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Saint John Open Water Swim and SwimRun Challenge 2019 in partnership with Canaqua Sports


This annual celebration of open water swim just keeps growing.  We are proud to be in our 2nd year with Canaqua Sports as part of an exciting Canada wide series of aquatic events including our Open Water Swim and the Saint John Swim/Run Challenge right here at home. For 2019 our events will include a 1-km, 3-km, and 5-km swim followed by a separate Swim/Run Race.


Open Water Swim Races

Race day will include a 1-km, 3-km, and 5-km swim with each category having a Wetsuit and Non-Wetsuit division.

All participants will receive a gift, bathing cap, post race snacks and post race draw prizes, plus a great race.

Except in the Traditional races, wetsuits will be allowed unless conditions would make them unsafe.   

There will be three age groups; 29 and under, 30-49, and 50 and over. 

There will be prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Male and Female swimmers in each event. 

We will also be offering a SwimRun race in association with Canaqua Sports SwimRun Challenge. This race will be roughly 10-km in length.

Total Swim/Run distance: 8k - 10k for individuals and teams of 2 people

For those interested in trying a SwimRun Challenge but are looking for a shorter distance, come on out and give SwimRun a try with this unique event. With roughly 3k of swimming and 5k of running, this is a great way to try this new and exciting event.

While SwimRun events can range in distances and terrain covered, the following features tend to be common throughout:

  • Multiple legs, athletes alternate between swimming and running numerous times over a variety of distances.
  • Fewer regulations when compared to ITU or triathlon events.
  • Swimming aids (Paddles, fins, pull buoys and wetsuits) are permitted, but must be worn/carried during the run. Likewise, running shoes must be worn or carried during the swim. So you must carry everything with you at all times during the race - you will be DQ'd for discarding equipment at any point during the race.

Race Equipment

Wetsuit -Wearing of wetsuits is optional for most SwimRun 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. You may overheat with a full body wetsuit during the run portions.

Shoes -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!

Swim cap - 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 - Goggles are essential to avoid getting water in your eyes. 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.

Hand paddles - Many people use hand paddles for SwimRun. These add some extra power to your strokes by increasing the ‘catch’ area 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!

Pull buoy - 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. 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.


Registration fees

Traditional 1km Swim (No-wetsuit)

Price changes in 2 months 9 days
    1. CA$32.50
      Now registering Jan 16 – Jul 28
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    2. CA$39.00
      Jul 29 – Aug 2

Traditional 3km Swim (No-wetsuit)

Price changes in 2 months 9 days
    1. CA$32.50
      Now registering Jan 16 – Jul 28
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    2. CA$39.00
      Jul 29 – Aug 2

Traditional 5km Swim (No-wetsuit)

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    1. CA$32.50
      Now registering Jan 16 – Jul 28
      Register
    2. CA$39.00
      Jul 29 – Aug 2

1km Swim (Wetsuit)

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    1. CA$32.50
      Now registering Jan 16 – Jul 28
      Register
    2. CA$39.00
      Jul 29 – Aug 2

3km Swim (Wetsuit)

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    1. CA$32.50
      Now registering Jan 16 – Jul 28
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    2. CA$39.00
      Jul 29 – Aug 2

5km Swim (Wetsuit)

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    1. CA$32.50
      Now registering Jan 16 – Jul 28
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    2. CA$39.00
      Jul 29 – Aug 2

Swim/Run Individual

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    1. CA$30.00
      Now registering Jan 16 – Jul 28
      Register
    2. CA$35.00
      Jul 29 – Aug 2

SwimRun Team (2 Person Team) EACH participant must register

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  • This event consists of at least 3 run and 3 swim segments. Participants must stay within 10-meters of each other at all times and must start and finish each segment together.

    1. CA$25.00
      Now registering Jan 16 – Jul 28
      Register
    2. CA$30.00
      Jul 29 – Aug 2

Event Schedule

  • August 3 7:30 AM ADT - Race Registration Opens

  • August 3 8:45 AM ADT - Race Briefing for Swim Events

  • August 3 9:00 AM ADT - All Open Water Swim Races Start

  • August 3 10:45 AM ADT - Swim/Run Race Briefing

  • August 3 11:00 AM ADT - Swim/Run Race Start OR on completion of the Swim Race

Contact Information

Event Location

Little River Reservoir, Saint John, NB, Canada

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