Ballarat Triathlon Club


Sunday, 25 March 2018


Lake Wendouree, Ballarat

Registration closes on:

Friday, 23 March 2018 at 5:00 PM - (GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

Early bird pricing open. Book now and save $10

Age group categories from 12 to 60+ 

Welcome to the 2018 Inaugural 2000m Open Water

“Swim to the Rings”.

We look forward to seeing you at our event on the 25th March 2018.

This event is proudly hosted by the Ballarat Triathlon Club and will cater for all entrants who have an interest and desire to swim the magnificent 1956 Olympic Rowing Course. From the big guns that will swim it in under 20 minutes, to everyday swimmers that just enjoy a challenge, this is the event for you so come on down to Ballarat and dip your toes in the water and “Swim to the Rings”.

Take a look at our Event Video announcement

Event options

There are two swim event options, the first being our marquee "Swim to the Rings” event, a 2000 m straight-line swim down the entire length of the 1956 Olympic Rowing Course. It will be a truly unique experience not to be missed and then there's the “Splash & Dash” event, a 500 m swim to cater for those not up to taking on the full course but want to participate in an event on the day. This will be a “U” shaped swim with the start/finish in the same precinct as the end of the “Swim to the Rings” event.

Event start times are yet to be confirmed, however will be approximately 10.00 am for the 2000 m event and noon for the 500 m event. We'll keep you updates once confirmed.

Early-bird pricing is now available… Register now and save!

·      $50 per entrant for the 2000m "Swim to the Rings" event until midnight 4th February 2018

·      $40 per entrant for the 500m "Splash & Dash” event until midnight 4th of February 2018

General entry pricing…from 5th Feb 2018

·      $60 per entrant for the 2000 m "Swim to the Rings" event

·      $50 per entrant for the 500 m "Splash & Dash” event

·      Late entry fees apply after 11th March 2018

Included in your entry price:

·      Swimming cap

·      Event merchandise

·      Event timing

·      Prizes

·      Age-group categories

·      Transportation to event start if required

·      Full safety and medical services

·      Wetsuit optional swim rule

·      Clear water conditions

·      Buoy lined course for easy navigation

While not confirmed, imagine swimming this magnificent course with household name Olympian swimmers and celebrities! More to come on that a little further down the track.

For the moment, please take advantage of early-bird entry prices and share this event amongst your friends and family. Then start ticking those arms over and get ready to be one of the swimmers on the starting line of the inaugural 2000 m "Swim to the Rings" on 25th March 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use a wetsuit?

Short answer...Yes. We realise that there are lots of swimmers out there that are comfortable in the pool but may like the added buoyancy and comfort in wearing a wetsuit, so 'Yep' is the answer. We'd suggest some practice in one prior to the day if possible though.

Can I hire a wetsuit?

Short answer...Yes. Now the details are yet to be finalised but there will be communication to all participants in plenty of time to make sure you're able to get those arrangements made, so that's another box ticked. Yes you can do it...

Can I have a practice swim in Lake Wendouree prior to the event?

Short answer...Yes. While it is not along the actual swim course it is safe and in the lake. Bonus There is a designated swim area from Forest Street and Wendouree Parade junction to the right of the Ballarat High School rowing shed. You will see 4 triangular buoys (approx 500m). Please swim up the inside of these and as always exercise personal safety at all times. This area is open now. The Tri club will be having swims on a Monday & Thursday @ 6.00 pm and Sunday @ 4.00 pm most weeks. It is not guaranteed that a club member will be there. 

Added bonus in this area is that most swimmers should be able to stand up.

What are the age group categories? 

They are as follows:

  • 12 - 17
  • 18 - 29
  • 30 - 39
  • 40 - 59
  • 60 +

There will be medals for first, second and third in both the male and female 2000m age groups and prizes for the 500 age group placegetters