Coober Pedy
Opal Capital of the World

The Great Breakaways Marathon

Event Type Sport
Event Focus Fun Run
Event Reach All
Event Scope Local Community
Dates 16/05/2015 to 16/05/2015
Start Time 8.00am
Contact 1 District Council of Coober Pedy
Other: 08 8672 4600 (Other)

Entry forms are available now from the event website.

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The GREAT Breakaways Marathon travels from the Breakaways, along the Dog Fence, down Kempe Road (road to Oodnadatta) and finishes at the town oval where it wraps up with a BBQ.

The event started off as a casual conversation between two local Coober Pedy girls, Jayde Frew & 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 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.

The Breakaways Marathon will be run on 16 May 2015 so if anyone would like to participate or volunteer in this event or would like more information, please contact Clair Halkias at the District Council of Coober Pedy on (08) 8672 4624 during office hours or email

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