Event information

Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park is a registered Aboriginal heritage site and has special significance to its traditional owners. Picturesque land formations, a moon plain and the dog fence, make this an outback running experience like no other.

The event starts/finishes at the race hub on top of the main lookout, descends the escarpment and follows the gravel roads of the park.  There is a separate course for the children’s event.

Competitors may race with pushers and dogs on leads or ride their bikes, making this an event for the whole family. Competitors may also choose to enter as part of a team.

2021 Entry fees:

Entry fees for the 2021 event are yet to be confirmed. However in previous years have ranged from $10-$60 depending on distance and late entry fees.

Entrants who have transferred from the cancelled 2020 event do not need to resubmit their entry.

Thanks to the generosity of the running community, all outback kids U16 will be eligible for either free or discounted entry, depending on their chosen distance.

Kids’ 2.3km fun run will be FREE to enter.

Start times:

The times will be advised closer to the event.

Getting to the event:

A free bus service will run between Coober Pedy and the park, leaving from the front of the Coober Pedy Council/Tourism Information office.

 A car parking area will be available. Traffic restrictions to the main lookout will apply between 12pm – 4pm due to the set up of the children’s fun run course. The Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park is accessed from the Stuart Highway. Directions can be found using Google Maps.

Bag drop:

There will be a bag drop tent. It will be unsecured and not supervised – bags are left at own risk. Don’t leave valuables at the bag drop tent.

Registration and bibs:

Electronic timing bibs must be picked up at the event. You will find your name and event number listed on the entry display boards. Pick up your bib from the check-in area.

Arrive at least 30 minutes before your event start time in order to allow plenty of time to pick up your bib.

If any of the details on your bib are incorrect, please go to the registration area and inform the crew.

Bibs should be fastened at waist height to the outside front of whatever top you will be wearing at all timing points. Do not bend, fold or damage the timing tag.

Make sure you bib is not covered by clothing or your hands when you go past the timing points.

If you lose your race number bib during the race you must go to the timing van near the end of the finish chute as soon as you cross the finish timing mat.


All events will be electronically timed.

Cup free event:

To help keep the park rubbish-free, we have decided to run a cup-free event. Bring your own drinking vessel with you eg reusable cup, hydration pack, water bottle or similar.

Drink stations, refreshments and free bbq:

The checkpoints along the course route will have water, sports-drink and lollies. The 10km turn-around will also have fruit.

Additional water and fruit will be available at the finish line.

A free barbecue to celebrate National Reconciliation Week will be held at the finish line. Competitors, supporters and spectators are all invited to attend.


An official photographer will be on the course. If you do not want your photo taken, cross your arms over your chest – either the photo will not be taken or it will be deleted from the files.

Photos will be uploaded to our facebook page after the event.

Results: Your live results will be available here. Results are provisional for three days after they are posted. Please let us know as soon as possible if you believe there is a problem with your time or details.


Read more about the history of the Great Kanku-Breakaways Marathon.