The Countdown Begins for Runaway Barossa

19 October 2017
The Countdown Begins for Runaway Barossa

The countdown has begun for the inaugural Runaway Barossa Marathon, this Saturday 21 October and event staff hard at work transforming Peter Lehmann Wines in Tanunda into the Runaway Barossa HQ, the “Finish Line Festival”.

The venue goes live on Friday morning from 11am with the commencement of athlete check in. If you haven’t entered it is not too late as final entries for the marathon, half marathon, 10km races and kid’s event can be made in person until 9pm Friday evening.

The word is that the Barossa Valley is promising to turn on its very best Spring weather on Saturday making for perfect conditions for 10km run which starts 7am Saturday morning, the marathon commencing at 7.30am and the half marathon at 8.15pm.

Runaway Barossa Marathon Race Director Nic Hurlston said everyone is invited to come down early and enjoy the day being inspired by the amazing athletes and the more 250 local volunteers who have pitched in to make this event possible.

“It is going to be a wonderful day for all the family so head down to Finish Line Festival and enjoy the glorious local food, fun activities and world class entertainment or find a prominent location on the course and cheer on your family and friends who are competing.”

“Soak up the atmosphere with music from Runaway Barossa Marathon’s resident DJ's, enjoy the diversity of food and wine that the Barossa is famous for, from some of Adelaide and the Barossa’s purveyors of fine food - Harvest Kitchen, the Forage and Supply Co and the Comida Catering Co.”

“Grab a coffee from the Little Blue Retro Coffee Van and the Bean Revolution, treat yourself to Barossa Valley Ice Cream or find your inner strength and harmony with the Barossa Yogini’s famous Wine Yoga. For music lovers Adelaide’s indi pop trio the Germein Sisters will headline the event with their catchy melodies and flawless harmonies have been turning heads across the globe,” he said.

The Barossa Council Mayor Bob Sloane and Light Regional Council Mayor Bill O’Brien will be officiating on the day presenting awards to the competitors and both are excited about having a new event in their region.

Mayor Sloane is encouraging the wider Barossa community to show their support for this incredible event by cheering on competitors from the many vantage points along the route, or at the “Festival Line Finish” event at Peter Lehmann Wines.

“The event (Runaway Barossa) is a real drawcard for the Barossa. Not only does it encourage people to be active, but it puts the Barossa on the national stage in a new capacity and gives people the opportunity to experience the Barossa from a totally different perspective.”

“The event represents a fantastic opportunity for our local tourism operators and businesses who will benefit from increased visitors to the region. I wish competitors all the best I hope they thoroughly enjoy the experience,” he said.

Light Regional Council Mayor, Bill O’Brien was entered for the marathon but contracted pneumonia which has prevented him from running but he will be on site encouraging all of his fellow runners.

“Runaway Barossa Marathon is a wonderful event and both Councils are delighted to have this event run in this region attracting entrants to the Barossa region from both across Australia and other parts of the world. The co-operation between the two Council’s has been outstanding.”

“Personally it was one event I really wanted to do. I have completed 50 marathons and a lot of multi day events and it would have been good to do one on my own turf. Regrettably I won’t be competing but I am still looking forward to it very much. Peter Lehmann Wines is a great venue with plenty of room and I understand there is going to be plenty of good food, wine and entertainment and I am sure everyone, competitors and visitors will really enjoy themselves and have a wonderful experience,” he said

Cathy Wills, Regional Tourism Manager, Tourism Barossa encouraged everyone to get among the action both during and after the event.

“What a sensational way to celebrate the inaugural Runaway Barossa Marathon! Head down to the Finish Line Festival at Peter Lehmann’s to congratulate the runners and enjoy some fantastic live entertainment in a gorgeous setting,” she said.

A new look at the traditional Barossa experience, Runaway Barossa Marathon (21 October, 2017) is a weekend escape with friends and family, that brings together our love of the outdoors and our passion for being active.

Runaway Barossa Marathon not only immerses you in the unique wine and food experience the Barossa region is famous for, but also allows you to indulge in your passion for running offering brand new, innovative and creative marathon and half marathon courses (and 10km and kid’s runs) among the beautiful countryside and patchwork quilt of paddocks and vines of this stunning destination.