2021 Kangaroo Island Marathon on this weekend

MARATHON START: Runners in the 2019 KI Marathon at the race start in Flinders Chase. Photo: Colin Graham of Ceejaygee Photo
MARATHON START: Runners in the 2019 KI Marathon at the race start in Flinders Chase. Photo: Colin Graham of Ceejaygee Photo

Kangaroo Island Marathon organisers have sold out this year's event.

After a few withdrawals due to injury and travel restrictions, 481 runners are on the official start list for this Saturday, May 1.

The event had a sabbatical in 2020 due to fires and COVID, but this year has achieved record participation including 75 per cent of runners from South Australia.

The course route has not changed, however due to a lack of infrastructure following the bushfires, the activities around the start-finish line area now includes a "pop-up" marathon food market.

"I'd like to thank KI Oats, Tru Thai, Mini Delights, and Cuppa Joey for helping to feed all our hungry runners this year," event director Nate Godfrey said.

Since 2015, the Kangaroo Island Marathon has welcomed runners representing 21 countries and every state in Australia, delivering an estimated economic benefit to the local tourism industry in excess of $1 million, he said.

The course route is located in the remote south-west corner of Flinders Chase National Park.

Runners will be inspired by undulating roads and trails, an exposed coastal section with views of the powerful Southern Ocean, a loop that travels by historic landmarks such as Cape de Couedic Lighthouse and Admirals Arch, and a zig-zag boardwalk leading to the iconic Remarkable Rocks.

WILDROO promo

Godfrey's company, Run Kangaroo Island, will return on September 10 for the inaugural KI Oats WILDROO Ultra Trail Marathon and 30K, which is set to be held on the Dudley Peninsula.

Visit www.wildroomarathon.com to learn more.

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