The Victor Harbor 5K is run on a beautiful flat course with views across Encounter Bay to the Bluff & Granite Island, suitable for both runners and walkers.  Choose The Running Company option for race pack collection and you could win one of four Golden Tickets for a brand new pair of shoes – click here for details.

Event Information

Date Sunday 3 December 2023
Distance 5 km
Provisional Start Time 8:30 am *
Cut Off Time 1 hour
Start – Finish Line Esplanade, opposite Hotel Victor
Age Limit 12 years on race day, unless accompanied by an adult
Online Registration Close 5:00pm, Saturday 2 December 2023

* 5K start time may be brought forward to 8:00 am if hot conditions are forecast for race day.

Race day registrations will be available for the 5K



Entry Fees & Inclusions

Launch Pricing

To midnight on Sunday 13 August 2023

Early Bird

To midnight on Sunday 22 October 2023

Standard Entry

To midnight on Sunday 26 November 2023

Late Entry

To 5:00 pm on Saturday 2 December 2023

Entry fees include GST and all administration & credit card fees – what you see is what you pay!


  • Race Entry
  • Aid Stations, incl. Infinit Nutrition Sports Drink
  • Race Day Medical Support
  • Electronic Timing
  • Race Photography
  • Post-Race Water, Fruit & Sports Drink
  • Post-Race Massage

A finisher’s medal can be purchased online with your registration for $8, including free engraving of your name & finish time.

Course Details

All courses are currently provisional, subject to final council approvals.

The Victor Harbor 5K follows a 1 lap course on roads and pathways with minimal elevation change.

Starting on the Esplanade at Warland Reserve, the 5K course heads south west on the Esplanade roadway for 1 km before joining the Encounter Bikeway for 500m to the turnaround point on the Inman River bridge.  The course then follows the bike path back for 1 km before rejoining the Esplanade roadway at King Street.  Runners will then pass through the start-finish area, cross the causeway to Granite Island and then turnaround for the final dash to glory at the finish line on Warland Reserve.

Please note that as you are running out on the road and back on the Encounter Bikeway, RUNNERS MUST KEEP RIGHT at all times to avoid oncoming runners.  The same applies on the section across the Granite Island Causeway and back to the Warland Reserve finish line – KEEP RIGHT!

Whilst the course is not certified, it will be wheel-measured to ensure that the distance is accurate.


Course Map

Download file: VHHM 5K Course 20230901.gpx

Drink Stations

There will be one drink station on the 5K course located at 2.9 km near Warland Reserve with water and Infinit Nutrition Orange Speed sports drink.

Only compostable cups made from plant-based materials will be used during the Victor Harbor Half Marathon to minimize our impact on the environment. Please try to hit the bins provided at the drink stations and be aware that littering on the course will result in disqualification.  Runners may also carry their own drink bottle or cup to refill at drink stations.


Public toilets can be found at the Lions Park Play Ground on the Esplanade that you will pass at the 300m and 2.7 km point of the 5K.

Cut Off Time

The Victor Harbor 5K course will be progressively closed at a pace of 12 minutes per kilometre (equivalent to a finish time of 1 hour) so is suitable for both runners and walkers.

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 Victor Harbor 5K. Presentations will be made at the finish line shortly after the top 3 runners have finished.