Vivobarefoot Wales Swimrun 31 July 2021

Swimrun Rules

Activity Wales Events Swimrun Rules

Race Entry 

  • To be able to participate you have to race in a team consisting of two persons that are at least 18 years old and able to swim.
  • Each team member needs to have a valid insurance for competing in the swim run
  • There will be no option to transfer your entry to another event, defer your entry or swap an athlete out of a team.
  • Both participants will need to show proof of ID when registering for the event.
  • By entering the event you are accepting full responsibility of all the rules, terms and conditions and disclaimers.


Course Information

  • The race course is marked with ribbon and arrows and you must know the route prior to the event as it will be your team’s responsibility to follow the marked courses. Failure to follow the course will result in disqualification.
  • There will be 4 water/food stations on course at Manorbier, Lydstep, Tenby and Saundersfoot.
  • There will be medical staff on land and boats available if needed at feed stations.



  • All teams need to bring all their equipment from start to finish, if a team fail to bring all their equipment to the finish line they will be disqualified.
  • Mandatory Equipment per team which will need to be brought to registration on Friday to be checked –First aid pressure bandage, packed waterproof, 2 Wetsuits, 1 per person, suitable for water temperature of 10 degrees Celsius, 1 Compass/Watch Compass, 2 Whistles, 1 per person.
  • Mandatory Equipment the organisation will supply – Race Bibs – must be visible at all times, Timing Chip (Lost or not returned chips will be charged at £100 per chip), Swim Cap (must be visible at all times during the swim legs)
  • Recommended – Tether (as athletes will not be allowed to be more than 10 meters away from each other at any point in the event), Water Bladder
  • Equipment Not Allowed – Flotation help that is bigger than 100cm x 60cm, Wetsuits that have been modified with paint or colour that washes off, Swim Fins – any of these will result is DQ


Timing & Cut Offs

  • The team has to pass all timing checkpoints and the finish line together and your chip is from the start of the race until the finish.
  • Throughout the course, there will be cut-offs where the teams will need to pass at certain times to be able to continue the race.
  • Information about the cut off times will be given in the event pack prior to the event.


Racers responsibility

  • The participants must know the rules and follow them
  • The participants shall respect other participants, organisation, spectators and the general public.
  • The participants are not allowed to use unfair methods to get advantages. The event is a clean sport and we do not allow any use of illegal substances.
  • The participants are taking part at their own risk and cannot hold the organisation responsible for any accident during the event.
  • The teams are obliged at their best ability to help another team that have been injured or sick.
  • Any team that pulls out of the event shall report to an official as soon as possible.
  • The participants are responsible for their own litter and should dispose of it in a bin provided.
  • The race bibs cannot be modified in any way and must be worn at all times.



  • There will be race referees present at the event. They will be enforcing the rules, decide the outcome of a protest, decide about disqualification and decide about course changes and rule changes.
  • The race referees have the right to use ‘common sense’ to take a decision about arisen situation if it is not clear in the rules. The race referees decision is definitive.
  • Any protests must be given in writing to the race organisation within an hour after finishing the event. This must include – Time, Location, team number, team name, the reason for protest and any witness’s details if needed.  A protest that does not fill this point will be ignored.  A decision will be then communicated to those involved as soon as possible.
  • Disqualifications – any offence against the rules leads to disqualification.
  • It is not allowed to receive assistance from other people that the race organisation. Each team has to make their own way from start to finish.



  • The race organisation has done a risk assessment of the event and taken the required steps to minimise the risk of the event.
  • There will be the necessary water safety and marshals provided by the organisation. However, your race partner will be the first point of water safety.
  • The two team members have to stay together at all time and cannot be more than 10 metres apart.
  • The race organisation can refuse a team to continue if they judge them not capable due to fatigue or physical condition that continuing would take the unnecessary risk.
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