Sudbury SwimRun Challenge
Canaqua Sports is pleased to present the 3rd annual Sudbury SwimRun Challenge being held once again in beautiful Kivi Park in Sudbury Ontario.
For 2019 the Sudbury SwimRun Challenge is also the inaugural Canadian Individual SwimRun Championships, and we invite all SwimRunners from across Canada to come to Sudbury to compete to become the first ever Canadian Champion in this unique event.
Event Hotel: TownePlace Suites Sudbury
We are pleased to announce that the TownPlace Suites Sudbury is now the Official hotel of the Sudbury SwimRun Challenge. We have arranged a Marriott Group Rate of $155.00 per night, with up to 3 nights available at this rate. (Friday Saturday and Sunday) to be available to you for the entire weekend. To book your room please click on the link
The hotel is @ 10 minutes from the park.
We are currently working on setting up a new course for our 2019 race. Details to follow
Due to popular demand we are pleased to bring back the Team division for the 2019 season. Find a friend and race together joined by an 8 meter chord. The course is 19K with 4.5K of swimming. So come to Sudbury and join the Challenge! NOTE: Pricing listed is for the team. NOTE: Price is per person.
NOTE: When entering, Each team member must register individually.
Location: Kivi Park Sudbury On.
Long Lake Road (HWY 80)
Check-in: 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Facilities & Food:
We are currently working on developing a new course for the 2019 Sudbury SwimRun Challenge. the course will be @ 20K. Detail will follow shortly
Here are a few basics that you need to know about participating in a SwimRun challenge
While SwimRun events can range in distances and terrain covered, the following features tend to be common throughout:
Wearing of wetsuits is optional for most SwimRun Challenge events. For those who prefer to wear a wetsuit you don’t need to have a SwimRun specific model to take part – any swimming (Tri) wetsuit will do so long as you can move freely enough in it to run and it will keep you warm enough on long swims.
The shoes you wear for SwimRun not only need to be comfortable for the long distances of technical trail running that you’ll be doing in your race but also need to be suitable for use in the water. Make sure they are a snug fit so they don’t come off when swimming and that they don’t soak up much water and drain well. Running with wet shoes on slippery rocks requires good traction so Good grip soles are essential!
In many SwimRun competitions the organizer provides a swimming cap (we will be providing Canaqua Sports swim caps). These are mandatory for all participants
Goggles are essential to avoid getting water in your eyes. You will need to have clear vision for sighting in open water. Cold water can also be quite uncomfortable on the face and eyes so covering up helps a lot! Goggles come in all shapes and sizes so try lots on and select a pair that fits your face well. Test them well in open water before hand – there is nothing more irritating than leaky goggles! It might be worth having a couple of pairs at the ready with different lenses. On dull days clear lenses will be best but on bright sunny days a tinted or polarised pair will help stop glare from the water. Some participants carry a second pair of spare goggles incase they lose them whilst running. Think about how you are going to carry them if you take them off your head to run.
Many people use hand paddles for SwimRun. These add some extra power to your strokes by increasing the ‘catch’ are of your hand. There are many different types of paddles on the market, but you’ll need some that have straps to hold it on your hand or they can easily come off and be lost in open water. You’ll also need to think about how you are going to carry them on your runs and practice your transitions – getting out on rocky ground is hard when your have paddles on your hands!
If you decide to use paddles you must train with them a lot! Using paddles takes good technique and puts a lot of strain on your shoulders and back muscles. You need to build up the strength to be able to use them over long distances. If you don’t you will soon find you get very tired and worse you can injure yourself!
SwimRun rules state that you can use any flotation aids so long as they are no bigger than 100 cm x 60 cm! Most people use a pull buoy.This float, which you hold between your legs instead of kicking, gives you extra buoyancy and allows you to save your legs during the swims. You’ll appreciate this when it is time to run! Using a pull buoy is generally why people decide to use the hand paddles as the extra propulsion makes up for the loss of the power from the kick. Pull buoys come in different shapes and sizes – what you use depends really on how much lift you need in your legs. For example, if you have a short wetsuit and heavy trainers you’ll need a bigger float.
July 28 7:00 AM EDT - Onsite Registration and check-in
July 28 8:30 AM EDT - Mandatory Meeting
July 28 9:00 AM EDT - Start of race