The GREAT Kanku Breakaways Marathon travels throughout the spectacular Breakaways Conservation Park, 35km north of Coober Pedy.

The event started off as a casual conversation between two local Coober Pedy girls, Jayde Frew and Melissa Rosewarne. Jayde’s initial idea was to run 35km to the Breakaways from Coober Pedy as a personal challenge. Melissa then suggested that Jayde should raise money to complete the challenge and donate to a good cause. Knowing that Tanya Lauder had been trying to raise money for a new playground, the chat between the two girls soon evolved into the idea of a marathon style fundraising event.

This would involve the whole community with donations and secured sponsorships to raise funds for a new playground in town. Early September 2009 became the target for the event to coincide with Father’s Day.  The event is now held in May/June each year. The concept eventuated into a Council driven initiative. Participants can either walk, run or ride the distance as a personal challenge or as a group completing a portion of the distance together, doing either 5, 10, 15, 21 or the full 42km (can only walk to 21km).

Participants are required to pay an entry fee.

For more events visit the District Council of Coober Pedy Visitor Information Centre. Ph. 8672 4617