The PRM was run by the Port Augusta Road Runners Club (PARRC) until 2006. At that time the PARRC was facing difficulties in gathering the necessary resources to stage the event and considered abandoning the annual Marathon.
The previous Committee—comprising competitive runners, experienced tourism and event managers, administrators and enthusiastic supporters—stepped in to ensure the future of the only full marathon in regional South Australia.
From 2007 to 2011, competitor numbers doubled to almost 500 across nine (9) age and four (4) event categories. The PRM has re-established itself as a challenging and unique marathon event.
The PRM was awarded Port Augusta’s Australia Day Award for Community Event in 2009 and the event celebrated its
30th Marathon in 2011.
The 2007-2011 Committee intended to step in only as a temporary measure while suitable arrangements were made to ensure the future of the event. Rotary Port Augusta managed the event from 2012-2019. The Pichi Richi Marathon Committee was formed by The Flinders Ranges Council in conjunction with the Port Augusta Lions Club and now manages and delivers an annual PRM.
The name of the event was changed in 2020 to The Great Northern Lodge Pichi Richi Marathon and will remain with this name until 2023, which is in line with sponsorship arrangements. The committee comprises of Port Augusta Lions Club, The Flinders Ranges Council and Port Augusta City Council and other contractors who assist with the event organisation. The event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19 but was run in 2021 and celebrated its 40th Anniversary event in 2022.
Course Information and Map
The PRM as of 2023 is a registered Association of International Marathon and Distance Races course.
Participants will traverse 42.2 kilometres through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass between Port Augusta and Quorn in the Flinders Ranges.
Starting at Port Augusta West, the full marathon will run from the sea through the stunning beauty of the Flinders Ranges to Quorn. The event also has later starts for half marathon, 10.5 and 5 kilometre and 1 Kilometre junior dash.
The event includes food stalls at the finish line, plus an award ceremony and presentation of trophies. All events and distances are as follows:
Full Marathon – 42.km (note this is a RUN ONLY event – no walkers)
Competitors must be 18 years or over on race day.
Half Marathon Run and Walk – 21.1km Competitors must be 15 years or over on race day.
10.5km Run and Walk
Competitors must be 12 years or over on race day.
5km Run and Walk Open to all ages
1km Junior Dash
Competitors must be 10 years or younger on race day.
1km Open Dash
Competitors must be 10 years or over on race day.
Open Dash is about inclusivity and anyone regardless of ability can take part with the event aimed at participants who don’t have the ability to compete in other events.
EVENT DAY—RUNNING SHEET
|Pichi Richi Marathon starts Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta
|Half Marathon (walk) starts Saltia Creek crossing
|Half Marathon (run) starts Saltia Creek crossing
|10.5km Walk starts at Old Willows Brewery Restaurant
|10.5km Run starts at Old Willows Brewery Restaurant
|5km Walk starts on the Flinders Ranges Way
|5Km Run starts on the Flinders Ranges Way
|1km Fun Run starts on Silo Road, Quorn
|Award presentation at Quorn Oval
|A – Port Augusta (Standpipe Golf Motor Inn) to Quorn Oval
|F – Saltia Creek crossing to Quorn Oval
|I – Old Willows Brewery Restaurant to Quorn Oval
|5 Km Run/Walk
|Flinders Ranges Way – north of informal parking bay
|Silo Road to Quorn Oval
|M – Quorn Oval
|B – 5km, C – 10km, D – 15km, E – 20km, G – 25km, H –
30km, J – 33Km, K – 36km, L – 39km
How to Enter
Registrations for the 41st Pichi Richi Marathon open at 9am on Monday 27 February 2023. Registrations are online via www.pichirichimarathon.org.au
The registration timeline and prices for 2023 are as follows:
Close 23 April 2023
Close 11 June 2023
Close 18 June 2023
|Junior Dash (1 km)
All registrations must be paid for at the time of the booking and prior to closing dates as specified. The only registrations received after closing dates will be for the Junior Dash where registrations are still taken on the day.
Any changes to registrations after 18 June 2023 will need to be requested via firstname.lastname@example.org and will be not be available online.
Bibs – Pick-up and Positioning
Bib pickup will be available on the Saturday prior to the event (e.g. the eve of the event) from the Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta. Pick up times will be confirmed prior to the event so keep an eye on the official Facebook page. Bibs can also be picked up at the starting lines of the event that you are entering from the officials on site.
Pins will be provided with your bib to secure your bib at all four (4) points. Your bib must be positioned at waist height and not covered by jumpers or anything else. Positioning and securing the bib ensure that the timing sensors correctly detect your bib at the finish line.
All competitors are allocated a bib with a race number and an electronic timing tag. If you need to change any entry information you must inform officials when picking up your bib and before commencing the event. Please notify timing officials at the finish line if you think your online results are correct of it anything happened that may affect your result.
Buses are available to transport competitors only to start lines and back to starting points after the event. Times, details etc are available from https://pichirichimarathon.org.au/bus-timetable/
Any transport requirements must be booked and paid for at the time of registration.
Bags and Water / Supplements
Bags can be dropped off at start lines at bib pick up points and will be transferred back to the finish line venue by race officials. Please ensure all bags are clearly labelled. Bags will be available after the event in the location promoted on the day. No responsibility is accepted by the event organisers for lost property. Water points are located along the route approximately every 5km. You can bring your own water, drink supplements or snacks. Please ensure these are clearly labelled and easily identifiable. These can be dropped at bib pick up on the Saturday night or at the start lines at bib pick up points. Race officials will deliver these to the requested water points prior to the race start. No responsibility is accepted by
organisers for any provided water/supplements/snacks however all efforts are made to ensure they are provided as requested.
The following are the road closures for the event.
· Flinders Ranges Way
Between the intersections of West Terrace, Quorn and Woolundunga Avenue, Stirling North (Southbound lanes only)
Between 7.30am and 1.00pm
· Park Terrace, Quorn
Between Arden Vale Road and Oval Road, Quorn Between 8.00am and 1.00pm
· Arden Vale Road, Quorn
Between Flinders Ranges Way and Park Terrace, Quorn Between 8.00am and 1.00pm
· Silo Road, Quorn
Between the Caravan Park entrance and West Terrace Between 11.15am and 11.45am
As above, the Flinders Ranges Way is only closed in the southerly direction (e.g. Quorn to Stirling North) with speed restrictions in place for traffic travelling in a northerly direction from Stirling North to Quorn. There are no exceptions to these road closures with SA Police managing the traffic.
Please ensure that you or any family/friends dropping you off adhere to the closures. SA Police will be monitoring the road closures and fines may be issued for any offences.
Exceptions to road closures only apply to official marked / signed vehicles.
Limited parking is available at the starting points for events therefore it is recommended that you have someone drop you off or that you use the buses provided. Please note road closure information.
Ample parking is available at the finish line / community oval area in designated parking areas outside the fence / oval area. Please do not park within the oval precinct as this is reserved for officials and road closures may prevent you entering or leaving the area.
Facilities at Finish Line
Food and drink stalls are available. Toilets are available. Hot showers are available free of charge (BYO towel).
During the event SA Ambulance will be present along the route with St John present at the finish line.
Results are available after the event from https://pichirichimarathon.org.au/results/
An electronic certificate will be available for download.
The course is a combination of flat and hilly for most of the various events and can be quite challenging. Remember that you will be running on public footpaths and roads so will encounter vehicles. Please remember to keep as far right of the road as you can for your safety.
Due to the different events you may encounter or be passed by lead runners or walkers so please be courteous.
The marshalls, officials, SAPOL, volunteers and all associated with the organisation of the event are there to look after your safety and ensure you have the best event possible, please follow their instructions at all times.
We rely heavily on volunteers to keep this event going and to assist you along the way. They are here to support and help you. Please be courteous to them at all times and they will support you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I want to change my registration or cancel it before the event?
If you wish to change or cancel your registration, you can email email@example.com prior to the event and changes will be made for you. Please note that it is preferable that all changes are made prior to 18 June 2023. Alternatively you can access your registration online and make the changes directly via the registration link.
What happens if I can’t make it on the day, can I get a refund?
Please refer to https://pichirichimarathon.org.au/registrations/ for our refund policy which will provide a cut-off date for registration cancellations. Cancellations after this date will not receive a refund. Please note that a $15 administration fee will be charged for all cancellations.
Will there be a pre-event briefing?
Pre-event briefings are held at all start points prior to the commencement of the various events. These briefings will include information on how to keep the event safe for you and course information amongst other important things to please listen carefully. If you have any questions or concerns after the briefing please speak to one of the officials.
Are there toilets along the way?
Toilets are located at the start points along the way e.g. the full marathon, half marathon, 10.5km and 5km start points.
Can I push a pram/stroller in the event?
Prams/strollers are not allowed in the event.
Can I ride a bike?
The event is for walkers, joggers and runners only.
Can I run with a pet?
No animals, other than recognised mobility animals approved by the Race Director are allowed.
Where can I buy merchandise?
If available, merchandise will be for sale via an online store. Details are at https://pichirichimarathon.org.au/merchandise/
Does everyone get a medal or trophy?
All participants are presented with a medal at the finish line and all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters in all event categories receive trophies. The trophy presentation takes place at approximately 12.30pm near the finish line.
Can I use headphones whilst participating in the event?
Due to safety reasons the use of headphones or similar are discouraged but if you must use them consider only covering one ear. As the event is on an open road, there will be a lot of traffic around you that you will need to be aware of as well as other participants coming up behind you.