#SRASYDNEYNORTH

SYDNEY NORTH
ATHLETE GUIDE

LOCATION:

MANLY
SYDNEY NSW
AUSTRALIA

DATE:

SATURDAY
21 OCTOBER 2023

 

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WELCOME

Thank you for entering Swimrun Australia: Sydney North 2023.

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

We’re excited to implement an individual race for the first time with the introduction of solo competitors in the short course. We’re hoping this will open up the sport to more people to try and perhaps build their way up to the long and enduro races that will remain duo only.

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 confidence and capital 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 your and your fellow participants safety the #1 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)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DATE

ANNOUNCEMENT

19 OCT

COURSE TWEAKS SHELLY BEACH & MANLY BEACH ACCESS

SHELLY BEACH: FROM CARPARK, CONTINUE INTO RESERVE AND USE STAIRS TO ACCESS BEACH. MANLY BEACH ACCESS: CONTINUE PAST THE RAMP OPPOSITE SURF CLUB AND ENTER BEACH AT NEXT STAIRS (OPP. VICTORIA AVE). SEE MAPS FOR UPDATED ROUTE.

18 OCT

WEATHER UPDATE – SUNNY DAY FORECAST

A SUNNY DAY WITH A HIGH OF 26 DEGREES AND LIGHT WINDS IS FORECAST FOR SATURDAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE SUNSAFE, WEAR SUNSCREEN AND CARRY YOUR WATER CUP.

18 OCT

WELLINGS RESERVE DETOUR UPDATE

WE HAVE TWO DETOUR OPTIONS AND HAVE ASKED COUNCIL TO APPROVE OUR PREFERRED OPTION. WE WILL CONFIRM DETOUR AND UPDATE MAPS AS SOON AS WE CONFIRM.

12 OCT

PENDING CHANGE TO COURSE ROUTE THROUGH WELLINGS RESERVE

WE HAVE BEEN MADE AWARE THAT PART OF THE WELLINGS RESERVE TRACK HAS BEEN CLOSED OFF FOR TRAIL REPAIRS. WE ARE WORKING WITH COUNCIL TO UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION FOR RACE DAY AND ARE PUTTING IN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE PLANS. MORE TO COME.

10 OCT

CUP-LESS AID STATIONS

Participants will be required to carry their own cup or drink bottle during the race to use at the aid station, taps along the course and at the finish hub. All entrants will receive a lightweight collapsible silicone cup with their entry.

09 OCT

SLIGHT CHANGE TO START SEQUENCE

WE HAVE ADJUSTED THE STARTING ORDER FOR RACES. SHORT COURSE WILL NOW START BEFORE LONG COURSE AND MIXED LONG COURSE TEAMS WILL NOW START BEFORE FEMALE LONG COURSE TEAM TEAMS. SEE SCHEDULE

18 SEP

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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

Start Line/Rego: Clontarf Reserve

Both the Short Course and Long Course races start at Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf.

This is also the location of Registration.

This event site will be limited to event flags and the registration marquee and will be packed up immediately after the final participants pass through.

There is limited parking and 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.

Event Hub: Queenscliff SLSC

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

There is limited parking around this area of Manly Beach, but it is well-serviced by public transport, including the Manly Ferry.

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

Facilities

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

  • Changing rooms
  • Toilets
  • Showers
  • Water and Tailwind Nutrition
  • Fruit
  • BBQ
  • Merchandise

Bag Drop

Bags can be left by athletes at registration at Clontarf Reserve and they will be transferred to a room at the Queenscliff 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 locations along the course.

  • Clontarf Reserve (Start / Long Course Run #1)
  • Dobroyd Headland (Dobroyd Scenic Drive)
  • Forty Baskets Beach
  • North Harbour Reserve
  • Manly Cove Beach / Esplanade
  • Little Manly Beach
  • Queenscliff Beach (Finish)

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
  • BBQ
  • Music
  • Race Commentary
  • Live race tracker
  • Official Event Merchandise (limited range)

The event hub will be open from 7:30 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)
  • 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. 

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
Clontarf Reserve
Registration confirmation email, ID
7:20 AM
Registration & Bag Drop Closes
Clontarf Reserve
RACE PACK: TRACKING BRACELETS, VESTS, SWIM CAPS
7:30 AM
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
7:51 AM
Long Course Open Male Race Start
Start line
Long Course Open Male Teams
7:54 AM
Long Course Open Mixed Race Start
Start Line
Long Course Open Mixed Teams
7:57 AM
Long Course Open Female Race Start
Start Line
Long Course Open Female 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
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.

Registration will take place under a pergola in Clontarf Reserve 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

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 10:30 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.

COURSES

SHORT COURSE

The short course takes individuals and teams from Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf to Queenscliff SLSC, Manly. The course covers 9.6km with 7.6km of running over 4 legs and 2km of swimming over 3 legs.

LONG COURSE

The long course takes teams from Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf to Queenscliff SLSC, Manly via North Head. The course covers 17km with 14km of running over 6 legs and 3km of swimming over 5 legs.

LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
9,600m
1
Run
100m
2
Swim
600m
3
Run
3,000m
4
Swim
600m
5
Run
2,100m
6
Swim
800m
7
Run
2,400m
LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
17,000m
1
Run
3,200m
2
Swim
600m
3
Run
3,000m
4
Swim
600m
5
Run
2,100m
6
Swim
800m
7
Run
1,200m
8
Swim
600m
9
Run
2,400m
10
Swim
400m
11
Run
2,000m

SHORT COURSE

The short course takes individuals and teams from Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf to Queenscliff SLSC, Manly. The course covers 9.6km with 7.6km of running over 4 legs and 2km of swimming over 3 legs.

LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
9,600m
1
Run
100m
2
Swim
600m
3
Run
3,000m
4
Swim
600m
5
Run
2,100m
6
Swim
800m
7
Run
2,400m

LONG COURSE

The long course takes teams from Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf to Queenscliff SLSC, Manly via North Head. The course covers 17.4km with 14km of running over 6 legs and 3km of swimming over 5 legs.

LEG
DISCIPLINE
DISTANCE*
17,000m
1
Run
3,200m
2
Swim
600m
3
Run
3,000m
4
Swim
600m
5
Run
2,100m
6
Swim
800m
7
Run
1,200m
8
Swim
600m
9
Run
2,400m
10
Swim
400m
11
Run
2,000m

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 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.

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. Clontarf Reserve (Start)
  2. North Harbour Reserve (Water/Aid Station)
  3. Esplanade Walkway (Intersection with Victoria Parade)
  4. Cabbage Tree Bay (Shelly > Manly walkway)
  5. Queenscliff SLSC (Finish)

On-course Hydration

Hydration Stations

Hydration Stations are provided at the following locations:

  1. North Harbour Reserve
  2. Queenscliff SLSC

Public drink fountains and taps are available along paths.

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.

Cup-less Aid Stations

In a first for swimrun in Australia and as part of our push to reduce our environmental footprint, our events will now have cupless aid stations.
 
Starting from this event, participants will be required to carry their own cup or drink bottle.
 
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
  • Tailwind Recovery Nutrition

Toilets On-course

There are 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 1/2 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.

Lifeguards, 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 lifeguards patrolling the course. There are four IRB’s covering the harbour swims, and one jetski covering the Shelly Beach swim.

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

Water Safety & Medical Director
TBC

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

Medical Safety

First Aid

Trained event first aid staff are provided:

  • At the Event Hub
  • At North Harbour Reserve
  • 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.

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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