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Bass Coast Team in Asia’s First Swimrun

Kara Landells of Kilcunda and Nina Barry-Macaulay of Cape Paterson will join 30 athletes from around the world to participate in Asia’s first swimrun

By Portal Admin - 22nd October 2018 - Back to News

In December this year, Kara Landells of Kilcunda and Nina Barry-Macaulay of Cape Paterson will join 30 athletes from around the world to participate in Asia’s first swimrun, the Bali Hope Swimrun at Nusa Lembongan, Bali.

This unique swimrun event is raising money for improved recycling infrastructure on the Island of Lembongan where plastic pollution is a critical issue, and raising awareness around plastic pollution in our oceans.

Swimrun is the latest endurance event, steadily growing in popularity. It was conceived in Sweden in 2006 when the first commercial event had 11 teams. More than 400 swimrun events were held across Europe in the 2017 summer.

Swimrun is a unique and challenging adventure sport where teams of two compete by alternating between running and swimming on a challenging course covering trails, beaches, ocean, cliffs, rocks, and paths. Teams must complete the entire course together and help each other through tough terrain to beat the course and reach the finish line.

Kara and Nina explained that the Bali Hope event instantly connected with them.

"This is the perfect opportunity for us to combine our love of running and swimming with our passion for protecting the ocean from plastic pollution," Kara and Nina said.

"Like Bass Coast, Lembongan depend on their tourism economy, which is driven by their natural environment."

"We are very aware of our vulnerability to this issue in Bass Coast, and we hope that through our Swimrun campaigning we can help raise awareness in our local community, hopefully to prevent us running into similar problems in the future."

Kara and Nina will be training around the beaches, paths and trails of Bass Coast in the lead up to their Bali race on Saturday, 8 December. They will also be hosting many fundraising activities and asking for donations.

Nina Barry-Macaulay and Kara Landells prepare for their 2.5km swim and 17km run around the Island of Nusa Lembongan.


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