Kangaroo Island Marathon Running Festival

Kangaroo Island, South Australia
08 Sep 24

Kangaroo Island, off the coast of South Australia, is Australia’s third-largest Island and one of the world’s great nature-based destinations.

The Kangaroo Island Marathon Running Festival offers participants the opportunity to explore the island with full marathon, half marathon and 10km run options.

The marathon course route is located in the heart of Flinders Chase National Park, a protected area located at the west end of Kangaroo Island. This is a sanctuary for endangered species and a reserve for a range of flora and fauna.

Runners are inspired by post-bushfire regeneration, undulating roads and trails, an exposed coastal section with views to the powerful Southern Ocean, historic landmarks such as Cape de Couedic Lighthouse and Admirals Arch, and a new zig-zag boardwalk leading to the iconic Remarkable Rocks.

The half marathon and 10K course are traditional ‘out and back’ routes that travel along Cape de Couedic Road, encouraging a spirit of camaraderie amongst runners as they pass by each other in opposite directions.

This is more than a race – it’s a completely unique outdoor adventure.

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  • There are Full Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km run options with regular drink stations.
  • The course takes you through the amazing natural landscape of Flinders Chase National Park.
  • There will be Food trucks and market stalls during the festival.
  • Around two-thirds of participants are women and many are attending their first marathon event.

Making a difference

  • Kangaroo Island is a bio-diverse hotspot where organic GMA free produce is grown, and rare flora and fauna flourish.
  • The event limits single use plastic by providing runners with water and electrolytes in 100% natural biodegradable (and edible) packaging.
  • The event proudly supports local businesses.

A word from your host

“Our vision is to position Kangaroo Island as one of the leading adventure running destinations in the World. We create sustainable events that leave a footprint on your soul.”

Getting there

This event is held on Karta Pintingga Country. Kangaroo Island is a 30 minute flight from Adelaide or a 45 min ferry ride from Cape Jervis (2 hours from Adelaide). The Kangaroo Island Marathon starts at the Flinders Chase Visitors Centre at 442 Cape Du Couedic Road, Flinders Chase.