The Kangaroo Island Marathon returns this Saturday, September 1 to Flinders Chase National Park.
The event started in 2015 and now offers a 21km half marathon and a full 42km marathon. Competitors come from around Australia and the world to “run with roos” on the pristine course.
This year there are 130 registrations, but organisers always lose a few due to injury and illness before a race. They have a policy that allows them to transfer runners to next year if they cannot run.
Race founder and director, Nate Godfrey, was quick to acknowledge the partnership with the Department of Environment and Water.
“Thank you to Rob Ellis and his team for their professional support, we are proud to work together and promote Flinders Chase National Park to a global running community,” Mr Godfrey said.
The event started in 2015, and this is the fourth race. Over the past four years, the race has welcomed runners from 17 countries.
In 2018, it has runners representing the following countries: Norway, Hungary, Italy, UK, China, Germany, USA, NZ and Poland.
Natural Resources KI is proud to be hosting such a prestigious event that brings so many people to the Island's shores. However, there are certain things visitors to the park need to be aware of during this time.
Access to Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch,Cape du Couedic, etc. will not be available during between 5am and 2pm on the day as the following road closures will be in effect:
- Cape du Couedic Road (South of the Flinders Chase Visitor Centre). No access to Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, etc.
- West Bay Road (Between Flinders Chase Visitor Centre and Shackle Road) No access to Snake Lagoon and West Bay etc.
The visitor centre and nearby walking trails will be open as normal.
If spectators want to line the route they need to be in place before 5am.
More information about the event can be found here: http://www.kangarooislandmarathon.com/
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said the views along the marathon route will be nothing short of breathtaking.
"To attract runners from overseas, year on year, is a testament to the standard of the Kangaroo Island Marathon,” said Minister Ridgway.
"Our regional areas, in particular KI, are reliant on a healthy tourism industry and the marathon is a great way of showcasing one of the most beautiful parts of our state.
"It is great to see that the KI Marathon is charging towards its goal to become one of the top ten destination marathons in the world.”
South Australian Tourism Commission, Chief Executive, Rodney Harrex said Kangaroo Island attracts one of the highest proportions of international visitors of any South Australian tourism region – the marathon contributes to these growing figures and delivers economic spin-offs.
"We're proud to support the Kangaroo Island Marathon and show off one of Australia's most renowned tourist destinations," said Mr Harrex.
The Kangaroo Island Marathon has received funding under the South Australian Tourism Commission, Regional Events & Festivals Program (REFP). Funding has assisted organisers to undertake marketing and communication activities.