Winter Program 2021

The SA Masters Athletics (SAMA) winter season started on Saturday 1 May 2021. Competition is held each Saturday afternoon at various venues in the parklands around Adelaide, from May to September.

All are welcome to take part in our weekly walks and runs. However, only financial SAMA members are eligible for placing in State Age Group (SAG) Championships events and to win prizes. The dates for all SAMA events including Championships and Prize days are listed in the Winter Program, and full details of competition each week are available in the Events Calendar (including venue and course maps). Come at least 20 minutes before your event to register.

Results for all our competitions, including Championships, can be found on the Results page. The photos from previous SAMA competitions can be viewed via our Facebook Gallery.

A number of the walks and runs during the season are conducted using predetermined handicaps, with the remainder held as scratch races, which include the SAG Championship events. The Winter Program shows the dates for each of the handicap (highlighted in gray) and scratch weeks (championships highlighted in orange). See additional information below.

Download Winter Program


The SAMA Achievers Award will be continued in the winter season to recognise individual athletes who strive from week to week to improve their performance ratings but who may not necessarily be at a “high” standard. The Achievers Award will be applicable only to financial members of SAMA and is based on their performances during the weekly SAMA competitions (for full details refer to the Awards section).

Innovations for 2021

There will be several Saturdays when there will be no separate SAMA competition. Instead, on those weekends members may elect to participate in a parkrun of their choice, or take part in one of the alternative events as shown in the Winter Program:

  • There will one additional SAMA XC event in addition to the championships.
  • Runners are also encouraged to join a SAMA team for the three ASA RELAYS – team entry fees will be covered by SAMA. (see the ASA website for full details).
  • At least two of the SAG Championships for Walkers will be held in conjunction with SA Race Walkers Club (SARWC): 5km  and 10km.

COVID SAfe Check-In On arrival at the course venue all participants in SAMA competition, including athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators should scan the QR code displayed using the mySA GOV app, then if prompted enter their name and phone number to complete the check-in. If unable to check-in this way using the mySA GOV app, details for contact tracing must be provided in writing on the sheet available.

SAMA Winter competition will be conducted according to a COVID-19 Event Protocol ( download here), which describe how SA Masters Athletics will conduct their events safely and in a manner that abides by current COVID-19 restrictions, and that complies with the COVID-Safe Plan (download here).

SAMA Policy on Mask Wearing

Whilst current SA Government COVID-19 restrictions indicate that ‘a mask is not required to be worn outdoors if the physical distancing principle is complied with’, SAMA strongly urges all participants at its events to consider wearing a mask when in close vicinity of other persons, such as at the start/finish line and check-in location, and all other times when it is not possible to comply with the physical distancing principle.  This does not apply to athletes when undergoing physical exertion, or at the start of a race in which they are competing.  Spectators are permitted at outdoor sports, but spectators must wear a mask.

Special Events

Australian Masters Athletics (AMA) Winter Championship Events

SAMA will again host the AMA 20km Road Walk Championships in 2021, encompassing the SAMA 20km Walks Championships. SAMA race walkers should note that to be eligible for the National Championships, it is necessary to also submit a separate entry for the AMA 20km Road Walk Championships. See the Events page for further details, including the entry form.

The SAMA Half-Marathon Championships will be held in conjunction with the 20km walks. This event, together with the Adelaide Marathon Festival Half-Marathon, will constitute the two South Australian races eligible for the 2021 AMA Postal Half-Marathon Championships (see the AMA website for full details).

SAMA Winter Championships 2021

State Masters Athletics Championships (State Age Group Championships)

The Winter Championships are for all SAMA members, and we encourage you to enter. NB. Only financial members can enter winter championship events.

If you enjoy competing in the regular Saturday competition you will enjoy the Championship competition. They are run basically as per our normal competition but results are determined by 5 year age groups and this means you will competing against those in your age group. A Certificate is awarded to all participating entrants, showing placing, performance and age-graded percentage for all their events. Please do not be put off by the fact that they are Championships – it will still be the same friendly competition.

This year some of the winter  championships will be held jointly with other organisations ( see the Winter Program for details).   The SAMA 5km and 10km Walk Championships will be held in conjunction with SA Race Walkers Club.

Athletics SA Winter Season 2021

SAMA is a full member club with ASA, so that SAMA members can compete in ASA competition. You are encouraged to compete in a SAMA uniform and if you don’t have one please see the Uniforms page for information about ordering. The Winter Program also shows the dates of the ASA Events for information of SAMA competitors.

All SAMA members who are financial for the 2020-21 membership year also have Athletics SA (ASA) membership, and are eligible to compete in the ASA Winter Season, consisting of 8 rounds of competition, including 3 team relays.

Individual events are $20 to enter for all membership types, with the option to add a winter pass ($55) for free entry to all five events.  If you wish take advantage of this pass, please contact the Registrar:

David Bates ( .

Information about the ASA Winter Season can also be found on the ASA Website.

Program Information

COVID-19 Precautions

The 2021 Winter season will be conducted to comply with the COVID-19 Public Activity Requirements for South Australia , which allows outdoor Athletics competitions to be conducted, subject to a number of conditions being met. These include the need to continue to observe social distancing and density requirements, and taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

SAMA winter competition will be conducted according to a COVID-19 Event Protocol (download PDF), which describes how SA Masters Athletics will conduct their events safely and in a manner that abides by current COVID-19 restrictions.  SAMA also has a Policy on Mask Wearing.

SAMA will operate under a COVID-Safe Plan (download PDF), which provides a list of obligations that must be complied with to undertake competition. All members, including athletes, volunteers and officials should refer to the plan and become familiar with what needs to be done to ensure our club stays COVID-Safe.

SAMA will support the use of the COVID SAfe Check-In feature of the mySA GOV app to enhance contact tracing. This will utilise a QR code to be displayed in a prominent location at the stadium. Backup methods will be available for customers who don’t have a smartphone.

SAMA will have COVID Marshals at all competitions and events. All participants are required to follow the instructions given by a COVID Marshal .

Walking Events

In the spirit of inclusion SAMA introduced Club Walking into its program, to encourage current walkers who struggle with bent knees, previous walkers who no longer compete for fear of disqualification, and others who might like to try walking without the pressure of full Race Walking rules.

SAMA will continue to have two types of walking in its competition – Race Walking and Club Walking.

Race Walking will be conducted under IAAF rules with the “No advantage” concept applied as is done at National and International competition (for further information see Race-walking with SAMA).

For Club Walking the only rule is that there would be no running – which for our purposes will be defined by the requirement to always have one foot on the ground (bent knees will not be an issue). Walkers in this category can still be disqualified if they break the contact rule!

During normal SAMA competition in the Track & Field season, the differentiation between the two groups of walkers will only apply for ‘scratch’ races. For ‘handicap’ races (which are not judged) all walkers will be competing in a single group.

As both types of walking would be in the same race the type of walking must be nominated on entry into ‘scratch races’. We will have some distinguishing feature on Race Walkers. Both types will have their own Club Championship events but there will only be records for Race Walking (which must fulfill the criteria for setting SAG records) and only Race Walkers would be eligible for the SAMA Walks Award (for further details refer to the Records & Awards section).

Other Information

Unless indicated as a ‘scratch’ program, the runs and walks are conducted using predetermined handicaps – see the SAMA Handicapping Information.


Summer Season

Summer 2021-22

The next SAMA summer competition will start on 20 October 2021 at SA Athletics Stadium.

Results for all our competitions in the 2020-21 season, including Championships, can be found on the Results page. The photos from previous SAMA competitions can be viewed via our Facebook Gallery.