Entries open for Danger Ocean Swim Series
ENTRIES are open for one of Australia’s largest open water swims, the Danger Ocean Swims Series in Torquay.
The Danger Ocean Swim Series on January 7, 2023, offers a range of distances for swimmers of abilities including a 500m (Danger 500), 1km (Danger 1000), 2.5km (More Dangerous 2.5km) and 5km (Even More Dangerous 5km) course.
The Danger Swim Series started in 1999 and has been a major fundraising appeal of the Jan Juc Surf Club. Over the past 23 years, the race has evolved from its champion event, the Danger 1000, to including longer distance swims that have attracted some of the country’s best athletes including Ky Hurst, Sophie Thomas, Sam Sheppard and Rebecca Henderson.
Jan Juc SLSC sponsorship and fundraising manager Jodie Reyntjes said the surf club was looking forward to bringing back the swimming spectacular.
“We are running with the same format as the last few years and have noticed our bigger swim distances being the 2.5km and 5km swims are becoming increasingly more popular.
“We are excited about the growth of those distance races and will also have the 500m race which is a great introduction to swimmers as well as the Danger 1000 1km race.
“We are really excited about there being plenty of swimming options.”
Reyntjes said people were entering into the competition and that the surf club was connecting with past swimmers and winners to get them back for the 2023 race.
“We are not only encouraging new swimmers to come and take part, but we hope the surf club community from Jan Juc and other clubs come down,” she said.
“We’ve had some real hotties come down over the years who are really fantastic swimmers and want to compete in our colder waters.
“We hope to get some of those real legends of the sport down for the Danger Ocean Swim Series.”
The Danger 500 swim and the Danger 1000 swim will be held in the protected bay area of Torquay Front Beach on a triangular course, with the starts on the clean, sandy beach.
The 2.5km and 5km swim events start and finish at Torquay Front Beach and swimmers will head from Cosy Corner towards a turnaround point at Fisherman’s Beach.
The More Dangerous 2.5km and Even More Dangerous 5 km races will kick off the day’s proceedings around 9am, followed by the Danger 500m at 11am and then the Danger 1000 at 11.30am.
The Danger Ocean Swim entries are open and can be found at raceroster.com/events/2023/62584/danger-ocean-swims