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   RACE INFO  

WA's BEST 10km Rottnest qualifying swim
& popular festive community swim


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Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge
SOLD OUT 
Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser (3.4km) SOLD OUT
City of Cockburn Merry Mile (1600m) PLACES STILL AVAILABLE
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 NEXT EVENT
SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 2022

contingency date sunday 18 december


MERRY MILE - ONLINE ENTRIES STILL AVAILABLE


(10KM & 1-LAP ONLINE ENTRIES NOW CLOSED - BOTH DISTANCES SOLD OUT - SORRY!)

EVENT DETAILS

Christmas 10K Swim
Coogee Beach, Western Australia
Saturday 17 December 2022
(contigency date sunday 18 december)
Registrations from 6.00am - 7.10am
Compulsory race briefing (swimmers & paddlers) 7.15am
Race starts from 7.30am
Race Distances
Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge (entry includes optional support paddler)
Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser (3.4km)
City of Cockburn Merry Mile (1600m)
 

ENTRY FEES

Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge - 2022

Entry fee includes registration for solo swimmer aged 14 years and above + optional paddler

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                                                       Priority*               Standard              Premium

                                                       Mon 19 Sept        Sat 1 Oct          Thu 1 Dec

                                                     - Fri 30 Sept       - Wed 30 Nov       - Thu 15 Dec

              Entry Fee                              $75                      $85                        $100                

 

 

*Priority entry is by CODE only - for all 2021 registered swimmers.

If you have not received your unique CODE, please contact us ASAP.

Race day registrations ($100) may be available at organiser's discretion if numbers permit.   

Limited late entries will only be available on race day if not sold out prior.  

Arrive early on race day to check-in - desks open from 6.00am - 7.10am.

10KM ENTRIES - SOLD OUT

Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser (3.4km) - 2022

                     Entry fee includes registration for solo swimmer aged 12 years and above

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                                                       Priority*                 Standard              Premium

                                                       Mon 19 Sept        Sat 1 Oct            Thu 1 Dec

                                                     - Fri 30 Sept       - Wed 30 Nov       - Thu 15 Dec

              Entry Fee                              $50                       $60                        $75                         

 

 

*Priority entry is by CODE only - for all 2021 registered swimmers.

If you have not received your unique CODE, please contact us ASAP.

Race day registrations ($75) may be available at organiser's discretion if numbers permit. 

Limited late entries will be available on race day if not sold out prior. 

Arrive early on race day to check-in - desks open from 6.00am - 7.10am.

Limited to 175 Swimmers.

1-LAP ENTRIES - SOLD OUT

City of Cockburn Merry Mile  (1600m) - 2022

                     Entry fee includes registration for solo swimmer aged 11 years and above

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                                                       Priority*                Standard              Premium

                                                       Mon 19 Sept        Sat 1 Oct          Thu 1 Dec

                                                     - Fri 30 Sept       - Wed 30 Nov       - Thu 15 Dec

              Entry Fee                              $40                       $50                        $65                         

 

 

*Priority entry is by CODE only - for all 2021 registered swimmers.

If you have not received your unique CODE, please contact us ASAP.

Race day registrations ($65) may be available at organiser's discretion if numbers permit. 

Limited late entries will be available on race day if not sold out prior. 

Arrive early on race day to check-in - desks open from 6.00am - 7.15am.

 

Limited to 175 Swimmers.

RESULTS

 

You will be able to access times and results through links to the blueChip Timing results portals as the event takes place.

​​Past results and times can also be accessed using the links below.

2021 RESULTS - NO RESULTS 

2020 RESULTS

Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge

City of Cockburn 1-Lap (3.4km) Cruiser

2019 RESULTS

Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge

Alcoa 2-Lap Events (6.7km solo & duo)

City of Cockburn 1-Lap (3.4km) Cruiser

2018 RESULTS

All Distances  

 

COURSE MAPS

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  • Swimmers will be allocated a starting wave based on their event distance and nominated time.

  • The City of Cockburn Merry Mile will commence at 7.30am, with all swimmers heading north-west (out towards a white buoy on the far side of the course) to complete a 1600m circuit on the "back-end" of the main course.

  • There will be a single wave start for all swimmers taking part in the City of Cockburn Merry Mile.

  • The Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge will also start at 7.30am, with the first starting wave heading south towards Woodman Point to begin their first of three laps of the full course.

  • Subsequent starting waves will leave in the same direction at intervals of approximately 2-3 minutes.

  • The final starting wave will contain all swimmers taking part in the Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser. 

  • The indicative maximum number of starting swimmers per wave for the Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge is 75-100.

  • Full course details and other relevant race information will be emailed to swimmers and registered paddlers prior to race day.

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FAQs

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 Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser and the City of Cockburn Merry Mile events?

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. Please ensure you register your paddler's details before race day so they can receive all relevant event and safety briefing materials.

What swimwear can I wear?

If you are intending to register your 10km time as a qualifying swim for a Rottnest Crossing you must comply with FINA Open Water Swimwear rules. Other 10km swimmers may wear other types of swimwear (which is not FINA-compliant) but their times will not be registered as a 10km qualifier.

Swimmers in the Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser (3.4km) and City of Cockburn Merry Mile (1600m) do NOT need to wear FINA compliant swimwear.

 

What is the minimum age for swimmers?

Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge swimmers must all be a minimum of 14 years on race day.

Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser swimmers must all be a minimum of 12 years on race day.

City of Cockburn Merry Mile swimmers must all be a minimum age of 11 years on race day.

Is there a maximum number of swimmers permitted?

For the safety of all swimmers the following limits on race entries will be applied:

  Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge - a maximum of 400 swimmers

  Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser - a maximum of 175 swimmers

  City of Cockburn Merry Mile - a maximum of 175 swimmers.

These limits may be revised at the organiser's discretion (up or down) to ensure the safety of all participants.

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 through 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.

Port Coogee 1-Lap Cruiser swimmers must complete the course by no later than 9.45am or approx 2 hours from the start of their race wave.

City of Cockburn Merry Mile swimmers must complete the course by 8.30am or approx 1 hour 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.

If you are taking part in the Fremantle Ports 10km Challenge, your entry fee also includes a complimentary C10K Silicone Swim Cap and C10K Mesh Equipment Bag.

Importantly - FOR ALL SWIMMERS - your entry fee covers your entry for both Saturday 17 December as well as the contingency date of Sunday 18 December (see below for more details).

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.

What is the contingency date?

With support from the approving authorities and each of our key service providers, we have secured a contingency date. 

In the event that there are unfavourable weather conditions preventing the event from going ahead on Saturday 17 December, we now have the option to move the event to the following day..

Should it be necessary to activate the contingency date, all swim distances will be held on Sunday 18 December in exactly the same format.

What if I can't make the event on the contingency date?

FOR ALL SWIMMERS - your entry fee covers your entry for both Saturday 17 December as well as the contingency date of Sunday 18 December and there will be NO refunds for swimmers who cannot attend on Sunday 18 December should the contingency date be activated.

Please make sure you are available for BOTH dates.

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.

As a guide when planning your online entry, note that each of the past two events (2020 and 2021) were fully SOLD OUT and NO late entries were accepted on race day.

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 in place at the time of the event.

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. Subtle changes introduced last year in the way we were required to deal with check-In, tattooing of swimmers, briefings, sponsor activations, start/finish chute and recovery zone will be in place again. Guidance around social distancing will also be conveyed to you pre-event and on race day and caps on the maximum number of swimmers taking part in the event will be applied. Despite all of this, we are confident you will hardly notice any of these compliance measures 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 sufficient written notice (by email to the organiser) of an "intention to withdraw and transfer" is received. 

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 on the contingency date (following an activation of that contingency date should weather or adverse conditions render it too unsafe to proceed on Saturday 17 December), there will generally be NO refund of entry fees.

Please make sure you are available for both dates in the event that the contingency date is activated.

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 a minimum of 2 weeks out from the Event, 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 within the last two weeks before the Event takes place.

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!!