VCARS have teamed up with RGActive to offer would-be tri-athletes the chance to put their toe in the water! RGActive Open Water Training Races offer competitors six opportunities to gauge fitness, practise mass swim starts, swimming with others and to add an element of competition to training in a relaxed and inexpensive environment.
Open water swimming doesn’t have to be scary, it can actually be great fun and give you an amazing sense of achievement. It’s a chance to test your swimming ability or prepare for a triathlon and multisport events.
The six VCARS OPEN WATER SWIM RACE take place on the following dates: (R1) Sunday 6th May; (R2) Sunday 3rd June; (R3) Sunday 8th July; (R4) Sunday 5th Aug; Sunday 2nd Sept; (R6) Sunday 14th Oct – all race start at 8am and take place at TYM, Ham Fields, Richmond, TW10 7RX, UK. For further motivation, compete in at least 4 of the races and you be eligible for prizes associate sponsors Speedo, Rose Bikes, Mule Bar and Suunto.
Entry fees for the Open Water Swim Race: 2600m (4 laps) 1300m (2 laps) or 750m (1 lap) is just £10.00. To book your place on one or all the the VCARS OPEN WATER SWIM RACES, click here!
More Race Information
The races will start from 08:00am so we ask that you arrive in plenty of time to change, register and warm up prior to the race start. On arrival at the venue you will asked to park in specific areas by members of the RG Active marshals.
You will need to register your attendance with at the registration desk where you will be given the following things: A coloured Speedo swim hat relevant to your race distance. On your hand will be written a ‘Number’, ‘Letter’ or both, this will be how the race marshals are able to record your time at the finish line of the race.
At the registration desk you will also be able to purchase a selection of items including Speedo goggles, swim toys as well as sports lubricant, energy products from Mule Bar and some of the latest high tech products from Suunto. The distances for all races have been measure by GPS equipment, however due to tidal changes in the river Thames the exact distance of the races could vary by a few metres on the morning of the race like with all open water events. There will be three race options/distances to choose from, however EVERYONE will start in the same ‘Mass start’ at 08:00am.