Danger 1000 Ocean Swim
Saturday January 14th 2012 sees the 14th Danger 1000 Ocean Swim return to Torquay’s Front Beach. The swim has become one of the most popular and largest open water swims in Australia and regularly attracts numbers of around 2000 competing in the swim. The swim attracts a vast array of fitness levels and age groups with competitors ranging from 12 years old to well into their seventies.
The race has a staggered start from just after midday, beginning with the younger competitors and finishing with the more senior. There are 12 different age categories for Men and Women in the race and plenty of spot prizes.
The swim is 1000 metres and the course takes on a triangular course off the beautiful sandy Front Beach. The race was won in 2011 by Ky Hurst from Queensland who swam the course in a record. Ky a Australian Ironman Champion bet a very fast field with a winning 8 minutes and 47 seconds which is the current race record.
The Jan Juc SLSC, which is one of the Geelong – Surfcoast regions finest Surf Life Saving Clubs hosts the day and they have over 250 members working tirelessly to ensure this quality event is ran like clockwork and safe for the competitors.
The Torquay Foreshore takes on a carnival atmosphere for the day with thousands of families of the competitors and other spectators flocking to the beautiful sands and lush grasslands under the magnificent Norfolk Island pines. The cafes and eateries along the Esplanade are crowded with people after a bit to eat or a drink or two.
The Jan Juc SLSC also hold a fun run event on the Friday evening before the Danger 1000. Called the Bells Bash the event consists of a 8 kilometre fun run or 4 kilometre walk from the Jan Juc Surf Club along the cliff tops to the world famous Bells Beach and back. The 2011 event will be the club’s 9th.
For more information and registration details http://www.janjucsurfclub.com.au