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Race Calendar

For more than two decades the Stroke & Stride has provided events over a range of distances that are achievable for competent swimmers and runners while at the same time offering excellent competition for the top athletes.

2015/2016 SERIES

New Zealand’s most popular swimrun series consists of three events held midweek from November through to March at Mission Bay, Auckland. Each event starts with a sea swim in the Waitemata Harbour followed by a road run on the waterfront allowing participants to enjoy a regular form of healthy, outdoor exercise and make the most of the city’s magnificent harbour and beaches. All events are held midweek and after work.



25 Nov 2015

Mission Bay





20 Jan 2016

Mission Bay





09 Mar 2016

Mission Bay




How to Enter


You can enter all remaining events this summer for just $50, see the SERIES ENTRY deal (before 20th January 2016 or while stocks last)


Follow the links above to enter the desired event and enter with your Visa or MasterCard before 11am on race day.

  • A new account must be created for each entrant

The Online Entry Fee for the race is $30 and you will receive the Official Stroke & Stride swim cap. Please bring your swim cap to any subsequent races you wish to enter.


If the field limit has not been reached entries will be taken at Registration at the Mission Bay venue from 5.00 – 6.00pm.  We can only accept cash payments at registration.  Download this pdf of the entry form, complete all sections and present at Registration.


Race Day

Schedule of Events
  • 5:00pm     Registration opens at the beach
  • 6:00pm     Registration closes
  • 6:05pm     Race briefing
  • 6:15pm     RACE START

Parking is available in car parks and local streets around the venues. There is NO parking on reserves or grassed areas.  It recommended you do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle.


A race number will be allocated to you at registration for ease of identification. The number must be visible and legible at all times.


At registration before your first event you will receive a colour coded swim cap. This swim cap cannot be altered and must worn outermost at all times you are in the water.


All entrants must be present and listen to the safety briefing and event instructions given on the beach 10 minutes before the race start.


The start is on the beach unless otherwise directed. The start will be in two waves. All entrants must exit the water before the start of the first wave. Seed yourself according to your swimming ability at the start.


All competitors must use the designated transition area to change between the swim and run. Do not deliberately impede or obstruct another competitor or interfere with another competitor’s equipment or clothing. No valuables are to be left in the transition. No supporters may enter the transition area. Do not enter the transition after you have finished the race until the last competitor has started the run.


The finish is on the beach. Do not impede the progress of competitors that are still racing after you have finished.


Your time and race number will be recorded when you cross the finish line. Stay in your finish order after crossing the line and ensure your race number is recorded correctly at this time.


Results from each event are available in the results section the day following or by email.


Established in 1989, the series has presented close to a million dollars of prizes and giveaways and that includes more than $250,000 in prize money.

You don’t need to be the fastest on the day though to pick up a fabulous prize. A mountain of prizes from our sponsors are on offer for which all competitors are in the draw to win. At the conclusion of each race, a prize giving and spot prize draw will be held at the race venue. You must be present to claim a prize.


There is more than $4,000 in Prize Money to be won by Stroke & Stride athletes this summer as outlined below:


At each event Prize Money will be awarded as follows to the first three male and female finishers:

  • 1st Place $200
  • 2nd Place $100
  • 3rd Place $50

At the end of the season Prize Money will be awarded as follows:

  • 1st Place $500 and the Stroke & Stride Cup
  • 2nd Place $300
  • 3rd Place $200



The Grand Prix decides the overall Stroke & Stride Series Champions. Points will be awarded to the first 15 male & female finishers in each race:

  • 1st = 20pts
  • 2nd = 17pts
  • 3rd = 15pts
  • 4th = 13pts
  • 5th = 11pts
  • 6th = 10pts
  • 7th = 9pts
  • 8th = 8pts
  • 9th = 7pts
  • 10th = 6pts
  • 11th = 5pts
  • 12th = 4pts
  • 13th = 3pts
  • 14th = 2pts
  • 15th = 1pts

The number of points from three races will count towards a competitors total. At the end of the series, the competitor with the most points will be declared the series winner and receive the Stroke and Stride Cup. In the event of a draw, the best placed in the race nearest season’s end will be the winner.


Operating as per the overall Grand Prix, points will be awarded to the first 15 male & female finishers in each age group.

The Age Groups for the Series are:

  • 13 – 16 years
  • 17 – 19 years
  • 20 – 24 years
  • 25 – 29 years
  • 30 – 34 years
  • 35 – 39 years
  • 40 – 44 years
  • 45 – 49 years
  • 50 – 54 years
  • 55 – 59 years
  • 60 – 64 years
  • 65 – 69 years
  • 70 – 74 years
  • 75 – 79 years

Championship Event

Race #3 on March 9 will double as the 2016 New Zealand Swimrun Championships. This prestigious event has been contested annually since 1993 with a who’s who of national and international sportspeople taking the title. Previous champions are listed in the archives.


We have thousands of race photos taken every season. View photos from the current and past seasons at our gallery.


Stroke & Stride technical run tops, goggles, cotton t-shirts and other merchandise including sponsors specials are available in the online store.

Remember to mark your size where applicable.  Quantities are limited.topcol Goggle - Waitemata


Race & Safety Information


While the Event Organisers have taken every reasonable measure to ensure your safety, as a participant in a Stroke & Stride event you are responsible for your own safety and enter this event at your own risk. It is important that you read the following Safety message in conjunction with your Waiver and Declaration and adhere to each of the safety guidelines of the event:

  • All entrants should undertake sufficient swim and run training before the event as might be expected of a prudent person entering a similar competition;
  • All entrants should be in excellent health, based on recent training, physical examinations, if any, and generally accepted standards of good health;
  • Consideration should be shown to all swimmers, runners and others while competing;
  • The swim course is in the open harbour with water depths in excess of 2 metres at times. All entrants require a level of swimming proficiency;
  • The run course that you will run along is an open public footpath. This footpath is beside a public road that is not closed to vehicular traffic. Please treat all roads as OPEN to all traffic at all times;
  • At all times runners must stay on the footpath unless directed by a race marshal;
  • Please be aware of vehicles exiting from driveways, business addresses and side streets along the course;
  • If you have a medical condition that may require attention please first get clearance from your doctor and advise the organisers in writing prior to race day.
  • The Order of St John will be stationed at the venue and will provide first aid if required.
  • If you have a medical condition that could cause you difficulties during or after the race, please first get clearance from your doctor to participate in the event and also notify the organisers in writing prior to the race.
  • For your safety, it is advised that you do not participate in the event if you have had any sickness or symptoms in the past week, as these can contribute towards dangerous illness.
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