The Booming Sport of SwimRun is Coming to Australia This Year

We’ve been hearing Adriel and Caroline talk about this event for a long time now and finally it is coming to Australia. This will be a lot of fun whilst being really challenging and brings a cool adventure to Sydney. We will

Australia’s first SwimRun event will take place, starting and finishing in Rose Bay, Sydney on the 14th May 2016. The set course of 12 swimming sections and 13 run sections covers trails, open water, paths, challenging entry and exit points, beaches and epic views over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

SwimRun offers participants unique race experiences in unique environments. No flashy gear, no bikes and no individual performance. In SwimRun, teams of two alternate between swimming and running on a set course in a natural environment. Gear is kept to a minimal and participants have to carry all their gear throughout the whole course. The typical SwimRunner’s gear usually includes wetsuit, running shoes, paddles and a whistle. As other SwimRun races, SwimRun Australia offers three categories; mixed, women & men, where everyone competes and participates on equal terms.

“We are super excited to introduce the sport of SwimRun to Australia”, says Race Director Adriel Young. “I believe SwimRun is the new, big thing. It is really back to basic and a fantastic challenge for everyone with an open mind and feel for adventure.”

Triathlete, Lifeguard and Race Director Adriel Young has been living in Sweden for the past 18 months and has seen the sport grow in Europe.

“The sport is well established in Sweden, but we are now experiencing an enormous interest from both European and International organisations, with races popping up in different locations and countries”. “There are so many beautiful and challenging locations in Australia, so we can’t wait to take the first step and introduce this challenge to everyone”, says Young.

SwimRun Australia’s unique course is made up by a total of 18km mixed between swimming and running. The spectator friendly course allows for family, friends and supporters to follow participants as they take on the challenge. The interest has been large to participate and make history in Australia’s first SwimRun event but in 2016 a limited number of 100 team entries will be released, in order to create a unique, safe and extraordinary event. The teams are categorised as Male, Female or Mixed and registration is set to open on Monday the 17th February.


Karl Hayes

Head of Rest and Recovery

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.