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Ekiden relay event details

This event is a distance relay race for students in years 6 to 12 where team members run different leg distances. Find out more about the event and how you can enter.

Who can participate

To run in the event, students must be

  • enrolled at an affiliated school
  • in year 6 or older

Where and when

Thursday 14 October 2021 at Bonython Park.

It is highly recommended for teams to arrive in enough time to walk the 1.5km course to see where intersections for distances are before the race briefing.

Year 6 and 7 teams

  • Team managers to check in between 12.30pm and 1.00pm.
  • A briefing for runners and team officials is at 1.15pm.
  • The race start will be shortly after the briefing.
  • Teams can arrive earlier to watch the older teams run earlier in the day.

Year 8 and 9 or open teams

  • Team managers to check in between 9.15am and 9.45am.
  • A briefing for runners and team officials is at 10.00am.
  • The race start will be shortly after the briefing.

Event format

The event is a distance relay race run by a team with not all team members running the same leg distance.

Runners must run in the order as listed on the runner names sheet (DOCX 77KB).

Order of running and distances

Year 6 and 7 teams total race distance is 11.1km. Order of running and distance for each runner is

  • runner 1 - 2.8km
  • runner 2 - 2.8km
  • runner 3 - 1.5km
  • runner 4 - 1.5km
  • runner 5 - 1.5km
  • runner 6 - 1km

Year 8 and 9 or open teams total race distance is 20.6km. Order of running and distance for each runner is

  • runner 1 - 5.4km
  • runner 2 - 1.5km
  • runner 3 - 2.8km
  • runner 4 - 2.8km
  • runner 5 - 1.5km
  • runner 6 - 2.8km
  • runner 7 - 2.8km
  • runner 8 - 1km

What makes a team

A runner can only run in 1 team.

Year 6 and 7 teams

  • 6 runners of one gender.
  • Students in years 6 or 7.
  • Schools with less than 300 student enrolments in years 4 to 7 can combine with another school to enter a team if needed.

Year 8 and 9 or open teams

  • 8 runners of one gender
  • Students must be in year 8 or 9 to compete in the year 8 and 9 competition.
  • Open team can have students in years 8 to 12.

Two pacemakers per team are allowed for year 8 and 9 or open teams and they must wear a fluro top as identification. Pacemakers are not permitted to cycle. For the year 6 and 7 race no pacemakers allowed.

Unofficial mixed gender teams

  • can be entered in all age groups.
  • must still have the correct number or runners.
  • are not eligible for outright placings but individual times will be recorded.

If a runner is injured during the race the team can continue to run and finish the event. Notify the finish official of the injury.

Runner identification

Runners must

  • wear a team shirt or singlet showing the School Sport SA athletics number or school's name.
  • mark their running order (1 to 6 or 1 to 8) on the front of their left thigh in black texta.
  • mark their running distance on the front of their right thigh.

Schools with multiple teams must have a letter identifying runners to the team they are in. Write the letters in black texta on both arms. For example

  • B, C or D for boys teams.
  • G, H or I for girls teams.
  • U for unofficial teams.

Schools will need to bring their own textas.

The course

The ekiden relay course is various loops within Bonython Park and Linear Park as it follows the River Torrens into the city. The course is simple and flat with no roads crossed. The course will be marked out be either

  • officials placed at key corners or changes of direction.
  • dots along the pavement.
  • arrows.
  • signs.
  • red or white flags.

Runners should be familiar with the course. Major points for runners to take note of.

  • The start line is towards the downstream bridge from the finish line.
  • The second lap of the 5.4km course is the same as the first lap of the 2.8km course.
  • The changeover area is on the southern side of the finish bridge below the kiosk.
  • All changeovers happen in the same direction apart from the last runner.
  • The finish line is on the southern side of the bridge. All runners can meet their last runner on the northern side of the bridge and cross the line as a team.

Runners doing a 2 lap course it is your responsibility to get your arm marked by the officials. Do not go past without getting your arm marked.

5.4km course description

Lap 1

From the start line, stay on the southern side of the river and run towards the city. Pass through the tunnel under the railway bridge. Go to the weir and use it to cross to the other side of the river. Immediately after crossing the weir, turn left and follow the dirt track back towards Bonython Park. You enter the tunnel which goes under the railway line. Upon exiting the tunnel, veer left then follow the path adjacent to the river until you get to the bridge at the finish line. Turn right and go up the curved pathway until you get to a fork in the path and a sign for the 5.4km first lap directing you towards the Port Road bridge. Follow this road, taking care of vehicles that may be using the road until you get to the Port Road bridge. Turn left to cross it and then left again to return to the start line. You must then start a second loop. At the changeover point as you start the second loop, your arm will be marked with a texta to verify that you have completed one loop and you are starting the second.

Lap 2

Stay on the southern side of the river and run towards the city, along the same course that you have already completed. Pass through the tunnel under the railway bridge. Go to the weir and use it to cross to the other side of the river. Immediately after crossing the weir, turn left and follow the dirt track towards Bonython Park. You enter the tunnel which goes under the railway line. Upon exiting the tunnel, veer left then follow the path adjacent to the river until you get to the bridge at the finish line. Turn right and go up the curved pathway until you get to a fork in the path and a 5.4km second lap sign directing you to the downstream bridge. The next part of the course is new to you. Cross to the southern side of the river using the bridge. Return to the changeover point.

2.8km course description

Lap 1

Stay on the southern side of the river and run towards the city. Pass through the tunnel under the railway bridge. Go to the weir and use it to cross to the other side of the river. Immediately after crossing the weir, turn left and follow the dirt track back towards Bonython Park. You enter the tunnel which goes under the railway line. Upon exiting the tunnel, veer left then follow the path adjacent to the river until you get to the finish line. Turn right and go up the curved path until you get to a fork in the path and a sign directing you to the downstream bridge. Cross the southern side of the river using the bridge. Return to the changeover point. At the changeover point as you start the second loop, your arm will be marked with a texta to verify that you have completed one loop and are starting the second.

Lap 2

Cross the river at the changeover point to the northern side (using the bridge). Turn left as soon as you are across the bridge and run 300m towards Port Road staying on the path adjacent to the river. At the fork in the path take the lower path and run towards the downstream bridge. Cross the river via the bridge (to the southern side) and return to the changeover point.

1.5km course description

From the changeover point, stay on the southern side of the river and run towards the city. When you reach the tunnel which goes under the railway bridge, don’t go through it, immediately turn left and follow the path up the slope. On the other side of the bridge, follow the path for another 35 metres then turn left, then soon after left again followed by a right turn. Follow the path adjacent to the river until you get the bridge at the finish line. Turn right and go up the curved pathway until you get to a fork in the path and a sign directing you to the downstream bridge. Cross the river (to the southern side) and return to the changeover point.

1km course description

From changeover point, head in the opposite direction to the incoming runner staying on the southern side of the river, run along the path (next to the river) towards Port Road. At the downstream bridge cross the bridge to the northern side of the river and turn right to follow the path going towards the city. When you reach the intersection at the top of the curved path, turn left and run towards the railway bridge. When you are 35 metres from the railway bridge at the point where it meets the 1.5km course, turn right then soon after left then right to follow the path adjacent to the river until you get to the bridge at the finish line. Turn left and cross the bridge as the actual finish line is the southern end of the bridge.

How runners change over

  1. The next runner waits in the designated are and moves into the changeover area when they see their runner getting closer.
  2. Runners exchange the wrist band in the changeover area.
  3. The finishing runner reports to the changeover marshal to show their lap marking and changeover recorded.
  4. Finished runners then cross the track at the designated area opposite the timekeepers.

School timekeeper requirements and role on the day

  • Each team must supply their own stopwatch and competent timekeeper to time each leg.
  • For schools entering multiple teams it is recommended to have one timekeeper per team.
  • Runner times are recorded on the team recording sheet (DOCX 76.6KB) when the runner moves past the cone outside the changeover area.
  • The time must be given the to chief timekeeper as soon as possible after each leg is finished.
  • School timekeepers submit the team recording sheet to chief timekeeper at the end of the race.

Entry fees

  • $26.00 including GST per team for a year 6 and 7 team.
  • $42.00 including GST per team for a year 8 and 9 or open team.

No payment is required on the day. A tax invoice will be sent to schools after the event.

Parking

Schools and parents can park in the paved area off Port Road. The area behind the police barracks cannot be used for parking.

A parking permit can be collected when team officials check in for any vehicles likely to be parked for longer than the 4 hour time limit.

Facilities

Water will be available for no cost at the changeover point and finish line area on the course opposite the bridge.

Food and drinks can be purchased from the kiosk.

Some shelter will be supplied but schools are to bring their own ground sheets.

Schools entering more than 2 teams should bring additional shelters.

How to enter

Schools submit the ekiden relay nomination form by Thursday 16 November 2021.

First aid

A sports trainer will be there to treat significant injuries. Schools should have a first aid kit for minor injuries.

Presentations and results

Presentations are planned to start as soon as possible after the last team has finished but no later than

  • 2.30pm for year 6 and 7 teams.
  • 12.30pm for year 8 and 9 or open teams.

Awards presented

  • Plaque for the winning team in each category.
  • Medals for members of the first fastest team in each category.
  • Certificates for second and third placed teams.
  • Certificates for the fastest runner in each leg.

Results will be available as soon as possible after the event.

Runner preparation

Runners will need to train for the event.

When deciding who will run what distance schools should consider individual runner strengths.

How the ekiden relay started

An ekiden relay is a long distance relay race which is unique to Japan.

In ancient times a transportation system was developed which conveyed official government documents and officials by a relay of horses or persons spaced at various stations. This type of transportation system not only developed in Japan, but also in Rome, Persia, China, Inca and other ancient countries. The same transportation system also existed in the frontier age of America and Europe.

"Ekiden" is a Japanese term for the above transportation system and the ekiden road relay is a development of it into a sporting event.

In Japan from about 1920, various kinds of ekiden road relay races have been held. The ekiden race distance is not fixed. The longest distance for example is 1,000km run over 10 days and the regular type covers 42.2km run by several athletes.

Previous results and history

Ekiden relay boys previous winners

2020   Sacred Heart College

2019   Mercedes College

2018   Cornerstone College

2017   No competition held

2016   Blackwood High School

2015   St John’s Grammar School

2014   Mercedes College #1

2013   Mercedes College #1

2012   Cornerstone College

2011   Cornerstone College

2010   Saint Ignatius College #1

2010   Saint Ignatius College #1

2009   Saint Ignatius College #1

2008   Mercedes College

2007   Cornerstone College

2006   Cornerstone College

2005   Cornerstone College

2004   Cornerstone College

2003   Mercedes College

2002   Pembroke School

2001   Mercedes College

2000   Mercedes College

1999   Mercedes College

Ekiden relay girls previous winners

2020   Westminster School

2019   Westminster School

2018   Westminster School

2017   No competition held

2016   Henley High School

2015   St Mary’s College

2014   Mercedes College #1

2013   St Dominic’s Priory College

2012   Saint Ignatius College

2011   St Mary’s College

2010   Mercedes College #1

2009   Mercedes College #1

2008   Mercedes College

2007   Walford Anglican School for Girls

2006   Pembroke School

2005   Pembroke School

2004   Pembroke School

2003   Pembroke College

2002   Pembroke College

2001   Concordia College

2000   Mercedes College

1999   Pembroke School

1998   Mercedes College

50km relay previous winners

The 50km relay is no longer running.

Year 8 teams

2019   Pembroke School

2018   Westminster School

2017   Mercedes College

2016   Saint Ignatius College

2015   St Ignatius College

2014   Westminster School

2013   Mercedes College

2012   Mercedes College

2011   St Johns Grammar School

2010   Westminster School

2009   Cancelled due to high temperatures

2008   Mercedes College

2007   Mercedes College

2006   Westminster School

2005   Pembroke College

2004   Pembroke College

2003   Cancelled due to high temperatures

2002   Mercedes College

2001   Pembroke College

2000   St Ignatius College

1999   Aberfoyle Park High School

1998   Pembroke College

1997   Hallett Cove School

1996   Mercedes College

1995   Wirreanda High School

1994   Aberfoyle Park High School

 

Year 9 teams

2019   Westminster School

2018   Westminster School

2017   Saint Ignatius College

2016   Mercedes College

2015   St john’s Grammar School

2014   Pembroke School

2013   Pembroke School

2012   Westminster School

2011   Mercedes College

2010   Pembroke School

2009   Cancelled due to high temperatures

2008   Mercedes College

2007   Westminster School

2006   Unley High School

2005   Pembroke College

2004   Pembroke College

2003   Cancelled due to high temperatures

2002   Eastern Fleurieu School

2001   Mercedes College

2000   Aberfoyle Park High School

1999   Mercedes College

1998   Hallett Cove R-12 School

1997   Aberfoyle Park HS

1996   Pembroke College

1995   Hallett Cove School

1994   Aberfoyle Park High School

 

Year 10 teams

2019   Westminster School

2018   Westminster School

2017   Saint Ignatius College

2016   Mercedes College

2015   Mercedes College

2014   Saint Ignatius College

2013   Mercedes College

2012   Mercedes College

2011   Mercedes College

2010   Mercedes College

2009   Cancelled due to high temperatures

2008   Saint Ignatius College

2007   Mercedes College

2006   Pembroke School

2005   Pembroke College

2004   Westminster School

2003   Cancelled due to high temperatures

2002   Glenunga International High School

2001   Aberfoyle Park High School

2000   Pembroke College

1999   Marryatville High School

1998   Pembroke College

1997   Mercedes College

1996   Mercedes College

1995   Mercedes College

1994   Blackwood High School

 

Open teams

2019   Saint Ignatius College

2018   Westminster School

2017   Mercedes College

2016   Westminster College

2015   Mercedes College

2014   Westminster School

2013   Mercedes College

2012   Mercedes College

2011   Mercedes College

2010   Mercedes College

 

Overall winner

2019   Westminster School

2018   Westminster School

2017   Mercedes College

2016   Henley High School

2015   Mercedes College

2014   Westminster School

2013   Mercedes College

2012   Mercedes College #1

2011   Mercedes College

2010   Mercedes College

2009   Cancelled due to high temperatures

2008   Mercedes College

2007   Mercedes College

2006   Pembroke College

2005   Pembroke College

2004   Pembroke College

2003   Cancelled due to high temperatures

2002   Mercedes College

2001   Mercedes College

2000   Pembroke College

1999   Mercedes College

1998   Pembroke College

1997   Mercedes College

1996   Mercedes College

1995   Aberfoyle Park High School

1994   Aberfoyle Park High School

100km relay previous winners

The 100km relay is no longer running

Junior teams

2019   Westminster School

2018   Mercedes College

2017   Westminster School

2016   Mercedes College

2015   St John’s Grammar School

2014   Westminster School #1

2013   St John’s Grammar School

2012   Westminster School

2011   Saint Ignatius College

2010   Mercedes College

2009   Mercedes College

2008   St Ignatius College

2007   Mercedes College

2006   Pembroke School

2005   Pembroke School #1

2004   Westminster School

2003   Willunga High School

2002   Pembroke School #1

2001   Mercedes College

2000   Heathfield High School

1999   Marryatville High School

1998   Aberfoyle Park High School #1

1997   Hallett Cove R-12 School

1996   Kangaroo Island

1995   Aberfoyle Park High School #1

1994   Aberfoyle Park High School #1

1993   Kingscote Area School

1992   Blackwood High School

1991   Aberfoyle Park High School

1990   Seaview High School

1989   Aberfoyle Park High School

1988   Brighton Secondary School

1987   Blackfriars Priory College /

1986   Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College and Willunga High School

1985   Christies Beach High School

1984   Morialta High School

 

Open teams

2019   Saint Ignatius College

2018   St John’s Grammar School

2017   St John’s Grammar School

2016   Mercedes College

2015   Mercedes College

2014   St John’s Grammar School

2013   Mercedes College

2012   Saint Ignatius College #1

2011   Mercedes College

2010   Mercedes College

2009   Aberfoyle Park High School

2008   Westminster School

2007   Westminster School

2006   Westminster School

2005   Westminster School #1

2004   Pembroke School

2003   Glenunga International High School

2002   Mercedes College

2001   Aberfoyle Park High School #1

2000   Aberfoyle Park High School

1999   Pembroke School

1998   Mercedes College #1

1997   Mercedes College

1996   Mercedes College

1995   St Ignatius College

1994   Aberfoyle Park High School #1

1993   Aberfoyle Park High School

1992   Christies Beach High School

1991   Christies Beach High School and Blackfriars Priory College

1990   Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College

1989   Christies Beach High School and Blackfriars Priory College

1988   Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College

1987   Christies Beach High School

1986   Christies Beach High School

1985   Wirreanda High School

1984   Wirreanda High School

 

Overall teams

2019   Westminster School

2018   Mercedes College

2017   Mercedes College

2016   Mercedes College

2015   Mercedes College

2014   Mercedes College

2013   St John’s Grammar School

2012   Saint Ignatius College

2011   Saint Ignatius College

2010   Mercedes College

2009   Mercedes College

2008   Pembroke School

2007   Pembroke School

2006   Pembroke School

2005   Pembroke School

2004   Pembroke School

2003   Pembroke School

2002   Pembroke School

2001   Mercedes College

2000   Marryatville High School

1999   Marryatville High School

1998   Hallett Cove R-12 School

1997   Pembroke School

1996   Kangaroo Island Schools

1995   Aberfoyle Park High School

1994   Aberfoyle Park High School

1993   Aberfoyle Park High School

1992   Aberfoyle Park High School

1991   Brighton Secondary School

1990   Brighton Secondary School

1989   Christies Beach High School

1988   Blackfriars Priory College

1987   Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College and Christies Beach High School

1986   Christies Beach High School

1985   Wirreanda High School

1984   Wirreanda High School

 

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