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Race Rules

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  • Athletes must participate in teams of two, which can be all male, all female or mixed.

  • Each team member must be at least 18 years of age on or before race day.

  • All athletes must agree to read, understand and abide by all the race rules and terms and conditions on the Trans Cape SwimRun website. 

  • Teams may change one member of their race team by contacting the event organisers up to 7 days before the race. No changes to team participants will be allowed less than 7 days prior to the event, in which case your team must withdraw.

  • There is to be no on-selling of race entries.



  • Athletes must carry their own equipment at all times.

  • All equipment that you start the event with must be carried to the completion of the event.

  • Each team must carry two whistles (one per team member) and one member must carry a compression-type of bandage (good for snake-bite and sprains), preferably in a zip-lock bag or similar to keep it as dry as possible.

  • Shoes must be worn at all times.

  • Swim caps must be worn and visible for all swim legs (these will be provided by Trans Cape SwimRun).

  • Each team member will be marked with a race number on their right arm. This number must be visible at all times so that safety checks may be carried out.

  • A collapsible silicone cup will be provided to each athlete by Trans Cape SwimRun - please use these at the aid stations.

  • Trans Cape SwimRun does NOT supply a race vest.

  • Athletes may use a pull buoy, so long as it is no bigger than 77cm in total dimensions (ie length + width + depth).

  • Athletes may use hand paddles.

  • Athletes may NOT wear full wetsuits, but may wear wetsuit 'pants'.

  • Athletes may NOT use flippers or fins.

  • Athletes may NOT wear headphones.


The Course

  • The course will be marked, but it is the athletes’ responsibility to know the course.

  • Participants must follow the marked course and remain on designated trails at all times.

  • Trans Cape SwimRun will traverse the Meelup Regional Park, which has dieback precautions in placeIn order to prevent the spread of dieback, there will be a mandatory stop for all athletes to clean shoes, where a marshal will be present.

  • Failing to stop at the cleaning station will result in immediate disqualification.

  • Littering on any part of the course will result in immediate disqualification. Bins will be available at all aid stations.

  • The course is open to the general public, so please be considerate and give the public the right of way at all times.

  • There are three road crossings in Trans Cape Swim Run. Roads will not be closed, but marshals will be in place at these locations – please take care when crossing any roads and give way to traffic.

  • On swim sections, you must swim past the exit flag prior to exiting the water onto land (that means you must swim the swim section and not get out early and run it!)

  • If the water is shallow, make your way to deeper water so you can swim comfortably – wading the swim sections is not permitted.

  • Cut off times will be applicable at each aid station, allowing for a maximum pace of approximately 9mins/km running and 30m/km swimming.

  • Acceleration points may be used for slower teams, whereby Run 4 is missed and teams continue onto Swim 4 after the aid station and/or missing Swim 9 and running that section instead.


Athlete Safety

  • Hand sanitiser will be available at every aid station - every athlete must use it as they arrive, before accessing food and drink.

  • Participants must help their partner and other teams in case of emergency or if the event organisers or other athletes request it.

  • It is an athletes’ responsibility to ensure they have a high level of fitness and are physically capable of completing the course. Do not underestimate the demands of the course. Please seek medical advice is you are unsure of your physical health condition.

  • Participants are to ensure they are physically prepared, well-rested and well-hydrated on race day.

  • Two medical crews will be present during the event.

  • Athletes who are not current members of Aus Triathlon must pay a one day race licence fee at the time of entry in order to fulfil insurance requirements.

  • Teams pulling out of the race must notify the nearest marshal as soon as possible.

  • The two members of each team must stay together at all times and cannot be more than 10 metres apart. Officials will be on course watching for non-compliance and there will be a 3 strikes policy. One breach - no penalty; two breaches - 8 minute time penalty; and three breaches - disqualification. No warnings will be given by officials on course, but breaches will be reflected in final results.

  • Be wary of submerged rocks when entering and exiting the water - NO diving on entering the water.

  • Athletes must follow road and traffic rules at all times, giving way to all vehicles.

  • In the event of bad weather or for safety reasons, event organisers may change parts of the course and they have the right to stop or cancel the entire race.

  • Race numbers must be clearly visible at all times so that safety checks can be made along the course.

  • Race organisers can prevent a team from continuing if they judge them not capable, due to fatigue or being in poor physical condition.

  • Race organisers can also direct a team to take an acceleration point, thereby shortening the time they are on the course.

  • Trans Cape SwimRun follows the rules set out by ASADA relating to doping in sport. Any athlete found to be doping will be disqualified and reported to police.

  • Athletes recognise the Trans Cape SwimRun as an adventure activity and participate at their own risk.


Athlete Responsibilities

  • Participants must respect all race officials, volunteers, other athletes, spectators, members of the public and local residents. Verbal abuse of marshals, officials, staff or volunteers will result in disqualification.

  • Participants must respect the environment they are passing through, including not littering and damaging any plants or infrastructure. Littering will result in automatic disqualification.

  • Athletes must not use unfair means to gain advantage.

  • Athletes must have no outside assistance – this includes being handed drinks and / or nutrition.

  • Athletes must follow the instructions of race officials and volunteers at all times.

  • All athletes must attend any event briefing conducted by the race director or view the briefing video emailed to participants or published on the Sole Trails website.

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