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MERRY CHRISTMAS (10K) EVERYONE - NEXT EVENT IS SAT 18TH DEC 2021
Christmas 10K Swim
Saturday 18 December 2021
Registrations from 6.00am - 7.15am
Race starts from 7.30am
Coogee Beach, Western Australia
Fremantle Ports10km Challenge (entry includes optional support paddler)
City of Cockburn 1 Lap Cruiser (3.4km)
And also featuring a new MERRY MILE (1.6km)
You will be able to access times and results through the following links to the blueChip Timing results portals as the event takes place.
Past results and times can also be accessed using the links below.
Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge
City of Cockburn 1-Lap Cruiser (3.4km)
Swimmers will be allocated a start wave based on their event and nominated time.
The Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge will commence at 7.30am with subsequent waves every 3 minutes, followed by the City of Cockburn 1-Lap Cruiser.
The indicative maximum number of starting swimmers per wave for the Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge is 75.
There will be a single wave start for swimmers taking part in the City of Cockburn 1-Lap Cruiser.
Full course details will be emailed to all competitors and registered paddlers prior to race day.
Are paddlers compulsory in the Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge?
No, but they are highly recommended. Non-accompanied swimmers will be able to make use of the feeding zone off Coogee Beach once the race has started. You will need to have someone bring your drink/food to you in the water. Personal open water floats for unaccompanied swimmers are recommended.
Are paddlers allowed in the City of Cockburn 1-Lap Cruiser event?
No, paddlers are only allowed to accompany swimmers registered for the Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge.
Do I need to register my paddler's details when I enter?
Yes, but if you are not sure of their details you can enter them closer to race day.
What swimwear can I wear?
If you are intending to register your time as a qualifying swim for a Rottnest Crossing you must comply with FINA Open Water Swimwear rules. Swimmers may wear non-FINA compliant swimwear but their times will not be registered as a 10km qualifier. If you are wishing to gain points in the WOW Swim Series then your swimwear must also comply with MSWA Local OWS Rules.
What is the minimum age for swimmers?
Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge swimmers must all be a minimum of 14 years on race day.
City of Cockburn 1-Lap Cruiser swimmers must all be a minimum of 12 years on race day.
Is there a maximum number of swimmers permitted?
Given the restriction under which this year's event will be required to operate, the following limit on entries will be applied:
Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge - a maximum of 250 swimmers
City of Cockburn 1-Lap Cruiser - a maximum of 150 swimmers
These limits may be revised at the organiser's discretion (up or down) if Health WA Directions are significantly altered between now and the time of the event.
Are there any event prizes?
No, this event will not have any prizes but you will be able to use your time to qualify for a Rottnest Crossing.
With the support of our event sponsors, there will be a number of spot prizes randomly allocated to competitors and pre-event promotions and prize giveaways on Facebook & Instagram.
What are the time limits for the events?
All swimmers in the Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge will be allowed 4 hours 15 mins from the start of their respective wave to complete their swim, the time to qualify for a Rottnest Crossing.
City of Cockburn 1-Lap Cruiser swimmers must complete the course no later than 9.45am or approx 2 hours from the start of their race wave.
What does my entry fee cover?
Depending on your event, your entry fee covers swimmers and paddlers and includes public liability insurance (not personal accident insurance), water safety, electronic timing, a swim cap, a race number tattoo, fruit and water at the end of the race, and access to the safest, least congested 10km qualifier on the OWS Calendar.
A copy of the full Event Terms & Waiver can be accessed here. All competitors will acknowledge this as part of the online entry process through OnReg.
Will late entries be available on race day?
Subject to availability, late entries will be available on race day but we highly recommend entering online during the registration period to avoid disappointment as there are strict caps on numbers in each event to ensure safety and enjoyment for all.
How will Covid-19 impact planning and delivery of this year's Christmas 10K Swim?
All of this year’s event approvals have been granted on the condition that the event is delivered in compliance with State Emergency Management Covid-19 Directions and Department of Health Covid Safety Guidance. These necessarily impact the type, scale and conditions under which the event can proceed. For this year’s Christmas 10K Swim, you will notice subtle differences in how we are required to deal with Check-In, tattooing of swimmers, briefings, sponsor activations, start/finish chute and recovery zone. Guidance around social distancing will also be conveyed to you pre-event and on race day and the new caps on the maximum number of swimmers taking part in the event will be strictly applied.
Our focus will be on compliance with all relevant Directions at all times and ensuring the health and safety of our swimmers, paddlers, volunteers and spectators remains our highest priority. Despite all that, we are confident you will hardly notice these changes and the Christmas 10K Swim will be one of your most fun and enjoyable community swimming events of the season.
If I withdraw from the Event, will I be entitled to a refund of my entry fee?
Any registered swimmer withdrawing from the Event for any reason will not be entitled to an entry fee refund.
With the permission of the organiser, a transfer of a swimmer’s registered entry to a nominated replacement swimmer may be permitted.
If there should be a cancellation of the Event because of weather or other adverse conditions, will I be entitled to a refund of my entry fee?
For any cancellation of the Event in such circumstances, there will be generally be no refund of entry fees.
If there should be a cancellation of the Event in order to comply with any local, State or Federal directives regarding Covid-19, will I be entitled to a refund of my entry fee?
For any cancellation of the Event in such circumstances, entry fee refunds will be considered at the organiser’s discretion with a view to balancing the Event's commitments to all key stakeholders involved, including swimmers, sponsors, Event suppliers and service providers.
Generally, if an enforced cancellation is confirmed on/before Saturday 5th December 2020, the organiser will use best endeavours to refund up to 50% of entry fees, provided that all other Event contractual commitments have been met first.
There will generally be no refunds possible if the enforced cancellation is confirmed after Saturday 5th December 2020 (ie. in the last 2 weeks before the Event).
What has happened to the "Merry Mile" which was originally planned as an addition to the 2020 Christmas 10K Event?
Unfortunately, because of the restrictions impacting the planning of this year's Event, we have decided to delay the introduction of the super exciting new Merry Mile race until 2021.
The Merry Mile (1.6km) will take place over a special course integrated within the "back end" of the full lap with a separate race start and swimmers heading off in a different direction to those taking part in the 10km Challenge and 1-Lap Cruiser races.
This new race distance will be promoted to encourage participation within the community but sadly we just can't include it this year. So, look out for the exciting new Merry Mile in 2021....
Will Santa Claus be making an appearance on race day?
You never know!
And what about the Three Wise Turkeys?
Yes, they will definitely be there making fools of themselves as usual!!