Race Day Info

Sydney Race Day Info


 

Event Schedule – Great Sydney Swim

  • 6.30am Registrations and Marketplace open
  • 8.15am Registration closes
  • 8.30am Junior Kids 300m Swim starts
  • 8.45am Ky Hurst Kellogg's 750m  All Ages Swim starts
  • 8.49am Ky Hurst Kellogg's 750m Anything Goes Swim starts
  • 8.53am P&O Cruises 2.2km Anything Goes Swim starts
  • 8.57am P&O Cruises 2.2km 50 - 59 & 60+ Swim starts
  • 9.01am P&O Cruises 2.2km 40 - 49 Swim starts
  • 9.05am P&O Cruises 2.2km 30 - 39 Swim starts
  • 9.09am P&O Cruises 2.2km 10 -29 Swim starts
  • 9.40am P&O Cruises 2.2km Elite event commences
  • 10.30am All swims concluded
  • 10.45am Presentation
  • 11.30am Body Science Great Australian Swim Series event concludes

 

Registration

On arrival please proceed to the Registration area to collect your timing chip and race pack.  If you have not already entered online please ensure you arrive as early as possible and before 7.30am to enter and register on the day. All participants must register prior to 8.15am in order to compete - remember the earlier you arrive the faster the process.

Competitors will receive their race pack and swim cap at registration.

 

Swim Course

See swim course under Event Maps

Event Maps will also be on display at the event.  In addition a briefing will be conducted by the race starter prior to each wave start.

 

On Race Day - General Info


 

  • Please arrive at least 90 minutes prior to the race start time to register
  • You must register at the Registration Tent to collect your timing chip and race pack
  • You will also be provided with a race number which will be written on your arm in black marker. (Please note: After the event you can remove the number with moisturizer.)
  • Entry is available on the day however it will close 30 minutes prior to the start of the first race
  • In the event that you do not finish the race you must proceed to the finish line and advise the Finish Line Race Officials that you have not finished and hand your timing chip.  NB: It is imperative you do this for safety reasons.
  • Rehydration drinks will be available on the finish line courtesy of Body Science
  • Remember to bring sunscreen
  • Parking is limited at all locations so please consider car-pooling, public transport or being dropped off.
  • Great Sydney Swim - On Australia Day road closures surrounding the Opera House and Royal Botanic Gardens will be in force. Details will be available online at www.australiaday.com.au
  • Remember ocean swimming is fun, there is enjoyment in every experience - so have a great morning!

 

FAQ


When and where is the swim on?
 

The Body Science Great Australian Swim Series is held across the summer of 2013/14 on the following dates and times

 

 

Round 1: Great Byron Bay Swim -- Wategos to Main Beach on Sunday 5 May 2013

 

Round 2: Great Gold Coast Swim – Part of the Coolangatta Gold, Coolangatta SLSC on Saturday 19 October 2013, 2.00pm first race

 

Round 3: Great Hamilton Island swim – Hamilton Island on Sunday 17 November  2013, 11:45am first race

 

Final: Great Sydney Swim – Farm Cove, Opera House on Sunday 26 January 2014 (Australia Day) 8:30am first race

 

 

What time does the race start?

 

Race start times are as follows:

 

Great Gold Coast Swim: 2.00pm first race

Great Whitehaven Swim: 11.45am first race

Great Sydney swim: 8.30am first race

 

 

How do I enter?

 

You can enter online here using your credit/debit  card. Entries will close 24 hours prior to the first race at each event. If you are not able to enter online you can enter on the day up to 30 minutes before the start of the first race.

 

 

How much does it cost to enter?
 

2.2km Swim $50 

750m Swim $40

300m Swim $25

 

*Prices are inclusive of GST

 

 

What time is the presentation?

The presentations will take place as follows:

Great Gold Coast Swim: 5.00pm at the Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club

Great Whitehaven Swim: 6.00pm at Hamilton Island

Great Sydney Swim 11:00am in the Royal Botanic Gardens

 

First, Second and Third Male and Females for the 300m, 750m and 2.2km swims and age categories will win a prize. All other swimmers will have the chance to win great random draw prizes.

 

Can I get a refund on my registration?

There are no refunds or transfers for this event. 

 

Do I receive a race pack?

Everyone who pre-registers for the Body Science Great Australian Swim Series will receive a race pack.  Same day registrations will receive a race pack while stocks last.

 

 

What happens if the race is cancelled?

The Body Science Great Australian Swim Series organizers 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 advised via this website.

 

 

Can I wear a wetsuit or use swimming aides?

If you wish to wear a wetsuit or use swimming aides you must enter the ANYTHING GOES category in either the 2.2km or 750m race. Flippers, pool buoys and wetsuits are all permissible, water craft of any description are not allowed to be used.

 

What if I want to swim with my mates or family and we are not in the same age category?

If you wish to swim with mates or family who are not in the same age category as you, you must enter the ANYTHING GOES category in either the 2.2km or 750m race.

 

Is there a race for kids with special needs?

 

Yes. The Great Brisbane Race and The Great Gold Coast Race both have a 150m race for kids under 15 with special needs who wish to compete.  Please contact us if you wish to enter this section.

 

 

What do I do if I get in trouble in the water?

Raise your hand.  Each event is supported by the local surf lifesaving clubs and qualified surf lifesavers  will be on the water throughout the event on both Inflatable Rescue Boats, water craft and rescue boards.  Water safety officers are positioned at each turning buoy while additional surf lifesavers will patrol along the course.  Water safety is in radio communication and access to first aide and medical officers in attendance.

 

Where can I put my belongings?

A baggage storage area will be available at each event.  Belongings must be in a bag and volunteers will label the bag with your race number.  We request you do not place valuables in your bag.

 

Gold Coast Race Day Info


 

Event Schedule – Great Gold Coast Swim

  • 11.30am Registrations and Marketplace open
  • 1.35pm Race briefing in Marketplace
  • 1.45pm Registration closes
  • 2.00pm Junior Kids 300m Swim starts
  • 2.20pm Ky Hurst Kellogg's 750m  Anything Goes Swim starts
  • 2.23pm Ky Hurst Kellogg's 750m All Ages Swim starts
  • 2.30pm 2.2km Anything Goes Swim starts
  • 2.33pm 2.2km 50 - 59 & 60+ Swim starts
  • 2.36pm 2.2km 40 - 49 Swim starts
  • 2.39pm 2.2km 10 - 20 Swim starts
  • 2.41pm 2.2km 20 -39 Swim starts
  • 3.00pm  2.2km Elite event commences
  • 3.45pm Dash for Cash
  • 4.0pm All swims concluded
  • 4.10pm Presentation
  • 4.30pm Body Science Great Australian Swim Series event concludes

 

Registration

On arrival please proceed to the Registration area to collect your timing chip and race pack.  If you have not already entered online please ensure you arrive as early as possible and before 1.00pm to enter and register on the day. All participants must register prior to 1.45pm in order to compete - remember the earlier you arrive the faster the process.

Competitors will receive their race pack and swim cap at registration.

 

Swim Course

See swim course under Event Maps

Event Maps will also be on display at the event.  In addition a briefing will be conducted by the race starter prior to each wave start.