“The Bali Hope Swimrun is so much more than a race. It’s a unique event that brings together a group of strangers who bond over a single mission: to help a community save their island from plastic pollution. Each of us was moved and forever changed in our own way, and connected thanks to the amazing experience we shared”
Lezlea Talbot, 2018 Bali Hope Swimrun Team
Join The 2019 Bali Hope Swimrun
Make a big difference on a small island this December.
Take this extraordinary opportunity to join an inspired group of change-makers, everyday heroes and world class athletes coming together this December.
Our vision is to help transform Lembongan into an example of what’s possible in the fight against plastic pollution and the ocean crisis.
The team we are assembling includes pioneering engineers designing sustainable new solutions, award winning social impact entrepreneurs, and high profile athletes and media personalities ready bring attention to the shared challenge we face.
The event is designed to create a powerful sense of family.
We fundraise together, race together, and witness the impact we are making for the community in this stunning part of Bali.
All levels of experience are welcome and the course, while challenging, is suitable for new comers and amateurs wanting to take on a unique swimrun course across the two small islands of Lembongan and Ceningan.
There are two ways to get involved, either for 3 days or 5 days. Full details are below.
There are two entry levels: Standard and Premium.
Covering the full 3 days of the event
All-inclusive starting pricing from U$650 (early bird price US$585 available to September 20th)
Fundraising target of US$1,000
Full details here
Covering the full 5 days of the event
All-inclusive starting pricing from U$1450
Fundraising target of US$2,500.
Full details here
Standard Event Dates: Wednesday December 11th to Friday December 13th
Race day: Thursday December 12
No. of participants: 25 teams of 2 (Individual participants are welcome - we are able to match you with a team mate)
Race distance: approximately 24km
Group Fund-raising target: US$50,000 to US$100,000
(All of this goes directly to our award winning charity partner Bali Children Foundation who partner with environmentally focussed community groups on the island. The funds will be invested in recycling and waste management infrastructure for the community and in environmental education and awareness.
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Accommodation & Hospitality
As you can see in the images below all the accommodation options are excellent. All team meals on Lembongan will be at Sandy Bay Beach Club except the Celebration Dinner which will take place at a luxury beach side villa.
Our 2019 Swimrun will be the second year we have partnered with the award winning charity Bali Children Foundation and their local partner Friends of Lembongan to support the small community on this beautiful island.
Our fundraising campaign will help finance both a recycling infrastructure and an education program to support and educate young people. Together these two grass root initiatives will make a profound difference to the community on this island and develop a model of sustainability that can be emulated elsewhere.
As a group we have the ambitious target of raising US$50,000-100,000. This amount would be transformative in terms of the community’s capacity to protect the island’s future.
The inspiration and support provided by our elite athletes including elite triathletes Andy Wibowo and Inge Prasetyo, amongst others, brings a new level of energy to this unique and intimate endurance event. The access and time all teams have with each other creates an exceptionally supportive family atmosphere.
The small tropical islands of Lembongan and Ceningan provide a stunning backdrop to this unique swimrun event. The fact that we are fundraising to help protect the local environment from plastic pollution ensures the entire local community is behind us all the way and this adds a magical element to the event.
all inclusive luxury
We take pride in making sure our participants have the best available accommodation and hospitality and in Lembongan that means high-end villas with private pools, all inclusive access to the best beach club on the island, including all meals and drinks. As we strive through the challenge of the race and our fundraising campaign together delivering an unforgettable experience for you and our team is our primary objective.
The tropical islands of Lembongan and Ceningan present a stunning location for this unique sprint swimrun.
Crystal clear, aquamarine water, hill top views across the sea to Bali itself, our route combines 20km on foot with 3km of swimming.
Our 20 teams will traverse two islands, launch from a boat and run through the heart of the community we are helping to transform. The Bali Hope Swimrun, Southeast Asia’s first, is a challenging but accessible course, and one that in 2018 tested the Otillo World Champions and Indonesia’s leading Ironman competitors.
In 2019 we plan to again recruit a team that includes newcomers to endurance sport, experienced amateurs and leaders from the swimrun and triathlon communities,
Maximum water depth: 3m
Start Point: Off-shore from a catamaran
Full event schedule
(Monday & Tuesday: Premium participants)
Monday 9 December
THE ALILA SEMINYAK, BALI
15:00 - 18:00
Check-in to your room and take time to relax, enjoy the beach, pool, gym or bar as your team mates start to arrive from around the world.
18:00 - 21:00
WELCOME DINNER & PARTNER RECEPTION
Meet the key participants in the event, impact partners and team mates, join a welcome reception and dinner while you get to know the great people you will be sharing this unique experience with. From former Olympians and world champions to total newcomers, Bali Hope teams create an extraordinary level of camaraderie and support. All participants are welcome at the welcome reception.
Tuesday 10 December
THE ALILA, SEMINYAK
08:00 - 10:00
Enjoy breakfast and a relaxing morning before we head to Nusa Lembongan. There will be time for a massage, last minute shopping or a lie-in.
11:30 - 13:30
FAST BOAT TRANSFER TO LEMBONGAN
Private fast boat transport to Nusa Lembongan. Check in to your villa or hotel and start to survey the route and get to know Lembongan.
Wednesday 11 December
NUSA LEMBONGAN, BALI
08:00 - 12:30
Wake up and acclimatise after joining your team mates for a delicious breakfast and the early morning calm at our base at Sandy Bay Beach Club. Whether you have chosen a luxury beachside villa or a hotel all our accommodation is to an excellent standard with access to swimming pools.
Standard entry participants meet in Sanur at 10:00 for transfer by private fast boat to Lembongan.
12:30 - 16:30
Welcome the other participants joining for the 3-day event at a team lunch at Sandy Bay.
In the afternoon we visit the community recycling centre and education programmes you have fundraised for. Meet the children whose lives you have helped to transform and witness the improvements being made to the recycling infrastructure that protects this island.
This is a great chance to share the impact made with the friends and family who will have supported your fundraising.
17:00 - 17:30
Our team come together for a traditional Balinese blessing to bring good luck for the event. The local culture and tradition, and the welcome provided by the people of Bali is part of what keeps bringing people back to these islands. Engaging with the long standing customs is something we take pride in and know to be an experience you will greatly enjoy.
18:00 - 19:00
Join a pre-race briefing with our race director & safety team. Needless to say we take your safety seriously and given the race involves open roads and some tides, a full understanding of the conditions and the support we have available is important.
Thursday - Race day 12 December
NUSA LEMBONGAN, BALI
6:30 - 7:30
Make the most of the delicious buffet breakfast at Sandy Bay Beach Club before being transported to the start-line.
In 2018 we started the race from a boat and while the route is being upgraded for 2019 it is likely we will repeat our choice of start line. The route will include approximately 20km on foot and 4km of swimming.
12:30 - 13:00
FINISH LINE EVENT
Prize giving, press conference and award ceremony at Sandy Bay Beach Club. Every participant is celebrated at our finish line event with personalised medals providing a thank you for your contribution and commitment to making change happen.
13:00 - 18:00
CELEBRATE & RELAX
Enjoy a pool side lunch with your team mates and reflect on your race and what you achieved together. Our content team will be sharing extensive professional photography of the entire event to ensure your experience is captured and available to you.
018:00 - 22:00
We have arranged a private dinner celebration for the team at a 5* beach side villa. The connections and bonds you will have made on the 5 days will, just like the positive impact of you fund-raising, last a long time and we are keen to make sure you get a chance to celebrate in style.
Friday 13 December
NUSA LEMBONGAN, BALI
08:00 - 09:00
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at Sandy Bay before preparing to check-out.
10:00 - 11:00
BEACH CLEAN UP
To mark the end of the event we join our community partners and team mates for a beach clean up event before departures & farewells. In 2018 our beach clean-up alone lead to great improvements for the community and we look forward to sharing this uplifting experience with you.
12:00 - 13:00
Private fast boat transport back to Bali and transfers to the airport or your next destination if you are making a longer holiday of your Bali Hope experience.
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Bali Hope participants are welcome to bring a partner, friend or family member to join us.
What’s provided for each Bali Hope team member:
Membership of one of the most positive, inspirational and supportive communities possible
High end accommodation, transfers, transport & full board for the duration of the Bali Hope event
Access to professional photography of the event
Fundraising advice & support
Personalised fundraising page
Personalised nutritional support at fixed aid stations
Exclusive apparel and 2019 event medal
An experience you will never forget
Why is the Bali Hope Swimrun a multi-day event?
Bali Hope events are focussed around building communities of extraordinary people from around the world. The days allows us time and space to connect as a group, visit the community we are supporting and celebrate our achievement.
Some of our team members will travel to Bali from Europe or North America and it is important for them to have time to acclimatise.
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 for a young person.
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?
Participants will need travel and medical 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 our individual and collective target is very achievable and together we can make a real impact in helping to educate a new generation on this island and help the community to develop a recycling infrastructure that will protect their island.
Our charity partner also provides each team with personal support on their fundraising campaign.