Competitive Virtual Rottnest Swimrun

2 races, 2 legs, 2 individuals, 1 team. Your strategy, location and format. Expert support.

Nothing stops a swimrunner 

2020 has been a difficult year and the ongoing uncertainty around delivering mass participation events amongst Covid-19 means we can't bring you the Rottnest Swimrun in its traditional format in November this year.

But, like you, we're not ones to do nothing and do not want to waste a season without training, having fun, and completing a challenge!

This is more than just a virtual race - we have put together a team of world-renowned athletes and experts to inspire, coach and motivate the Rottnest Swimrun community in the lead up to an event that will get you to think outside the box while you push yourself in a race environment... Are you ready?

What is the virtual swimrun?

The virtual swimrun is an opportunity for people to join and engage with the Rottnest Swimrun community and follow a 6 week structured swimrun training plan with guidance from swimming, running and nutritional coaches, before completing one of two swimrun races completed across two separate legs:

 

Rottnest Swimrun Original: 32 km Swimrun (across 2 legs)

Rottnest Swimrun Sprint: 16km Swimrun (across 2 legs)

 

All you need is somewhere safe to swim and run. Join the community for the journey to race day and then set your strategy, location and course and complete the race across two race periods.

 

The entry fee is $37 per team.

All Virtual Swimrun participants receive an amazing package of benefits from Rottnest Swimrun and its partners including:

  • Pre-release access to the first 100 team tickets to the Rottnest Swimrun 2021

   A partners access package which includes:

  • 3 months access to Swimsmooth’s online swim coaching app (value $59.85)* (First 50 teams only)*

  • Written swim training plan from Paul Newsome at Swimsmooth

  • Run coaching by Frontrunner head coach Raph

  • A weekly recovery session with qualified physiotherapists at Kinima Physio (LIVE via zoom)

  • Q+A with dietitian plus meal plans for endurance

  • 20% discount voucher to The Running Centre

  • A $14 pasta gift pack from Sal's

  • Access to a private Rottnest Swimrun Strava Club where you can interact with the Swimrun community and share your training achievements

 

  • Training challenges leading up to the event and a 6 week structured Swimrun training plan leading up the race weekend tailored to either the Rottnest Swimrun sprint or the Rottnest Swimrun original

  • ​A red bull gift pack (posted to first 300 Australian entrants)

  • A digital bib to download for the race​​​

 

What you are going to do before the event

  • Choose your race distance

  • Choose a partner (optional) - note that you do not have to complete the race side-by-side

  • Download Strava and join the private Rottnest Swimrun Virtual Swimrun Club (send a request and we’ll approve once you have registered

  • Self-manage your training or follow our 6-week training plans from the Australia's best swim and run coaches to prepare yourself for the event

  • Find / plan an appropriate location to do the event (this is where strategy comes in to play)

 

What do you do in the virtual race?

  • The races will take place in two legs, with half of the total race distance completed in each leg

  • There will be a 10 day window during which you can complete each leg of the race (including 2 weekends)

  • You will complete the race distances in one continuous effort - this can be done together (ideally) with a partner or separately, if racing together is not possible

  • Your finishing time will be the total time of completion across the two legs

 

How are you going to prove you did the event and submit your results?

  • Record your race on Strava/Garmin/any other watch or device and upload it to the Virtual Rottnest Swimrun Event page here

    • If you don’t have a Swimrun mode or don’t want to manage starting and stopping your watch when you transition, you can just complete the race using running or open water swimming mode instead.

    • We recommend that you test different watch settings in the lead up to the race

  • Take a selfie with your team mate before and after the race

  • The completion time will be the total time across the two legs

 

Rottnest Swimrun Original: 32 km virtual race

 

LEG 1 (4th to 13th of September)

You must swim 2000m and run 14 km.

You must have a minimum of 5 transitions (i.e. at least 3 swim sections and 3 run sections in your course).

 

You choose your location. You can complete laps of a short course or you can plan your own longer route.

Please check before you swim that...

  • You have permission to swim in your chosen water body.

  • It is safe for open water swimming. 

  • You have permission to access the land around your chosen water body.

  • You have a spotter or water safety buddy if you are swimming solo. 

  • You are following the advice given for open water swimming during the WA government restrictions.

 

You must complete the race in one go (one continuous effort), from start to finish for your time to qualify.

LEG 2 (25th September to 4th of October)

As per above.

Rottnest Swimrun Sprint: 16 km virtual race

 

LEG 1 (4th to 13th of September)

You must swim 1000m and run 7 kms.

You must have a minimum of 5 transitions (at least 3 swim and 3 run sections in your course).

 

You choose your location and the route.

 

Please check before you swim that...

  • You have permission to swim in rivers and lakes.

  • It is safe for open water swimming. 

  • You have permission to access land around your chosen water body.

  • You have a spotter or water safety buddy if you are racing as a solo. 

  • You are following the advice given for open water swimming during the WA government restrictions

 

You must complete the race in one go (one continuous effort), from start to finish for your time to qualify.

LEG 2 (25th September to 4th of October)

As per above.

Open Water Swimming Safety Advice 

 

We strongly advise you to follow the following 3 key steps before going on an open water swim at unsupervised locations:

 

  • Never swim alone.

  • Let someone in your household know where you are, what you are doing and expected time to return.

  • It is your responsibility that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to participate in open water swimming. You should think about any pre-existing medical conditions that you may have and if you are in any doubt, we recommend that you do not swim.

Race Rules 

 

Entry  

 

To participate you have to be 18 years old or over and be able to swim and run the race distances. Although recommended, you do not have to complete the race as a team of two side-by-side. 

 

Equipment  

 

All participants need to carry all their equipment from start to finish including:

 

Mandatory equipment

  • Shoes

  • Swim cap

  • First aid waterproof packaged pressure bandage.

  • Whistle

 

Optional 

  • Pull buoy

  • Hand paddles                                      

 

Equipment that is NOT allowed    

  • Flotation devices (pull buoy) bigger than 100 cm x 60 cm

 

Terms and Conditions

TBC

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