Many Open Water swim events offer the option of a long distance event.
At Lorne this year the famous Pier to Pub race was augmented with the first 5km swim. It was won in an amazing time of just under one hour with approximately 100 entrants participating.
Mount Martha Australia Day Swim (MMADS) again offered a 5km swim in addition to the 1.2km event. This year two Aquaholics, Donna and Ian, completed the course. Donna backed it up by coming 4th for the 1.2km swim. An awesome effort! By comparison Ian went home for a nap.
This year, Sorrento SLSC added a new event to their Bay Swim - the ELITE 4000. This was for advanced open water swimmers to test their skills against the tide for the first half of the race and definitely not for inexperienced swimmers. The organisers expect the race to be the equivalent in effort of a 7km swim. Again, Donna is entered in both swims. Go Donna!