COLE CLASSIC FAQS

Whats Happening & When
Registrations
Cole Classic Entry Details
Cole Classic – My Friend(s) and I Want to Swim Together
Postage and Race Pack Collection
Cole Classic – Event Day Race Pack Collection
Cole Classic – Start Wave Times
Teams
General Event Information
Refunds and Terms and Conditions

Whats Happening & When

Date Time Action
Cole Classic Sunday, February 2
6:30am Race HQ opens (Race Pack Collection)
6:45 am Gear Drop opens
7:45 am 5km event starts
8:00am 1km event starts
8:00am – 2:00pm Event Village open
9:45am 1km & 5km presentations to commence
10:30am 2km event starts
12:45pm 2km Presentations to commence
1:15pm Gear Drop closes

*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. Packs can be collected from Race HQ at Manly. This is to ensure all participants have adequate time to collect their Race Pack, warm up and get into their Start Wave in time.

*Start times and schedule subject to change.

Registrations

Can I enter on the day?

Late entries are available on the day in the MLSC Hall from 6:30 am

Can I enter multiple people during the registration process?

Yes, when you arrive at the cart contents page of the registration process, click “Register Another”. You can now commence the registration for additional entrant(s). Please note that all registrations will be paid for in one transaction.

Can I change my Start Group?

Please select your Start Group carefully, as once registration is complete, the relevant colour, number and Start Group cannot be changed. Please also note Start Group capacities are subject to availability, and may sell out.

For Cole Classic you must start in your designated Start Wave, otherwise you will be disqualified.

My Friend(s) and I Want to Swim Together


1km Swim

If you are the same gender, you have the option of entering the Open (Male) or Open (Female) waves. Alternatively you have the option of entering into the Back of the Pack wave (no gender or age group restrictions). As waves will be filled based on order of registration, we recommend registering at the same time so you are allocated into the same wave.

2km Swim

If you are entering with a friend or family member with the same gender and in the same age category, you can enter into the Age Category waves. Alternatively you have the option of entering into the Open mixed waves (no gender or age group restrictions). As waves will be filled based on order of registration, we recommend registering at the same time to ensure you are allocated into the same wave.

Can I enter the 5km swim?

If you have registered in the 2018 or 2019 Cole Classic 5km swim, you will automatically qualify and the 5km Start Wave will be available for selection during registration. If you did not compete in the last 2 years but have completed a different ocean swim, please fill out the Pre-Qualification Form on our Entry Details page. We will consider any results from the past 24 months for a distance of at least 3.5km. We ask that you please allow 48 hours for your request to be processed and await confirmation from our team prior to registering.

If you have not previously completed an ocean swim, please have your coach complete the Swimmer Certificate of Competency Form.

Cole Classic Entry Details

Course Age Restriction Start Times Categories & Start Waves
1km Must be 9 years or older on race day. 8:00AM Elite – All participants will start in a mixed Start Wave competing for the overall distance title.
Pre-Qualification is required for this wave.
Age Groups – For participants who are competing in the 9-10 yrs or 11-12 yrs age categories.
Open – Participants will have a choice of the Female Open or Male Open.
Back of the Pack – Combined gender and age waves for general entry participants. Waves will fill based on order of registration.
Anything Goes Wave – Novelty wave (floaties, noodles, flippers & boogie boards welcome)
2km Must be 13 years or older on race day. 10:30AM Elite – All participants will start in a mixed Start Wave competing for the overall distance title.
Pre-Qualification is required for this wave.
Age Groups – Participants will be split into Start Waves depending on their age and gender.
Open – Combined gender and age waves for general entry participants. Waves will fill based on order of registration.
5km Must be 16 years or older on race day. 7:45AM Open – Participants will be split into Start Waves based on gender.
Pre-Qualification is required for this wave.

Please note: When registering if you have selected “not specified” as your gender, you are only able to enter into the Elite Start Group (pre-qualification required) or the Back of the Pack. For more information about Start Waves, please click here. Start Groups are subject to availability, If no waves are shown then there is no capacity for your age/gender. Please select your Start Group carefully as once registration is complete, the relevant colour, number and Start Group cannot be changed.

Anything Goes Wave – 1km

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. When registering to the 1km Cole Classic, please select the ‘Back of the Pack – Anything Goes Wave’ in the registration system to enter.

Can I enter a pre-qualifying Elite Start Wave?

If you have competed in the 2018 or 2019 Cole Classic event and your time placed you within the top 50 swimmers overall, you will automatically qualify and the Elite Start Wave will be available for selection during registration. If you did not compete in 2018 or 2019, please fill out the Elite Pre-Qualification Form below prior to entering with links to your previous results.

Can I enter the 5km swim?

If you had participated in the 2018 or 2019 Cole Classic 5km swim, you will automatically qualify and the 5km Start Wave will be available for selection during registration. If you do not qualify under the above criteria, by entering you are representing that you are able to swim 5km in open water under 150 mins and have the necessary fitness to complete the course.

The 5km swim will once again be part of the Swimming NSW Summer Series in 2019/2020. Earn points and be part of the leader board by competing in one, or all of the seven included races. Find out more.

Entry Fees

Cole Classic Entry Fees

2020 Earlybird
Nov 18 – Dec 19
Standard
Dec 19 – Jan 23
Late
Jan 24 – Feb 1
1km Cole Classic
Adult $35 $45 $55
Child $20 $30 $40
2km Cole Classic
Adult $45 $55 $65
Child $30 $40 $50
5km Cole Classic
Adult $65 $75 85

ON THE DAY REGISTRATIONS

FEB 2, 2020
1km Cole Classic – Registrations close at 7:30am Feb 2
Adult $65
Child $50
2km Cole Classic – Registrations close at 10:00am Feb 2
Adult $75
Child $60
100m $20
200m $20
300m $20

All fees are plus booking fee

Cole Classic – My Friend(s) and I Want to Swim Together

1km Swim

If you are the same gender, you have the option of entering the Open (Male) or Open (Female) waves. Alternatively you have the option of entering into the Back of the Pack wave (no gender or age group restrictions). In order to be allocated into the same wave, we recommend registering at the same time.

2km Swim

If you are entering with a friend or family member with the same gender and in the same age category, you can enter into the age category waves. Alternatively you have the option of entering into the Open mixed waves (no gender or age group restrictions). In order to be allocated into the same wave, we recommend registering at the same time.

Postage and Race Pack Collection

Is there postage available?

Please note, postage is NOT available for Cole Classic Participants.

If you have registered with an overseas address you will need to collect your race bib from the Race Pack Collection. To check if you have selected postage, please visit your Dashboard. Postage of race bibs will commence approximately 2-3 weeks prior to race day.

What’s in my race pack?

For Cole Classic, your Rack Pack will contain the below 3 items, all of which you must be wearing prior to entering the water;

  • Your coloured swim cap that corresponds to your wave
  • Timing tag with a velcro strap to be worn around your ankle

Aquathon participants will receive a runners bib, coloured swim cap, timing tag with velcro strap and a water safety wristband.

How do I collect my Race Pack?

If you are entered into the Cole Classic or Aquathon, you are required to collect your race pack from Race Pack Collection. Please be sure to bring a copy of your eTicket to make the process as quick as possible.

If you are for any reason unable to attend, a friend or family member can collect your race pack on your behalf as long as they bring a copy of your e-ticket.

For those who enter in multiple events you will need to collect one race pack for every event you have entered.

Where is Race Pack Collection?

Race Pack Collection for the Cole Classic will be Race Day Only.

Date Time Location Event
Sunday, February 2 6:30am – 12:00pm MLSC Hall, Upstairs Cole Classic

Cole Classic – Event Day Race Pack Collection

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. This is to ensure all participants have adequate time to collect their Race Pack, warm up and get into their start wave in time. 

Below are the official start waves for the 1km, 2km & 5km Cole Classic swims. Wave times will be released closer to the event, please note the wave order and times are subject to change and may be updated pending weather conditions on Race Day.

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 note you cannot collect your Race Pack from the information desk at the Start Line at Shelly Beach; Race Pack Collection is located at Manly Promenade.

Cole Classic – Start Wave Times

5km Swim

Start Time Wave ID Category Cap Colour
7.45am Wave 1 Open Male Pink
7.50am Wave 2 Open Female Pink

 

1km Swim

Start Time Wave ID Category Cap Colour
8.00am Wave 1 9-10 Mixed Red
8.05am Wave 2 11-12 Mixed Green
8.10am Wave 3 Back of the Pack Yellow
8.15am Wave 4 Back of the Pack Yellow
8.20am Wave 5 Back of the Pack Yellow
8.25am Wave 6 Back of the Pack Yellow
8.30am Wave 7 Anything Goes Red
8.45am Wave 8 Open Male Pink
8.50am Wave 9 Open Female Pink
8.55am Wave 10 Open Male Pink
9.00am Wave 11 Open Female Pink
9.20am Wave 12 Elite Mixed Orange

2km Swim

Start Time Wave ID Category Cap Colour
10.30am Wave 1 13-15 Mixed Red
10.35am Wave 2 16-19 Mixed Green
10.40am Wave 3 20-24 Mixed Yellow
10.45am Wave 4 25-29 Male Pink
10.50am Wave 5 25-29 Female Pink
10.55am Wave 6 30-34 Male Red
11.00am Wave 7 30-34 Female Red
11.05am Wave 8 35-39 Male Green
11.10am Wave 9 35-39 Female Green
11.15am Wave 10 40-44 Male Yellow
11.20am Wave 11 40-44 Female Yellow
11.25am Wave 12 45-49 Male Pink
11.30am Wave 13 45-49 Female Pink
11.35am Wave 14 50-54 Male Red
11.40am Wave 15 50-54 Female Red
11.45am Wave 16 55-59 Mixed Green
11.50am Wave 17 60-64 Mixed Yellow
11.55am Wave 18 65-69 Mixed/70+ Mixed Red
12.00pm Wave 19 Open Male Pink
12.05pm Wave 20 Open Female Pink
12.45pm Wave 21 Elite Mixed Orange

Teams

How do I enter a team?

If your workplace, friends or family have registered a team for the 2020 event, you can join their team when registering. Once you have started your registration, click ‘Join a Team’ on the pop-up box and search for your team name.

If you have already registered and wish to join a team, please email us at events@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au (Sun Run) and include your full name, bib number, team name and team password (if applicable) in your email.

How do I create a team?

Creating a team is a great way to bring together family, friends or colleagues as part of your participation in the 2020 Sun Run & Cole Classic. To create a team, visit our registration form and;

  1. Select your preferred registration type
  2. Click ‘Create a Team’ on the pop-up box
  3. Fill out your teams details and click ‘Create my Team’

From here, you will be taken to the team managers Dashboard where it will then direct you to register yourself for the event (if you wish to participate). The Dashboard is also where you can manage your team details.

Share your team name, and password if applicable, with your team members so they can select to ‘Join a Team’ when registering.

General Event Information

What do I do if I have lost my entry confirmation?

If you have deleted your confirmation, please log in to your participant Dashboard to retrieve a copy. If your bank account has not been charged, you are not entered into the event.

What happens if I have lost my race bib?

If you have lost or damaged your race bib or timing chip you can purchase a replacement from the Race Pack Collection (Thursday Jan 30 & Friday Jan 31) or at Race HQ (Saturday Feb 1 & Sunday Feb 2) for a fee of $20.

What happens if I start in the wrong group?

Your race number, including your timing tag, is assigned to a particular Start Group as selected during registration. Your bib tag will be activated as you cross the starting mats. If you begin the race prior to your designated Start Group time, you will NOT receive an official time and you will be disqualified.

Are there prizes on offer?

All participants will receive a finisher’s medal and downloadable finisher’s certificate. Place getters will receive the traditional Cole Classic Ceramic plate Trophy.

What should I do with my Timing Tag and cap?

For participants in the Cole Classic and Aquathon, caps can be kept but Timing Tags must be returned after the race. There will be people at the finish line to help you take off your tag. If you do not race or take it home, please post it back to the address below. Any lost or misplaced tags will incur a replacement fee of $50.

For participants in the Sun Run, the Timing Tag on your race bib is disposable and so may be kept or disposed of after the race.

Timing Tag Return Address (Cole Classic & Aquathon only)

MultiSport Australia
PO Box 2122
Woolooware NSW 2230

Do I need a support vessel?

Support vessels are not permitted in any of the Cole Classic events, this includes the 5km event. The organisers will provide all water safety required to participants.

Can I wear a wetsuit or flippers?

Organisers will allow participants to wear wetsuits, flippers and fins ONLY in the 1km Back of the Pack categories to ensure fair competition. Wearing any of these items prohibits swimmers from claiming a place/prize.

Where can I purchase an iTaB or Event Day SMS?

The iTaB finisher’s medal insert allows you to create a lasting memento of the race for only $15. The iTaB is a customised, engraved insert which fits perfectly into the back of your finisher’s medal. Your iTaB will be manufactured after the event and sent to you in the post. Worldwide postage is included in the price.

You can also receive your results shortly after crossing the finish line with an SMS sent directly to your mobile phone.

Simply log into your Dashboard, select ‘My Registrations’ and ‘Make Changes’ to add extra items.

Can I leave my gear anywhere?

There will be a Gear Drop service available for the Sun Run & Cole Classic. Gear Drop at Sun Run and Aquathon will be transported from Dee Why to Manly.

Event Cole Classic
Location Next to Manly Life Saving Club, close to Race HQ
Opening Time 6:45am
Closing Time 12:30pm
Pick Up Pick up will be available at the same location where gear was dropped

How does Gear Drop work?

You will be provided with a swing tag to attach to your bag on race day. Write your surname and race number clearly on the swing tag provided and attach to your bag. You will line up to pass your belongings to the volunteers who will place your bag into the bag drop tent in numerical order. Your bag will be stored here until the completion of your race. Do not leave any valuables such as wallets, keys or phones. Upon collection of your bag post-race, you will be required to show your race number to a volunteer to retrieve your bag. Ensure that you allow plenty of time before your race to check your belongings into the bag drop tent.
The event organisers will take care of your belongings, but no responsibility will be taken for any valuables or clothing that are lost or damaged.
*Markers, tags and ties will be provided for all competitors.

Refunds and Terms and Conditions

Can I refund my entry?

When entering the Sun Run & Cole Classic the terms and conditions must be accepted by each individual entrant. The refund policy for 2020 is listed below. There are no exceptions to this rule and no refunds will be given for change of mind or situation.

I acknowledge that refunds will only be issued for the Event entry fee where participation in the Event is not appropriate due to medical reasons that is supported by a current medical certificate outlining the condition and lodged with Council before 5:00pm (AEST) on Thursday January 2, 2020. I understand that a 50% administration fee will be deducted from the race entry fee paid and if a race bib has been sent out, I must return the race bib to Council at my own expense, prior to the processing of any refund and by no later than 5:00pm (AEST) on Thursday January 2, 2020.  Refunds will not be made for any additional items purchased, such as event merchandise and charitable donations.

What happens if the race is cancelled?

The race organisers reserve the right to cancel the race due to rough or dangerous conditions. In the event of cancellation, there will be no refund of entry fee. An alternate date may be looked at to stage the event. A decision will be made ASAP on race day and broadcast via this website and social media.

What are the event terms and conditions?

        • Sun Run Terms and Conditions –  Click Here.
        • Cole Classic Terms and Conditions – Click Here
        • Transgender and Transsexual guidelines – Click Here
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