Register now to enter Edinburgh’s open water swim festival on 13th August

Want to see just how fit cycling around town has made you? Think you can swim from Musselburgh across to Portobello? Or race in a short sprints off Porty beach? Put your name down now to swim in the open water races on the 13th August, before registration fees increase this Monday (from £20 to £25) – and prepare to join in the fun!

Btw, bicycles can be locked up outside the Swim Centre on Porty prom, and the showers in the Swim Centre can be used for a small fee.


In an effort to help promote open water swimming for all, Edinburgh Racing together with the Triathlon section of Edinburgh Road Club are putting on this years Open Water Swim Festival which will be open to swimmers of all abilities.

The event will be based at Portobello Beach, which is a long sandy beach located a few kilometres East of downtown Edinburgh and is easily accessible by bus, bike, and car. Many groups regularly swim in the sea during the warmer months and the beach bustles with people and activity on a sunny day. The Open Water Swimming Festival will have three separate races. With races ranging from a short 400m sprint to the much more challenging 2km sea swim crossing from Musselburgh Quay back to Portobello Beach. With a range of distances available there should be a distance for most swimming abilities.

Race Distances

  • 1. 400m Portobello Beach
  • 2. 800m Portobello Beach
  • 3. 2km swim from Musselburgh to Portobello (coach transport to Musselburgh included)

All participants will have the option of doing 2 races throughout the day. If you sign up for the 2km swim, you may also do the 400m swim for free. Participants choosing the 400m swim or 800m swim as their main race may swim in the 800m or 400m events for free. You may decide on the day of if you would like to participate in a second race beyond the one you register online for.

10:00-12:00 Registration
11:00 Tristars Aquathon start
13:00 Transport to 2km race start
13:30 2km race start
15:30 800m race start
16:15 400m race start
17:00 Prize Giving
19:00 Ceilidh


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