Viv Oakes will be enjoying a beer at the Torquay Hotel after the Pier to Pub swim on the weekend.
Viv Oakes will be enjoying a beer at the Torquay Hotel after the Pier to Pub swim on the weekend. Alistair Brightman

Thirst for endurance: swimmers ready for ocean classics

SWIMMERS in this year's Miracle Mile and Pier to Pub Classic won't have to worry if they work up a thirst this weekend - they'll have a pub to retreat to at the end of the race.

More than 100 water warriors are gearing up for the two endurance ocean swims, which both finish at the jetty opposite the Torquay Hotel.

The annual Swim Hervey Bay event, which has previously attracted such swimmers as Olympian Melissa Gorman, London Paralympian dual gold medallist Brenden Hall and Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is once again expected to provide tough competition for the locals with a host of experienced swimmers from across the country to take the plunge.

Last year's winners Jessica Bayliss and Marcus Hall are back to defend their titles, while 2011 champion Michael Sheil is also making a return.

Run by the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club, the event has two races on offer, with the 1.6km swim to start from shore at the corner of the Esplanade and AlexanderSt tomorrow.

If you fancy testing yourself in a longer swim, the Pier to Pub Classic on Sunday is a 3km swim taking off from Urangan Pier.

Online entries close on Friday at noon.

To enter, visit www.oceanswims.com.



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