On Sunday 17 September was the 45th year of the iconic Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run, and the fourth year University Senior College has entered a school team.
Congratulations to all students, staff, family members and friends who participated in the event. The weather was ideal for running conditions. All who entered had a great run and we look forward to next years’ event.
City Bay Fun Run History
In November 1973, Mr Bob Clarke, along with a volunteer committee established the first City-Bay Fun Run in Adelaide. The News newspaper and Coca-Cola were the first major sponsors.
The event started at the Adelaide Town Hall with 1,600 enthusiastic runners who had all paid 50c each to enter the 11.5 kilometre run which finished at the Glenelg Town Hall, opposite Moseley Square. Funds raised for the event were donated to Athletics South Australia.
In later years, the event start was changed from the Town Hall to North Terrace but the sharp right-hand curve was not conducive to the safety of the runners and it was changed to where it currently starts – at the Festival Theatre in King William Street.
Over the years various aspects of the run changed. The finish was taken to Colley Reserve and then changed to Glenelg Football Oval where it remained for many years. Arthur Jones was appointed Race Director after the retirement of Bob Clarke. Mr Jones retired in 1991 shortly before the demise of the News newspaper.
Des Paul, as its volunteer Race Director, registered the event in 1992 and formalised the existing volunteer committee members to legally protect the future of the event. The focus for fund raising was changed to assist athletics in South Australia.
The event was registered in April 1992 as the City-Bay Fun Run and is owned by the City-Bay Fun Run Committee Inc.
The Advertiser was approached to become the City-Bay major naming right sponsor and have contributed substantially over the years to build their image and association to what has become one of the biggest and best fun runs in Australia.
In 1997 the event adopted the Champion Chip Timing system to enable the event to finish at Moseley Square, where it finishes today.
The event now has a national profile and attracts elite runners, international entrants and competitors from all over Australia. It also has its own website and computer intake system.
In 2002, an additional event was added to provide people with an alternative distance – the 6K Half City-Bay – more than 1300 people entered this event which starts at the Kurralta Plaza Shopping Centre.