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Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run: A Comprehensive Guide

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Walk or Run, You'll Get Fit and Have Fun
The atmosphere is one of excitement and anticipation. Some stretch or jog on the spot. Others look around to see who they know. One thing we all have in common is valuing a healthy lifestyle and challenging our bodies to make the chosen distance.

Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run
A bird's eye view of the start Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run

The announcer says this is the biggest crowd yet. The Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run has grown steadily in popularity from the first 1 600 enthusiastic runners in November 1973 and may hit the 40 000 entrant mark this year. All ears are tuned for one sound - the starter's gun.

Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run
Waiting for the start gun
Photograph by JA Rossiter

The Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run assists the community by raising funds to support Athletics in South Australia. The Athletic community and Local Service Clubs are supported with a donation for providing volunteer help on race day and for pre-race administration. Entrants can also fundraise for their favourite charity by creating an Everydayhero fundraising page.


The Sunday Mail 12km City-Bay Fun Run

The Advertiser 6km City-Bay Fun Run, first introduced in 2002

The Chill 3km City-Bay Fun Run, new in 2005. This shorter distance is aimed at families and grandparents.

How to Enter
The easiest way to enter is by completing an online entry form. Online entry is open until Monday 14th September. You can also enter at the Event Expo that is being held on the 17th-19th September in Victoria Square. It is open 8.00am 6.00pm Thursday and Friday and 8.00am 1.00pm on Saturday. Collect your race numbers from the Event Expo.

While at the Expo you can receive a free massage from Sports Med SA, get a photo with the Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run Mascot CeeBee or Sunday Mail Bay-City Mascot Bebe, and check out the range of official merchandise. Men's and women's T-shirts, singlets, caps and hoodies are available with the City-Bay or Bay-City logo.

Walk or Run?
If you are not sure if you should enter as a runner or a walker because you plan to do both, then enter as a runner. Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run entry requirements state, 'Only participants who will walk the complete course should register as a walker.'

Start Locations and Times

The 12km Runners leave from the Festival Theatre, King William Road (Western Carriageway). Elite runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes start at 8.00am

12km Walkers leave from the Eastern Carriageway of King William Road. Competitive walkers line up first at 9:00am and are followed by wave starts.

The 6km Runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors start at Kurralta Shopping Centre. Faster runners have a 8.30am start. Walkers and wheelchair participants' start time will be 9.15am.

The 3km start is at The Junction at Morphettville commencing at 10.00am.

Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run
It's downhill all the way Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run

Be in the draw to win a Toyota Yaris by completing your online registration by August 31. The Toyota prize, provided by CMI Toyota, was first introduced in 2010 to encourage people to enter earlier. This worked and saved last minute administration time and continues to be offered as an incentive to register early.

Place your race number in the prize bins on Wigley and Colley Stages to win a random prize.

Dressing Up
One of the fun aspects of the race is spotting the interesting costumed participants and reading charity support t-shirt slogans along the way. Prizes are given to the 'best fun dressed-up individuals and groups' with a parade and presentations at Colley Reserve stage at 11.30am.

Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run
You never know who you will see
Panda and Star Wars characters by JA Rossiter
Batman and Robin Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run

What Not to Do

Bring your dog. Guide dogs are welcome. Other dogs are not allowed.

Let the kids wear rollerblades or ride their skateboard, bike or scooter.

Run with a pram (this finished in 2012). Babies (and toddlers under 3) in prams are allowed in walking events.

Use a hiking pole

Compete without a race number

Toilet Locations

At the 12km start in Elder Park, adjacent the Festival Theatre kiosk, the Railway Station and on the corner of Victoria Drive and Jolleys Lane and on the Parade Ground

At the 6km start in Kurralta Shopping Centre car park

Along the route at the corner of South Road and Anzac Highway and Morphettville Junction car park

At the finish at Colley Reserve and Wigley Reserve

Insider Tips

Keep your car away from the city congestion and park at the tram station; Brighton Road for southern participants and the Entertainment Centre for northern entrants.

Carry as little as possible. Zip pockets are good. I carry a money belt with phone, small amount of cash, credit card (for brunch afterwards), tissues, keys, spare safety pins and tram vouchers.

Take a throw away water bottle with you for drinking water before the race. Throw it away before the race starts. There are plenty of water stops along the way. (Ten water stations are planned for the 2015 route.)

Time your pre-race toilet visit to beat the crowd. There is always a queue and the lines simply get longer as the start time approaches.

Brave the morning chill. Five minutes after the race starts you will not want a jumper. Try and leave it at home. Other options are to give it to your support crew that turned up to cheer you or give it to the Official Baggage Truck that will transport your belongings (at your own risk), to the finish line. I have heard that some people take an old jumper that they no longer want and bin it before the race.

Collect transport vouchers from The Advertiser (September 16-18) prior to the race. These entitle you to free travel from Glenelg to the City until 8:00am. I collect as many as I can and give the spare ones away at the station. It spreads a little joy in the morning.

Refuel your body with a piece of fruit after the race. Fruit is available to race participants from Fruit en Route, Nippy's, La Manna Group and Lenswood Apples in Colley Reserve.

Celebrate with friends afterwards!

Bands were introduced along the route in 2002. The nine bands were are hit and have grown in number over the years. They provide a great encouragement and contribute to the festive atmosphere.

Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run
Floor the accelerator Mustang Sally, they're playing our song
Photograph by JA Rossiter

More entertainment is available in Colley Reserve after the event. From 9.00am they provide post-race warm downs, cultural performances, prize draws every 20 minutes, dress-up competitions and massage. Some of these are also available in Wigley Reserve.

Race Bags
Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run
The 40th Anniversary Towel
Photograph by JA Rossiter

Race Bags contain a Sunday Mail flat pack newspaper, discount coupons and a medal. Medals were first handed out to all participants in their goody bag in 2013 and were able to be engraved. The Sunday Mail City-Bay now offer personally engraved medals which you can include on your online registration form for an additional $8. Powerade or water is supplied to all contestants in the finish compound.

In 2012 the race bag included a limited edition 40th Anniversary gym towel. Organisers aimed for 40 000 participants for the 40th year but fell a little short of that mark with 39,003 participants entering the event.

Bib Colours
Have you often wondered what bib colours relate to which event? Here is the list of events and associated bibs.

Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run

Finish Location
The finish line is on Colley Terrace. The final leg changes between Brighton Road and Gordon Street to assist traffic. Both routes feed onto Jetty Road. As you approach the finish line, smile and wave for the keepsake photo.

There's the finish line!
Photograph by JA Rossiter

The event now has a national profile and attracts elite runners, international entrants and competitors from all over Australia. They all contribute to support the City-Bay Fun Run mission 'to encourage public participation both directly and indirectly in an active community event which promotes a healthy lifestyle and personal fitness.'
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Why? It's great to be part of the fit crowd
When: Sunday 20th September 2015
Phone: 1300 386 786 (1300 Fun Run)
Where: Adelaide city to Glenelg
Cost: August entries
Adult $40 - $55
Child $15- $25
Concession $35 -$50
September entries incur a $10 late fee
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