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Bay Sports Festival 2014

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After Christmas, the place to be for all sporting and wanna-be sporting stars with activities and events of many disciplines is Glenelg. For several fun filled days, the Bay Sports Festival runs at the Glenelg foreshore from 26th December to give athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to participate in a range of sport and recreational activities. There are various sporting events to participate, spectate, gravitate and speculate over.

2 Jetties Fun Run 2014 - 26 December

Kicking off the activities is the 2 Jetties Fun Run. The race, from Glenelg Jetty to Brighton Jetty and back, is organised by the South Australian Masters Athletics Association from the Glenelg Foreshore.

Bay Sports Festival
2 Jetties Fun Run

What better way is there to shake out the excesses of Christmas Day fresh sea air exercise and a great chance to win random draw prizes. A new event has also been added in 2014 for the youngsters and is known as the 1km Kids Scamper.

Enter on the day by the times shown:
8.4km 2 Jetties Fun Run; $15 (Walkers by 8.45am, Runners by 9.15am.)
1km Kids Scamper; $5 (by 9:30am).

For further details refer to the SA Masters website.

City of Holdfast Bay Criterium - 26 December

Also on Friday 26th December is the City of Holdfast Bay Criterium Championships and Straight Line Sprints. With races for all grades, gender and age groups, the Criterium Championship is one of the mostly keenly sought after events by cyclists and attracts entries from all over the state.

Bay Sports Festival
City of Holdfast Bay Criterium Championships

The events start from Wigley Reserve from 830am, with further details available on the South Coast Cycling website.

Lidums Australian Allegro Chess - 26 December

South Australia's premier one day chess tournament occurs in the afternoon of Friday 26th December at the Glenelg Community Centre at 4 Colley Terrace. With 15 minutes on the clock and 2 seconds per move, the seven rounds are sure to create see some passion and excitement.

Rounds start at 12.00pm, 12.45pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3.00pm, 3.45pm and 4.30pm with further details available from the SA Chess Association website.

Sam White Memorial Aquathlon - 27 December

For those keen to try an aquathlon, why not give the Sam White Memorial Aquathlon a go. Sam was tragically killed a number of years ago when training for a triathlon, and it is his legacy that inspires this event every year.

Bay Sports Festival
Sam White Memorial Aquathlon

The event starts from the Glenelg Foreshore, with further details available from the Event Strategies webpage.

Paddlefest - 27 December

The Patawalonga, from 1130am, will be the scene of the 2014 Paddlefest. Activities include sprint and marathon events with open to flat water canoes, kayaks and surf ski's over the distances of 200m, 500m and 6km. Classes include single and double craft open to male and female competitors in Junior, Open and Masters age groups.

Proclamation Classic Swim - 28 December

The Adelaide Masters Proclamation Classic Swim is held as part of the Bay Sports Festival on the beach just south of Glenelg Jetty from 930am to 1pm. Entries are open to Masters and non Masters Swimmers aged 18 and over. Races are held over 1km, 2km and 5km distances.

Classic Swim
Proclamation Classic Swim

For further details refer to the Adelaide Masters Swimming Club website.

Bay Sheffield - 27 to 28 December

And of course the big event takes place on the 27th and 28th December with the running of the 128th Bay Sheffield Carnival. It is anticipated that over 850 athletes will vie for over $57,000 in prize money across 21 running event with races run over distances from 70m to 1600m under numerous age categories.

The feature race is the 120 metre Open Bay Sheffield Gift, which attracts runners from all over Australia, only one of whom can go down in history as a "Bay Sheffield winner".

Bay Sheffield Carnival
Bay Sheffield Carnival

Entry is free for spectators and races start approximately 11.30am on both days of the carnival with further details available on the Bay Sheffield Carnival website.
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Why? We all love the bay
When: 26 - 31 December
Where: Glenelg, South Australia
Cost: Various
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