“Fat Farmers” Rural Health Initiative

“Fat Farmers” began as a group of Yorke Peninsula farming families who train together and participate in the City-Bay Fun Run.  Fat Farmers groups provide farmers with the motivation to set a fitness goal and develop social networks in the process. It’s a great family friendly activity which includes a variety of fitness levels. See the Maitland Fat Farmers talk about why they formed “Fat Farmers” and their approach to fitness and wellbeing.

We have now established “Fat Farmers” teams in the Mallee, Yorke Peninsula (upper and mid), Lower North and we welcome more to join in ! There are new teams forming in the Barossa, Upper South East, Eyre Peninsula and Southern Yorke Peninsula so get on board !

Upcoming events :

City-Bay Fun Run 2016, Sunday September 18

We are looking forward to even more farmers joining us from across SA for another great day out.

Please remember to sign up to the Fat Farmers team using this link https://my.city-bay.org.au/signup/team/MTI

Select the Fat Farmers team (scroll to the bottom) so we know how many Farmers have officially participated with us.

Everyone can enter their own details and payments and race numbers will be sent to registrants directly (for a fee if entered before 19/8) or collect in the days before the event from the Expo.

We have booked the Watermark Hotel on Anzac Highway for the buffet lunch starting at 11.30 am.

Please register your place for lunch on https://www.trybooking.com/MKRV You must reserve your space for lunch, but you can pay the Watermark Hotel on the day.

Fat Farmers shirts can be ordered at any time over the year and are optional but encouraged if entering our teams so we can easily identify each other.

Previous events :

Amy Gillett Bikeway

Riders heading out on the Amy Gillett Bikeway


We rode the beautiful Amy Gillett bikeway in the Adelaide Hills on Sunday August 7, 2016. Forty farmers enjoyed the family-friendly riding conditions and a tasty lunch afterwards at a Hills cellar door.


Clare Valley Fun Run

“Fat Farmers” also competed in the Clare Valley Fun Run and Half Marathon along the beautiful Riesling Trail on Sunday April 3, 2016. Three completed a half marathon whilst others walked/jogged shorter distances.

Riders heading out on the Amy Gillett Bikeway, Adelaide Hills

City-Bay Fun Run : Sunday September 20, 2015.

One hundred and twenty five farmers joined our teams to compete in the 2015 City-Bay ! Farmers reported many benefits from joining in such as building their personal fitness and camaraderie within and across farming regions as they came together to exercise. Congratulations to farmers who took part in the event of all ages, fitness levels and genders !

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See our YouTube film featuring farmers who completed the 2015 City-Bay event.

Want to join us ?

We link up with other  “Fat Farmers” across SA  via Twitter on @Fat_Farmers and you can find us on Facebook.

You can join an existing team or contact Sally to form your own team.

Our Team Coordinators are :

Upper Yorke Peninsula : Mark Schilling 0408 859 308

Mid Yorke Peninsula : Cheryl Hean 0429 367 287

Southern Yorke Peninsula : Cheryl Carmichael 0428 527 004

Lower North : Ben Marshman 0417 896 801

Mallee : Adam & Tanja Morgan 0429 395 918

Barossa : David Vaughan 0431 522 373

Upper South East : Veronica Mayfield 0427 564 234

Eyre Peninsula (eastern) : Jamie Phillis 0427 476 362

 What do I need to do before I join in ?

All you need to do is complete the  Adult Pre-Exercise Screening Tool to ensure that you are fit to join in or identify if need to follow up on any health issues with a health professional before you join our groups. If you answer Yes to any of the questions on Stage 1, you are advised to speak with your GP before joining our groups.

Queries ? Email  info@fatfarmers.com or call Sally on 0410 473 167.