Does the event include a 5km, 10km, or half marathon option?

We currently offer a half marathon option. Unfortunately there is not a 5km or 10km option available to runners.

We hope to offer an ultra trail marathon from 2020.  

Where can I collect my registration number?

Registration numbers will be available for collection between 1:00pm-5:00pm from the KI Wilderness Retreat the day before the race. Alternatively, runners can collect them from 6am on the morning of the race outside the visitors centre door. 

What time does the race start?

The start time for both the half and full marathon is 7:30am and the cut-off time is 7 hours.  

Flinders Chase National Park re-opens to the general public at 2:30pm.  

How do I access the park on a bus?

A compulsory bus shuttle service for runners will operate between Flinders Chase National Park entrance and the start/finish line which is located at the Visitors Centre cafe. Runners and supporters can park their vehicles on the road verge of West End Highway and wait next to the main park entrance sign for a bus. Rangers will re-open the park from 8:30am to allow family and friends to drive into the visitors centre car park and cafe area where they can watch runners finish both the half and full marathon.

Please note: runners are personally responsible for finding their way to Flinders Chase National Park on the morning of the race and will not be able to access the park with their vehicle before the race starts.   

Where can I find toilets?

There are public toilets located at the Flinders Chase National Park visitors centre, these can be used by runners and spectators.  During the race runners will be able to access toilets in both directions on the course route located conveniently at the Remarkable Rocks and the Cape de Couedic Lighthouse.  

What food and drinks are available to runners during the race?

4 aid stations will be located at regular intervals accessible in both directions and providing runners with water, electrolytes, coca-cola and lollies.  

How challenging is the race route?

The race route has a total elevation gain of 632m and a maximum elevation gain of 154m. The route travels south along Cape de Couedic Road offering runners consistent elevation changes on primarily sealed roads, with the exception of a 2.5km trail section. Diverting east via Boxer Drive, marathon runners are exposed to the elements on a breath-taking clifftop section that leads to the iconic Remarkable Rocks. Travel down the zig-zag boardwalk to the Remarkable Rocks stopping for a 'selfie' photo. Runners enjoy some respite as they travel downhill towards the coastal tip including a detour into Weirs Cove before passing by Cape de Couedic Lighthouse.  Runners loop around the car park at the entrance to Admirals Arch, before being tested by a short climb that peaks at 4% incline. The finish line for both the half and full marathon is located directly in front of the Flinders Chase National Park visitors centre cafe.   

What weather conditions can I expect on Kangaroo Island?

Kangaroo Island weather is best defined as 'four seasons in one day'.  

Average Annual Temperature: 11.6°C – 19.1°C

Days over 30 °C: 10.3

Days under 2 °C: 0.3

Annual Rainfall: 485.1 mm

What is the event cancellation policy?

The decision to cancel the Kangaroo Island Marathon will be made by the Race Director in consultation with the DEWNR Regional Duty Officer.  The cancellation policy makes reference to inclement weather conditions, including air temperatures below 2°C or above 35°C and wind speeds in excess of 100km/hour.      

Can I bring my children?

Yes, many of the day tour activities are suitable for children.  The event risk management plan includes an age policy based on the following restrictions:

Half Marathon 12 years+

Full Marathon 18 years+ 



My first marathon, and what a marathon to choose for my first. Gruelling and challenging hills & trails, fantastic scenery, great support from all runners and volunteers. Thanks for the memories.

Scott Bradley