Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 - Pichi Richi Marathon
Australia's toughest road marathon is set to showcase Port Augusta and the nearby Flinders Ranges to a field of runners from as far away as Singapore. (http://www.pichirichimarathon.org.au/)

If ever there was an event that showed just how close Port Augusta is to the Flinders Ranges it’s this weekend’s Pichi Richi Marathon.

The increasingly popular event is organised by the Rotary Club of Port Augusta and is arguably one of Australia’s toughest road marathons with runners facing an uphill climb for almost the entire 42.2kms.

Starting at the Standpipe Hotel on the outskirts of the the city, runners travel along Highway One before turning off to Quorn at the southern tip of the Flinders Ranges.

For the slightly less fit, adventurous or some might say crazy, there is also a 21.1km half marathon, a 10.5km run and even a 1km Kids Fun Run.

The event attracts runners from all over Australia with the winner of the full marathon usually crossing the finish line in approximately 3 hours. This year’s field even features runners from as far away as Singapore.

Steve Redfern, President of the Rotary Club of Port Augusta said “This is our 31st running of the Pichi Richi Marathon and it’s become a really popular event on the running calendar. Although strictly speaking it’s obviously a road event, it’s so picturesque it’s more like trail running and consequently attracts a lot of runners who wouldn’t usually run on roads. The views are fantastic and following the route of the famous Pichi Richi Railway definitely adds extra charm to the course.”

Port Augusta Tourism Officer Pauline Hedger said it was another chance for Port Augusta to showcase it’s location and attractions to the visitors who come into town for the event. “Many of us take our amazing location for granted, but it’s events like this that remind everyone just how close we are to the Flinders Ranges which are easily one of the state’s finest tourist attractions. It’s great to welcome all the runners along with their family and friends and show them what Port Augusta has to offer.”

When they get their breath back, runners are quick to praise the stunning landscapes and fresh air with some more experienced runners even listing it amongst their favourite running events in the world.

The Pichi Richi Marathon is held on Sunday 24 June, 2012.

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