About Swimathon

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Swimathon 2020 will take place on Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29 at 600 venues across the UK. We have challenges from 400m all the way up to the Triple 5k challenge. Find out more about the distances on offer in the tables below.

Can’t make these dates or none of the venues close enough to you? Then take advantage of our super flexible MySwimathon option! Click here to learn more.

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Individual Challenges

DistanceLengths (25m pool)Description
400m16In its third year a now staple Swimathon distance returns: the 400m swim. If you haven't swum for a while, our 400m challenge is just the one for you. It’s the equivalent of 16 lengths of a 25m pool and will remind you why you love swimming so much!
1.5k60A great challenge for novice swimmers or those who prefer to push their speed on shorter distances. If you fancy working your way up to 60 lengths of a 25m pool, whilst raising vital funds for our charities, then this is for you.
2.5k100If you’re looking to go to great lengths to get sponsored, then 100 lengths of a 25m pool is for you. So jump in and make some proper fundraising waves.
5k200This is the ultimate Swimathon challenge and by far the most popular Swimathon distance. It takes dedication, commitment and a good training programme to complete 5k. And, because 200 lengths of a 25m pool will leave everyone, including you, breathless, your efforts will be rewarded with lots of sponsorship and an awesome 5k medal at the end!
Triple 5k Challenge600After last year’s huge success with our brand-new challenge, it is back by popular demand – The Triple 5k. Swim 5k THREE times, each at different Swimathon sessions. Definitely not for the faint hearted! This distance is suitable for regular swimmers who are capable and confident of taking on longer distances. Putting in the hours of training for this distance is highly recommended


Team Challenges

DistanceLengths (25m pool)Description
1.5k60Take on 60 lengths of a 25m pool in a relay with your friends or family. Tell everyone you know and then watch your sponsorship total come along swimmingly.
5k200Round up your water-loving friends and take on 200 lengths of a 25m pool together. Then lap up the sponsorship money and the glory and wear your medals with pride!


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