The Sam White Memorial Aquathlons will be run on Tuesday 26 December and offer five separate public swim / run events that cater for all abilities, from novice to elite competitors.

A Kids Course 100m swim / 750m run for young children and adults who want to have fun and finish will start at 11:00am.

The Age Group Enduro Aquathlons will start at 11:15am. Entrants choose to complete a 250m swim / 1.7kn run course once (Small Course), twice (Medium Course) or three times (Large Course) consecutively. After the last finisher at approximately 12:30pm, a 1.6km Kids Fun Run will be held.

At 1:00pm, the spectacular South Australian Elite Aquathlon is staged over a gruelling 1.7km run / 500m, 1.7km run / 500m, 1.7km run / 500m swim course.

This year will be the last staging of this sentimental event. Sam’s family and Event Strategies have agreed that, given Sam’s life support was turned off on his 29th birthday, it’s fitting to close after 29 years and with this 30th event. Event Strategies’ Malcolm Robertson and one of Sam’s brothers Paul, had this to say:
“We want to sincerely thank all in the triathlon and surf lifesaving community, particularly members of TriathlonSA who have supported this event for so many years despite it always falling between Xmas and New Year at Glenelg, a time when most athletes schedule a break from training and racing. This location and time were chosen by Sam when he organized this same event before his death, so it has always been important for us to continue this tradition. Those who knew Sam will appreciate that this event has helped us remember him and the enormous contribution he made to SA triathlon in its pioneering days, however it also forces us to remember the tragic circumstances of his death. They will understand the grief that comes from this, how after 29 years it is still heartfelt, and why ending the event will help bring closure.
Sam will continue to be remembered through his support of the Secondary Schools Triathlons, and other celebrations of his life.”



Entry fee varies with course choice, age & category. Triathlon Australia members are supported with a discount.

– Kids Aquathlon: $10 for individuals, $15 for relay teams

– Kids Fun Run: $5

– Small Course: $20-30 for individuals, $30 for relay teams (TA discount = $2)

– Medium Course: $35-40 for individuals, $40 for relay teams (TA discount = $5)

– Large and Elite Courses: $40-55 for individuals, $50 for relay teams (TA discount = $5)

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For more information please contact:

Event Strategies Pty Ltd
Phone: 8373 4580