Welcome to the Cronulla Triathlon Club’s 34th Richie Walker Memorial Aquathlon (RWA) to be held on 8 February 2020.
This event was designed to honour much-liked club member Richie who passed away from a heart condition. All profits are donated in Richie’s name to The Heart Foundation, assisting their research into the causes and cures of heart disease http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/. Over the years this race has been held by the Cronulla Triathlon Club, you the competitors, have helped raise over $100,000 for the Heart Foundation.
This year’s race will again be held in the beautiful surrounds of Gunnamatta Park and Bay. The swim leg for those events with a 1000m swim is in Gunnamatta Bay, starting on the shoreline of the bay beside the swimming baths. The swim leg for all other events is held within the enclosed baths for the safety of our younger / enticer competitors. The run is cross country style, all within the boundaries of Gunnamatta Park.
New this year, an ENTICER event has been added consisting of a 500m swim and 3.3km run. As mentioned above, the swim for this event is contained within the baths with the hopes of attracting those new to aquathlons or not quite ready for the open distance. This event is open to anyone 17 years of age or older.
This year, the RWA is proud to be host to ITU Youth A, Youth B and Junior Aquathlon Championship, TriNSW Aquathlon Championship as well as serve as a qualifier for the 2020 ITU World Championships held in Amsterdam in September 2020. The Richie Walker Aquathlon will this year be host for the Sean Maroney Cup – an award that goes to the first male and female finisher that is currently or has previously been a First Responder. This cup honours the memory of the late Sean Maroney who was an elite triathlete, First Responder, and member of the Cronulla Triathlon Club.
For full event information and schedule, please download our Athlete Event Guide below
This year we’re implementing (like other races in the area) a green initiative to encouraging less waste by re-using your own favourite swimming cap.
If competitors and participants don’t have their own swim cap, or you forget to bring your own, we do have swim caps for sale upon registration and at the event. Proceeds of any swim cap sales will also be donated to the Heart Foundation.
Important: For water safety reasons, swim caps are still compulsory for each event.
Air quality forecast will be monitored during the week leading up to the event and referenced against the most recent TriAUS Air Quality Policy.
Should the air quality be such that the RWA is impacted, a decision will be made by the Race Director with advice from the Technical Delegate from TriNSW to the extent that the event should be either reduced in length or cancelled
Forecast will be reviewed on the morning of 5th Feb and any warnings/advisements will be placed on this web page as well as email communication via race registration platform (Active). For any further questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com.
Stay tuned for weather quality updates – update will be placed here on 5th Feb.