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Communities for Communities is a local Canada Bay charity promoting the connectedness of people to support other communities in need.

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What is a biathlon?

A biathlon is an event made up of two different sporting disciplines. The Bay Biathlon includes a swim leg then a run leg.

Where does the race start and finish?

The race will start and finish at the same spot - Rodd Park on Henley Marine Drive in Rodd Point.

How do I get to there?

You can get to Rodd Park by bus, bicycle or car. We recommend using public transport, being dropped off or parking nearby then walking to the start line. Car pooling with friends is also a good option! 

Sydney Buses service 436 stops on Henley Marine Drive in Point. A number of other buses stop nearby in Five Dock. For timetables and service maps go to

Is there car parking?

There is plenty of street parking near the start/finish point at Rodd Park. No Cars will be allowed in Rodd Park except organisers vehicles.

Is there somewhere I can leave my valuables?

There will be a bag drop at the start/finish line where you can leave things you don't fancy carrying into the water or on the run with you. The bags will be minded at all times however we ask you to leave valuables where possible at home, in the car or with supporters. We cannot be responsible for your valuables.

What are the different starting groups?

Swimmers will receive Colour Caps according to their waves, No Cap No Start!

There will be one starting group for the 200m swim event and one starting group for the 500m swim event. 

For the 1.2km swim event, there will be four starting groups dependent on the time you expect to finish the race. During registration for the 1.2km swim/7km run event you will be asked to choose a starting group for the four options:

  • Open starting group - finish the race in less than 45 minutes.
  • Competitive starting group - finish the race in less than 50 minutes.
  • Silver starting group - finish the race in less than 55 minutes.
  • Red starting group - finish the race in more than 55 minutes.

Teams will be in two waves- 500m and 1200m.

Do I need to finish within a certain time?

The cut-off time for the swim is 40 minutes and for the run is 60 minutes.

Do I need to be a strong swimmer?

While you don't need to be a particularly strong swimmer, you must be able to swim the full distance you've signed up for, be it by freestyle, breaststroke or doggy paddle. Every entrant must accept the terms and conditions of entry that state they are fit to participate - this includes an adequate ability to swim. 

Can I swim in a wetsuit?

No - wetsuits and other swimming aides are not permitted.

Can I register for The Bay Biathlon on race day?

Yes - but there will be an additional $15 late fee for registrations on race day. You will need to arrive at Rodd Park between 5.45am and 6.30am to register on the day.

Will the Bay Run be closed for the event?

No - the Bay Run is a popular path for local residents and other people wanting to take advantage of the shared path and pretty surroundings. It will not be closed for this event so there will be a number of other runners, walkers, people with dogs and strollers, and cyclists on the path during the race. Please be aware of these other people during the race.

What is Communities for Communities?

Communities for Communities is a charity founded and run by Canada Bay locals. It promotes the connectedness and strength of communities like ours to help other communities in need. For more information you can visit their website at

How much of my entry fee is donated to the charity and what will it be used for?

Most of your entry fee will be donated to Communities for Communities. For individual entries $20 will be donated and for teams of two $40 will go straight to the charity.

Net proceeds from The Bay Biathlon will support the Klabat Project in northern Indonesia, helping to build homes, a livelihood centre and vocational/livelihood training program for disadvantaged families. This project is supported by Communities for Communities in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. 

Can I run with a pram or a dog?

No - prams and pets are not permitted in The Bay Biathlon.

Can I run with headphones?

No - running with ipods or headphones can cause safety hazards for yourself and other runners trying to overtake you. The Bay Run will not be closed for this event so there will be a number of other runners, walkers, people with dogs and strollers, and cyclists on the shared path during the race. 

Where do I collect my race pack?

Race packs will be available at registration point at Rodd Park on the morning of the race. You will need a printed copy of your registration confirmation or photo ID to collect your race pack.

What time does the race start?

The first swimmers will start at 7am. 

What time do I need to arrive?

You will need to collect your race pack at Rodd Park between 5.45am and 6.30am on race day. 

What time does the transition area open/close before the race?

The swim-to-run transition area will open at 6am on race day and close at 6.45am.

Can I transfer my entry?

No - entries cannot be transferred to other people. 

Are refunds available if I can't do the race?

As The Bay Biathlon is a charity event, we are not offering refunds if you are no longer able to participate in the race.