The Esperance Swim Thru is fast approaching with local and visiting swimmers set to take on the 2.5 kilometre ocean marathon.
The Australia Day event will start at 8:00am, but competitors must arrive at 7:15am to get their race numbers.
The race starts at the north side of James St Groyne near the Whale Tail and finishes on the south side of the groyne.
Event organiser Lara McIntyre said the route was the same as last year.
“It’s been a good route for spectators because people can walk between James St and the Jetty and follow the swimmers and people can walk around James St Groyne and watch the swimmers come past and run up the finishing shoot,” she said.
Mrs McIntyre said the event was a really good open-water swim and a great training goal.
“It’s 2.5 kilometres which is a fairly daunting swim for a lot of people,” she said.
“It’s become part of the Australia Day tradition and we’re starting to get quite a bit of interest from people who are travelling through and people who make the swim part of their trip to Esperance.”
Mrs McIntyre said although there were prizes for being first in your age group, the event was really about participation.
The Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving Club will continue to provide safety measures with inflatable rescue boats, jet skis and paddlers patrolling the water to ensure ocean safety.
Mrs McIntyre said a lot of spectators would be out on kayaks and, if you are nervous swimmer, you can have a kayak alongside as long as it does not interfere with other swimmers.
All prizes are donated from Esperance Toyota who have sponsored the event in past years.
Two swimmers, 25-year-old Rory Blok and 14-year-old Ben Murgatroyd, have been training hard for the event, with both saying they are “in it to win it”.
“I trained a lot back in the day and I competed in South Africa,” Mr Blok said.
“We’re just trying to get back up to speed.”
Ben said he aimed to make it to both state and national swimming championship finals.
The minimum age requirement is 12 and entry is $25.
Registration is online only. To register or for more information click here.