If you are travelling through the city and suburbs and notice a swarm of people in bright orange t-shirts, you might be forgiven for thinking there is a tradie's convention in town. Look a little closer and you'll find that the hive of activity is just some of the 5000 participants taking part in the Business SA Corporate Cup.
The track crosses the University Footbridge. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
For 36 years, individuals and teams of work colleagues have taken part in the annual multi-week event for runners and walkers. Designed to improve the fitness level of workers of all ages and provide an opportunity to get out into the fresh air, the event is conducted over four locations on a fortnightly basis from August to November.
Participants can choose to walk or run the 2.2km, 4.85 or 7.2km track around the scenic locations along the River Torrens in the City or a 2.2 or 4.5km track in the suburban locations in Mawson Lakes, Somerton and Port Adelaide. The well-signed tracks are easy to follow, and if you do lose your way, just follow another bright orange shirt wearing walker or runner to the finish line.
Corporate Cup starting point on King William Street. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
Open between the hours of 6am to 6pm on race days, the city trail weaves a predominantly flat path around the River Torrens, with just a couple of slight inclines along the way. Swans, ducks and pelicans watch the parade of walkers and runners as they make their way from the start near the Parade Grounds, around the track, passing the Festival Theatre before returning to the starting point. An alternative start/finish point is available at Pinky Flat near Tennis SA, between the hours of 11.30 and 1.30pm. Water is available at the start and finish in all locations, as well as at the northern side of the University Bridge between the hours of 11am to 1.30. The event in the city started on August 3, but entries may be accepted up until week 2 of the event. Parking is available at the Parade Grounds between certain hours.
The Adelaide City Loop passes the paddleboat. Don't be tempted to get in and take a shortcut. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
From 6.30am to 1.30 pm, those in the southern suburbs can walk or run the 2.25 or 4.5km tracks along the Esplanade at Brighton. Starting from the Somerton Surf Club, the fortnightly event commences on Tuesday, 9 August, finishing with a presentation on November 15th.
The Mawson Lakes track takes a scenic route near the lake. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
In the northern suburbs, the 2.25km or 4.5km track starts at Mawson Lakes Boulevard from Wednesday, 10 August. Open from 6.30am to 1.30pm, the walk or run takes in the scenic route around the lake, finishing with a presentation on November 16.
The Port Adelaide West track runs along the New Port Promenade from 6.30 to 1.30pm fortnightly from Thursday 11 August, concluding with a presentation on November 17. Starting from the park near Hart Street, participants can travel along a 2.25 or 4.5km track.
Secure your timing card to you, make sure it beeps as you pass by the scanner at the start and end of your race. You can even check out your time at the admin tent, where you will find members of the friendly Life. Be in it team, who are always on hand to assist you.
Cross the bridge past the weir on the city loop. Photo: Hazel Cochrane
You can participate as an individual or as part of a team of 5-7 people. Over 800 teams from 300 organisations took part in the Corporate Cup 2015, competing against each other for overall and industry specific categories or as individuals against other individuals.
So what are you waiting for? Grab your sneakers and work-out gear, convince your workmates to join you in some team bonding or challenge yourself. You can even bring your four-legged running partner, as long as they stay on a lead.
Team entry is $235, Individual entry fee $60. Contact Life Be in it to join in the fun.