Event Schedule

Sunday 5 May 2019

7:30 Race registration opens for bib collection and late entries
9:00 Late entries closes
9:15 Bib collection closes
9:20 Race briefing at the start line
9:30 Half marathon start
12:30 Course closes

Entry Fees

  Early Bird
Midnight 7 April
Midnight 2 May
Late Entry
9 am 5 May
Half Marathon* $25 $40 $60

*Half marathon runners must be at least 15 years of age on race day.  

A finisher’s medal can be purchased online with your registration for $9.99

Course Map

Link to download map

Elevation profile

The Great Southern Half Marathon course is pretty flat with just 150m elevation change over 21.1 kilometres.

Course Description

Startin gon the beach, runners will run south to the turnaround point just before Sellicks Beach ramp before returning to the Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club.  This beach section is run on hard packed sand and is approximately 4 kilometres long. 

You will leave the beach up the vehicle ramp at Aldinga Bay SLSC past water station 1 and run west along Norman Road for 700m before turning left into Aldinga scrub.  Follow the road & fire trail until you exit the scrub on to Cox Road.  A 1 kilometre section of road will take you past the Aldinga Beach Caravan Park and back into the Aldinga Scrub.

Follow he fire trail for about 1.5 kilometres with scrub on your left and vineyards on your right with the Mount Lofty Ranges rising up in the distance.  Water station 2 is located at the exit from the scrub.  The path then winds through the Aldinga Wetlands before following a bitumen path between the Aldinga Scrub and Sundays housing estate.  At the end of this path you will be sent left down Dover Street then right down Fraser Street, right onto Maurice Street and left down Morgan Street.  Keep left and inside the witches’ hats along this section of quiet suburban streets.

A controlled crossing will take you across the Aldinga Esplanade where you turn right to follow an out and back section to the Star of Greece at Port Willunga.  Water station 3 is located at Snapper Point and is accessible as you run past it in both directions.  When you return to the Aldinga Beach Boat Ramp you will rejoin the beach for the final 2 kilometres along the beach and up the vehicle ramp to glory at the finish line.

Race Start

The Half Marathon race is the first wave start at 9:30 am and will start on the beach behind the line of wooden poles at the bottom of the car ramp.  Runners should start assembling to the north of the start line from 9:20 am in front of the 10K runners who will be starting in the second wave at 9:35 am.

Please seed yourself at the start line according to your expected finish time with sub 1:30 runners at the front and slower runners towards the rear.

Course Marking

The course will be clearly marked with direction arrows and distance signs.  Our friendly marshals will be strategically positioned around the course to keep you heading in the right direction.

Drink Stations

Water stations on the half marathon course will be located at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club (4KM), exit from the Aldinga Scrub (9KM) & Snapper Point (13KM& 17KM). 

We do not expect it to be too warm in May so please drink to thirst & be careful not to over-hydrate.

Only compostable cups made from plant-based materials will be used during the Great Southern Half Marathon to minimize our impact on the environment.  Please try to hit the bins provided at the water stations and be aware that littering on the course will result in disqualification.  Runners may also carry their own drink bottle or cup to refill at water stations.


Toilets can be found on course at Sellicks Boat Ramp, Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Snapper Point and Aldinga Boat Ramp.

Cut Off Times

The half marathon is open to runners only and the course will be progressively closed at a pace of 8:30 per kilometer (equivalent to a finish time of 3 hours).  If you do not reach the 11KM point (Aldinga Esplanade after completing the Scrub section of the course) within 95 minutes you will not be able to complete the out-and-back section to the Star of Greece@ Port Willunga and will be asked to return directly to the race finish along the beach. 

A tail runner will follow the last participant around the course for safety reasons and to relieve marshals from their positions. If you fail to maintain the minimum pace you will be asked to stop and return to the start finish area.  This is the last thing we want to do on race day so if you are not confident that you can complete the half marathon in this time please enter the 10K event.


Please be courteous to our marshals and other volunteers.  Remember that they are giving up their Sunday morning to make sure that you enjoy your run.


Traffic Management

Much of the Great Southern Half Marathon & 10K course is run off-road.  There will be two road crossings of the Esplanade controlled by accredited traffic management contractors.

Sections of the course are run on quiet back roads that remain open to traffic.  There are no road junctions for you to negotiate but you must be vigilant for vehicles coming on or off of driveways.  Always follow the instructions of course marshals, run within cones and follow the road rules.

Silver Sands beach will be open to cars on race day and has a 10 KM/H speed limit (though you may run faster if you like!). Minimal traffic is expected on the beach in May but you should remain aware of any vehicles around you. 


Trophies will be awarded to the first 3 males and first 3 females place-getters in the half marathon.

Presentations for individual placegetters and the Great Southern Team Challenge will take place shortly after 12:30 – as soon as the final team scores are calculated.


Insurance for the Great Southern Half Marathon is provided by http://www.vinsurancegroup.com