Over the past 5 months Event Organiser South Australian Road Runners Club (SARRC) has been meeting with the City of Adelaide and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
Over the years the Adelaide Marathon course has been altered to keep costs to a minimum. The costs of traffic management are ever increasing and make up a huge portion of expenses in the budget. Traffic management is a necessity to ensuring participants, volunteers, and staff have a clear and safe ground.
Over the past few years, there have been major infrastructure upgrades in the CBD and surrounds. This has impacted the ability to have a state marathon course that will showcase Adelaide while also being fast and flat for runners.
At the first meeting with the relevant parties, SARRC proposed a fast, flat, safe, and scenic course that would take us back to the same style courses that the Adelaide Marathon had in the early days of the event.
Unfortunately, due to the current and planned roadworks, and the impact on emergency services and public transport, SARRC had to reassess the original course and provide an alternative, while doing our best to keep it fast, flat, safe, and scenic.
SARRC is still waiting on the final tick of approval of the latest proposed course from Local and State Government, but it is likely that there will be no changes made to it.
The proposed course can be found here.
2018 Commonwealth Games Course Measurer, Don Wallace will be coming over later this month to AIMS certify the course.
We are continuing our discussions with the relevant parties regarding the future course.
Adelaide is the ideal city with its flat terrain and temperate climate; we are working towards creating a course and event that will have the same appeal as other major capital city marathons in Australia.
SARRC needs support of the local, national and international runners to ensure the relevant parties understand the key components runners want and need in an event and course.
To provide structured feedback to help our case, please contact
Marketing Coordinator – Harry Grindle
South Australian Road Runners Club
[email protected] or 08 7006 3203