Running is one of the basic skills for surf life saving and is also an exciting area of competition to get involved in.
Beach events include the beach sprint (90m), beach relay, 2km run and beach flags.
The Beach Sprint is based on the same rules as the 100m race on a track, except it’s over 90m in the sand. Beach relay utilises the same 90m track as used for the Beach Sprint, however competitors run up and back changing a baton. Beach flags is an elimination event, where competitors must race 20 metres to pick up a flag. There are fewer flags than competitors, so those missing out are eliminated. The last remaining competitor after all the elimination rounds wins the event.
The Trigg Island SLSC beach sprint team has a tremendous record of sporting achievement, with members winning State and National titles from the earliest days of surf life saving. The speed, fitness and determination developed in training with the Trigg team has seen many go on to succeed in other sports, particularly football, where a number of runners have gone on to represent WA and Australia. The team trains to succeed, and to help every runner become the best competitor they can be. While some talent is needed for running, often the best competitors are those most determined to succeed, and prepared to do the hard work at training.