For only our fourth Six Day, it's certainly been an entertaining ride!
Along with the outstanding performances there have been many characters that have enriched the event bringing the more traditional ultramarathon runners closer together.
And performances... what performances we have had. Darren Linney's amazing record at this event, Annabel Hepworth's Australian ultra performance of the year at the 6 Day in 2018, John Timms continually winding back the clock, the amazing community that pulled together for the 2021 event... there's so much to reflect on! And that's not even mentioning the "shorter" events (I'm looking at you Sharon Scholz and your 400+km in the 72 Hour). Everyone has just done so well.
Being the only 6 Day event in Australia makes it even the more harder to say goodbye after 2022. But it's also one final chance for some talented but slightly zany runners to get together to create even more lifelong memories.
Cassie Smith at the 6 Day
The current version of the Adelaide 6 Day was actually the idea of one of South Australia's most popular ultramarathon exponents Sarah Barnett.
Sarah's love for ultramarathons is infectious, and I knew even before we met up for the first meeting to discuss its potential that I would be walking out as the proud owner of a new 6 Day event.
We had several locations that we thought would be suitable. But Thorndon Park had the best all-round appeal. And with the support of Campbelltown City Council and the Morialta Rotary Club (who operate the kiosk) a venue was born.
The all-important course profile!
Per 1425.5m lap there is approximately 10m gain.
The surface is concrete.
Furthest male distance: 834.292km Darren Linney 2019
Furthest female distance: 742.803km Annabel Hepworth 2018
Whether this is your first time or you're a seasoned veteran, you will walk (/hobble) away from this event with some amazing memories. And hopefully satisfied with your result!
If there's more you'd like to know now, please don't hesitate to contact me (Ben).
Do you have questions or comments about the event? Send me a message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.