Distance: 7 km and 10 km options, anti-Clockwise direction.
Date: Thursday 30th May, 2019.
Start time: 10.00 am.
Start place: Starting at the Marques beach, to the right of the Marques Hotel. Please arrive at Marques beach no later than 09.30 am.
Entry fee: 55 euros.
This is a CHIP TIMED event.
Health & Safety
Start & finish
Description: This is the longest race in the Colonia Classics and runs alongside one of Europe’s most well-known beaches, Es Trenc, famous for its incredible stretch of beautiful sand and the amazing turquoise water. The race is a “there and back” multi-lap loop – the number of laps swum depending on the distance entered.
This is a CHIP TIMED event. You need to make sure you have your chip with you. If you have already taken part in the Colonia Classics you’ll have a chip already – if not, you will receive your chip with your goody bag when you register, or when you enter the event as a late entrant.
Due to its popularity, we’ve kept the 10km option! For safety reasons there are some restrictions to 10km entry. See “Entry restrictions” tab.
Entry restrictions: 10 km distance entrants MUST be capable of swimming this distance. We have no means to confirm this, therefore swimmers MUST use their common sense – ask yourself; have you previously swum this distance in competition or training? Are you fit enough and physically acclimatised to prolonged exposure in cool water?
In addition, we recommend that you are able to swim at a pace no less than 3 km per hour – see ‘Health and Safety’ tab.
Please take no chances with your own safety, of your fellow swimmers or of the event staff that may be required to attend your emergency; if in doubt, apply caution and enter the 7km race!
Prizes: Additional prizes be drawn by beach-side raffle immediately following the conclusion of the event; further details to be confirmed. See all the information.
Feeding stations: There will be a feeding station for this event (see course map), however safety kayakers and boats will also have water & energy supplements available if required.
Registration: Registration and goody bag collection takes place from Saturday 25th of May at the BEST Centre. Late arrivals may register their arrival, collect their goody bag etc on the morning of the event at the start beach.
Late entries for this event will be accepted at the BEST Centre between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm on Wednesday 29th May. No entries will be accepted after this time except at the discretion of the entry team.
Entrants must reconfirm their entry on the beach, immediately prior to each event.
Declaration: All swimmers are required to complete and sign a declaration confirming their ability to complete a 7km/10km swim. Existing medical conditions and medicines being taken at the time of the swim must also be declared for safety & insurance reasons.
Health & Safety: There will be a swimmers safety brief immediately prior to the event. Unless otherwise stated this will take place at the start point. Entrants must attend.
Water depth on this event will vary between 0 and 2 m.
Water temperature will be around 18º C, but variable based on weather patterns and water depth.
For the safety of 10km swimmers, a cut-off time for the completion of the swim will be used. For guidance purposes the cut off time may be; 2 x the winners finishing time OR the equivalent of 3km per hour OR 4 hours. This will be at the Organisers’ discretion and subject to prevailing weather/sea conditions.
Should you enter the 10 km distance but decide during the swim that you would prefer to only swim 7 km, this is acceptable; your results/points will be adjusted accordingly. However, 7 km entrants MAY NOT increase their swim distance to 10 km during the swim – this change MUST be notified to entry staff prior to the start.
Medical Cover: Fully qualified medical cover is available during the event via safety boats and also at the start/finish points. Any illnesses or injuries occurring as a consequence of participation must be reported as soon as possible to the event medical team.
· Below 18º C – Wetsuits compulsory
·18º C and above – No wetsuits permitted.
Water temperatures vary by location, wetsuit guidance will be given during beachside registration immediately before each event. Therefore, swimmers should have an appropriate wetsuit available to wear at all Colonia Classic events (5k, 1.5k, 7k/10k).
In the event that water temperature is above 18c and an entrant chooses to wear a wetsuit, their finish time will be recorded however their time/position will not be included in the results for the purposes of category prizes or awards.
Starts & finish: This event will use an ‘in the water’ start for all categories and either an ‘in water’ or an ‘on the beach’ finish, this will be confirmed to entrants during the pre-event briefing. The ‘in the water’ start will require all swimmers to be in physical contact with the start line prior to the Starters signal. This is likely to be a high visibility floating line fixed between two points; confirmation will be given during the pre-race briefing.
Swimmers will be called to enter the water and to take up their start position (in physical contact with the start line) approximately 5 minutes prior to the race start.
As this event has two distances available, separate waves of swimmers may be used; this will be confirmed at the beachside safety brief.
Refreshments: There will be a selection of free refreshments available at the finish point. Please take rehydration and nutrition seriously to ensure rapid and full recovery.