Pier to Pub
The Lorne Pier to Pub is an annual, 1.2-km open water swimming race held in January at Lorne, a town located on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. It began in 1981, when a member of the Lorne Surf Lifesaving Club, the Late Paul Lacey, had the idea to have a "fun" swim from the Lorne Pier through Louttit Bay and finish by body-surfing the waves onto the Lorne beach. The first swim was done by Paul and lifeguard Clyde Whitehand to test the course, the swimmers were greeted on the beach by an announcement by Sharkey and applause from beach goers, a small number compared to the thousands that greet the swimmers today. The first race took place a few weeks later following a surf carnival at Lorne. Competitors from the carnival and a number of Lorne locals dived and jumped off the pier and followed a course of buoys into the beach.
The race today consists of the same process. Contestants must register for a ballot to take part. Swimmers times are recorded at the finish line, and published in the Herald Sun Newspaper the next morning. The race is completed on average in 22 minutes, but the quickest race time is 10 minutes, 30 seconds.
The race attracts up to 4,000 competitors, and in 1998, it entered the Guinness Book of Records, with 3071 swimmers, making it the world’s largest open water swim. The race is organised by the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club with major partner GMHBA Health Insurance, and supported by the Rotary Club of Highton. Proceeds from the race go to the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club.
Notable Previous winners
- Olympic bronze medalist Rob Woodhouse won in 1986, 1989 and 1993.
- Two-time Olympic gold medalist, world champion and former world-record holder in the 1,500-m freestyle Kieren Perkins won in 1992.
- Four-time Olympic medalist Daniel Kowalski won in 1996 and 2007.
- British Olympian Ellen Gandy won the women's event in 2012.
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- Lorne Surf Life Saving Club
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