|Cole Classic Sunday 7 February|
|6:30am||Race HQ opens (Race Pack Collection)|
|6:45 am||Gear Drop opens|
|7:45 am||5km event starts|
|8:00am||1km event starts|
|8:00am – 2:00pm||Event Village open|
|10:30am||2km event starts|
|1:15pm||Gear Drop closes|
*We encourage all Cole Classic participants who are collecting their Race Pack on Sunday morning to arrive at least 1 hour prior to their Start Wave time. Packs can be collected from Race HQ at Manly. This is to ensure all participants have adequate time to collect their Race Pack, warm up and get into their Start Wave in time.
*Start times and schedule subject to change.
Can I enter on the day?
No – due to our COVID safety plan, late entry will not be available on the day.
Can I enter multiple people during the registration process?
Yes, when you arrive at the cart contents page of the registration process, click “Register Another”. You can now commence the registration for additional entrant(s). Please note that all registrations will be paid for in one transaction.
Can I change my Start Group?
Please select your Start Group carefully, as once registration is complete, the number and Start Group cannot be changed. Please also note Start Group capacities are subject to availability and may sell out.
You must start in your designated Start Wave, otherwise you will be disqualified.
My Friend(s) and I Want to Swim Together
If you are the same gender, you have the option of entering the Open (Male) or Open (Female) waves. Alternatively, you have the option of entering the Back of the Pack wave (no gender or age group restrictions). As waves will be filled based on order of registration, we recommend registering at the same time, so you are allocated into the same wave.
If you are entering with a friend or family member with the same gender and in the same age category, you can enter the Age Category waves. Alternatively, you have the option of entering the Open mixed waves (no gender or age group restrictions). As waves will be filled based on order of registration, we recommend registering at the same time to ensure you are allocated into the same wave.
|Course||Age Restriction||Start Times||Categories & Start Waves|
|1km||Must be 9 years or older on race day.||8:00AM||Elite – All participants will start in a mixed Start Wave competing for the overall distance title.
Age Groups – For participants who are competing in the 9-10 yrs or 11-12 yrs age categories.
Open – Participants will have a choice of the Female Open or Male Open.
Back of the Pack – Combined gender and age waves for general entry participants. Waves will fill based on order of registration.
|2km||Must be 13 years or older on race day.||10:30AM||Elite – All participants will start in a mixed Start Wave competing for the overall distance title.
Age Groups – Participants will be split into Start Waves depending on their age and gender.
Open – Combined gender and age waves for general entry participants. Waves will fill based on order of registration.
|5km||Must be 16 years or older on race day.||7:45AM||Open – Participants will be split into Start Waves based on gender.|
Please note: When registering if you have selected “not specified” as your gender, you are only able to enter into the Elite Start Group or the Back of the Pack. Start Groups are subject to availability, If no waves are shown then there is no capacity for your age/gender. Please select your Start Group carefully as once registration is complete, the relevant number and Start Group cannot be changed.
Can I enter the 5km Swim?
If you had participated in the 2019 or 2020 Cole Classic 5km swim, you will automatically qualify. If you do not qualify under the above criteria, by entering you are representing that you are able to swim 5km in open water under 150 mins and have the necessary fitness to complete the course within your personal fitness limits.
Cole Classic Entry Fees
Dec 14 – Dec 28
Dec 29 – Jan 25
Jan 26 – Feb 2
|1km Cole Classic|
|2km Cole Classic|
|5km Cole Classic|
Is there postage available?
NO – postage of race packs is not available.
What’s in my race pack?
Your Race Pack will contain the below 2 items, of which you must be wearing prior to entering the water;
- Your coloured swim cap that corresponds to your wave
- Timing tag with a velcro strap to be worn around your ankle
How do I collect my Race Pack?
You are required to collect your race pack from Race Pack Collection. Please be sure to bring a copy of your eTicket to make the process as quick as possible.
If you are for any reason unable to attend, a friend or family member can collect your race pack on your behalf if they bring a copy of your e-ticket.
For those who enter in multiple events you will need to collect one race pack for every event you have entered.
Where is Race Pack Collection?
Race Pack Collection will be on Race Day or the day before only.
|Saturday, February 6||2:00pm- 5:00pm||RACE HQ, MLSC|
|Sunday, February 7||6:30am – 12:00pm||RACE HQ, MLSC|
We encourage all Cole Classic participants who are collecting their Race Pack on Sunday morning to arrive at least 1 hour prior to their start wave time. This is to ensure all participants have adequate time to collect their Race Pack, warm up and get into their start wave in time.
Below are the official start waves for the 1km, 2km & 5km Cole Classic swims. Wave times will be released closer to the event, please note the wave order and times are subject to change and may be updated pending weather conditions on Race Day.
Visit Race HQ/Race Pack Collection at Manly Promenade on the day for any assistance. Once you have collected your Race Pack, head over to the Start Line at Shelly Beach, where there is an information desk if you have any further questions. Please note you cannot collect your Race Pack from the information desk at the Start Line at Shelly Beach; Race Pack Collection is located at Manly Promenade.
Due to Covid-safe practice, we will be adopting a rolling start procedure. This means regardless of when you start, your time will be taken from the start mat to the finish mat.
We encourage ‘self seeding’ which means faster swimmers in each age group should marshall at the earlier range of the times below.
Age groups will start from youngest to oldest.
|7.45am||Wave 1||Open Male|
|7.50am||Wave 2||Open Female|
|8:00am||Wave 1||Elite Male and Female||Gun start|
|8:05am – 8:45am||Age Group Rolling start||Self Seed rolling|
|8:50am – 9:10am||Back of Pack Rolling start||Self Seed rolling|
|10:30am||Wave 1||Elite Male and Female||Gun start|
|10:35am – 11:15am||Age Group Rolling start||Self Seed rolling|
|11:20am – 11:40am||Back of Pack Rolling start||Self Seed rolling|
How do I enter a team?
If your workplace, friends or family have registered a team for the 2021 event, you can join their team when registering. Once you have started your registration, click ‘Join a Team’ on the pop-up box and search for your team name.
How do I create a team?
To create a team, visit our registration form and;
- Select your preferred registration type
- Click ‘Create a Team’ on the pop-up box
- Fill out your team’s details and click ‘Create my Team’
From here, you will be taken to the team managers Dashboard where it will then direct you to register yourself for the event (if you wish to participate). The Dashboard is also where you can manage your team details.
Share your team name, and password if applicable, with your team members so they can select to ‘Join a Team’ when registering.
What do I do if I have lost my entry confirmation?
If you have deleted your confirmation, please log in to your participant Dashboard to retrieve a copy. If your bank account has not been charged, you are not entered into the event.
What happens if I start in the wrong group?
It is important to start in your assigned group so we can manage the numbers of competitors in the water at any given time.
Prizes on offer:
The first 3000 registered competitors will receive an inaugural limited-edition Cole Classic beach towel.
As is the tradition, placegetters will receive an iconic Cole Classic ceramic plate trophy. However, this will happen later in the year as the amazing Celeste who hand makes these unique pieces of art has broken her arm badly requiring a period of recovery and rehabilitation. Celeste and her team remain committed to the process and will make the plates when she’s good to go. All our best wishes and a speedy recovery to Celeste.
What should I do with my Timing Tag and cap?
Caps can be kept but Timing Tags must be returned after the race. There will be people at the finish line to help you take off your tag. If you do not race or take it home, please post it back to the address below. Any lost or misplaced tags will incur a replacement fee of $50.
Timing Tag Return Address
PO Box 2122
Woolooware NSW 2230
Do I need a support vessel?
Support vessels are not permitted in any of the Cole Classic events, this includes the 5km event. The organisers will provide all water safety required to participants.
Can I wear a wetsuit or flippers?
Organisers will allow participants to wear wetsuits, flippers and fins ONLY in the 1km Back of the Pack categories to ensure fair competition. Wearing any of these items prohibits swimmers from claiming a place/prize.
Where can I purchase an Event Day SMS?
You can also receive your results shortly after crossing the finish line with an SMS sent directly to your mobile phone.
Simply log into your Dashboard, select ‘My Registrations’ and ‘Make Changes’ to add extra items.
Can I leave my gear anywhere?
There will be a Gear Drop service available.
|Location||Next to Manly Life Saving Club, close to Race HQ|
|Pick Up||Pick up will be available at the same location where gear was dropped|
How does Gear Drop work?
You will be provided with a swing tag to attach to your bag on race day. Write your surname and race number clearly on the swing tag provided and attach to your bag. You will line up to pass your belongings to the volunteers who will place your bag into the bag drop tent in numerical order. Your bag will be stored here until the completion of your race. Do not leave any valuables such as wallets, keys or phones.
Upon collection of your bag post-race, you will be required to show your race number to a volunteer to retrieve your bag. Ensure that you allow plenty of time before your race to check your belongings into the bag drop tent.
The event organisers will take care of your belongings, but no responsibility will be taken for any valuables or clothing that are lost or damaged.
*Markers, tags and ties will be provided for all competitors.
Can I refund my entry?
When entering the Cole Classic, the terms and conditions must be accepted by each individual entrant. The refund policy for 2021 is listed below. There are no exceptions to this rule and no refunds will be given for change of mind or situation.
What happens if the race is cancelled?
The race organisers reserve the right to cancel the race due to rough or dangerous conditions. In the event of cancellation, there will be no refund of entry fee. An alternate date will be looked at to stage the event. A decision will be made ASAP on race day and broadcast via this website and social media.
If the Event is cancelled due to COVID-19 and alternate dates are unavailable, a credit for the full Event entry fee will be provided against the entry fee for the 2022 Cole Classic only.