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The Sydney Morning Herald Aquathlon will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Aquathlon will consist of a Run, Swim, Run course beginning in Dee Why with a 3.7km run followed by a 500m swim from Freshwater and finishing with a 3.3km run to South Steyne, Manly.

Due to ocean conditions forecasted for tomorrow, and after extensive consultation with North Curl Curl SLSC and Council lifeguards, the swim component of The Sydney Morning Herald Aquathlon will be moved from North Curl Curl Beach to Freshwater Beach to ensure the health, safety and enjoyment of participants. 

We have included the revised race day map and the transition point below for your convenience. 

Aquathlon Start Map

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Aquathlon Course

New course based on current weather predictions

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Transition Map

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Time Restrictions - Aquathlon Course

All participants have 90 minutes to complete the course.

Aquathlon FAQ’s

What do I wear?

All participants will be given a race bib, wristband, ankle timing tag and swimming cap in their Race Pack. Participants must wear these items and carry their goggles from the start to the finish. You can wear running attire throughout the run leg and will be able to leave your running gear at the transition area while swimming. Please note flippers, wetsuits, and hand paddles are not permitted for the swim leg, trisuits will be permitted.

How does the transition area work?

The transition area will be located on the grass at the end of Ocean View Road at northern end of Freshwater Beach . Participants are to find their section relevant to their allocated bib number. Once you have completed your swim, please proceed back to the transition area to collect your belongings and start the second leg of your run. Participants must cross the Finish Line with their bib visible.

Am I allowed support crew?

Participants are not permitted to have any support crew for the event.

What time am I required to be at the Start Line?

Participants must be at the Start Area from 6:45am and enter their allocated Start Pens by 7:05am. Please listen for announcements and follow instructions for how to enter the Start Pen.

Do I need a Pre-Qualification time?

There will be no Pre-Qualification time required however to meet course cut off times, you need to complete the Aquathlon course in 90 minutes.

What if the water/surf conditions are dangerous on race morning?

The Race Committee will conduct a conditions assessment on the morning of the event. If the surf conditions are too dangerous at Freshwater (current preference), participants will complete the 7km run instead. There will be no refund of entry fees and the event will not be re-run. A decision will be made ASAP on race day and broadcast via this website and social media platforms.