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How annual event helps SA athletic clubs & athletes survive

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How annual event help clubs, athletes survive

Alice Higgins
Adelaide Now
July 07, 2012


THE Port Adelaide Athletic Club was struggling to survive when the Sunday Mail City-Bay Fun Run came to the rescue.

"Membership at athletics clubs is a bit cyclical," Port club competitions and coaching manager Stan Miller said.

"We were in a famine cycle and the City-Bay has been a great way for us to claw our way out of our problems.

"City-Bay funds are most important. They substantially helped us to survive."

It is one of 16 clubs and associations to receive a share of more than $750,000 over the past 40 years, saving some from financial ruin.

Port Adelaide receives annual cash injections of about $4000 which go toward providing free training sessions in the lead up to the City-Bay, covering the club's ground maintenance and equipment and offering a program for junior athletes.

Money raised from the Sunday, September 16, event will be shared among 16 groups, including the Port Adelaide Athletic Club, SA Road Runners Club, Western District Athletics Club and SA Masters Athletics.

Fun run director Joe Stevens said the popular community event had helped several athletics clubs during tough times.

"Over the years, most of them have struggled and still are struggling," Mr Stevens said. "The City-Bay is an avenue for them to survive."

The City-Bay Fun Run Trust collects, manages and distributes money to clubs and associations who provide volunteers to help out on the day.

The more volunteers they put forward, the more funding they receive for their clubs.

"Most of them use it as their biggest fundraiser of the year," he said.

The money collected from entry fees has also helped hundreds of teams and athletes pursue their dreams of competing on the world stage by covering airfare and accommodation costs. One such beneficiary is South Australia's London Olympics hopeful, marathon runner Jess Trengove.

Mr Stevens said without funding, many athletes would be left out of pocket or unable to compete overseas.

"Just because someone is in the Australian team, they still have to fund some of the trip themselves," Mr Stevens said.

"We feel fortunate that we've enabled athletes to participate overseas."

To register for the run and to get training tips or more information, visit www.adelaidenow.com.au/citybay

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