SAMA Winter Competition – Week 16 – NEW COURSE VENUE

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Week 16 of  SAMA winter competition at our new venue in Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi (Cnr Halifax St & East Tce), with the following events (handicap):

Walks – 1.45pm 10km, 2.15pm 5km, 2.35pm 2.5km

Runs – 2.00pm 10km, 2.30pm 5km, 2.45pm 2.5km

Plenty of parking is available on both the sections of East Terrace running north and south of where it intersects with the end of Halifax Street.  Follow the path from here to the start/finish, which is adjacent to the public toilets in the parklands (see the Wetlands course map below or refer to the venue location map).

Course maps:

Wetlands course map: Pakapakanthi Wetlands 2.5km course 2022

Alternative course map (avoiding wetlands*): Pakapakanthi alternative course 2022

*Should the wetland course not be tenable due to excessive water on the gravel paths following heavy rains, the alternative course will be used (to be confirmed on the day of competition).

There may also be the opportunity for members to participate in a SAMA Team at the Ekiden Relays (organised by ASA)  or the ASA State Walk Champs (organised by SARWC).

Afternoon Tea at Winter Competitions

COVID continues to be a major consideration and with the recent increase in cases and especially hospitalisations in South Australia, the Committee has decided to stop providing shared afternoon tea again until it is safer to do so.  We encourage everyone to bring a thermos and snacks for personal consumption, along with a chair so that you can socialise during and after our events – while of course practising COVID-Safe practices.

SAMA will no longer be providing shared afternoon tea until further notice, but please bring your own.

SAMA Stance on Mask Wearing

Whilst there is no longer a requirement to wear Face Masks under current SA Government COVID-19 restrictions, all participants at SAMA events still have the option of wearing a mask if they prefer. This is recommended when in close vicinity of other persons, such as at the start/finish line and check-in location, and all other times when physical distancing is not practical.  This is a personal choice and should be respected by others.

COVID-Safe Recommendations 

SA Masters Athletics will conduct their events safely and in a manner that minimises risk of  infection by COVID-19.  From 24 May 2022, SAMA is no longer required to operate under a COVID-Safe Plan.

However, it is recommended that all participants in SAMA competition, including athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators continue to follow health advice and maintain social distancing and wash or sanitise their hands regularly.  We also request that those persons who are feeling ill should refrain from taking part.

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