Photos from McLaren Vale Marathon.
The McLaren Vale region is hosting its first marathon, and the run will have coastline views.
In its inaugural year, the 2021 Leconfield Wines McLaren Vale Marathon is set to create a new benchmark for South Australian running events, promising a ‘run for everyone,’ and a program of supporting events that will celebrate the Fleurieu Peninsula.
South Australia’s newest, premium road marathon is set to attract up to 3,000 visitors. Across the weekend, races will be run over a spectacular point-to-point course, taking in sections of coast and vines, finishing in the heart of McLaren Vale.
The event, which will run from 10-11 April 2021, will be headlined by the
marquee 42.2km marathon race to be held on Sunday 11 April, alongside a
half marathon that same morning. Supporting races will be held on the
afternoon of Saturday 10 April including 13km, 6km and a family friendly kids mile race.
Outside of the running events, Leconfield Wines will host an exciting program of festivities for runners and visitors alike. Event goers will enjoy a mix of local food and beverages, market stalls, kids’ activities, and a film night.
According to Race Director and founder of Great Southern Runs, Matt Evans, the marathon has been curated as a festival to promote running as inclusive and open to all ages and fitness levels.
“It has been a dream of Great Southern Runs to stage a ‘marathon for
everyone’ on one of Australia’s most spectacular coastlines,” he says.
“Our 2021 event has been curated as a festival for runners and the wider community to embrace our unique road courses as well as everything that the Fleurieu has to offer. You don’t need to be an elite athlete to be a part of our weekend of festivities.”
Event organisers have experienced a strong interest with registrations already racing in as sporting events return to the forefront in a COVID safe fashion.
Racegoers will also have the opportunity to raise funds for charities, local
community groups, and sporting clubs.
Confirmed charities this year include Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation, Flinders Foundation, Sammy D Foundation, MND South Australia, Hutt St Centre, Operation Flinders, Foodbank SA and Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation.
Event partner, City of Onkaparinga believes that the McLaren Vale Marathon is a fantastic addition to the region’s reputation for leading sports and recreation events.
City of Onkaparinga Mayor, Erin Thompson says, “McLaren Vale and
surrounds offer an incredible diversity of scenic roads, trails, parks and tracks.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in April at the starting line.”