The Great Southern Bolt 5K is run on a quick, flat course along Silver Sands beach and is suitable for both runners and walkers.

Come to enjoy the beaches and stunning coastlines of the Fleurieu Peninsula and sample the hospitality of the McLaren Vale region where you’ll find some of the best wines, produce and microbreweries in Australia.

Event Information

Date Sunday 30 July 2023
Distance 5 km
Start Time 9:30 am
Cut Off Time 1 hour
Start-Finish Line Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Norman Rd, Aldinga Beach
Online Registrations Close 5:00pm, Saturday 29 July 2023


Entry Fees & Inclusions

Super Early Bird

To midnight on Sunday 21 May 2023

Early Bird

To midnight on Sunday 2 July 2023

Standard Entry

To midnight on Thursday 27 July 2023

Late Entry

To 5:00 pm on Saturday 29 July 2023

Cost includes GST and all administration & credit card fees – what you see is what you pay!


  • Race Entry
  • Basic Refund Cover (enhanced Diamond Cover is available for a small additional fee)
  • Aid Stations
  • Race Day Medical Support
  • Electronic Timing
  • Post-Race Fruit and Massage

A finisher’s medal can be purchased online with your registration for $6

Course Details

All courses are currently provisional, subject to final council and government permits being obtained.

The 5K starts on Silver Sands Beach at the Norman Road access ramp.  Runers head south on the beach for 500m south before completing a U-turn and heading 2.5 km north to the Aldinga Beach Boat Ramp.  Runners will then complete a 2nd U-turn before following the beach for a further 2 km south.  You will leave the beach at the Norman Road beach ramp to finish under the arch in front of the Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

Course Map

Download file: GSHM Beach 5K 20220925.gpx

Drink Stations

A water station will be located at the start/finish area, but there will be no drink stations located on the Great Southern Bolt 5K course.

We do not expect it to be too warm in July so please drink to thirst & be careful not to over-hydrate.

Only compostable cups made from plant-based materials will be used during the Great Southern Bolt to minimize our impact on the environment

Cut Off Time

The 5K course has a 1 hour cur-off time for finishing (equivalent to 12 minutes per kilometre).

A tail walker will follow the last participant around the course for safety reasons and to relieve marshals from their positions.


Please be courteous to our marshals and other volunteers. Remember that they are giving up their Sunday morning to make sure that you will enjoy your run.



Trophies will be awarded to the first 3 male and first 3 female place-getters in the Great Southern Bolt 5K.  Presentations time is TBC.