TERMS & CONDITIONS

Minimum Age Determination

Age determination for the minimum age for entry for all races and for age category assignment is determined by the athlete’s age on December 31st during the Triathlon Australia season, which runs from 1 July to 30 June.

Minimum ages for races may be different by race type by event. 

See an individual event for minimum ages.

Pre-requisites

Stroke ‘N Stride

  • Can swim 500 metres continuously in open water

Swimrun Short

  • Can swim 1,000 metres continuously in open water

Swimrun Long

  • Can swim 1,000 metres continuously in open water
  • Can hold a 2-minute/100m swim pace and an 10-minute/1km run pace

See Section 2.3: Eligibility of the Swimrun Australia Race Rules for official eligibility rules.

AGE GROUPS

Swimrun Australia currently offers the following age group categories by race. Age group must be chosen at the time of entry. Results and placings are confined to the nominated age group.

RACE
U15
U18
OPEN
MASTERS
STROKE ‘N STRIDE
SWIMRUN SPRINT SOLO
SWIMRUN SHORT SOLO
SWIMRUN SHORT TEAM
SWIMRUN LONG SOLO
SWIMRUN LONG TEAM

U15 – 12-14 years old.

U18 – 15-17 years old.

Open – Unrestricted age group.

Masters Solo – 40+ years old.

Masters Team – Combined 90+ years, determined by combining the age of both team members, where the youngest is at least 35 years old, e.g. 35+55, 45+45, 55+55.

CATEGORIES

The following gender categories are offered by race.

Mixed teams are made up of one male and one female.

RACE
MALE
FEMALE
MIXED
STROKE ‘N STRIDE
SWIMRUN SPRINT SOLO
SWIMRUN SHORT SOLO
SWIMRUN SHORT TEAM
SWIMRUN LONG SOLO
SWIMRUN LONG TEAM

Meet Ups

Meet Ups are organised pre and post-event to train and get together socially, and are added to the activities schedule as they are developed.

Participation in Meet Ups is optional, and participants are responsible for their safety at all times.

There will be no official safety crew or water safety at these events, and participants should only partake if they have the confidence and ability to do so safely.

The gear you race in will be determined by whether it is compulsory, recommended, optional, or prohibited.

Compulsory Items

Swimrun Sprint/Short/Long

  • Swimsuit
  • Shoes
  • Swim Cap1
  • Vest2
  • Whistle
  • Timing Bracelet3

Stroke ‘N Stride

  • Swimsuit
  • Swim Cap1
  • Timing Bracelet3

Recommended Items

  • Goggles
  • Reusable Cup

Optional Items

  • Wetsuit / Wetsuit Shorts
  • Pull Buoy4
  • Hand Paddles4
  • Tether
  • Nutrition

Prohibited Items

  • Swim Fins
  • Motorised Aids
  • Tow Floats
  • Backpacks
  • Headphones

1Swim Caps are supplied by Swimrun Australia and reusable for future events at the same location.
2Vests are supplied by Swimrun Australia and returned at the finish line.
3Timing Bracelets are supplied by Swimrun Australia and returned at the finish line.
4Pull Buoys and Hand Paddles are prohibited in Stroke ‘N Stride.

More information

View the Swimrun Basics page and the Gear section of our Resources for more information and tips on race gear.

Please ensure you read Section 7: Equipment in the Swimrun Australia Race Rules.

This event will be conducted under Swimrun Australia’s Race Rules.

The Race Rules cover the following:

  • Eligibility
  • Entry Conditions
  • Athlete Conduct
  • Course
  • Racing
  • Equipment
  • Penalties
  • Organisation Conduct
  • Sponsors and Media Exposure
  • Australian Swimrun Championship

The Race Rules take precedence over any other information communicated via the website or other means.

Current Version: 3.0 (As at 22 May 2024)

Swimrun Australia events are designed as urban adventure races. Our goal is to make racing on the course as natural and environmentally friendly as possible.

To achieve this, 

We do not extensively mark the course
Whilst we do place some signage on the course, particularly at swim entries and exits, split junctions, and road crossings, it is the participant’s responsibility to know the course.

To stay on course, we suggest studying the Google Maps course, downloading the GPX file to a smartwatch, and scouting/practising on the course beforehand.

We keep water safety back from swimmers
All swim sections have comprehensive water safety, however, in order to make the swim feel free and open, we ask water safety to maintain visual whilst keeping back from the swim line.

Each participant carries a whistle that can be used to get the attention of the event crew, and gear such as wetsuits and pull buoys aid in safety.

We minimise our environmental footprint
Swimrun Australia strives to deliver events with the least possible impact on our race locations.

There is no littering on the course, and participants will need to carry their own collapsible cup to use at hydration stations. Course maps also indicate the location of public water bubblers and toilets.

Participant Transfers (Within an Event)

The following three transfer options are available:

1. Downgrade or upgrade race distance [Solo/Team]

  • When downgrading: There are no refunds for the difference in price
  • When upgrading: The difference in price will be charged at the current tier price
  • Fee = $20

2. Switch out a participant [Team]

  • Teams can change one team member and make one race category change, i.e.
    • 1 male team member in a male team is switched for another male team member, remaining in the male category
    • 1 male team member in a male team is switched for a female team member and the category is changed to a mixed team
  • Fee = $20

3. Switch from team to solo [Team]

  • Only for when a team of two participants becomes one solo participant
  • There are no refunds for the difference in price
  • Fee = $20

Please note that you cannot:

  • transfer your solo entry to someone else
  • split a team entry into two solo entries
  • transfer your team entry to another team
  • transfer your team to Sprint or Stroke ‘N Stride (there is no team category)
  • turn up on race day as a team entry and race solo

Processing a Transfer

  • Transfers can be made up to three days before the event (12 pm, Wed 16 Oct)
  • Transfers are only accepted via the online registration system
  • To make a transfer, sign in to the registration system via the green [Change/Modify Entry] button.

Entry Deferral (To another Event)

Entries cannot be deferred to future events.

Participant Withdrawal (Prior to an Event)

Entrants wishing to withdraw after entering will be subject to the following refund conditions

  • 75% refund if advised 6 or more weeks out from the event
  • 50% refund if advised less than 6 weeks but more than 4 weeks out from the event
  • No refunds within 4 weeks of the event

These refund conditions apply to all requests we receive, regardless of circumstances.

Requests for refunds must be made to us in writing via email at info@swimrun.com.au.

A refund will be processed within 14 business days if it is eligible.

Refunds are automatically issued to the credit/debit card originally used to pay for the entry. If this card has since been cancelled or has expired, Swimrun Australia must be notified when requesting the eligible refund.
Refunds do not include the booking and payment processing fee, which is non-refundable.

If you are not eligible for a refund, you may not receive a reply to your email.

No-Show (On Event Day)

Participants who do not attend registration and do not race on event day will forfeit their entry and any merchandise associated with their entry.

Any products purchased with an entry can be collected from Swimrun Australia via a self-addressed courier package or on the day by family or friends. Collection by family or friends must be accompanied by an email to Swimrun Australia no later than the day before the event permitting the named party to collect on the athlete’s behalf.

Swimrun Australia delivers complex, niche events with a small team of two. Events are expensive to run, and most non-refundable expenses are borne upfront. The cost to deliver an event is spread amongst a small number of participants, many of whom do not enter until close to race day.

The decisions we make and the risks we take to deliver an event for you are based on the level of entries we receive at certain milestones in the lead-up to the event. This policy ensures we can be confident in our decision-making, pay our suppliers, and ultimately commit to delivering the event.

Our four-week no-refund period is based on when we need to 100% commit to going ahead with the event and ensures explicitly that impending weather is not a factor in participant decision-making.

We constantly review our pricing and delivery model to ensure the best value for participants with a modest return for us, which we then use to develop our events, including creating new exciting events. We also review this policy annually to ensure it is fair and reasonable.

In return, we ask that participants join us on our journey, share a little of the risk, and support us in our vision to ensure that the sport of swimrun survives and thrives in Australia.

Thanks for your understanding and support; we truly appreciate it.

Swimrun Australia delivers complex, niche events with a small team of two. Events are expensive to run, and most non-refundable expenses are borne upfront. The cost to deliver an event is spread amongst a small number of participants, many of whom do not enter until close to race day.

The decisions we make and the risks we take to deliver an event for you are based on the level of entries we receive at certain milestones in the lead-up to the event. This policy ensures we can be confident in our decision-making, pay our suppliers, and ultimately commit to delivering the event.

Our four-week no-refund period is based on when we need to 100% commit to going ahead with the event and ensures explicitly that impending weather is not a factor in participant decision-making.

We constantly review our pricing and delivery model to ensure the best value for participants with a modest return for us, which we then use to develop our events, including creating new exciting events. We also review this policy annually to ensure it is fair and reasonable.

In return, we ask that participants join us on our journey, share a little of the risk, and support us in our vision to ensure that the sport of swimrun survives and thrives in Australia.

Thanks for your understanding and support; we truly appreciate it.

Support Swimrun Australia and the sport of swimrun in Australia by:

  • Committing to an event and entering early
  • Telling your friends and family to get involved
  • Spreading the word on social media
  • Volunteering at events if you’re not racing
  • Suggesting potential event sponsors within your business network

Course Modifications

The course may be changed for safety and/or other reasons before or during the race.

If any swim legs are considered unsafe, one or more of the swims may be removed from the course.

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

If the course is modified, the entry fee shall be non-refundable.

Weather-affected Cancellation

In the event of an event cancellation due to storm, rain, inclement weather, winds, or other Force Majeure conditions (Race Rules, Section 9.2), or where government bodies mandate the event is not permitted to go ahead because of weather-impacted land and/or services, the entry fee shall be non-refundable.

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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