pass by a certain time to be able to continue racing.

These are in place for participant and event crew safety and to ensure that the event is completed within the licenced time period stipulated by landowners.

Short Course

No cut-off time

Long Course

Cutoff Point #1
Watsons Bay timing checkpoint on the return leg by 10.10 am

Cutoff Point #2
Neilson Park timing checkpoint on the return leg by 10.55 am.

Lifeguards, medical support and event crew reserve the right to remove teams from the course at any time if it appears the safety of one or both of the team members is at risk.

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

How Results Are Determined

This event doubles as the 2023 Australian Swimrun Championship.

Teams that wish to compete for the podium have self-selected via the entry form to start in the Championship start wave which will start before the Open categories.

The Championship start wave gives competitors ‘clearer air’ in the early course choke points.

Placings in this event/the Championship are determined by the position in which a team crosses the finish line. Race times do not determine placings in the event/Championship.

It is possible for a team that starts in the Open wave to overtake and place in the Championships.

See Section 8: Australian Swimrun Championship of the Swimrun Australia Race Rules for official rules relating to Eligibility, Wave Starts, Results and Awards.

It is not too late to be in the Championship Wave, teams can make the change on the day at the registration desk.

Note: Times will be provided in results for information only.

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 lifeguards patrolling the course on boats and with rescue tubes.

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.

Take extra care at swim legs where teams are travelling in both directions.

Team Safety

Swimrun is a team event and 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

Water Safety & Medical Director
Andrew Reid
0405393739

In the case of a life-threatening emergency, call 000 first

Race Director
Andre Slade
0433082541

Medical Safety

First Aid

Trained event medical staff are provided:

  • At the Event Hub
  • As a mobile medic (on a scooter)

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.

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.

There are gold, silver and bronze medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in the Australian Swimrun Championship.

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!

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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