Bali Hope SwimRun 2018
The Bali Hope SwimRun aims to bring together 30 extraordinary people for 5 days this December to take on the challenge of Bali’s first swimrun and fundraise US$60,000 to help protect the islands of Lembongan and Ceningan from plastic pollution.
SwimRun is a Nordic adventure sport where teams of two compete by alternating between running and swimming on a challenging course covering roads, beaches, ocean, rocks, and paths. Each team must help each other through the terrain to beat the course and complete the entire course together. Unlike triathlon there are no transitions or changes of equipment allowed.
The environmental challenge presented by plastic is well documented. What is less clear is what we can do as individuals to tackle this problem. By combining our voices and supporting better recycling infrastructure and greater awareness among young people we are actively building a better future.
The Bali Hope SwimRun will create a new global family among the participants and, combined with the best hospitality available, provide a life-changing experience for everyone involved.
We ask participants to commit to fundraising US$2,000 for our charity partners and joining the entire 5 day experience.
17 km run, 2.5 km swim
Our 5 days on Lembongan
A shared team experience and deep connection to the impact we are making is important to us. We have designed the 5 days to connect, inspire, and celebrate our group of participants.
Below is the schedule for our 5 days together:
15:00 – 18:00
Check in & Welcome Dinner
Check in to our 5* hotel in Sanur from 3pm before gathering for our welcome reception at 18:30.
Thursday:NUSA LEMBONGAN, BALI
8:00 – 10:00
Get to know your team mates, many of whom will have travelled long distances to join this mission.
11:00 – 12:00
Fast boat to Lembongan
It is just 30 minutes from the beach at Sanur to Lembongan.
12:00 – 14:00
Check-in & lunch
Unpack in your luxury private villa and join everyone for lunch. Apply now.
14:00 – 19:00
Preview the route and start to prepare mentally as we take you through the route, our health & safety protocols, and answer any detailed questions you may have.
19:00 – 21:00
Team dinner & talks
Meet some of the award-winning social entrepreneurs behind our impact partners
Friday:NUSA LEMBONGAN, BALI
08:00 – 10:00
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and the early morning calm on the island before witnessing the impact our fundraising is making. Apply now.
10:00 – 14:00
Visit both the recycling centre we are supporting and the environmental awareness campaigns we are funding with our impact partners
14:00 – 15:00
15:00 – 19:00
17:00 – 19:00
Sunset ceremony & drinks
Enjoy a traditional Balinese blessing before coming together for drinks and a final pre-SwimRun briefing. Apply now.
19:00 – 21:00
The pre-run dinner will close earlier than normal. All nutritional requirements will be provided for.
Saturday:NUSA LEMBONGAN, BALI
06:00 – 10:00
The Bali Hope SwimRun
Be ready for an early morning start and the 6am Bali Hope SwimRun starting gun. The run should take 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on your level of experience.
10:00 – 14:00
Brunch: Relax & Reflect
Time to gather with your team mates, compare notes on completing this unique challenge and enjoy a delicious healthy brunch.
14:00 – 17:00
Time to explore the island, relax, surf or scuba dive.
17:00 – 21:30
Sunset drinks & celebration dinner
A team dinner with all our participants and ops team to celebrate and reflect on what we have achieved together. Yes you can come back in 2019 or apply to join the 2020 Bali Hope Ultra Marathon!
21:30 – 22:30
Sunday:NUSA LEMBONGAN, BALI
08:00 – 11:00
Breakfast & Farewells
Enjoy a relaxing morning and arrange how to stay in touch with your team mates as we prepare to close the event and return to Bali. Apply now.
11:00 – 12:00
Fast boat to Bali
Enjoy the view as we travel the short distance back to Bali.
12:00 – 13:00
Taxis & transfers
We will arrange transport for you from Sanur back to Bali Airport, Seminyak, Canggu or Ubud.
The Route of the Bali Hope SwimRun
The route is outlined below and combines around 17km of running with 2.5 km of swimming. As this is a new event it is subject to some minor changes but the distances will not change greatly.
Our pricing covers everything on the 5-day experience: 5* accommodation & hospitality, transfers, transport and race logistics.
You will need to organize travel and medical insurance for the event and cover any room service or non-inclusive drinks.
Shared room (per person booking as team of 2): US$1350
Shared room (booking as a single participant): US$1,500
Single room: US$1,950
Single room (with non-participating partner supplement): US$2,350
A non-refundable deposit of US$250 (via Paypal) is required to confirm your place with the balance paid instalments by November 8th.
To increase accessibility we have made available a small number of partial scholarships for individuals able to make a special contribution to this project.
Why is the event 5-days?
Bali Hope events are focussed around building communities of extraordinary people from around the world. 5 days allows us time and space to connect as a group, visit the community we are supporting and celebrate our achievement. Many of our team members will travel to Bali from Europe or North America and it is important to acclimatise before the SwimRun.
Can I bring a partner and/or children?
Of course. Partners and children are most welcome. In 2018 on our ultra marathon we had 4 young people with us, including one young adult who joined our support crew. Witnessing a team of adults from around the world making change happen for a disadvantaged community can only be a positive experience.
Can I join the SwimRun but not the rest of the week?
Unfortunately not. The integrity of our SwimRun team, our shared experience and our itinerary means this is not possible.
What is your advice if I have never joining a SwimRun before?
The route is designed to be challenging but accessible for anyone with a decent level of fitness. We do recommend researching SwimRun and the standard equipment required.
What level of support do you provide?
Participant safety on this ocean & road race is our key priority. With this in mind we have a highly-experienced health and safety director, emergency medical back-up, and trained first aiders in both fixed and mobile-aid stations.
What insurance do I need?
Every participant will need insurance covering endurance sports.
What is your advice on fundraising?
Critical factors on successful fundraising include starting early to raise awareness of what you are doing, the impact it will make and the training commitment required, and then follow this up with personal messages to friends, family and your broader network. We believe US$2,000 is very achievable and together we can make a real impact in reducing plastic pollution.