HISTORY: The first Barge2Beach will be held tomorrow, with Hog's Hervey Bay 100 on Sunday.
HISTORY: The first Barge2Beach will be held tomorrow, with Hog's Hervey Bay 100 on Sunday. Robyne Cuerel

The origin of the first-ever Barge2Beach ocean swim

MORE than 100 people will dive from the Fraser Dawn and swim 2km to Enzo's At The Beach to complete the first-ever Barge2Beach ocean swim on Saturday.

The event, potentially the first of its kind in Australia, started with three blokes, coffee, and an idea.

"It's a dream that you think might happen and could work," local triathlon icon Ron Morgan said.

"The Hog's Hervey Bay 100 started the same way: we sat and had a chat."

 

Mandy and Ron Morgan.
Mandy and Ron Morgan. Matthew McInerney

The ocean swim was the product of conversations between Morgan, Ian Christie and Vince Hopgood.

"We thought, why don't we jump off a barge and swim back," Morgan said.

It remained an idea until this year, as Hog's Hervey Bay 100 organiser Jeffrey Morris put it into action.

 

Ian Christie (right), pictured with Commonwealth Games hopeful Matt Hauser in 2015.
Ian Christie (right), pictured with Commonwealth Games hopeful Matt Hauser in 2015. Alistair Brightman

Morgan and Morris spent hours on a boat yesterday double checking GPS co-ordinates, inspecting the sites, and reconfirming their plans for tomorrow's momentous occasion.

"Ron loved it," Morris said yesterday. "In all the time I've known Ron he's mentioned it.

"I was excited to see him out there. He's done so much for our community, he's a legend of the club, an icon."

 

Vince Hopgood heads out on the run leg during a triathlon in 2013.
Vince Hopgood heads out on the run leg during a triathlon in 2013. Alistair Brightman

Huntingdale Super Saturday will also include the Have A Crack Tri, and the Hundy Kids events.

Wide Bay School Sport Triathlon and Aquathlon teams will be selected.

The Hog's Hervey Bay 100 will be held on Sunday, with the first athletes to hit the water about 7.30am. Athletes will complete a 2km swim, 80km ride and 18km run.

Entries for the first-ever Barge2Beach will remain open on Saturday morning.

You can register at www.hb100.com.au or search "Hog's Hervey Bay 100" on Facebook for more info.



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