Held on 29 June 2008, the Pichi Richi Marathon is considered by many to be one of the region’s major sporting events.  With runners and walkers moving from Port Augusta to Quorn the event attracts interstate and overseas competitors.  Being the only marathon to be held in rural South Australia it is considered by many to be one of the best marathon events around!

For the first time ever, the Pichi Richi Railway’s Afghan Express will slowly travel through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass at the same time as the competitors.  (The train will depart Port Augusta ahead of runners to ensure there are no clashes at level crossings.)

This is a wonderful photographic opportunity plus a way to participate in the marathon without all the hard work!  Competitors can travel on the Afghan Express and be dropped at the Saltia or Willows starting points.

Departing Port Augusta at 8am the Afghan Express delivers runners at Saltia Creek for the start of Half Marathon at 9.30am.

Moving onto The Willows Restaurant the train stops for a short tea & coffee break whilst the 10.5km competitors gather for their 10am departure.

Arriving in Quorn at 10.30am, shuttle buses deliver passengers to the finishing area at the Quorn Oval complex where several hundred people gather to greet the competitors as they finish and enjoy the efforts of the contestant.  Lunch is available at the Oval, or from local venues.

The train departs Quorn for the return journey at 1.30pm (with an opportunity to again stop at the Willows Restaurant for a Devonshire afternoon tea) before arriving back in Port Augusta approximately 4.30pm.

For bookings phone 1800 440 101.

Competitor & Support Crew Bookings go to http://www.pichirichimarathon.org.au