Katie Johnson

EVENTS – Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run

On Track in Adelaide

In 2012, the Sunday Mail City Bay Fun Run celebrated its 40th year by smashing numbers with a record 39,003 participants. Runners, walkers and wheelers lined the Adelaide City, Federation Centre at Kurralta Park and SAJC to take part in Australia’s largest Fun Run per head of capita. The event raised money for athletics in South Australia were also able to raise over half a million for over 200 charities.

In 2013 the event will be staged on Sunday 15 September and has three starts which are 12k, 6k and 3k extending from the Adelaide City along Anzac Highway to Glenelg. The event is also supported for 12 weeks with workshops providing information about safe training, and wellbeing.

The Sunday Mail City Bay Fun Run attracts elite runners and walkers from around Australia, however the main emphasis is on improving health and fitness of our community by encouraging participation for fun and achievement. Participants range in age from children in prams to adults aged over 90, with the majority age range between 20 – 75 years.

This year the Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run will be holding a 3 day expo at the Adelaide Town Hall-Meeting hall where participants can come and collect their race number, meet our partners, try on official event merchandise and get all their race day information.

How to be a Part of the Run

People of all ages and fitness levels, including charities, corporate groups, families, community groups, school groups, wheelers and elite athletes can join. Registering is easy and can be done:

  • On line at www.city-bay.org.au
  • By post – complete the Registration form and return to: City-Bay PO Box 10080, ADELAIDE BC 5000
  • In person at the office at Santos Stadium, 145 Railway Tce Mile End
  • CMI Toyota Registration Days – The Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run in partnership with sponsors CMI Toyota, Adam Internet, Sunday Mail, Sportsmed, Nova919, Sports in Focus, Rundle Place, Holdfast Bay and Centro – Kurralta Park will be holding three outdoor registrations days where participants will be able to register while out shopping, get free massages, meet nova boy, enquire with Adam Internet, City-Bay information booth and see the brand new Toyota Yaris up for grabs. Saturday 27 July – Bay Discovery Centre, Moseley Sq Glenelg 10am-4pm AND Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September Rundle place 10am-4pm

Entry Fees


Starting Locations

Sunday Mail 12km Runners Start
Festival Theatre – Western Carriageway of King William Road, Adelaide

Elite Runner Start time is at 8.00am – race bib colour will be Orange.
Sub 60 min Runner Start time is at 8.00am – race bib colour will be Purple.
All other Runners Start time is 10 minute waves post sub 60/elite – race bib colour will be Green.
Elite Wheelchair Start time is at 8.00am – race bib colour will be Orange – Assemble at Gresham Place.
All Racing Wheelchairs Start time is 8.10am – race bib colour will be Maroon – Assemble at Gresham Place.

Sunday Mail 12km Walkers Start
Festival Theatre – Eastern Carriageway of King William Road, Adelaide

Walkers Start time is at 9am – race bib colour will be Salmon Pink.
Leave in 10 minute waves. Asked to line up from competitors to participation for fun.

The Advertiser 6km Start
Centro Kurralta Park Shopping Centre, Anzac Highway – assemble in Centro Car Park

Runners Start time is at 8.45am – race bib colour will be Blue
Walkers Start time is at 9.20am – Walkers race bib colour will be Red, Wheelchairs Maroon
The start line will be on the Northern carriageway of Anzac Highway, you will be required to transfer over to the Southern carriageway before you reach Marion Road.

‘Chill’3km Start
Junction Centre, Morphettville, Anzac Highway – assemble in Car Park

All participants Start time is at 9.45am – race bib colour will be Aqua Blue, wheelchairs Maroon.


Transport is available to and from the event for limited hours on the day. 

Trams to the City:

Trams will commence operation from Stop 15 (Brighton Road) for the start every 6 minutes from 6:20am until 2:00pm. Trams from Moseley Square will depart every 10 minutes from 2-3pm. If leaving Glenelg after 7:30am please catch the bus provided at the tram stop (Maxwell Terrace) as this will take you closer to the start area, adjacent to the Railway Station on North Terrace. Trams will terminate at Rundle Mall at 7:50am and South Terrace between 7:50 and 10:00am. (A shuttle service will run between South Tce and Government House (North Tce).

Trams from the City:

Trams from the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to Adelaide Railway Station will run a 10 minute service from 6:40am til 10:00am. Between 10am-3pm there will be a high frequency service from the Entertainment Centre to Glenelg. After 3pm vouchers will no longer be valid and you will be required to purchase a ticket. Supported by the Government of South Australia and AdelaideMetro.

Forward trips via BUS to City prior to run:

First shuttle buses will be leaving at 6:30am from Wigley Reserve and Maxwell Terrace arriving at Adelaide Railway Station via the 3 and 6k starts. Buses will continue until 7:45am for the 6k (Kurralta Park). Buses will continue until 8am for the 3k and 12k starts. Buses from Adelaide Railway Station will be returning to Glenelg commencing at 7am for friends and family wishing to head to the finish line.

Return trips via BUS to City after run:

Buses will depart Wigley Reserve and Maxwell Terrace from approx 9:30am to the Adelaide City via the 3k & 6k starts, until approx 1pm. NOTE: Access to the 6k start will be limited after the event until Marion Road and ANZAC Hwy are opened at approximately x10:15am. Supported by the City-Bay Fun Run Committee Inc and Southlink

For more information regarding entry requirements, postage, road closures, entry deadlines and other inquiries, please call 1300 386 786, or visit the Sunday Mail City Bay website at www.city-bay.org.au