THE COLD HALF

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 Race Date Confirmed:
January 19, 2025

Race Registration will open very soon - watch our social media and your e-mail for more updates!

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The Cold Half Marathon Swim is a 15km winter marathon swim on Hong Kong Island from Stanley Main Beach to Deep Water Bay Beach. This is a solo or 2-person relay race. 

For those who love swimming in the chill but mind the extreme distance, you can sign up for the 1.5km Cold Plunge race. This is the only winter swimming event of its kind in Hong Kong. 

Medals and prizes for top 3 category and age-group winners. Your entry also includes professional chip-timing, race swag, post race food, and award ceremony.

There will be category prizes for all three races. 

The event is jointly organised by AVRA and 26 Coaching, and sponsored by Streamline Sports.  

Scroll down for race details and registration.

 

Registration: 7:30am(TBC) by Sea School Pier near Stanley Main Beach

Start time: 8:00am(TBC)

Finish at Repulse Bay Beach

Cut-off time: 6 hours (cut off – 5 hours at Round Island)

Please contact the race organiser if unsure about your ability to finish in time. This event is for advanced swimmers only. 

Categories

  • Solo
    • Naturally Ocean: no wetsuit
    • Wetsuited & Buoyant: with wetsuit 
  • Relay
    • Naturally Ocean: no wetsuit
    • Wetsuited & Buoyant: with wetsuit 

Points to Note

Limit to a maximum 30 solo swimmers due to limited availability of safety support. A motorboat or a kayak & support paddler is mandatory for 15km solo swimmers.

There will be two start times. If your estimated finish time is over 4.5 hours, please select the earlier start. You may be penalised if you choose the early start but complete in under 4.5 hours. 

For relay teams there are two options:

  • 30/30 - A change is mandated at every 30 mins
  • Half/Half - There is one change only at the 7.5km point

A support motorboat is mandatory for all 15km relay teams. A “Yak” relay(paddle/swim) may be accepted for relays, upon the organiser’s assessment of race day temperature and condition. For Yak Relay teams, a wetsuit is mandatory and inflatable kayaks/support craft is not permitted. 

Since swimmers will either have a support boat or a kayak, swim buoys are not mandatory for the Cold Half.  

Final Course Routing TBC

2024 Course:

 

 

Start and finish at Repulse Bay Beach

Categories

  • Age-group categories
    • Naturally Ocean: no wetsuit
    • Wetsuited & Buoyant: with wetsuit 

Points to Note

Swim buoys are mandatory for Cold Plunge. 

Depending on number of sign-ups, we will decide on start format.  The race registration page will ask you to submit your estimated finish time. 

We are offering discounts for bulk registrations (more than 10 swimmers) for schools, swim teams and triathlon clubs. For details on how to register, please contact Shu (shu@avra.cc).

Cold Plunge Course Map:

Get a Coach

   

If you would like some coaching for the Cold Plunge, Half, or Xtreme get in contact with Henry Wright at 26 Coaching. Henry has extensive swimming and triathlon coaching experience, and unique knowledge of the Cold Half and Cold Plunge - having competed in both multiple times! Henry will also be there on race day as the Guest Race Director!

Henry's tips on how to prepare and train for a successful Cold Half can be found here.

Registration and Payment

Registration coming soon via Race Timing Solutions. Watch our Social Media platforms for dates!

Distance

Early Bird

Standard

Cold Half 15km - solo

2,000

2,500

Cold Half 15km - relay

3,000

3,500

ColdXtreme 15/80/20km - solo

3,000

3,600

ColdXtreme 15(relay)/80/20km - half solo

4,000

4,600

ColdXtreme 15(relay)/80/20km - half team 5,000 5,600

Cold Plunge 1.5km

450

550

 

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Cancellation policy: 

There is no refund if you cancel or do not show.  

In the event that we are unable to host the event due to adverse weather conditions, we will reschedule the race on a fall-back date. There is no refund or deferral for change of dates. 

If it is our decision to cancel the race, full registration fees and add-ons including support/boat/kayak rental/support paddler hires will be refunded, however excluding merchandise sales and any transaction fees.  

 

Sponsor a Splash Swimmer 

We have set up a 1+1 charity bundle option, so that swimmers can opt to pay an extra $300 to sponsor a Splash Swimmer to race the 1.5km Cold Plunge.

We have 20 slots on offer. Swimmers can sponsor up to 10 Splash swimmers by filling up the last option on the registration page before checking out.  

 

Exclusive Discounts:

Streamline Sports continues to support this race with an exclusive 20% discounts site-wise with code: COLD20, and a 30% discount for wetsuits with code: WET30.  Check out the wetsuits here

Contact 

Feel free to write to Shu at shu@avra.cc, or Whatsapp +852 5199 3314 if you have any questions.

 

Jointly Organized by

 avra

Prize sponsored by

 

Photos

2013 | 2014 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

 

Video  

2014 – Cable TV News: Fifty swimmers challenge the extreme swim

2020 - WOWSA News: Cold Half And Cold Plunge In Hong Kong

Results

ColdXtreme

2021

Cold Half

2023 | 20212020 | 20192018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Cold Plunge 

2023 | 20212020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017

 

 

Course Records