Pier to Pub

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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.[1]

The race today consists of the same process.[2] Swimmers times are recorded at the finish line, and published in the Herald Sun Newspaper the next morning.[3] The race is completed on average in 22 minutes, but the quickest race time is 10 minutes, 30 seconds.[2]

The race attracts up to 4,000 competitors,[4] and in 1998, it entered the Guinness Book of Records, with 3071 swimmers, making it the world's largest open water swim.[3] The race is organised by the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club with major partner Powercor. Proceeds from the race go to the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club.[3]

In January 2020, the Pier to Pub swim celebrated its 40th Anniversary.[5] The swim was conducted in a virtual format in 2021 and 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6][7] For 2023, the event was held in a hybrid format, an in-person format race and a virtual format race.[8][9]

Mountain to Surf[edit]

The Mountain to Surf is an 8 km fun run starting in Lorne and continuing through the forest and then along the Great Ocean Road and finishing at the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club. It is held the day before the Pier to Pub.

Notable Previous winners[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Some Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Pier to Pub History". Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  4. ^ "Lorne Surf Life Saving Club". Archived from the original on 29 May 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Pier to Pub swim Lorne: 40th anniversary to draw hundreds of competitors". Geelong Advertiser. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  6. ^ "Pier to Pub Lorne: 2021 swim goes virtual amid COVID-19". Geelong Advertiser. 27 September 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  7. ^ Testa, Christopher (3 January 2022). "Pier to Pub to go virtual as Victoria records highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases". ABC. Retrieved 26 December 2022.
  8. ^ van Oorschot, Vinnie (25 November 2022). "Pier to Pub registrations expected to fill by Christmas". Surf Coast Times. Retrieved 8 January 2023.
  9. ^ "Pier to Pub (2023)". multisportaustralia.com.au. 14 January 2023. Retrieved 14 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Pier to Pub Honour Board". Retrieved 28 January 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Grandmother takes on world's biggest ocean race". 9 January 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  12. ^ "Kowalski and Moneghetti return to old stomping ground". 5 November 2008. Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
  13. ^ "Kowalski to race in Pier to Pub". 7 January 2010. Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  14. ^ "Codie Grimsey and Ellen Gandy handle pressure in Lorne Pier to Pub". Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  15. ^ "2020 Pier to Pub: Lani Pallister adds to her collection with third win". Geelong Advertiser. January 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2022.

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