Established in 2016, Swimrun Australia: Sydney East was the first Swimrun event in Australia and continues to be seen as the most prestigious among swimrunners.
2023 sees the return of the event after a 3-year hiatus with the original 16km urban harbour course at the heart of a revitalised event with more starting spots and the introduction of a 5km short course, perfect for those looking to trial the unique format.
An interesting undulating course that crosses open waterways, national parks, beaches, trails and rock platforms awaits teams of two over both courses. And, with beautiful views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and out over Sydney Harbour and South Head, this is a truly unique experience.
If you're looking for the ultimate challenge this summer, then look no further - just be quick to enter as places are strictly limited.
Unlike traditional aquathlons or run-swim-runs, Swimrun Australia: Sydney East combines swimming and running in a multi-stage event, involving teams of two completing the course with multiple legs of each discipline, swimming and running in the same gear and carrying everything you need for the race from start to finish.
There are two courses, the traditional long course (16km) and a new short course (5km) for young athletes and those looking to have a go.
The short course, included for the first time in 2023, is aimed at introducing the sport to new athletes and will take these competitors from Lyne Park, Rose Bay, to Nielsen Park, Vaucluse, and back.
The long course is the primary course that takes competitors from Lyne Park, Rose Bay, to Hornby Lighthouse, Watsons Bay, and back.
View the official event website for the full course maps.
Pre-race nerves may dictate that you don't focus on anything other than preparing yourself mentally before the event... but afterwards, you'll find yourself back at Rose Bay, the eastern suburbs harbourside gem.
Start by chilling out under a tree in Lyne Park, then grab a coffee and a bacon and egg roll. Following that, you're probably going to want to eat... so you can head north into the Rose Bay shops, east to Bondi and its plethora of cafes, or south into Double Bay.
We could tell you about all the activities in the area, but you won't have the energy.
Parking isn't too bad in the area if you get there early enough. Free parking is available on New South Head Road and in the Lyne Park carpark (just watch the time limits on some parks).
The Rose Bay ferry sails in and docks at the park, so that's a fantastic option for those coming further afield. Check the ferry timetable. Buses also run up and down New South Head Road from Bondi Junction and the city.
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