The 1908 Management Group Pty Ltd trades as 1908 Sports Management. Our vision is to be a leader in the adventure tourism industry by raising the profile of the Kangaroo Island Marathon as one of the Top 10 Destination Marathons in the World.   

The Kangaroo Island Marathon is operated exclusively by 1908 Sports Management in partnership with key stakeholders; Tourism Kangaroo Island, Sealink Travel Group, Kangaroo Island Council, and the South Australian Tourism Commission.  We also wish to acknowledge the significant contribution of the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) who have granted a long term event license to operate the Kangaroo Island Marathon in Flinders Chase National Park.  

1908 Sports Management is an event management agency that is passionate about sustainability, innovation, and community. We are focused on aligning the Kangaroo Island Marathon experience with the island’s 5 strategic values; runners connecting with nature, sharing authentic Australian experiences, building relationships with like minded people, and celebrating the seclusion and peace of being on an island disconnected from their normal lives.


In 1800 the British Government commissioned Captain Matthew Flinders to explore and map the southern coastline of Terra Australis in HMS Investigator. Flinders made the first recorded European sighting of the island in March 1802.
 He came ashore on the north coast and named Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo island is Australia’s third largest island, with a population of 4500 people and a coastline totalling 480km. The island is a bio-diverse hotspot; organic GMA free produce, rare flora and fauna, and unspoiled picturesque landscapes. Kangaroo Island is surrounded by five marine sanctuaries and one third of the land is designated as national parks, helping to position Kangaroo Island as a 'must see' tourist destination. 

The Sealink ferry terminal is located in Penneshaw, a 20-minute drive from the main town of Kingscote.  If you choose to fly with Regional Express the airport is a short 10-minute drive to Kingscote. Flinders Chase National Park, home of the Kangaroo Island Marathon, is a 60-minute drive from Kingscote.  



Such a nice change from the 'usual' road events. More challenging, more of an adventure and way more spectacular. Event organisation was engaging and flawless, the volunteers were soooo friendly and even though I was towards the back of the pack, I was made to feel special. Do it. You won't regret it.

Trish Wood