Trailblazer by the Sea

Posted on 10/12/2014 by: Surf Life Saving SA

Surf Life Saving SA and the Rotary Club of Adelaide have joined forces to present an exciting new event called Trailblazer by the Sea™. The coastal endurance running event will be held on Sunday 3 May next year and will include an epic 50KM beachfront run as well as a number of less intimidating race lengths to accommodate all levels of fitness.

tb2The event was launched at Henley Beach Surf Life Saving Club and Rotary Club of Adelaide President Peter Neal said "This was a natural fit. Two great brands, the Rotary Club of Adelaide with our fundraising experience and Surf Life Saving SA with their tremendous commitment (to the community) and our shared values, both raising funds to serve the community".

The Rotary Club of Adelaide have raised $370,000 over the past 2 years which they have distributed to international and local charities and community projects. Surf Life Saving SA will be the newest beneficiary of the Rotary Club of Adelaide's significant fundraising efforts through the new partnership on Trailblazer by the Sea™.

"I just want to encourage everyone to join in.The website is live and you can register your interest now. The idea is that people will pay an entry fee to run and having done that, they will get together with their families and their mates and raise money for the charities that we are supporting and for Surf Life Saving SA" said Mr Neal.

Surf Life Saving SA CEO Clare Harris said "Trailblazer by the Sea is a fantastic initiative. Surf Life Saving is the largest volunteer movement in Australia and as such we protect 9.2 million beach-goers each year in South Australia. We patrolled for over 73,000 hours last year and saved the lives of 181 people. Our volunteer services are critical and therefor it is very significant that the public get behind us and support an event like this".

Funds raised will be split between supporting Rotary Club of Adelaide charities of choice and supporting Surf Life Saving in South Australia. The funds donated to Surf Life Saving SA will be spent on training Surf Life Savers, providing essential surf lifesaving equipment and on community education programs promoting surf safety skills and messages. 


Events details

Much more than just a run! Trailblazer By The Sea™ is South Australia's freshest individual, team or family challenge to raise much needed money for good work in the community.

It's a time to be inspired; it's a rewarding event that will change lives, maybe even yours!

Trailblazer by the Sea has been created as a fund raising, running and walking, event by the Rotary Club of Adelaide together with Surf Life Saving SA, two organisations that share values, and have a long history of achieving positive outcomes in the community.

The event course links eight metropolitan surf lifesaving clubs; Semaphore, Grange, Henley, West Beach, Glenelg, Somerton, Brighton, and Seacliff.

While individual entrants are welcome we encourage the formation of teams to provide mutual support and encouragement in both the event and fund raising.

The finish point for all course lengths will be Henley Surf Life Saving Club at Henley Square.  This will create an event focal point with additional activities throughout the day.

There are four course lengths of 8, 14, 29 and 50km.  These are designed to allow participation by a wide range of people, especially families.

"Purists & the Serious":  A 50km course may be undertaken by teams or individuals covering the full course length or by relay teams. The start point will be the Semaphore Surf Life Saving Club.  The route will extend along the coastal route via surf lifesaving clubs to Seacliff SLSC and then through the Hallett Cove Conservation Park via the Marion Coastal Walk to the southern check point at Heron Way in Hallett Cove and return via the same route to Henley SLSC.

Relay teams of seven people may also undertake the 50km course with all seven legs being approximately 7km.  The six change-over points will be Henley, Glenelg, Seacliff Surf Life Saving Clubs, Heron Way Reserve at Hallett Cove, Seacliff SLSC, and Glenelg SLSC.  The Seacliff to Hallett Cove section being the hardest involving steps and boardwalks. Relay teams will be invited from companies, institutions, government, high-schools and surf lifesaving clubs.

"Family and Fun":The 8km start point will be from Semaphore SLSC later in the morning and is ideal for families and casual walkers.

"Just a Little More": The 14km event will be from Henley SLSC to Glenelg SLSC and return.

"And Wait There's More":The 29km journey will be from Henley SLSC to Seacliff SLSC and return.
Start times have been programmed to make sure there is excitement throughout the day at Henley.  

Daylight hours for 3 May 2015, are from 6:53am to 5:31pm thus allowing over 10 hours of fun with the event time limited so that all competitors will finish at 6:00pm.

For more information visit:

trailblazerbythesea register