Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon

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The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is a self-sufficient run over seven days, covering an approximate distance of 250 km (155 mi). The event takes place in the Kalahari Desert in the proximity of the Augrabies Falls on the Orange River. The route traverses the Augrabies Falls National Park, private game parks including Khamkirri, Thorntree and Dabaras and many private farmlands. Due to issues the private landowners have had with the organisers the 2014 event took place entirely within the borders of the AFNP and entirely on the Southern side. This contrasting environment with average day temperatures reaching in excess of 40 °C in the summer months and dropping to below 5 °C at night during the winter, presents a daunting challenge to the extreme athlete and determined adventurer alike.

Known as the 'Big Daddy' in the South African running circles, the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is event organised by Extreme Marathons, and has its place on the International Calendar of similar trail events. Participants run in the footsteps of the ancient Bushmen, through the fertile vineyards of the Orange River Valley (not in 2015), across rocky outcrops and into the desolate Great Kalahari Desert.


Although the event is advertised as a 250 km, race director Estienne Arndt changes the route every year, and the distance depends on the terrain. The route is only disclosed to the participants at registration, the day before the start of the event.


The organisers supply the participants with overnight camps, water, professional medical backup, sports physios, check points at every 8-10 km, and an experienced crew who look after the participants needs.


Past winners
Year Time (Men) Men's Champion Country Time (Women) Women's Champion Country
2017 26:22:00 Leonard, D.  Australia 29:56:00 Combrinck, M.  South Africa
2016 24:42:00 Cloete, D.  South Africa 28:16:00 Combrinck, M.  South Africa
2015 13:55:00 Montague, N.  United Kingdom 19:14:00 Bradley, J.  United Kingdom
2014 21:42:00 Yavuz,M.  Turkey 27:37:00 Doke, L.  South Africa
2013 22:02:00 Rowland, D.  Zimbabwe 28:51:00 Combrinck, M.  South Africa
2012 24:42:00 Dunn, H.  South Africa 38:45:00 Duran, B.  Turkey
2011 27:16:00 Cloete, D.  South Africa 37:27:00 Combrinck, M.  South Africa
2010 23:25:00 Cloete, D.  South Africa 32:41:00 Surrigde, M.  South Africa
2009 22:02:00 Cloete, D.  South Africa 27:06:00 Anderson, M.  United Kingdom
2008 31:36:00 Stuart, A.  Australia 54:49:00. Simpson, L.  South Africa
2007 29:59:00 Walker, C.  United States 60:18:00 Lambrechts, L.  South Africa
2006 27:23:00 Arnett, B.  South Africa 31:46:00 Anderson, M.  United Kingdom
2005 28:56:00 Arnett, B.  South Africa 31:23:00 Jackenthal, S.  United States
2004 30:57:00 du Preez, T.  South Africa 29:43:00 Simpson, L.  South Africa
2003 24:41:00 Smith, M.  South Africa 35:51:00 Simpson, L.  South Africa
2002 23:57:00 Jurgens, F.  South Africa 39:08:00 Terblance, E.  South Africa
2001 32:27:00 Kenkroft, W.  United Kingdom 35:17:00 Simpson, L.  South Africa
2000 27:57:00 Jurgens, F.  South Africa 30:35:00 Maclead, N.  United Kingdom

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