Location

The start/finish area is located at Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Norman Road,Aldinga Beach, SA.

Event Schedule

Sunday 5 May 2019

7:30 Race registration opens for bib collection and late entries
9:15 Race registration closes
9:20 Race briefing
9:30 Half marathon start
9:35 10K start
11:30 Kids 1500m beach race starts
12:30 Course closes

Parking

Car parking is available on the streets around the Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club.  Please do not park on the beach or in the coned section on the northern side of Norman Road as this will obstruct the run course.  Please car-pool if possible to minimize the environmental impact and disruption to the local community and plan to arrive early enough to walk to the race start.

Toilets

There are toilets in the Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club, public toilets adjacent to the car park and there will also be additional portaloos.  Consider stopping for a loo break on the way to reduce queues at the race start.

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

Bib Collection

Race bibs will be available for collection at The Running Company – South Adelaide, shop 1/39a Beach Rd, Christies Beach 5165 from Saturday 28 April, or at the race start from 7:30 am on race day.

Race Bibs / Electronic Timing

A timing tag linked to you and your race number will be stuck to the back of your race bib

Race bibs must be worn visibly at all times during the race.

Race bibs are disposable & do not need to be returned.

If you pull out of your event you should return to the finish area & report to the timing van near the end of the finish chute. DO NOT CROSS OVER THE TIMING MAT

If you lose your race number bib during the race you must go to the timing van near the end of the finish chute as soon as you cross the finish timing mat.

Bag Drop

An area will be allocated in the surf club to keep your bags while you run.  There is no security over this facility so please leave any valuable items locked safely in your car or with your supporters. 

PROPERTY IS LEFT IN THE BAG DROP AREA AT OWNER’S RISK.

Tide Times

A 2.2m high tide is expected at 4:52 am on race day so you will have a beautiful, wide beach with hard packed, runnable sand for your race.

Environment

Car Sharing

We encourage you to car share where possible to minimize the environmental impact and disruption to the local community.

Phytophthora

We have had to gain special permission from DNR to run through the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park.  One of the conditions of use is that all runners must disinfect their shoes in the disinfectant footbaths at the start area to prevent the spread of phytophthora. 

IT IS MANDATORY THAT YOU USE THE DISINFECTANT FOOTBATHS BEFORE RACE START.

Littering

We have a zero-tolerance policy to littering. If you are consuming gels or energy bars on the course, please stuff the wrappers in your pocket or in a bin when you pass one.  Any runner who is seen littering on course will be reported to the race director and disqualified.  You will be running through a beautiful part of the Fleurieu coastline and Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park – let’s keep it that way!

LITTERING ON COURSE WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.

Bio cups

We use compostable cups made from plant-based materials during the event to minimize our impact on the environment.  Runners may also carry their own drink bottle or cup to refill at water stations.

Electronic Timing / Results

Electronic timing services will be provided by Event Strategies to ensure accurate and quick publishing of race results. 

Your race time will be recorded when you cross the timing mat at the finish line.  When you cross the finish line, walk &stay in order in the finish chute until you are past the backup cameras. 

If you pull out of your race please do not cross over the mat as we may inadvertently think you have won the race.  If you pullout of your event you should return to the finish area & report to the timing van near the end of the finish chute. DO NOT CROSS OVER THE TIMING MAT

If you lose your timing transponder during the race you must go to the timing van near the end of the finish chute as soon as you cross the finish timing mat.

Live race results will be published online as soon as you cross the finish line. 

Provisional results will be published on the afternoon of the race.  Any timing discrepancies should be notified to Event Strategies by email immediately. 

Race Start

Races will start on the beach behind the wooden posts just to the north of the vehicle ramp.  Please position yourself at the start line depending on your expected pace.  Start at the front if you will be running under 4 minutes per kilometre, towards the back of the pack if you will be running over 2.5 hours for the half marathon or somewhere in between.

Official Photography

Look out for our photographers at various points around the course.  Give them a smile and a wave and look like you are enjoying yourself.  All pictures will be posted on Facebook shortly after the race for you to tag, download& share for FREE!

First Aid Procedures

We thank Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club for providing race day first aid cover.  There will be a static first aid station located at the start/finish area and a roving first aid unit out on course.  If you or any fellow runners require assistance, please notify the nearest marshal who will contact our first aiders.

In case of emergency the race director can be contacted on 0415 883 117 during the race.  Please save this number in your phone if you will be carrying it with you.

Personal Care

Course Conditions

Sections of the half marathon and 10K courses will be run on paths that are open to the public and unners do not have automatic right of way. Please keep to the left of shared paths and pass other pedestrians/dog walkers with care.

As some sections of the Great Southern Half Marathon and 10K courses are off road, participants must be careful of sandy, rocky or slippery surface conditions under foot.

Headphones

Wearing of headphones is discouraged.  Enjoy the serenity of the course, the birdsong of the Aldinga Scrub Conservation Park,the crashing of waves on Silver Sands beach or conversation with your fellow competitors.  If you do choose to wear them, please have your music at a low volume or use just one earpiece so that you can still hear traffic and safety instructions from our course marshals.

Pulling Out

If you are unable to complete the course for any reason, please notify the nearest marshal so that we can account for all starters/finishers and report to the timing van near the end of the finish chute.  DO NOT CROSS OVER THE TIMING MAT.

Family, Friends & Supporters

  • DO NOT cycle, drive, or run beside a competitor on any part of the course. If you do, they may be disqualified.
  • DO encourage and cheer on all competitors – not everyone is lucky enough to have family and friends around, and you can help give runners a real boost.
  • DO make sure you keep yourselves hydrated and well‐nourished – supporting can be exhausting!  Refreshments are available at the Surf Life Saving Club throughout the morning.
  • DO feel free to head out on the course to cheer on your runners at different points.
  • DO look around the stalls at the race expo, but you’re only allowed a massage if you actually run!
  • DO take your kids to the play park, but don’t wear them out if they have the kids race coming up 😊

Volunteers

If you want a role to play while you are waiting for your runner to come back we have plenty of jobs directing runners, giving out water, helping at the finish line or giving out medals.  Drop us a line at hello@greatsouthernruns.com – we would love for you to get involved.

Expo

As well as a variety of refreshments, our race day expo will have a stalls related to running, health and well-being that we hope will be relevant and many will be offering special deals and discounts to Great Southern runners and walkers.

Recovery Area

When you have crossed the finish line you can rehydrate and refuel on complementary fruit and water. 

There will be post-race massage and showers available to runners – all included within your race entry fee.

Clubs and teams are welcome erect their own marquees in the recovery area.  Email hello@greatsouthernruns.com to book your free spot.

Event Feedback

A link to a brief online survey will be sent to participants after the race.  Please take 5 minutes to let us know what you thought of the Great Southern Half Marathon. We want to know what you enjoyed and any suggestions about what we can do better next time so that we can keep on improving our events for you.

And if you enjoyed the race feel free to sing our praises on your social media, give us a 5 star rating on our Facebook page, and bring all your mates along to run next year!