This is a fun annual swim of 7.1 kms under 5 central Hamilton bridges.
The minimum age for participation is 19 years as at 31 December 2013. Late registrations on the day will be from 11.00AM - 12.30PM.
Teams of four swimmers are invited to compete, to include at least one female. The winning team is decided by averaging the four swimmers times. Wetsuits are recommended.
2 motor boats with medical personnel, kayaks and canoes will accompany the swimmers.
There is a cup for first woman and first man to finish.
Final times are taken at the marked finish exit from the river at Ann St Beach. The average finish time last year was 62 minutes but this can vary depending on the current on the day.
The two winners last year were:
Time: 48.58 Shakleton, Wayne - Men, Hamilton
Time: 50.38 Mortimer, Sarah - Female, Hamilton
Participants must be competent swimmers. Any swimmer that has not finished within 90 minutes will be assisted out of the river by the safety boats.
For competitive swimmers, it’s a challenge of strength and intelligence, powering 7.1km (current assistant) towards the finishing line while making the most of tricky mid-stream currents and the odd whirlpool.
For social and fitness swimmers, it’s a once-a-year experience to view Hamilton city from a rarely seen angle, letting the river current carry them towards the finish line when they feel the need for a short rest. Unlike ocean swimming, the Waikato river swim organisers (Hamilton Masters Swim Club) can guarantee that there will be no jellyfish or sharks present.
Information and registration forms can be obtained by contacting www.nzmastersswimming.org.nz
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 07 8549874 or 027 417 0211
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