Past Barossa Marathon Event Results
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 August 2012 17:11
The run, originally 17km, started in 1981, sponsored by the Kaiser Stuhl Winery. In 1984, the event was changed to the half marathon distance of 21.1km. The local Apex club took over the events in 1985 and the next event was held in 1986 (not run in 1985).
The Barossa Runners Club took over in 1989 with local runners organising and participating in the race. The Runners Club changed the course in 1992 to start and finish at the Barossa Recreation Centre, Tanunda, to provide a safer and faster course for the runners.
In 1993 the Runners Club was awarded the right to incorporate the Athletics SA State Half Marathon Championships in the event which has retained the championship ever since. The course has been measured to International Amateur Athletic Federation / Athletics Australia standards allowing runners to gain a place in the national rankings.
In 1995 the programme was expanded to include 5.5km and 10km events, allowing further participation by a wider range of runners and walkers. The events are increasingly popular with walkers and their families.
In 1996 the Barossa Half Marathon Committee became the new organisers of the events. They continued their predecessors' policy of awarding medallions to place getters in numerous age group categories, sponsor's bags to all finishers and random draw prizes. Additionally in 1999 a Barossa Legends Group Award (participants completing five and ten events) was introduced to encourage continuing participation by half marathon runners and walkers. The participants receive a suitably inscribed plaque, certificate and a bottle of Penfolds Bin 28.
In 2005 the South Australian Runners Club took over the event. SARRC aims to maintain the standard and local support the event enjoys and also to ease the load for organisers by use of the SARRC office for entry processing. Jacobs Creek became the major sponsor in 2010. For 2011, the half marathon had an early turn so the results have been adjusted.
In 2012 The Jacobs Creek Barossa Marathon was added to the events.
Race Report 2012
he inaugural Jacob's Creek Barossa Marathon on 27 May 2012 was run in perfect weather, cool, cloudy and very light winds. We were pretty confident the course would proved a delight and were pleased that we got the tick of approval from the Marathon Man himself. Coming over from Sydney especially for the event, he declared ours the best wine region marathon in the country!
Provisional results are available here (we provided online results for the first time), and we congratulate all participants on their achievement. Our photographic team are now busy downloading files, selecting and enhancing images and linking those images with your race number. We'll let you know when photographs are ready for browsing and purchase. You should have your Provisional results email if you provided an email address. If you want a final result email with photo and certificate links, and you did not give us an email address, contact the SARRC Office.
Registrations for the entire running festival were up by 40% on last year's event. The word has got out that the 5k and 10k courses are flat and fast, and the half marathon is a good combination of even grades, stunning views and an easy run home. And when the marathoners spread the word about the run past the chateau through to the winery and the flattish course (after that first hill), we're pretty confident of continued strong growth. This year was to prove that the concept worked, and we'll put a lot of work into encouraging runners from interstate and overseas to participate next year.
Faith Lutheran College once again proved a perfect venue for a major race, with the facilities handling the numbers very well. Another advantage of the venue is that it is the location for transfers of patients to Adelaide from the Barossa by helicopter. Unfortunately one of our participants required that service and is now being treated in the Flinders Medical Centre. We wish her a speedy and full recovery.
For those of you who participated in the MDASA Muscle Team, now is the time to collect those pledges and send the donated money in. For each $100 that you raise you receive one entry into the draw for a trip and guaranteed entry into the New York Marathon in November.
We're already thinking about next year, so keep that last Sunday in May free. The current half marathon course has reached capacity, so we'll tweak the course so that runners will only run down the rail trail. Our goal for next year is 2000 participants. Spread the word!