Welcome to the 2023 MMJ Aquathon!

Read on for all you need to know to make your 2023 MMJ Aquathon event experience, super fun, safe and a memoriable experience.

REGISTRATION

Thanks for entering!

Once you have entered online you will receive an entry confirmation email with event details.

RACE NUMBER – E-TICKET

ON WEDNESDAY 25th JANUARY (after 4pm)  you will receive your e-ticket with your number via email from registernow (where you entered online.

KEEP THIS NUMBER- you will need to show it on event day at registration to get your time chip.

Please read all below, to make your Aquathon experience, fun and safe.

Event day: Check In

Location: NEW!! The Old Court house – 1 Harbour street Wollongong. Straight across road from Belmore Basin on corner Cliff and harbour streets.

This should take a couple of minutes once inside.

  • Late entry see below
  • Only one person needed registration unless a parent with child to assist.
  • Arrive at the dedicated registration time as per event schedule.
  • Show your designated e-ticket email with race number to volunteer
  • Collect time chip envelop put in front of you.
  • If you are in the funrun, you can exit.
  • Aquathon- Walk to swim cap ‘self serve table’ – collect correct swim cap colour as indicated
  • Go outside to harbour
  • Place velcro time chip around left ankle.
  • If Aquathon, make sure you have your Eyeline swim cap for the swim start.
  • Funrun – Your start is 8am at the start / finish arch, head their at 7.45am.
  • Listen to announcer instructions and refer event schedule below.

Note:

  • Teams – one person to collect chip
  • Swimmer starts with time chip on left ankle, after swim hand to runner to wear on left ankle.

 

Late Entry? Entries are classified as online entries taken after 4pm on 25/1/23 are and continue right up to 20min before each event start.  Don’t expect to turn up, fill out a manual form and pay cash! ENTER LATE ENTRY HERE.

Where does Late Entry collect swim cap/time chip?

Go to the MARQUEE located at the side of the old court house lawn. DON’T enter the old court house. You can fill out online entry (on your device), get your e-ticket, show late entry volunteer, than collect time chip/swim cap at the designated ‘late entry marquee on grass area of the old court house’.

ARRIVAL

Arriving at Aquathon

New to the area? Check out the VISITOR PAGE for travel/accommodation advice.

MORE SPACE – MORE PARKING

With Wollongong Council not having any stalls, or rides there is loads more space all for Aquathon. The evening fireworks are still on from 9pm.

We have also spaced out the transition areas and more spectator area around the finish shute.

Loads of nearby parking.

Marine parade/Endeavour road is open as are all the parking bays near the lighthouse.

All use nearby streets.

TIMING CHIPS

Timing chips record your time.

Must be worn on left ankle.

Take out of envelope provided at registration and place on left ankle as instructed.

Ensure velcro strap is firm but not super tight – it’s your responsibility to place velcro on securely.

Failure to wear velcro on left ankle will not record a time and forfeit results.

Teams: Swimmer begins with velcro, at change area simply swap velcro time chip to runners left ankle!

Lost time chip incurs $25 replacement fee.

BLUE-MILE 5 FUN RUN

The ALL NEW Blue-Mile 5 fun run and walk is set to kick off the fun of Aquathon at 8am.

Register as instructed above- pre and late entry same as Aquathon.

You still collect a time chip but no swim cap as indicated above.

7.45am. Go to the “FINISH / START ARCH” for the 8am start.

The course is 5km total- along a 2.5k out and back course follows the blue mile as per map (refer event page). The fun course is mostly cycle way with a 800m grass section (done twice) out and back with water station at 1k/4k mark, with fruit/water and first aid at the finish.

Finisher medals for everyone.

Check out event page for event details, maps, age categories and all you need to know.

Refer below for prize winners of age categories.

TRANSITION

For Aquathon participants, the “Transition” is where you place your running gear / towel and change from the swim to the run.

NORTH SIDE OF THE HARBOUR – KIDS/MINI AQUA

SOUTHERN SIDE OF THE HARBOUR – LONG / SHORT AQUA

  • Each event distance has a designated transition area.
  • Refer to site map
  • Keep gear to minimal – just what your need to do the event. Towel, run shoes/gear.
  • Place run gear/towel on side of concourse or on grass spaced out.
  • Avoid personal belongings.
  • Remember where you placed your gear! – maybe use a bright towel or get a sight mark to remember.
  • NO parents/public allowed in transition after events start (unless 1 helper for kids U9)

SWIM STARTS

STAGGERED STARTS GROUPS OF 6!

All swims start on shoreline of Wollongong Harbour based on age/gender/event.

‘Walk to start line on the sand in the shute that will be set up (5-6 people at a time). Each group will be seperated by few seconds. Listen to swim referee for instructions.

Keep to gender/age groups as indicated.

Your time starts when you pass the time recorder on swim shoreline entry and finish on the finish line.

  • Each swim course is set before the start, with large visible markers.
  • The warm up area is north of swim start, avoid swimming inside the course area.
  • Swimmers will be called in age/event groups.
  • Swimmers must where the official eyeline swim cap and time chip provided at registration.
  • A team of experienced lifesavers and first aid officers will support the safety of participants
  • Swimmers must adhere to all safety regulations and event referee instructions.
  • Parent/guardian can swim next to child U10.

Courses: Refer to each event page for course and maps. Note: event organisers reserve the right to alter the course due to safety concerns.

Swim start times: scroll down.

Water conditions:  Water tempreture is normally a very pleasant 21-22 degrees. Wollongong harbour is a relatively small recreational boat harbour, with swimmers, paddlers and also yachts and small fishing fleet. Whilst mostly sheltered from elements it can be exposed to wind, rain, and storm water as per most beaches, along with tidal movements.

TEAMS

Hugely popular, teams complete the Aquathon as a relay of two -one person is the swimmer and one the runner.  Double the fun.

  • Same course as individuals
  • Swimmer starts with time chip on left ankle
  • Swimmer exits at ‘team change’ (Refer site map) and swap timer to runner ankle.
  • If not worn on ankle or chip not placed on correctly – no time, no result.
  • Both get finisher medals
  • Refer event schedule  below and event distance page for course maps and start times.
  • Division ages and categories in all events except Mini Aquathon

KIDS AQUA 6-12’s

‘Kids Aqua’ is all about fun and having a go!

YOUR TRANSITION AREA AND SWIM START is on the furthest NORTH OF THE CONCOURSE! Go to the “Smile” banner and place run/swim gear spaced out.

Listen to announcer.

Refer start times below: 9.15am start.

Walk down the stairwell (north end) when called and go to north side of harbour near where the little boats are. You will see numbered flags – go to the flag that is closest to your age.

Parents please attend (one parent only) and assist younger children.

The Start

Make sure your time chip is on left ankle, firm but don’t cut off circulation!

Have swim cap and googles on/ready.

Listen to event announcer on shore.

Tag team runners- come to and listen.

The swim is held in close proximity to shore within Wollongong harbour with loads of water safety. 10-12’s kick off first in small groups of 4-10 kids at a time. 10-12’s complete a 200m swim, than the swim is reduced to 120m and the U10’s have their turn. Mostly sheltered swim, loads of lifesavers and encouragement. Swim safety briefing is held on shoreline, and a lead lifesaver paddles to escort the faster swimmers, and everyone else follows!*Parents can tag along with U10’s.

Exit the swim, run up the same stairs to your ‘transition’ – where you placed your run gear.

Teams: If a team you will tag your runner (swap the timer from your ankle to theirs) like a relay baton. If you don’t swap the time chip you will not get a time and miss out.

The run – All kids run out along the safe flat ‘blue-mile’ path for 1km to a turn marker at north beach , than do a U turn and run back the same way to the finish line – grab your medal and lots of cheers!

Parents/carer please ensure to quickly collect child/ren post event.

* Please make sure your child/ren can swim the required distance unaided prior to entering.

MAKE SURE TO READ UP ON THE KIDS EVENT PAGE MAPS AND MORE.

EVENT SCHEDULE

TIME
WHAT
CHECK IN
Collect swim cap/time chip/number
Online late entry closes 15min prior each event
LATE ENTRY
6.45am - 8am
LONG AQUA Registration
6.45am - 7.45am
FUNRUN Registration
7.15am – 8.45am
KIDS AQUA Registration
7:45am - 8.45am
MINI AQUA Registration
8.00am – 9.30am
SHORT AQUA Registratiion

EVENT START TIMES

Briefings occur 15min prior each start

Event Briefing/Safety

8.00am
FUN RUN START

8.15am

LONG AQUA START

Wave 1 and 2
U30 and 50+ Male
Wave 3
30-39 Male
Wave 4
40-49 Male
8.35am Wave 5
U30 & 50+ Female
Wave 6
30-39 Female
Wave 7
40-49 Female
Wave 8

TEAMS ALL

8.55am

MINI + KIDS: SHORELINE
9.05am WAVE 9
MINI START


9.15am
KIDS START
WAVE 10
GIRLS 10-12 yrs
WAVE 11

BOYS 10-12 yrs
WAVE 12
TEAM: 10-12's
WAVE 13
6-9yrs Girls
WAVE 14
6-9yrs Boys
WAVE 15
TEAM 6-9yrs
9.40am
Briefing: SHORT AQUA
9.45am
Start: SHORT AQUA
WAVE 16
M U20+
WAVE 17
M 50+
WAVE 18
M 20-34
WAVE 19
M 35-49yrs
WAVE 20
F U20
WAVE 21
F 20-34
WAVE 22
F 35yrs+
WAVE 23
TEAM : Junior + Parent&Child U16
WAVE 24
TEAM 18+


11AM
Event Timing Finishes / Course Closure
TIME
WHERE
CHECK IN
OLD COURT HOUSE

Online late entry closes 15min prior each event

OLD COURT HOUSE

6.45am - 8am

6.45am - 7.45am

7.15am – 8.45am

7:45am - 8.45am

8.00am – 9.30am

EVENT START TIMES

Briefings occur 15min prior each start

START LINE/SHORELINE
8.00am
CLIFF RD START/FINISH ARCH
8.15am
WATERS EDGE

Wave 1 and 2

Wave 3
Wave 4
8.35am Wave 5
Wave 6
Wave 7
Wave 8

8.55am

9.05am WAVE 9

9.15am
WAVE 10
WAVE 11

WAVE 12
WAVE 13
WAVE 14
WAVE 15
9.40am
9.45am
WAVE 16
WAVE 17
WAVE 18
WAVE 19
WAVE 20
WAVE 21
WAVE 22
WAVE 23
WAVE 24

11AM

SUPPORT

Water safety

Medical

Run marshals

Amenities

Kids / parents

FINISH AREA

Finish Line Announcer

Finisher Medals

Finish Line photography

First Aid

Refreshments 

Stalls and more…

AWARDS, PRIZES, GIVE AWAY’S

ROLLING AWARD COLLECTION.

Age/gender/category awards will be notified announced via the PA.

Go to mulitsporttiming for Live PROVISIONAL RESULTS.

Category winners are called out and asked to attend the nominated area to collect – this occurs after each event / distance.

Show proof of your position and collect medal/award. (We can only verify based on live results at the time. Any dispute will be managed after the event. please contact the team via email).

SPECIAL PRIZES!

Kids winners – Yeah Jamberoo Action park passes. Plus special Horizon bank award for first individual in age.

Overall Male and Female – special award from Horizon Bank and MMJ .

 

SPOT PRIZES- EVERYONE

  • Skydive the beach  x  tandem jump
  • Treeetops adventure Park family pass
  • Announced on the day

 

STALLS & GIVE AWAY’S

  • MMJ stall and  give away’s
  • Horizon Bank stall and give away’s
  • Advantage Skin Clinic stall
  • TrueGrit Australia stall
  • Wollongong CBT FBT studio stall and give away’s
  • LifeLine South Coast Stall

FINISHER TIMES, RESULTS, IMAGES

RESULTS:

How did you go? Provisional times and results will be live soon after the finish. Official times will be verifed within 10 days of event. Click HERE

PIC’S

Post event be sure to check out our huge social media feed for even day snaps – will you feature?

Finish Line official pictures: balanced Image Studio – Professional Finish Photograph’s for purchase: CLICK HERE

COVID SAFETY

Activate Events has a detailed COVID safety plan to help ensure participant and community safety. These plans are updated regularly and based on current (at the time) NSW Health regulations and advice. Plans are modified when/as required.

Activate Events is committed to the safety of our participants and supporters. We have and always will make safety a key priority. We also know people love outdoor, active events and want to get back and be part of the fun and rewarding experience. We look forward to delivering safe events on January 26.

Entry is permissible for any person. We highly encourage adults (and kids/youth when avaliable) to be double vaccinated, though this is not a requirement of entry.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHANGES WE’RE MAKING?

  • Comprehensive NSW Health event covid safe plan.
  • Outdoor venue, large open, well ventilated.
  • Wide open spaces – split zones for long/short and kids transition.
  • Wider transition areas with more space.
  • Indoor Registration – masks required.
  • QR code sign in at registration
  • e-ticket to reduce registration time and be as ‘contactless’ as possible.
  • Staggered spaced out start times
  • Rolling swim starts – 4-8 people at a time
  • Rolling transition – in transition you will be likely in and out before the person next to you, your swim exit time is likely to be different
  • Large area for participants/supporters to safely distance
  • Dedicated COVID-19 Safety marshals
  • Rolling ‘self pick up’ medals for award winners
  • All participants must submit their phone number when registering
  • Follows NSW Health advice

Help us make this a covid safe event for everyone:

  • Please use / bring hand sanitiser
  • Check in with QR code at registration
  • Follow NSW Health advice.
  • Follow social distancing
  • Once you cross the finish line, we kindly ask that you collect your personal belongings quickly and move out of the refreshment area.
  • Please contact our customer service team if you have undertaken a COVID-19 test with a positive result within 7 days of event day and/or if you have undertaken a COVID-19 test and awaiting results. You will require proof of testing and/or results.
  • Covid postive entrants MUST not attend the event. Refer to cancellation of entry terms.

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