SwimRun San Juan Islands

Sun September 23, 2018 Olga, WA 98245 US Directions
Race Rules

SwimRun San Juan Islands

Event Rules


A.   SwimRun participants acknowledge and understand that an adventure/endurance event comprised of multiple and alternating transits of varied terrain and open water swims may present unique and unexpected hazards outside the control of race organizers, local governments and private property owners whose property the course may utilize. All participants are required to execute a Participant Waiver and Assumption of Risk prior to competing in any SwimRun USA event.


A.   The race course will consist of alternating overland routes and swim legs on Orcas Island and within Moran State Park. Overland routes will be casually marked at various points along the course.  Swim exit points will be designated by yellow banners and strobes at selected points, but may not be immediately visible from the swim entry point. Maps of the course will be provided to athletes.

B.   Any deviation from the marked course by participants shall be grounds for disqualification.


A.   Mandatory equipment supplied by competitors must consist of

Wetsuits worn by all competitors covering at a minimum, the torso and upper half of thighs. "Swimskins" or race suits are prohibited. Suits must be similar to swimrun or triathlon wetsuits. THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS MADE TO THIS REQUIREMENT. Teams unable to produce such suits at the pre-race gear check will not be able to participate.

Solo Short Course athletes MUST have a tow-behind inflatable swim safety buoy (see example, New Wave Swim Buoy).

1 Whistle per athlete

1 First Aid Pressure Bandage, packed waterproof

Tether between teammates for swim legs is highly recommended. Recommended length is  roughly 8.5', but it may not exceed 15' when fully extended. Toggle carabiner or other quick release device must be at each end.

Failure to possess or use as required shall be grounds for disqualification.

B.   Mandatory equipment supplied by race organizers

Race bib to be worn at all times by each team member

Swim cap to be worn at all times on swimming legs

Timing Chip - 1 per team 

C.   Recommended and/or Permissive Gear

Course Map - Waterproof map provided by race.

Swim hand paddles/gloves

Compression calf tubes

Swim pull buoy affixed to thigh or back

Hydration bladder

Swim Buoy or similar

Nutrition extras

Swim Fins (allowed)

D.   Equipment NOT PERMITTED

Any floatation aid larger than 40” x 24”

Personal floatation devices as swim aids (Tow behind swim buoys OK).

E.   All equipment listed at the pre-race check must accompany the teams at all times. Failure to meet this condition will be grounds for disqualification. Teams may be subject to a gear check following the completion of their race for conformity with this rule.


A.   Aid stations will be sited at various locations across the course for fluid replacement and nutrition. Special needs should be carried by the athletes as needed.

B.   Medical personnel will be sited at various locations and watercraft. Toilet facilities are not available due to the nature of the course, the utmost discretion is expected of athletes. Carry IN/Carry OUT.

C.   Team members must remain together at all times throughout the event and cannot be more than 10 yds apart. Use of the tether during the swim is recommended, if team mates are gapped by more than 10 yds at anytime, they are subject to disqualification. Race organizers reserve the right to make tether use mandatory as the weather conditions may suggest for safety purposes.

D.   The race organization can refuse a team from continuing if they are judged to be incapable of competing safely due to fatigue or injury.

E.   The race organization reserves the right to cancel the event, alter, shorten, hold-in-place or otherwise change the course at any time as a consequence of weather or other unexpected course conditions that may jeopardize the safety of athletes.


A.  Checkpoints will be established that must be reached by a prescribed time in order to continue racing. Organizers reserve the right to modify these times during the race as conditions require.

B.   A team that has abandoned the race shall report to the nearest checkpoint or race staff as soon as possible.


A.)  All athletes shall become familiar with, accept, and abide by, the race rules.

B.)  At all times, athletes shall be respectful of public and private property owners. Waste shall be disposed at designated aid stations ONLY. Toilet waste paper MUST be disposed of at designated aid stations, please carry appropriate supplies to conform to this provision. Failure to do so shall be cause for disqualification.

C.) Athletes are participating with the full knowledge and acceptance of the risk of injury.

D.) Athlete teams are REQUIRED to stop and offer aid, to the best of their ability, to fellow competitors in need, or as requested by race staff. Failure to do so will be grounds for disqualification without exception or recourse. This is the spirit of SwimRun that all competitors must abide by.

E.)  Athletes are required to attend a mandatory pre-race briefing in the afternoon prior to race day. This session will be held at Camp Moran main lodge where the race course Start/Finish on Orcas Island. Athletes failing to attend will not be permitted to race.


A.)  Participants agree to permit the race organization to utilize photographs, video or film images taken during the event for use in marketing, press accounts, or publicity in print or digital form over all mediums of transmission.

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