Rules

1. General
1.1 Athletes will be in teams of two.
1.2 Athletes must carry all their own equipment at all times.
1.3 It is a condition of entry that athletes must agree to read, understand and abide by all rules listed on event website (www.swimrun.com.au).

2. Registration Agreement
2.1 To be able to participate in a SwimRun Australia event you must have a team consisting of two persons that are at least 18 years of age on or before race day.
2.2 Entry fee is final. A 50% refund will be available up until 60 days prior to race day. After this date no refunds will be processed.
2.3 It is allowed to change one team member in your team with a $15 administration fee. This can only be done up until 7 days prior to race start, NOTE: you must remain in the same category your team is entered (male must swap with a male and female with a female).
2.4 No external sales of your entry are allowed.
2.5 On the day of the event due to risk of athletes safety the event organiser has the right to stop, cancel or alter the race.

3. Race course
3.1 The race course will be marked. However it is the athletes’ responsibility to know the course.
3.2 The participants must follow the marked course any variation will result in disqualification.
3.3 The participants must at all times stay on the foot path, running on roads is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.
3.4 The course is open to the general public, please be considerate and give the public right of way at all times. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Please note this will result in racing being cancelled in the future.
3.5 Safety Checkpoints will be located at the entry and exit of every swim section, it is important your number vest is clearly visible here. Missing a checkpoint will result in disqualification.
3.6 It is possible that event organisers may change the course for safety or other reasons.

4. Equipment
4.1 General about Equipment.
-All teams need to bring all their equipment from start to finish, if a team fails to bring all their equipment to the finish line they will be disqualified.
4.2 Mandatory equipment:
-Whistle
-Shoes
-Wetsuit (recommended) or race suit/swimsuit suitable for running and swimming
4.3 Mandatory equipment that the organisation will supply:
-Race bibs must be worn visible all the time during the race
-Swim caps must be worn visible during all swim sections
4.4 Recommended equipment:
-Nutrition
-Goggles
-Paddles and Pull Buoy
-Wetsuit
4.5 Equipment check, there will be a mandatory gear check carried out before the race.
4.6 Equipment that is NOT allowed:
-Floatation help that is bigger than 100 cm x 60 cm.
– Any form of propulsion from a motorized source or deemed to be an unfair advantage by event organisers (if you are unsure please contact us prior to race start).

5. Timing
5.1 Your time is from the wave start time until the last of the two team members have passed the finish line. It is import you stay within 10m of each other at all times.
5.2 Cut Off Times. Throughout the course there will be cut off points where the teams need to pass by a certain time to be able to continue racing. These are in place for athlete safety, volunteer safety and our council approval.
5.2.1 Cut Off 1- Swim 7 – Camp Cove at 9.50am.
5.2.2 Cut Off 2- Swim 10 – Neilson Park at 10.55am.

6. Athletes Responsibility
6.1 General:
6.1.1 The participants must know the rules and follow these at all times
6.1.2 The participants shall respect other participants, organisation, spectators and the people living in the race area.
6.1.3 The participants are not allowed to use unfair methods to get advantages or outside assistance.
6.1.4 The participants are obliged to help in case of emergency if the organisation or other athlete is asking for it.
6.2 Before the race:
6.2.1 Should participants choose to train and scout the course area prior to the race we ask you to respect the residents in the area. Participants do this at their own risk.
6.2.2 It is the athletes responsibility to be physically capable and have the required fitness level to complete the course. SwimRun is a demanding sport that requires a high level of fitness.
6.3 During the race:
6.3.1 The participants are participating at their own risk and can not hold the organisation responsible for any accident during the race.
6.3.2 The teams are obliged at their best ability to help another team that has been injured or being sick.
6.3.3 A team that has abandoned the race shall report as soon as possible to the organisation, this can be done at the start/finish of any swim section, alternatively at the race start/finish area.
6.3.4 Littering on course in anyway is strictly prohibited. If a team is seen doing so they will get disqualified.
6.3.5 Athletes must at all times follow the instructions of race officials
6.3.5 It is the athletes responsibility to know the course, any alterations will result in disqualification.

7. Race jury
7.1 Race jury is the race director and two persons from the race organisation.
7.2 The race jury is:
-Enforcing the rules
-Decide the outcome of a protest
-Decide about disqualification
-Decide about course changes and changes in the rules
7.3 At least two members of the jury is needed to be able to take a race jury decision.
7.4 The race jury has the right to use “common sense” to take a decision about arisen situation if it is not clear in the rules
7.5 The decision of the race jury is definitive.

8. Protests
8.1 A protest must be given in written to the race organisation within an hour after finishing the race.
8.2 A protest must include:
-Time and location
-Team number and signatures of the team members
-Team number or team name of the team that the protest is against
-The reason for the protest
-If possible include witness with name or team number
8.3 A protest that does not fill the criteria of point 7.2.2 will not be accepted.
8.4 A decision from the race jury will be communicated with to those involved as soon as possible.

9. Disqualifications
Offence against the rules leads to disqualification.

10. External assistance
It is not allowed to receive assistance from other people or vehicles (with the exception of race officials eg. Aid Station). Each team has to make their own way from start to finish. Athletes can not use any equipment outside the rules to gain an unfair advantage over other competitors.

11. Doping
We follow the rules set out by ASADA according to doping in sport. Any athlete found to be doping will be disqualified and turned to police.

12. Safety
12.1 The two members of each team have to stay together at all times and can not be more than 10 metres apart. This will be policed throughout the event.
12.2 The race organisation can refuse a team to continue if they judge them not capable, caused by fatigue or being in such bad physical condition.
12.3 Diving head first into the water is strictly prohibited
12.4 The wearing of headphones is strictly prohibited
12.5 When crossing a road, athletes must take all caution. Athletes must follow road and traffic rules at all times.

13. Media and sponsor exposure
13.1 The teams are allowed to have sponsors marked on their race gear.
13.2 The race bibs cannot be modified in any way and must be worn all the time
13.3 Pictures and film free rights. The participants gives the race organisation the right to use pictures and film material taken during the race to be used free of rights in marketing, press material, internet, television and movie.

14. Accepting the rules
14.1 By entering the race each team member accepts the rules in full.