EPICBLUE SWIMRUN

Izmir, Turkey

26 July 2020

6,6km SWIM, 21.8km RUN

Inspired by the global movement around SWIMRUN, the second event that Meridian Adventure RACE will create will be held in Izmir, Turkey. Set against the backdrop of one of the most spectacular pieces of coastline, with rugged rock, undulating ascents and downhills, with exceptionally clear water making for the perfect setting.

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OPEN WATER
SWIMMING

RUGGED TERRAIN
TRAIL RUNNING

The global movement of SWIMRUN have added a new sense of adventure to multisport formats. This unique composition of swimming and running entails participants to interchange between the two without changing clothes, and carrying everything they need for the race with them.

The sport normally involves teams of two, however with our EPICBLUE SHORT EXPERIENCE you have the option to register as a solo participant as well.

In accordance to the SWIMRUN tradition, we have created this race on the three original pillars:

STRIVE

A race which will combine speed in some parts and technicality in others, all whilst you are immersed in breath-taking scenery.

SHARING

The pleasure of sharing those memorable moments with friends and partners.

PRESERVE

Limited plastic usage and supporting key conservation causes.

THE COURSES

SHORT EXPERIENCE

The shorter experience race for avid ocean and sporting enthusiasts.

8,5 km

START TIME: 10:00 FIRST ARRIVALS: 12:00

This unique course is especially formulated for those who are new to the sport and passionate about the cause. With shorter distances and only comprising of two swim sections, this format is ideal for those who are not quite ready to compete over bigger distances. It is the perfect experiential introduction to the beauty of SWIMRUN.

The longest run is 2,8 km and the longest swim is 449 m.

COURSE DETAILS

TOTAL RACE DISTANCE 8,5 km

TRAIL-RUNNING 7,6 km

SWIMMING 768 m

LONGEST RUN 2,8 km

LONGEST SWIM 449 m

RUN SECTIONS 3

SWIM SECTIONS 2


SHORT EXPERIENCE ENTRY FEES


TEAMS

  • 60€ “Early Bird” Fee
    • registration on or before 14 March 2020
  • 80€ “Standard” Fee
    • registration from 15 March 2020 to 14 June 2020
  • 100€ “Late” Fee
    • registration from 15 June 2020
  • Registration closes: 23 July 2020

SOLO PARTICIPANTS

  • 30€ “Early Bird” Fee
    • registration on or before 14 March 2020
  • 40€ “Standard” Fee
    • registration from 15 March 2020 to 14 June 2020
  • 50€ “Late” Fee
    • registration from 15 June 2020
  • Registration closes: 23 July 2020
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RACE INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entry pre-requisite

  • The LONG ENDURANCE race can only be competed in as a TEAM which consists of two persons.
  • The SHORT EXPERIENCE is open to both TEAMS of two and SOLO competitors.

Categories

TEAM >> First 3 TEAM Men, women and mixed | for the LONG ENDURANCE Course
TEAM >> First TEAM Men, women and mixed | for the SHORT EXPERIENCE Course
SOLO >> First 3 Men, First 3 Women

Age Groups :

  • 18 – 30
  • 31 – 49
  • 50 and over

Entry Fee

LONG ENDURANCE - Team

  • 120€ "Early Bird" fee for registration on or before 14 March 2020
  • 140€ for registration from 15 March 2020 to 14 June 2020
  • 160€ for registration from 15 June 2020
  • Registration closes: 23 July 2020

SHORT EXPERIENCE - Solo

  • 30€ "Early Bird" fee for registration on or before 14 March 2020
  • 40€  for registration from 15 March 2020 to 14 June 2020
  • 50€ for registration after 15 June 2020
  • Registration closes: 23 July 2020

SHORT EXPERIENCE - Team

  • 60€ "Early Bird" fee for registration on or before 14 March 2020
  • 80€  for registration from 15 March 2020 to 14 June 2020
  • 100€ for registration from 15 June 2020
  • Registration closes: 23 July 2020
  • Your race entry is non-refundable and non-transferable (however you can change one of the athletes should it be required by sending email to mt@meridianadventures.com
  • Each team member need to have a valid insurance for SWIMRUN or Triathlon.
  • Participants will need to be experienced in those types of races.
  • Registrants must be capable of completing the full distance within the event cut off time required. On off roads courses the responsibility falls to you to be prepared for the event you are undertaking.

ENTRY PRE-REQUISITE

  • The LONG ENDURANCE race can only be competed in as a TEAM which consists of two persons.
  • The SHORT EXPERIENCE is open to both TEAMS of two and SOLO competitors.

RULES

Racers Responsibility

  • The athletes must know the rules and follow these.
  • The athletes shall respect other athletes, organization, spectators, tourists, the environment and the people living in the race area.
  • The athletes are not allowed to use unfair methods to get advantages.
  • Doping is forbidden.

During the race

  • The athletes are participating at their own risk and cannot hold the organization responsible for any accident during the race.
  • The teams / individuals athletes are obliged at their best ability to help another participant that have been injured or are sick.
  • A team / individual that has abandoned the race shall report it as soon as possible to the organization.
  • If, for any reason an athlete need to abandon the race, the other team member must also stop.
  • Garbage can only be left at the ECO areas. Littering will lead to automatic disqualification at first offence.
  • For safety reasons we will allow NO tow-line on the first running sections of any race.

Race jury

Race jury has 3 persons from the race organisation.

  • The race jury is:
    • Enforcing the rules
    • Decide the outcome of a protest
    • Decide about disqualification
    • Decide about course changes and changes in the rules
  • At least two members of the jury are needed to be able to take a race jury decision.
  • The race jury has the right to use “common sense” to take a decision about a situation, if it is not clear in the rules.
  • The decision of the race jury is definitive.

Protests

A protest must be given in writing to the race organization within an hour after finishing the race.

  • A protest must include:
    • Time and location
    • Team number and signatures of the team members
    • Team number or team name of the team that the protest is against
    • The reason for the protest
    • If possible, include witness with name or team number
  • A protest that does not fill the criteria of the above points will be ignored.
  • A decision from the race jury will be communicated with to those involved as soon as possible.

Disqualification

  • Offence against the rules may lead to time penalty or in worst case lead to a disqualification.

    Causes of Disqualification

    • Missing one of the mandatory equipment
    • No lycras bib vest
    • 200m outside off the zone
    • No assistance to a team member or an organiser in danger
    • Pollution of any sites
    • Declining medical exam
    • Doping

External Assistance

  • It is not allowed to receive assistance from other people than the race organization.
  • Each team has to make their own way from start to finish

REGISTRATION

You are required to come prepared with the following:

  • Your photo ID
  • A medical certificate showing the practice of Endurance in SWIMRUN or triathlon dated less than 3 months (to be provided at the latest on 1st April). See example file here
  • All participants must provide their full name and details of any health problems or medication upon entry.
  • Each team member, or solo participant needs to have a valid insurance for the practice of SWIMRUN or sports similar to SWIMRUN.
  • All registrations are definitive and will not be reimbursed. Withdraw before the event for any impediment or medical issue, should be addressed to personal insurance of the participant.
  • It is allowed to change one team member of the same gender.

RACE PACK

General info about Equipment

  • All teams must bring all their equipment from start to finish.
  • Teams picking-up or dropping-off equipment will be disqualified, unless designated pick-up and drop-off zones exists.
  • Before the race there will be spot checks of the mandatory kit check (spot checks).

Principal equipment per Team

  • A Neoprene wetsuit (shorty type) per person suitable for the current water temperatures. - voluntary
  • Trainers, trail shoes - mandatory
  • Swim goggles - mandatory
  • Swim cap (the one provided by the organization) - mandatory
  • Hand paddles - mandatory
  • Pull-buoy and/or Neoprene calf sleeves - mandatory
  • Tow-line (for TEAM Category) – voluntary
  • Energy snacks to sustain the athletes for the race – 1500 kcal per team.

Technical pack

  • Timing chip (lost or not returned timing chip will be charged 50 Euro)
  • Restube – (water safety device) (lost or not returned RESTUBE will be charged 70 Euro)
  • Lycras bib vest. One per person. Visibly worn during the entire race subject to disqualification (provided by the organiser).
  • Swim cap, one per person, must be worn in all swimming areas (provided by the organiser).
  • Swim fins are NOT allowed if the fin is longer than 15 cm. (Measurement is from the toe to the end of the fin).

THE PROGRAM

25 July 2020 – Saturday

  • 14:00: ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN OF ATHLETES
  • 15:00 – 19:00: REGISTRATION EPICBLUE SWIMRUN - RACE PACK
  • 17:30: RACE BRIEFING for all participants of the EPICBLUE RACE

26 July 2020 – Sunday

  • 07:30 – 09:30: REGISTRATION EPICBLUE SWIMRUN - RACE PACK
  • 10:45: RACE BRIEFING  FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS OF THE EPICBLUE RACE
  • 11:30: EPICBLUE SWIMRUN START
  • 13:00: SHORT EXPERIENCE FIRST FINISHERS
  • 15:00: LONG ENDURANCE FIRST FINISHERS 
  • 17:00: AWARD’S CEREMONY
  • 19:30 : EPICBLUE FINALE LIGURE FINISHER PARTY

PRIZES

LONG ENDURANCE - TEAM >> First 3 TEAMS in each category - Men, Women and Mixed.

  • 1ST: 1000€ PER TEAM
  • 2ND: 600€ PER TEAM
  • 3RD: 400€ PER TEAM

SHORT EXPERIENCE TEAM >> First 3 TEAMS in each category - Men, Women and Mixed.

  • 1ST: GEAR FROM SPONSORS
  • 2ND: GEAR FROM SPONSORS
  • 3RD: GEAR FROM SPONSORS

SHORT EXPERIENCE SOLO >> First 3 Men, First 3 Women and the First of each Age Group.

  • 1ST: GEAR FROM SPONSORS
  • 2ND: GEAR FROM SPONSORS
  • 3RD: GEAR FROM SPONSORS

Age Groups:
  • 18 – 30
  • 31 – 49
  • 50 and over

RACE BRIEFING

Race Course

  • The race course is marked and sign posted.
  • The athletes must follow the race course shown on the map.
  • Athletes who do not follow the course , or stray further than 200m from it, will be disqualified.
  • Athletes shall not overtake other athletes and shall walk past tourists within marked “danger zones”.

Checkpoints / Energy Stations

  • There will be several water/food checkpoints throughout the course.
  • There may be additional un-announced checkpoints along course, not shown on map.
  • Athletes failing to pass a checkpoint will be disqualified.

Medical Stations

  • There will be several medical stations where participants can get help if needed.
  • There will be medical staff and equipment both on land and on the support boats.

Timing

  • Athletes will be required to pass the timing checkpoints within set cut-off times.
  • Failure to pass the timing checkpoint within the cut-off time will disqualify the SOLO athlete or TEAM from the race.
  • Information about the cut-off times will be given at the RACE BRIEFING prior to the start of the race.

SAFETY

General Safety Rules

  • The two members of each team has to stay together at all time and cannot be more than 20 meters apart on land and not more than 10 metres during swimming.
  • The athletes shall never move further away than 10m from the trail.
  • The race organisation & the medical team can refuse a team to continue if they:
  • Are not equipped with above specified compulsory equipment.
  • Are not capable to continue the race, due to fatigue or being in poor physical condition.
  • Athletes must enter water feet first. Diving into water head first is not allowed.

Health and Safety

  • A medical assistance team will assure the participants security.
  • Medical personnel authorised by the event may examine any participant who appears in distress. If in the sole opinion of authorised medical personnel, it is in the best interest of the participant’s health and welfare, medical personnel may remove the participant from the event.
  • Participants must retire at once from race if ordered to do so by a member of the event’s official staff, official medical staff.

TRASH

  • Littering anywhere along the course is considered a disqualifiable offence and will not be tolerated.
  • Athletes must carry their litter with them or throw it in the bins provided.
  • Bins will be provided throughout the race course.

WEATHER

July in Sigacik, Turkey is one of the hottest months and normally sees dry, hot weather with little rainfall. The average maximum temperature lies around 32.0°C (89.6°F). With a water temperature of around 23.0°C (73.4°F), this is a great month to hit the water. Expect longer days and shorter nights with an average sunset time of 20:30.

In case of extreme weather such as high winds or big sea or in case of another unexpected situation, the race organization has the right to shorten, or change the course or in worst case cancel the race.

MEDIA

Sponsor Markings

  • Athletes are permitted to have sponsors marked on their race gear.

Race Swim Caps

  • Race swim caps cannot be modified in any way and must be worn and visible at all times when in the water.

Race Bibs

  • Race bibs cannot be modified in any way and must be worn at all times.

Pictures and Images Rights

  • Athletes give the race organisers the right to use pictures and film material taken during the race. These can be used free of rights in marketing, press material, internet, television and movies. Athletes also accept our video or film crew to use drones as part of filming on the course.
  • All images and rights from the event are reserved. All unauthorised commercial use of images will be legally addressed.
  • EPICBLUE will have a dedicated and extensive media production team working during the event. It is also expected that photographers and press will be seen along the course.
  • We will share content online via our website and on social media using #EPICBLUETURKEY
  • Our images are free for personal use, but not commercial use or for promoting other events. Please contact us if you would like to access material for media: mt@meridianadventures.com

SPECTATORS

  • EPICBLUE strongly believe that each destination we get to experience has so much to offer, that we strongly suggest you take the time to enjoy it.
  • Bring your friends and family members to enjoy the week with you. 
  • If your friends and family would like to follow the race by boat, please contact Matteo Testa at enquiries@race.meridianadventures.com

ACCOMMODATION

Thanks to our hosting partner, Hidden Bay Teos, you will be able to choose from various accommodation options on-site.

From hotel rooms, to 3-bedroom apartments and luxury villa rentals, you will be able to find something that suits your taste.

The resort also has over 6 dining options to choose from. AirBnB

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TRAVEL

  • You can choose to travel to Sigacik, Turkey via bus, taxi, plane or ferry. The best way is to fly to Izmir, Turkey and take a 40min taxi drive to Sigacik.
  • You can arrange transport with our hosting partner, Hidden Bay Teos. The bus stop for Hidden Bay Teos, is right in front of the resort’s entrance.

in partnership with

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Over fishing, climate change, pollution, and the lack of education have pushed our oceans to the brink of collapse. Meridian Adventure has deeply invested in bringing people who love the ocean together around ocean conservation at their own events: using their energy in their sport, for good.

It’s not just a race.
#ItsaMovement

host partners

Meridian Adventures Dive

sponsor

Meridian Adventures Sail

MERIDIAN ADVENTURE RACE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING AUTHORITIES:

IZMIR

GOVERNORSHIP OF IZMIR

FOUNTAIN PORT PRESIDENCY

IZMIR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

AEGEAN REGION CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY

SEFERIHISAR DISTRICT GENDARMERIE COMMAND

URLA DISTRICT GENDARMERIE COMMAND

SEFERIHISAR DISTRICT SECURITY DIRECTORATE

SIGACIK COAST GUARD COMMAND

YOUTH SPORTS PROVINCIAL DIRECTORATE

FEDERATION OF ATHELTICS

CULTURE AND TOURISM MINISTRY

SEFERIHISAR HEADQUARTERS

URLA HEADQUARTERS

GUZELBAHCE HEADQUARTERS

URLA FOREST BUSINESS CHIEF

SEFERIHISAR FOREST BUSINESS CHEF

REGIONAL DIRECTORATE OF HIGHWAYS

IZMIR METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY

SEFERIHISAR DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

URLA DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY

TEOS MUSEUM DIRECTORATE

For more information contact Derya: +90 536 627 79 13