2021 Kangaroo Island Oats WILDROO Ultra Marathon set for September

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Kangaroo Island will host its first ultra marathon with the running of the WILDROO event across the Dudley Peninsula this September.

And this could be just beginning of more extreme sports events on KI.

The Kangaroo Island Oats WILDROO Ultra Marathon is owned by 1908 Sports Management and trades under the flagship brand Run Kangaroo Island.

Adelaide-based founder Nathan Godfrey began with the very successful KI Marathon five years ago, which is on again this year in May.

And now he also has a "Kangaroo Island X" event in the works.

"Our vision is to position Kangaroo Island as one of the Top 10 adventure running destinations in the world. We are proud that our events deliver a significant economic benefit to the local tourism industry every year."

THE ROUTE: The WILDROO 60K ultra marathon takes runners on a route from Penneshaw across the Dudley Peninsula to the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, before returning back to Penneshaw.

THE ROUTE: The WILDROO 60K ultra marathon takes runners on a route from Penneshaw across the Dudley Peninsula to the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, before returning back to Penneshaw.

The WILDROO 30K takes the same route but ends at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse.

The WILDROO 30K takes the same route but ends at Cape Willoughby Lighthouse.

Sponsored by Kangaroo Island Oats, the WILDROO will be held on Friday, September 10, offering runners the option of a 30K or 60K race distance.

Roads will stay open to local traffic and Dudley Winery will host the "Porridge Party" featuring the sponsor Steve and Lucy Morgan delicious locally grown oats on Thursday, September 9.

"Marathon runners often have pasta parties the day before a race, but we're having a porridge party!" Mr Godfrey said.

Dudley Winery, which is located on the course, will also host the awards ceremony and after party on Saturday, September 11.

The course route starts and finishes in Penneshaw. A sunrise hill climb transports runners to the top of Dudley Peninsula providing panoramic ocean views to mainland South Australia.

Runners will head south crossing over Chapman River and looping around Cape Willoughby lighthouse, before a detour across coastal farm trails that pass by Antechamber Bay.

The final stretch descends a historic tree lined canopy called Binney's track, returning runners to the local footy oval where they'll be greeted by family and friends.

Key stakeholders include the KI Council and South Australian Tourism Commission, and major naming rights sponsor Kangaroo Island Oats.

The event is held in a remote location and is supported by a team of experienced paramedics from Event Medical Plus.

2019 MARATHON: Some of the runners in the 2019 KIC KI Marathon on Saturday gathered at the race start in Flinders Chase celebrating its fifth year. Photo: Colin Graham of Ceejaygee Photo

2019 MARATHON: Some of the runners in the 2019 KIC KI Marathon on Saturday gathered at the race start in Flinders Chase celebrating its fifth year. Photo: Colin Graham of Ceejaygee Photo

The KI Marathon meanwhile is on again this year taking place on May 1 in Flinders Chase National Park with registrations almost already sold out.

There is a 10K, 21K and 42K race available to participants.

KI residents get a local discount and this year are making an even bigger proportion of entrants due to COVID travel restrictions.

Mr Godfrey said international and interstate runners had traditionally made up to 60 per cent of the field in the KI Marathon.

But this year due to COVID travel restrictions, he was seeing 75 per cent of the registrations coming from within South Australia.

This trend for intrastate travel was also reflected in the visitor experience on KI over December and January. See: Bumper tourist season experienced on Kangaroo Island

He was excited about his Kangaroo Island X event that would involve participants running, mountain biking and kayaking across the Island in a set course.

Run Kangaroo Island hopes to get the event up and running for 2023.

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