Winter Season

Winter 2022

The next winter season will commence on Saturday 30 April. Competition is held each Saturday afternoon at various venues in the parklands around Adelaide until September. 

Results for all our competitions in the 2022 season, including Championships, can be found on the Results page. The photos from previous SAMA competitions can be viewed via our Facebook Gallery.

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

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

SAMA Achievers Award

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).

Notes about the 2022 Winter Program

On some Saturdays 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 XC Championships.
  • Runners are also encouraged to join a SAMA team for the ASA RELAYS – team entry fees will be covered by SAMA (see the ASA website for full details ). 
  • Two of the SAG Championships for Walkers will again be held in conjunction with SA Race Walkers Club (SARWC): 5km and 10km.
  • This year three events in South Australia will be eligible for the 2022 AMA Postal Half-Marathon Championships (see below).

*It is suggested that those intending to do the parkrun could meet at a central location such as Torrens and run together as a group representing SAMA. This could also include walkers if they choose not to compete in the events to be held in conjunction with SARWC.

Afternoon Tea

With the number of COVID cases and resulting hospitalisations still very high in South Australia, the Committee has considered that it would be prudent to put on hold the provision of shared afternoon tea until it is safer to do so.  Members are still able to interact socially after the competition and have the choice to bring their own refreshments for personal consumption if desired.

SAMA will not be providing shared afternoon tea until further notice.  

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.

Championships & Special Events

Australian Masters Athletics (AMA) Winter Championship Events

SAMA will again host the AMA 20km Road Walk Championships in 2022, 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 (when available).

The SAMA Half-Marathon Championships will be held in conjunction with the 20km walks. This event, together with the Half-Marathon events at the Barossa Marathon Festival and the Adelaide Marathon Festival, will constitute the three South Australian races eligible for the 2022 AMA Postal Half-Marathon Championships (see the AMA website for full details).

SAMA Winter Championships 2022

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 2022

SAMA is a full member club with Athletics SA (ASA), so that SAMA members can compete in ASA competition. You are encouraged to compete in a SAMA uniform.

All financial SAMA members are eligible to compete in the upcoming ASA Winter Season, consisting of Road Races, Distance Relays, Cross Country and State Championship events (refer to the ASA Website for details). Individual events are $22 to enter for all membership types, with the option to add a winter pass ($75) for free entry to all individual events.

If you wish take advantage of this pass, log onto your profile using your ASA username and password on the ASA website to upgrade your membership, or contact the Athletics SA Office on 8354 3477 or for assistance.

If you do not know your username there is an option to retrieve it by entering your email address. If you have forgotten your password, there is an option to have it re-set.

Program Information

COVID-19 Precautions

The 2022 Winter season will be conducted to comply with the COVID-19 Public Activity Requirements for South Australia , which currently allows outdoor Athletics competitions to be conducted without any restrictions. However, it is recommended that all participants in SAMA competition continue to observe social distancing and take precautions to ensure the health and safety of all participants (see above).

SAMA is no longer required to operate under a COVID-Safe Plan.

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, 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 Club Walk 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 Program 2022-23

Details of the 2022-23 Summer T&F Season are currently being finalised, and a draft program is available to download here.

SA Athletics Stadium at Mile End is currently being resurfaced and renovated so that SAMA will not be able to conduct our Wednesday night track meets there until it reopened at the end of 2022. Options are being investigated for conducting the first part of the season.