The annual MMJ Australia Day Aquathon at beautiful Wollongong harbour, a short 80k south of Sydney, continues to be the ‘one aquathon’ not to miss.
Whilst Australia Day can still involve a BBQ and drinks, kicking off with a swim and run sets up the perfect day.
2018 ushers in the events 19th edition which has grown to become the nation’s largest swim and run, -drawing a huge field made up of elites, age groupers to hundreds of kids to all comers.
Lead by the events ambassador, 3x former World Ironman Champion Craig Alexander (and family), along with 2018 Commonwealth Games Triathlon Team Members Ashleigh Gentle and Charlotte McShane, along with the all conquering Wollongong Wizards and squads as HPT the competitive open and junior pool continues to be a highlight.
The honour role of elites includes multiple winner as Gwen Jorgensen and Jake Birtwhistle, to Aaron Royle, Barbara Riveros, and a host of internationals that rival the best triathlons in the country.
"The Australia Day Aquathon in Wollongong is an amazing event. Races to cater for the whole family and all levels of ability in a really fun and friendly atmosphere. The organisers do an incredible job putting on a safe and scenic event."
Craig Alexander, 3x World Ironman Champion
Whilst the thrill of elites mixing in with age groupers is a real buzz, ‘Aquathon’ is more celebrated as a fun all age'r. Kids each receive a finishers medal and the huge crowd cheer all finishers.
Four swim and run distances are on offer; kicking off at 8am the premier “Long Aqua” a 900m (divided into two laps of the harbour swim) and 7k out and back scenic run course, than drops to the “Short Aqua” a 400m swim and 3km Run; TRY Aqua the ideal novice course of 200m swim and 2k run, and the KIDS Aqua a 140m swim and 2k run for U10’s or 200m swim and 2k run for the 10-12’s.
Each event (except for Try Aqua) offer individual or tag team divisions for the swimmer and runner to match up.
“Whether you are a novice, or midst Ironman preparation, the Australia Day Aquathon can fit in all schedules”.
The swim courses are each held within the protected Wollongong harbour, and the January water tempreture is generally 21-22 degrees, open to both wetsuit or non-wetsuit swim. Exiting the swim to the transisiton a short 20m from the waters edge, the scenic run courses head north to one of the three turn points. The first and last kilometer on the road, with the middle section of long and short courses a mix of cycle path, and nature parks.
Each event is divided into age and gender, along with team separated starts.
With its relaxed and fun vibe, drawcard location, safety and professional services, prize and give away pool, and huge fun factor, are just some of the reasons the event’s popularity continues.
Date: Australia Day, Friday 26 January
Location: Belmore Basin, Wollongong Harbour
Start: 8am for Long Course; 8.55am Try Aqua, 9.10am Kids Aqua, 9.30am Short Aqua
- LONG AQUA: 900m swim and 7km Run
- SHORT AQUA: 400m swim and 3km Run
- TRY AQUA: 200m swim and 2km Run
- KIDS AQUA: 140/200m swim and 2km Run
Entry and details : Aquathon.com.au