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The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Joint Course Map

Preferred Course (weather dependent)

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Alternate Course Map

The Race Committee will conduct a conditions assessment on the morning of the event and if the conditions are too dangerous at Manly Beach then the contingency swim will be implemented and swimmers will finish at Shelly Beach.

In the event that the 5km swim is deemed too dangerous for swimmers and a reduced swim is not an option, all 5km participants will be given the opportunity to participate in the 1km and/or 2km swim. This will be advised by the announcer on the morning of the event.

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Time Restrictions

Event Distance (approx.) Time
1km Finish Line 30 minutes
2km Finish Line 60 minutes
5km 3km 90 minutes
5km 4km 120 minutes

Race Day Preparation Checklist


Please ensure you have the following before heading to the Start Line, visit Race HQ/Race Pack Collection at Manly Promenade on the day for any assistance. Once you have collected your Race Pack, head over to the Start Line at Shelly Beach, where there is an information desk if you have any further questions.

Please have the following before heading to the Start Line:

  • Please be wearing your coloured swim cap.

  • Have your ankle timing chip fastened to your ankle; failure to do so will result in a disqualification.

  • Have your yellow wristband displaying your race number around your wrist. Your wristband will also be your ID tag to utilise the baggage service.

Please note you cannot collect your Race Pack from the information desk at Shelly Beach; Race Pack Collection is located at Manly Promenade. We encourage all Cole Classic participants who are collecting their Race Pack on Sunday morning to arrive at least 1 hour prior to their Start Wave time.

Introducing the Anything Goes Wave - 1km

For the first time in Cole Classic’s history we’re introducing an Anything Goes Wave to the 1km Cole Classic event! Designed to encourage new ocean swimmers to get involved, participants can swim with their favourite floaties, noodles, flippers or a boogie board in this hilarious novelty race. Jump in at Shelly Beach and swim, paddle or float all the way to beautiful Manly Beach.

*Please note that if wind conditions on the day are deemed dangerous by the water safety team and the Event Organisers, participants will not be allowed to participate with inflatables. This will be advised on event day.

Banana Boat Swimkids Series 2018 / 2019

Are your kids enjoying swimming and looking for a new challenge? The brand new Banana Boat SwimKids Series is coming to The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run & Cole Classic this summer and it’s a perfect way to build confidence and skills for capable young swimmers aged 7-12 years old. It’s a safe, fun and rewarding experience for kids and families. All events are patrolled by lifeguards and courses set to ensure the safest possible conditions, while also improving ocean swimming skills. Click here to find out more.

Choose the swim that’s right for you:

  • 100m Swim - 7 & 8 year olds

  • 200m Swim - 9 & 10 year olds

  • 300m Swim - 11 & 12 year olds

Course Map:

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