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 2km run followed by a 500m swim at North Curl Curl and finishing with a 6km run to South Steyne, Manly.
Entries into the Aquathlon are strictly limited and only available until sold out.
Aquathlon Start Map
Aquathlon Preferred Course
Preferred Course Map (weather dependent)
Preferred Transition Map (weather dependent)
Aquathlon Alternate Course (Contingency)
The Race Committee will conduct a conditions assessment on the morning of the event and if the conditions are too dangerous at North Curl Curl Beach then the contingency swim will be implemented and participants will then swim at Queenscliff. Beginning in Dee Why with a 6km run followed by a 500m swim at Queenscliff and finishing with a 1km run to South Steyne, Manly.
This will be advised by the announcer on the morning of the event. Please see below Aquathlon alternate course and transition maps.
Alternate Course Map
Alternate Transition Map
Time Restrictions - Aquathlon Course
All participants have 90 minutes to complete the course.
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 at Mid Curl Curl beach car park off Griffin Road (preferred) OR at the grass area outside Queenscliff Surf Club (contingency). 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 North Curl Curl (preferred), participants will then be redirected to swim at Queenscliff Beach (contingency). In the event of the swim leg being cancelled at both beaches, 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.