The fourth swim of the WOW Swim Series, "the community swim series for all", the Swim Thru Perth is Australia's oldest open water swim and will be celebrating its 101st event in 2020 on Sunday 19th January.
Held in the beautiful Swan River, the 2020 Swim Thru Perth will feature 4 race distances:
The Swim Thru Perth proudly raises funds for Telethon Speech & Hearing and will be expecting record numbers at the Matilda Bay foreshore for the fun and festivities across race day.
The flagship 3.5km Challenge sees competitors catching event buses to the start line to the east of The Narrows Bridge. From there, swimmers head in a straight-line course down the scenic Swan River foreshore past Kings Park, the Old Swan Brewery and the famous Crawley Boatshed to the finish line in Matilda Bay.
The 800m Splash and 1.6km Classic events start and finish in the protected water of Matilda Bay with swimmers completing a circuit course for each event.
The 250m Try-It is designed for kids, novice open water swimmers and swimmers with disabilities and is held close to shore in Matilda Bay.
The Swim Thru Perth was first held in 1912 and, except for a few breaks for the World Wars and the polio epidemic, has been held in January in the Swan River ever since making it Australia's oldest open water swim. While the event has a proud tradition of attracting the cream of Australian swimming it also proudly supports and encourages swimmers of all standards, including those with disabilities, to enter and enjoy the atmosphere on race day.
Swimmers enjoy the beautiful river for the various events and then celebrate their achievements in the shade of the leafy foreshore at Matilda Bay. An event BBQ, sponsor stalls and activities keep competitors and spectators engaged.
Competitors and spectators will find ample parking along Hackett Drive and within the designated event carparks on the UWA campus.