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What is SwimRunX?

SwimRunX puts the ‘X’ factor in your aquathon experience!

SwimrunX will see swimmers take part in the 2km basin2beach ocean swim and then complete a 3km run. You get a time for your 2k swim and a time for the swimrunx aquathon.

Two events in one!

You recieve both a finishers time in the 2k swim and the SwimrunX!

SwimrunX is fully supported with lifesavers, course marshals and a professional services.

Entry includes finisher medals!


Make 2021 the year you step up to SwimrunX



Date: Saturday 6th March

Location: Registration Wollongong City SLSC

Start: Wollongong Harbour

Finish: North Beach Wollongong

Check in time: 9am-10am
Start time: 10.30am, Wollongong Harbour
Distance: 2km ocean swim + 3km run
Services: swim cap, time chip, water safety, course marshals, refreshments and medals

Age Categories:

U18, 18-34, 35-45, 46-55, 56+ and back of the pack

Back of the pack* – any age, flippers and/or wetsuit (*non awarded)


2km swim- eligible for age/awards

SwimrunX – 1st per age/gender award

Entry: Enter swimrunX which includes both 2km basin2beach entry and swimrunX aquathon combo.


FEES: Includes 2km Basin2Beach entry


Early Bird: 10 Jan – 31 Jan, 2021: $55

On Time: 1-28 Feb, 2021: $60

Last Minute: 1-5th, March 2021: $70


Early Bird: 10 Jan – 31 Jan, 2021: $65

On Time: 1-28 Feb, 2021: $70

Last Minute: 1-5th, March 2021: $80


Date: Saturday 6th March

Location: Registration Wollongong City SLSC

Start: Wollongong Harbour

Finish: North Beach Wollongong

Check in time: 9am-10am
Start time: 10.30am, Wollongong Harbour
Distance: 2km ocean swim + 3km run
Services: swim cap, time chip, water safety, course marshals, refreshments and medals

Age Categories:

U18, 18-34, 35-45, 46-55, 56+ and back of the pack

Back of the pack* any age, flippers and/or wetsuit (*non awarded)


2km swim: eligible for swim only awards

SwimrunX: 1st per age/gender



Includes both 2km Basin2Beach entry and swimrunX combo!


Early Bird: 10 Jan – 31 Jan, 2021: $55

On Time: 1-28 Feb, 2021: $60

Last Minute: 1-5th, March 2021: $70


Early Bird: 10 Jan – 31 Jan, 2021: $65

On Time: 1-28 Feb, 2021: $70

Last Minute: 1-5th, March 2021: $80




Course Detail

Swim start is at Wollongong Harbour – 2km Basin2beach swim to north wollongong beach. Your shoes will be at the finish line (you need to place them there prior to start). Place your shoes (or run bare feet) on the sand at finish of the swim, than its off for a 3km (two laps of 1500m grass/path) run, before back on the sand for the final 100m to the finish.


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FAQ- Event

SwimrunX is an Aquathon with a ‘X’ factor.

It’s an aquathon with a challenge – your swim is a 2k ocean swim (basin2beach), than a fun leg burning short 3k run!

You will be entered as an ocean swimmer and receive a time and eligibility for your 2km swim along with entry and timing for swimrunx aquathon.

Can I wear a wetsuit, flippers or other aids?

Only ‘back of the pack’ non awarded entrants can use swim aids. Everyone else follows the same rules as the 2km ocean swim, meaning no wetsuits, nor swim aids are permissible. You will be entered in your age/category for awards eligibility in both the 2km ocean swim and swimrunX.

Do I bring my shoes to the change?

Yes. North Wollongong Beach is 900m from the swim start. It is your responsibility to bring shoes/rungear to the ‘swimrunx’ transition area (next to the finish arch on north beach- course marshal/signage will be in place.

Tip: Park your car at north beach (or get dropped off) first. Drop shoes / run gear at swimrunx transition area, than walk/jog to registration (1.2km).

Baggage service is provided.

Where is the transition area?

You will pass under the 2km swim finish arch on north beach, than head to your right (north) into the shute, grab your shoes and run ~100m on the sand to the grass exit.

Shoes on, follow the run course and off you go.

Check out site maps for reference.

getting there


Located on the coastal city of Wollongong NSW, only 80km south of Sydney makes for an easy and worthwhile trip. North Beach and the picturesque Belmore Basin (known as Wollongong Boat Harbour) are central to the city, with a host of cafe’s, shops, hotels and magic beaches on your doorstep.

Where to stay?

Wollongong has a host of affordable to more luxury accommodation options click here


A little over an hour south of Sydney, offering an easy drive or train trip, ( 2.5 hours outside Canberra)- makes for a perfect weekender or day trip – Travel options click here

CONTACT & MAPS click here

Registration / Check In

Once you have you have successfully entered, a confirmation email with event day instructions will be forwarded to you. Please read and retain.


  1. Arrive early (allow minimal 90 minutes) to collect your swim cap and time chip and than bring your run gear to north beach (1km away) either drive 5min or warm up jog and back (2km from harbour start along safe cycle way).
  2. Registration collection is at City Beach Surf Club Hall (Beach side Marine drive, Wollongong)
  3. Please ensure you have read the event rules and arrive with all your equipment
  4. All participants MUST attend the pre-event course safety and briefing and equipment check on shoreline of Wollongong harbour (start location) at 10.00am.
  5. Event will commence at 10.30am – as per 2km swim starts
  6. PLEASE NOTE: The event finish line is on NORTH BEACH

Course Description

Part 1: 2km Ocean swim – you take part in the 2km basin2beach ocean swim from Wollongong harbour to north wollongong beach.

The 2km ocean swim is the traditional Basin2Beach taking in a 500m lap of Wollongong Harbour than, 1500m ‘Z’ shapped to North Wollongong Beach. Check out the 2km swim for the map. After passing the finish shute at north beach, it’s on with the joggers to head off for a 3k run – 100m on the sand, 2.8k on the grass/footpath and last 100m back on the sand to the finish.

Part 2: After finishing the 2km swim, you head under the finish arch, and take a right turn into the swimrunX shute. Your shoes/run gear is here. Grab your gear, and follow the directions to exit the sand (a wade pool to wash your feet is at the top). Than on with the shoes and follow directions to complete the 3k run around the park, before finishing back at the finish arch.

Swim notes: Refer to the 2km basin2beach ocean swim – exact rules apply

Run notes: After crossing the 2km swim finish (arch) you proceed right (north) to a shute where your run shoes will be placed (your or a friends responsibility), head 100m off the sand to the park and follow the course signs, marshals to direct you. Your finish is the same 100m back on the sand to the finish arch.

Site Maps


Start: Wollongong Harbour

Finish: North Wollongong Beach

What to Wear?

 – Official eyeline swim cap provided at registration

– Official time chip

Swimwear of choice

Joggers/run attire of choice– note joggers are to be transported to the finish of the swim (on the sand of north beach in a designated area) by you or a friend prior to starting the swim.

Wetsuits, flippers– Only back of the pack entrants can use swim aids. Back of the pack are ineligible for the 2km basin2beach swim, nor swimrunX category awards but still get a finisher time and recognition.



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Download and keep a copy for all you need  to know

Entry Inclusions

Here is a list of the benefits that you will receive with your race entry:

  • 2km basin2beach ocean swim official entry and swimrunX combo
  • Covid safe event
  • Official entry, approvals, to support a safe and well organised event,
  • Eyeline swim cap
  • Finisher medals
  • Chip timing and results
  • Fantastic location and course venue
  • Safe and professionally managed event
  • Supportive volunteer crew
  • Key services as First Aid, Aid-Stations & post-event recovery
  • Fun, challenging event experience not to miss!

Ocean / Surf Conditions

Swim start: Wollongong harbour

Wollongong Boat Harbour is a mostly protected small boat harbour. The harbour is typically clean and safe, though can become windswept and storm water may affect water quality as per most beach /ocean locations. The swim to north beach is an open water swim in the open ocean and surf dependant on swell*

*Rough seas, the swim reverts to a harbour swim modified course- see basin2beach page information.

Southerly winds will provide an assisted swim, and typically clear water conditions. Northerly can be wind swept/choppy and less clear water.

Lead lifesaver/swim director will determine exact exit for safest point on event day.

Course may be reduced or changed due to safety.

Lifesavers are on hand to support the swim and will be visible.

Check surf/tide chart pre event for conditions.

Start Time

10.30am: As per 2km basin2beach ocean swim

Contingency plans

Rough seas and large swell may require the swim leg to be reduced, changed to a “harbour only” swim leg or at worst case cancelled.

If the swim is changed to a harbour swim, the run course will be modified to the same as the Mini Aquathon run (and still finish on north beach).

Cancellation is rare and will only occur after a strict review of the event risk management plan.  This could be due to extreme weather, ocean conditions, excessive blue bottles or other factors placing participants at risk. In first instance, the event referee will act to a modified / shorter course. Wollongong harbour is mostly protected and it is extremely rare a swim cannot occur. Please review your event rules and waivers.


Activate Events has conducted over 40 Aquatic events in Wollongong harbour and has an exemplary safety history. Strict risk management processes are in place, and services as onsite first aid and lifesavers all form a key part. All swimmers must wear the provided brightly coloured swim cap. The swim is contained within the harbour, watched closely by our lifesavers. Wollongong Harbour offers a mostly sheltered and safe location though it is paramount swimmers are aware of inherent risks with open water swimming and are appropriately prepared. Whilst all care and safety is taken, participants must observe all safety directions. Water referees will determine the most suitable swim course and/or course modification if conditions are deemed less safe.

These vessels will be following the swimmers around the course:

  • Maritime Rescue Boat (subject to event/RMS discretion)
  • Minimal 1 x IRB’s for harbour swim venue and two (2) for ocean swims
  • Lifeguard operated jet ski’s with mats (subject to event and venue)
  • Rescue Boards
  • Surf Skis
  • Rescue Tubes

First Aid
First aid will operate at the shoreline, on course and finish by appropriately trained personnel. Medical and emergency services are on standby

Emergency Evacuation Plan
On the Day of the Event, there will be a full briefing for all water and land safety directly involved, in regards to any major risk or incident, requiring all swimmers to evacuate the water or runners to evacuate the course

The statistical percentages of support vessels to swimmers shows that our Risk Management Plan, specific to water safety and support paddlers, incorporates the necessary protocols and numbers on the water to effectively

Entry Requirements

Whilst there is no qualifying criteria for the event there are conditions on entry. The conditions on entry to the event are:

  1. Each participant must certify they can swim 2000m unassisted in open water / ocean and surf.
  2. The minimum age for participation is 14 YO at the date of the event* If you/your child is u14 and wishes to do swimrunX a parent must first email the event director to discuss suitability. (info@aquathon.com.au)
  3. All participants must complete a waiver attesting to acceptance of terms and ability to finish the event.
  4. The event organiser reserves the right to remove a participant from an event if they believe the participant is incapable of completing the event safely

entry terms & conditions

Safety and Risk Warning (Section 5M Civil Liability Act 2002)

All participants intending to race/partake in this event must agree to abide by the following safety and risk warning statement.

Swim Related
Surf boats, surf ski paddlers and other support craft will be patrolling the course for the duration of Splash Wollongong (Aquathon swim section and/or Ocean swims) (hereafter called the Event). If a swimmer feels unable to go on, they should attract the attention of the water safety personnel. DO NOT PANIC, remain stationary, raise your arm and wait for assistance. A swimmer deemed incapable of completing the course will be brought onto one of the support vessels by the water safety team and transported to shore. However, please note that your safety cannot be guaranteed.

Warning is given to all entrants that this is a demanding ocean swim Event. Obvious risks include and are not limited to the following: injury and/or drowning, due to being hit by other persons, objects, boats or vessels. Other obvious risks include, cold weather and water, entry and exit injuries, stings, sandbars, medical conditions and sharks.

Swimmers enter at their own risk and are responsible for their own physical condition.

Any swimmer who does pull out of the Event must notify event officials immediately and return the ankle strap timing chip. Failure to return the timing bracelet will result in a fee of $50.

Prior to starting your swim, you must cross over the timing mats which are located on the beach. Failure to cross these mats will result in no timed swim. The mats are located between the barriers on the beach, at the starting area, identified by the flags on the beach.

While in the water, all swimmers must comply with the directions of lifeguards and/or the water safety team, if you fail to do so you will be disqualified from the Event.

Known Conditions Statement: It is the responsibility of the swimmer to inform themselves of the beach and water conditions.


Activate Events is covered by its own public liability insurance. This does not include personal accident insurance. It is strongly recommended that you take out your own personal accident and ambulance cover for the Event. Your private health insurance policy may include this, however you will need to check this specifically with your private health insurer

Waiver and Indemnity


There are numerous obvious risks to participating in the ‘Splash Wollongong’ (hereafter called the Event).

Obvious risks include and are not limited to the following: injury and/or drowning, due to being hit by other persons, objects or boats, health conditions as cardiac events, Other obvious risks include, cold weather and water, entry and exit injuries, trips and falls, heat/cold extremes, physical exertion, stings, sandbars, medical conditions and sharks. Each entrant should be of competent physical ability to compete the event(s) and where event(s) include water, the swimmer should be a competent ocean/surf swimmer.

Each participant will be required to wear a timing Bracelet (Aquathon), swim cap (Aquathon/swim) run/walk identification bib or identifiable event band.

Officials maintain the right to reject or refuse any entry.

Medical officers commissioned by Activate Events have the authority to remove a competitor from the event without reason.

All participants must be unaided; eg no flippers, wet suits, boards, or any other floating gear is permitted except for ‘back of the pack where event director approval was granted. All swimmers must swim the prescribed course. Runners must wear appropriate apparel, running suitable shoes.

All swimmers are to wear their prescribed cap and timing bracelet.

The decisions of the Race Director are final. All participants are to behave in a sportsman like manner.

1.  I hereby waive release and discharge all and every claim, right or cause of action (including for negligence, for breach of contract or breach of Statute) for which I might have or which arises out of my death, injury, damage or loss of any description which I may suffer or sustain as the result of my participation in the Event.

2.  This waiver release and discharge shall operate jointly and severally in favour of the Indemnified Parties, namely: Activate Events (T/A Robert Battocchio), sponsors, Wollongong City Council, Wollongong City and North Beach Surf Life Saving Clubs, Wollongong First Aid Australia Pty Ltd,  New South Wales Maritime Authority, the Surf Life Saving Association of Australia (and any of its State Centres, Branches, affiliated Surf Live Saving Clubs and Committees), sponsors, supporters, persons, corporations, contractors, sub-contractors, volunteers, servants and employees involved or otherwise engaged in organising, promoting, staging, administering, running or controlling the Event.

3.  I agree to indemnify and keep indemnified the indemnified parties against all actions, suits, demands, claims, proceedings, costs, expenses, liabilities and judgments (including for negligence, breach of contract or breach of statute) arising out of or in relation to my participation in the Event. This indemnity may be pleaded as a bar to any action, claim, demand, suit or legal proceedings.

4.  I consent to receive such medical aid or preventative treatment which may be deemed advisable in the unfettered discretion of Event Medical personnel and Lifesavers in the event of any injury accident or illness to me as the result of my participation in the Event.

5.  I consent to the free use of my name, personal information, photograph, interview or appearance in any newspaper, promotion, advertising material, publication, video, broadcast, website or use in any media now known or yet to be devised, by the Event and/or its sponsors.

6.  I agree to allow sponsors to contact me on offers and services that may be of interest with my choice to unsubscribe or opt out at my own discretion at any time.

I agree to use of my images, name for purpose of social media or event promotions.

7.  I affirm that I have properly trained for and fully satisfied myself as to my physical and medical condition to compete in the Event.

8.  I agree to abide by and accept the rules and regulation of the Event whether announced on the day or prior thereto and to accept the decisions of both the Race Director and the Race Committee.

9.  I agree and accept that the Event Director/Committee may, at its absolute discretion, vary the rules and regulations of the Event and without prior notice to me.

10.  I agree to accept full responsibility to inform myself and assess all the dangers hazards and risks of entry in the Event and rely solely on my own assessment of these dangers, hazards and risks before participating in the Event and not with standing any decision thereon made by the race committee and other persons corporations and bodies involved engaged in promoting or staging the Event.

11.  I agree that in the event of cancellation of the Event my entry fee shall not be refundable.

I agree that as a person to whom recreational services are supplied by the organisers, it is a term of my entry that I engage in the recreational activity of the Event at my own risk.

12.  I agree that the terms and conditions contained in this entry form shall be construed broadly to provide a release, indemnity and waiver to the Indemnified Parties of any liability for loss injury or other damage to personal property to the maximum extent permitted by law

13.  The Event reserves the right to recoup from the participant any costs associated with a Search & Rescue if that participant has failed to notify officials that they have withdrawn from the event.
Indemnity in respect of persons under 18 years

In consideration of the Event agreeing at my request to accept the entry of the minor applicant I agree for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators to indemnify and keep indemnified the Indemnified Parties against all actions, suits, claims, proceedings, demands, cost, expenses, liabilities or judgments which the applicant and I may have against the Indemnified Parties but for the terms of this agreement in respect of any death, injury, damage or loss sustained by the minor applicant as the result of the minor applicant’s participation in the Event. I affirm that I have full authority on behalf of both Parents and/or Guardian to sign this indemnity AND that this indemnity may be pleaded as a bar to any action claim demand suit or legal proceedings.

Refund Policy

The Event policies and management practices ensures high professional standards in the delivery of the Event are maintained, whilst prioritising safety and reducing hazards to swimmers and personnel involved in the Event.

Refund conditions.

I acknowledge that refunds may 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 the organiser before 5.00pm (AEST) on Monday 14th February 2021. Any decision as to whether to issue a refund will be solely at the organisers discretion. If the organiser decides to refund an Event entry fee, I understand that a 50% administration fee will be deducted from the race entry fee paid. Refunds will not be made for any additional items purchased, such as event merchandise and charitable donations.

Any Event participant who withdraws from the Event within seven (7) working days of the Event date no refund will be payable.


I acknowledge that a refund may be issued for the Event entry fee where a COVID-19 test with a positive result within 14 days of the event is received or if awaiting COVID-19 test results. The organiser will require proof of testing and/or results. Refunds will not be made for any additional items purchased, such as event merchandise and charitable donations.

I agree that if I am experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 that I will get tested for COVID-19 and not compete in the Event.

The organiser reserves the right to cancel the Event at any time if the organiser considers in its sole discretion this is required due to any sort of dangerous conditions and/or force majeure. In the event of cancellation, there will be no refund of entry fee unless otherwise determined by the organiser in its sole discretion and the cancelled Event may not be re-scheduled. A decision will be made ASAP on race day and broadcast on the event social media page/s and via the Event website.

The organiser reserves the right to cancel the Event at any time due to COVID-19 and NSW Health Orders. In the event of cancellation due to COVID-19, an alternate date may be looked at to stage the event. If the Event is cancelled due to COVID-19 and alternate dates are unavailable, a credit for the full Event entry fee will be provided against the entry fee for the 2022 Splash Wollongong. Refunds or credits will not be made for any additional items purchased, such as event merchandise and charitable donations.

Dispute Resolution – Event Results and Sportsmanship

The Event will ensure that all competitors have access to a fair and equitable process in dealing with grievance and provide an avenue for competitors to affect their final position.

The policies and procedures to raise a complaint and dispute must be completed as follows:

Each complaint/dispute must be submitted in writing to the Race Director within 45min of the event for consideration.
Each complain/dispute will be dealt with by the Race Director

Privacy Policy
Activate Events respects your ability to make informed choices about the collection and use of your personal information. The Event respects your right to privacy and we are bound by National Privacy Principles in the Privacy Act. We use personal information collected from competitors to inform them of competition details or advance notice of competitions. We consider that information provided by you to us is sensitive and deserves to be handled with the utmost care. For this reason, all files are strictly confidential and all information is classified.

Website Disclaimer
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information in this publication is accurate. However the author expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.

The author does not warrant or make any representations regarding the use or the results of the use of the information provided within the publication in terms of its correctness, accuracy, reliability, or otherwise.

No oral or written information or advice given by the author shall create a warranty or in any way increase the scope of this warranty. Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.

Refunds and including covid

Terms & Conditions

All requests must provide confirmation that Online Registration for the Event in question has been completed.

The time frames noted are determined from the day of the Event in question.

Request for an Event Refund can be provided, as per the following:

  • 6 weeks or more, full refund minus 12% admin fee.
  • between 4 weeks and 6 weeks prior to the event, 50% of the entry fee will be refundable
  • Between 1 and 4 weeks prior to the event, 25% of the entry fee will be refundable
  • between 0 and 7 days prior to the event, no entry fee is refundable.

NO REFUNDS will be available after the last time period under ANY circumstance

In the situation where an event is postponed and your entry is moved to the new date, the refund window for your entry will remain as it was at the announcement of the event date change.


Request for an Event Transfer (to 2022 Australia Day Aquathon) can be provided, as per the following

  • Can take place up until 7 days before the date of the Event
  • Transfer only to 2022 Australia Day Aquathon event of equal or lesser value. Higher value event which will require a payment to pay the outstanding balance between the two, if greater value. If you transfer to an event of lesser value, no refund or credit of the difference in price between the two is given.
  • A transfer will cost a $10 administration fee.
  • No transfer within 7 days of the original event. * unless via covid clause below.
  • If you wish to transfer to a shorter distance event at the same event no refund or credit of the difference in price between the two distances will be given.

There is NO TRANSFER between athletes, as the system doesn’t allow it.


COVID 19 CLAUSE – As part of Activate Eventds commitment to running events as safely as possible, a full transfer to another event (of equal or lesser value) within a year post-event is available to anyone who is able to provide an official COVID 19 positive test in the 14 days prior to the event – right up until race day. This will include family members and/or proof that quarantee was required.

While we’re still facing uncertain times, we’re pleased to announce a full refund policy of entry fees on NEW events (events that haven’t previously been postponed), if the event is CANCELLED due to COVID-19. The refunded entry fee is less the 7.5% admin fee. This does not apply if an event is postponed, only cancelled. 


Results: Posted 24 hrs after event completion