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What’s happening and when?

Date Time Action
Thursday, January 31 8:00am - 7:00pm Race Pack Collection - rebel MidCity Shopping Centre - Level 2 / 197 Pitt Street, Sydney
Friday, February 1 9:00am - 5:30pm Race Pack Collection - rebel Westfield Warringah Mall - Condamine Street, Brookvale
Sun Run Saturday, February 2
5:45am Race HQ opens
5:45am Gear Drop opens
6:25am Gear Drop closes
6:45am 10km event starts
7:10am Aquathlon event starts
7:25am 7km event starts
8:00am - 12:00pm Race Pack Collection (for Cole Classic only) at the Event Village - Manly Promenade
8:15am Presentations to commence
Cole Classic Sunday, February 3
6:00am Race HQ opens
6:45 am Gear Drop opens
7:45 am 5km event starts
8:00am 1km event starts
8:00am - 2:00pm Event Village open
9:15am 1km & 5km presentations to commence
9:35am Banana Boat SwimKids Series event starts
10:30am 2km event starts
11:15am 2km Elite Presentations to commence
12:30pm Gear Drop closes
12:45pm 2km Age Category Presentations to commence

*We encourage all Sydney Morning Herald 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. To see a list of Start Waves, please click here.

*Start times and schedule subject to change.

+ Registrations

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 2017 or 2018 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 on our Entry Details Page. If you do not have a regular swim coach, we recommend you contact Vlad Swim to receive a free swimming evaluation. For more information, visit the Training Page of our website.

Can I enter on the day?

Event entries will close at 5pm the day before each event; no entries will be taken after this time.

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 Sun Run, entrants are able to start behind their registered Start Group but not before. Therefore, if your friends or family are starting in a group after yours you can drop back on the day and run with them, likewise if they are in a Start Group ahead of you they can drop back. Please note starting before your allocated start time will result in a disqualification due to front Start Group safety capacities.

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

+ Postage & Race Pack Collection

Is there postage available?

Postage is available as an optional extra for Sun Run participants to select during their registration at a cost of $7.95 including GST. Please note, this option is available for participants who registered on or before midnight on Tuesday January 8, 2019. Participants who registered on or after Wednesday January 9 will need to collect their race bib from Race Pack Collection.

Please note postage is not available for Aquathlon and 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 Sun Run, your Race Pack will contain your race bib with a disposable timing tag attached. Please ensure you have this pinned to the front of your shirt prior to starting the run on Saturday. 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
  • A water safety wristband displaying your race number

How do I collect my Race Pack?

Postage is available as an optional extra for Sun Run participants to select during their registration at a cost of $7.95 including GST. If you did not select postage or 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.

Please note if you have purchased a package, you will need to collect your race pack for each event. For example, if you have entered the 1km Swim & 2km Swim & 7km Run Package, you will need to collect 3 race packs.

+ Teams

How do I enter a team?

If your workplace or friends have registered a team for the 2019 event, you can join their team when registering. You just need to use our registration form and select your registration type, 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 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 2019 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. 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 eTicket?

If you have deleted your eTicket, 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 31 & Friday Feb 1) or at Race HQ (Saturday Feb 2 & Sunday Feb 3) 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. Prizes are awarded for place-getters in the 2019 Sun Run & Cole Classic.

What should I do with my Timing Tag and cap?

For participants in the Cole Classic, 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 and Aquathlon, 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 only)

MultiSport Australia
PO Box 2122
Woolooware NSW 2230

Do I need a support vessel?

Participants in the 5km event are not required to provide their own support vessel or paddler. Support vessels are not permitted in the 1km and 2km events.

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 $12. 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 Aquathlon will be transported from Dee Why to Manly.

Event Sun Run & Aquathlon Cole Classic
Location Dee Why Parade near the entrance to the beach car park Next to Manly Life Saving Club, close to Race HQ
Opening Time 5:45am 6:45am
Closing Time 6:25am 12:30pm
Pick Up Pick up of gear will be available at the finish village Pick up will be available at the same location where gear was dropped

How does Gear Drop work?

You will be given a see-through bag at the Gear Drop area. Write your race number on the outside of the bag with the markers provided. Individual items only may be placed within the bag, such as a change of clothes, light weight jacket, water bottle and post-race snacks. Show your bib when leaving your bag with the gear drop volunteers. After your run/swim you will be asked again to show your bib to collect your bag. No personal bags of any description (backpacks, purses, handbags) will be accepted. Do not leave any valuables such as wallets, keys or phones. The Event will take care of your belongings, but no responsibility will be taken for valuables or clothing that are lost or damaged.

+ Refunds and Terms and Conditions

Can I refund my entry?

When entering The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run & Cole Classic the terms and conditions must be accepted by each individual entrant. The refund policy for 2019 is listed below. There are no exceptions to this rule and no refunds will be given for change of mind or situation.

28. 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 Fairfax before 5:00pm (AEST) on Thursday January 3, 2019. 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 Fairfax at my own expense, prior to the processing of any refund and by no later than 5:00pm (AEST) on Thursday January 3, 2019. 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 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.

What are the event terms and conditions?

To view the full event Terms & Conditions, please click here.