Published: February 25th 2012February 25th 2012
The Busselton Jetty Swim 2012 event took place on the 4th and 5th of February. The two day event incorporated entertainment, activities and family-friendly fun, with the swim taking place on the sunday morning. The course is a 3.6 km swim around the Busselton Jetty, which is the same swim leg as for the first leg of the Ironman event which was held in early December which was the reason we originally came here. The event has been running since 1996, and has grown from a local event to an internationally recognized open water swim event attracting in excess of 1400 competitors this year.
Activities started on Saturday morning and continued throughout the weekend, culminating in live entertainment on the main stage on Sunday afternoon. Two of the major events during the Jetty Swim weekend were the Swim Clinics with Shelley Taylor-Smith and the Busselton Half Marathon & Community Fun Run. 7-time Women’s World No.1 Marathon Swimming Champion from 1988 to 1995, Shelley Taylor-Smith ran open water swim clinics to help build confidence, stamina and drive for budding open water swimmers. Because so many people entered the Jetty swim event they were sent off in age groups, team groups, professionals
Busselton Jetty Swim
because so many people entered the event they were sent off in age groups, team groups, professionals etc at 2 minute intervals.
etc at 2 minute intervals.
The Busselton Jets Half Marathon & Community Fun Run was held on the Saturday and includes either a Half Marathon (21.1km) Race, 10km Race, 5km Fun Run or a 5km Walk. As we walk along the Busselton Jetty (often!) we look at all that water and the distance to the end from the beach, and then back again, and think of all the reasons why you woulld not do it (bloody big fish with dorsal fins being one!) but so many do - and enjoy it!
There are more photos below