KI locals on the podium at 2019 KIC Kangaroo Island Marathon | PHOTOS

A field of 202 runners participated in the fifth KI Connect Kangaroo Island Marathon in Flinders Chase National Park on Saturday, September 7.

Ferry cancellations did cause some disruption but organisers dealt with the situation and the event was a big boost for KI tourism.

"Our runners demonstrated amazing resilience amidst challenging weather conditions to get to the start line, as did many of our passionate volunteers and my support crew," race founder and director Nate Godfrey said.

"Around 20 per cent of runners missed the event due to ferry cancellations, but we've offered them all a transfer to the next KI marathon, which we hope to deliver in May 2021.

"A special thanks to the Department for Environment and Water team for closing Flinders Chase National Park and giving our runners a world-class running experience."

There were 202 runners finished across the three distances marathon, half marathon, and the new 10km.

Two thirds were female runners and there were a total of 38 local KI residents. There were 19 international runners from eight countries.

KI locals were very well represented on the podium with the Men's Marathon won by KI local Ryan Doherty for a second year running, but this time with a new course record of 2:47.02.

Other winning KI locals were Maren Norris, who won the Women's Half Marathon, while her son Wynn came second in the Men's 10km race.

Lucy Trowbridge came second in the Women's 10km race, Louise Latz came second in the Women's 10km race and Sherilee Binstead came third in the Women's Marathon.

The race will now take a break for year but will be back in 2021.

"2020 will be a gap year, however we are hopeful the State Government and Department for Environment will continue to support the event. The next event is provisionally set for Saturday 1st of May 2021," Mr Godfrey said.

Tourism KI chairman Pierre Gregor said the event was a great boost to the Island economy.

"The event was a huge success this year with international , domestic and local participants contributing over $250,000 into the economy over several days," Mr Gregor said.

"The island struggles to attract and retain events so hopefully the KI Marathon will be reinstated in 2021 and continues to grow.

"Events such as these with low environmental impact are important for the island. Not only because they attract visitors but also provide greater exposure for the Island."

Podium finishers were as follows:

Women's 10K: 1. Jeanelle Farmilo, 50:08, 2. Lucy Trowbridge, 54:15, 3. Louise Latz, 56:51

Men's 10K: 1. Samii Chan, 47.08, 2. Wynn Norris, 51:06, 3. Max Rollins, 54:10

Women's Half Marathon: 1. Maren Norris, 1:47.09, 2. Rosita Robeca, 1:49.32, 3. Kate Guthrie, 1:50.02

Men's Half Marathon: 1. Travis Ireland, 1:34.08, 2. Anthony Wood, 1:34.57, 3. Tim Sutton, 1:44.56

Women's Marathon: 1. Rosie Sutcliffe, 3:47.13, 2. Deborah Turner, 3:57.24, 3. Sherilee Binsted, 4:18.10

Men's Marathon: 1. Ryan Doherty, 2:47.02 *course record, 2. Matthew Bolt, 3:05.44, 3. Steve Nichols, 3:19.37

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