Throngs get ready to hit the water for The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic

With New Year’s fitness goals in sight and the inevitable over indulgence of Christmas looming, what better time to make a commitment to join the 10,000 runners and swimmers expected for The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic and Sun Run.

A salty swim from Shelly Beach in 201. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

A salty swim from Shelly Beach in 201. Picture: Dallas Kilponen

In its 35th year, early bird entry to the annual open water swim from Manly’s Shelly Beach will close on December 5.

Hosted on the first weekend of February, the 7 kilometre and 10 kilometre Sun Run will take place on the Saturday while the Cole Classic open water swim will take place on the Sunday.

Starting from the Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club and finishing at the iconic Manly Lifesaving Club on Manly  Beach, the Sun Run will allow runners of all levels to challenge themselves while taking in the view.

This year the Sun Run will coincide with a new hybrid event – The Sydney Morning Herald Aquathlon.

Competitors run fromm Dee Why in The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run in 2012. Picture: Janie Barrett

Competitors run fromm Dee Why in The Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run in 2012. Picture: Janie Barrett

Participants will have the chance to challenge themselves with an 8.5 kilometre run/swim course on the path and in the water.

On Sunday, February 4, entrants can participate in the 1km, 2km and 5km Cole Classic open water swim.

Sarah Young, Head of Sport at Fairfax events said the events make a “wonderful weekend festival”.

The 1 kilometre swimmers set off in 2012. Picture: Peter Rae

The 1 kilometre swimmers set off in 2012. Picture: Peter Rae

“With so many event options on offer, we love to see participants and families of all experience levels kicking off their year in either the run or swim or this year in both,” Ms Young said.

“We’re thrilled to be delivering these fresh and fun events on one of the most iconic coastlines in the world.”

Register online at sunruncoleclassic.com.au.

Early bird registrations, before December 5, will save competitors $20 and standard entries until January 23 will save competitors $10.