Australia Day Aquathon and Splash and Dash Festival – January & February 2013


Join the summer fun in NSW’s swim, run & multisport hotspot

Wollongong continues to grow as ‘hot spot’ for swimming, running, cycling and multisport events with summer 2013 shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. Already the base for many elite triathletes the region attracts all ages and abilities given its wide appeal, and perfect landscape.

Two key local run events will again take centre stage with a fantastic opportunity to swim, run, and ‘aquathon’.

The guys in action

Smile Team Australia Day Aquathon – come and take on Australia’s largest swim and run.

The signature swim and run in Australia turns 14 in 2013 and a super day is planned. Join in the fun, and see why it is one of newly crowned World U23 Triathlon Champion Aaron Royal’s local favourite.

Three events, kids, to adult all ages – go solo or tag team. A massive day is planned, over 90 event category prizes, huge $8,000 prize and give away, a massive crowd, fun and festivities continue all day, and in support of Anglicare. NEW for 2013 – walk for ANGLICARE – 3km charity walk added to schedule…

  • Kids 7-12 years Aquafun (200m swim / 2km run) – all individuals receive finisher medals and special give aways;
  • Short Aqua (400m swim / 3km run) the perfect all ages beginners and fitness fun or the;
  • Long Aqua (900m swim / 7km run) – spectacular marquee 14 years and over, ind and tag team.

In 2012, over 1600 competitors took part ranging from seven years of age through to 84 with hundreds of more spectators lining the foreshore.

The courses encompass a swim leg in the iconic Wollongong Harbour and a run leg along the newly reopened coastal track ‘The Blue Mile’ which includes a detour via the heritage listed and redeveloped Bathers Pavilion.

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Illawarra Credit Union Splash and Dash Festival February 23rd and 24th, 2013

The women charge in to Wollongong Harbour

Back for year two, and more events, a new summer date, huge weekend and perfect all ages fun – plus in support of Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Splash and Dash will offer all ages, fitness and tastes a perfect, safe, and fun way to keep fit.

Mckeon’s Swim School ‘Basin & Ocean Swims’ Saturday 23rd Feb, 2013

North kiosk ‘Basin2Beach’ – 2km classic starts in the harbour and what a finish at north beach!
Harbour 800m Splash – all ages 12yrs+, safe harbour swim
Boost Juice KIDZ 350m Splash – in the harbour, around boats and so much fun fun.

Come and meet event patron London Olympian David McKeon!

 Sunday 24th: Summer Run5, Kidz Family Run and Splash and Dash

Sunday is all about running and splash and dash..and will be huge! All ages, family, corporates and all in between..

Cardno Splash and Dash ‘Aquathon’s’

Two swim and runs with MINI a 250m swim / 2.5km run U12 and up, or the Big 650m swim / 5km Run – individual and tag team. Safe harbour swim, and spectacular south loop run past lighthouse an and city beach

Vision Personal Training SUMMER RUN5 (and walk)

It’s the runners, joggers and walkers turn and offers a 5km scenic and fast course. Starts in Lang Park opposite city beach, around the lighthouse, to city beach and finishes on scenic flagstaff hill. Do it for Ovarian Cancer – ages U12 and up and includes TEAMS Challenge! Team Up Corporate and School.


Taking on the same course as the Summer Run5, but turns at Wollongong Entertainment Centre the Big Fat Smile Kidz Run and Family Walk is for kidz 6-12 years to run, and/or join the family and walk it – any age! Medals for finishers, loads of prizes and giveaways.

So come and join in, full professional services, refreshment, finish expo, thousands dollars give away’s and a fun vibe make it the festival not to miss.

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Karl Hayes

Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.