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Race categories


The Ruby is our centerpiece event. People ask why, when it's not the longest and therefore by default not the hardest.

It's a simple response - it's unique! It's Wanaka's swim race around its special island. So we celebrate that. The fact it is a swim length between the 'standards' of 1.9km and 3.8km makes it all the more special.

To challenge for The Rings, the unique each year prize rings, there are no age restrictions - open to any and all. First one back, male or female, takes it. Simply step up if you think you are good enough and want to win the prize money and the glittering Ruby Rings for the Male and Female winners.

The prize rings  - one available for male, one for female are a sought after item each year.

We have age group winners (certificate) as well as top three fastest times for male and female for each race distance.

Also a 'skins' category for each event. But skin means skin {not Lycra FINA approved 'race' tops for instance...}

40-49 is Masters category; 50-59 is the Veterans category; 60-69 the Legends category; 70+ the Mythical category

The Big Swims events
The Ruby10

Age group

No upper age limits or restrictions

Min age 16yr old. Or by special dispensation. Contact us.

16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Prize money - Yes

The Other Events

Age groups as follows:


The Ruby - 2.5km. Prize Money and Winners Rings.

8 age groups 
Under 16, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

Min age eligibility 14 yr old or by special dispensation. Contact us.

The Iron Ruby - 3.8Km {Min Age 16 yr old} Prize Money - Yes

The Return of The Jetty - 1.2km {Min Age 14 yr old}

The Island - 600m {Min Age 12 yr old}

Each of the above will have 8 age groups:
Under 16, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+.

Age eligibility as per { in brackets } or by special dispensation. Contact Us.

Little Gems - 200m: No wetsuit required.

Age eligibility from 6 to 11 yr old

3 age categories:
6-7yr olds, 8-9 yr olds, 10-11yr olds.

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