Tips For Newbies

If the Singapore Aquathlon is your first multi-sport race, you have made the right choice!

You will not only have the chance to cheer fo the best Singaporean athletes as it is part of the National championship but race on that same day on distances that fit your fitness level.

+ We offer distances for everyone and we have added a new Mini distance this year for participants aged 16+ – 400m Swim – 3km Run – making Aquathlon truly accessible.

+ Measures are taken for you to have a safe race and enjoyable experience:

  • A clearly marked swim course in a beautiful calm sea
  • A swim safety team of lifeguards equipped with boats, jetskis and kayaks to be of assistance to any swimmer in difficulty
  • Professional race briefings advising the participants on race rules, logistics and safety
  • Drink stations on the run course with isotonic drinks and water
  • Refreshments for finishers at the finish line
  • A medical team consisting of several doctors and nurses with supporting ambulance and equipment

+ Choose the Team Relay

The Team Relay option is a fantastic introduction to the sport as it allows you to take on the Sprint, Standard Distance, Mini, Youth or Kids races with friends, family members or colleagues.

The concept of the Team Relay is simple and consists of a team made up of two people with each person completing one of the disciplines each. You play with your strength, choosing to race in the sport you are the best at ( Swim or Run) and having your other team member do the other one. It can be a lot of fun!

Both team members will receive a goodie bag as well as one medal each.

Questions?

We expect any newbie to have quite a few questions. On this page we try to answer all your questions to prepare you for a great race. If you have any other question that has not been addressed here, please contact us.

1. What shall I wear for the event?

a) Generally aquathlon racers do the swim and the run in the same piece of clothing. Suits that are specifically designed for aquathlons (tri suits) can be purchased at most bike and triathlon retailers. These suits are tight fitting to allow for added comfort (and efficiency) in the swim and run sections. These can come in either one piece or two piece, it is your personal choice as to which type you choose.

b) Women may also choose to wear a regular sports swim suit throughout the race but you should make sure it has sufficient support (bikinis not recommended!).

c) The alternative is to use more mainstream sport wear (that you may already have) during your aquathlon. e.g. start off in your swim suit, then put on a sport top and shorts over your swim suit for the run section. This option will cost you a bit more time in transition and is less comfortable than a tri-suit.

2. Where do I put my race number?

Race number with safety pins will be supplied in the race pack (given to you at race kit collection). You have to wear a race number on your front during the run section. (No race number required during the swim. Your race number will be written on your arms before the race.)

a) A race belt is the most convenient means of wearing your race number. A race belt is a piece of elastic with a strap that carries your race number and fits around your waist when you race. The benefits of wearing a race belt are that:
You don’t have to pierce your race suit with pins You can put your race belt on quickly after the swim

b) Alternatively you can create your own race belt with shoe laces or elastics (e.g. from old underwear). Or just pin the race numbers on the front of your shirt before the race.

3. Where do I leave my running gear during the swim?

Every aquathlon event has a transition area and so do we. This is the area where you should keep your running shoes, and other required gear for your race. You are advised to leave your bag with items you don’t need during the race at the bag drop, so you don’t clutter the limited room you have for your equipment in the transition area.

4. Is there anywhere to get changed between events?

As mentioned in point 1, if you wear a tri-suit there is no need to get changed, except for maybe your shoes and hat. All the changing between events should take place in the transition area (this is an enclosed area where competitors keep their running shoes etc).

Any additional clothing should be put on over your swim suit. Nudity in the transition area is an offence and will result in automatic disqualification.

5. How should I pace myself?

This is a very difficult question to answer, as different people have varying fitness levels, so pace yourself accordingly. For example a fit individual who could complete the Standard distance aquathlon in under 70mins can race at a higher intensity than an individual taking around 2hrs to complete the race. The best strategy is to set off conservatively and gradually build into the race. It is better to realise you have plenty left in the tank as you start the run section, than set off too hard in the swim and then spend the rest of the race struggling to finish.