Frequently asked questions
Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge
What is the Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge?
The Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge is a challenge to swim a marathon distance in November 2020 at a venue of your choice and in your own time. Your challenge is to complete the Marathon 10k or Ultra Marathon 25k over the course of November in as many swims as you like.
Enter, record your swims and submit your final result to become a marathon swimmer. The challenge is FREE and the purchase of medals, swim caps and t shirts is optional.
Enter today to secure your place in the first Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge. You can enter at any time in November, just make sure you have enough time to swim your challenge.
How do I record my swims/results for the Virtual Challenge?
Record your swims in anyway you wish. Whether you record your results on a device, app or simply by recording each swim manually – you can then take a screenshot or photo of your results and upload it.
You can record your times if you wish, but the important thing is the distance. The Marathon swims Virtual Challenge is not a competition, so we are less concerned about your swim times for the challenge, and more interested in you completing the distance.
More details will follow on how and where to do this from 1 November 2020.
How much is it to enter the Virtual Challenge?
How do I upload my Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge results?
You can upload your results by logging back into your active account. Enter your password. You will then be able to upload results from 1 November until midnight 30 November 2020.
When is the Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge?
How do I enter the Virtual Challenge?
How will people know that I am taking on the Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge?
Can I fundraise for charity in the Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge?
Yes of course, we’d love for you to raise money for charity – especially our amazing partner charity Level Water.
You can fundraise for any charity, so please let us know on your entry form who you will be raising money for and how much you’d like to raise (don’t worry you’re not committing to raise this much, we’d just like an idea of how much you think you could raise)
What distances challenges are available?
You can choose to take on the Marathon 10k or Ultra Marathon 25k in the Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge.
We do have an Ultra Marathon 50k challenge but this has been suspended for this year due to current swimming pool restrictions. We hope to launch this challenge distance in future, possibly next year.
Once entered, can I change my Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge?
You can change challenge distances if you wish. This can be done by logging back into your Active account and choosing a transfer. The transfer will cost £5.
Where can I swim my Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge?
You can swim in a pool or any swimming venue you wish. And you can mix it up.
Please make sure you book your swims in advance, as the venue requires and that you follow all of their social distancing and safety measures. You will need to pay for each swim - our challenge is FREE but your will need to pay for your swims in the normal way.
You could swim your virtual challenge in open water, however we do not recommend this unless you are a very experienced cold water swimmer and swimming at a managed location with the necessary safety provisions in place. Each open water swim would also need to be very shorter than a typical pool swim due to the temperature of the water.
When do I receive my Marathon Swims merchandise?
Thank you for your Marathon Swims merchandise purchases. All purchases include the cost of postage. All merchandise, including medals will be sent to you following your submission of your results for your challenge. Results can be submitted anytime between 1-30 November 2020.
What happens if I can't start or continue my Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge due to local restrictions?
The Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge is from 1-30 Nov 2020. However, we understand that some participants around the country may be affected by local lockdowns. Don't worry, we can extend or change your timeframe for your virtual challenge swims - all you need to ensure is that your swim period covers a maximum of 30 days and finishes before 31 December 2020. For example, this could mean that your challenge is recorded over a 30 consecutive day period in November and December. Please email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a change to your swim period.
When do I upload my results?
Results can be uploaded any time between 1 November and midnight 30 November 2020. No results uploads are possible outside of these time without prior agreement.
Can I opt out of the free prize draw?
Our partners have kindly given us some of their products and services to give to lucky participants in the Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge. All particiants who have submitted their result before midnight 30 Nov 2020 will be entered into the free prize draw. To opt out of the prize draw, please email us - email@example.com
How does the free prize draw work?
Our partners KitBrix, Outdoor Swimmer, Swim for Tri, Swm Quest and Soul Cap have all kindly donated some amazing prizes for the Marathon Swims Virtual Challenge.
When are the results published?
We will publish results (distances completed and name) regularly throughout the month of November and provide a full alphabetical list at the end of the challenge. The distances completed will be shown. Swim times will not be shown.