Listed below are some great articles written by previous participants. They offer great advice and tips for those who will be competing in one of South Africa's toughest extreme marathons.


"Training to RUN the KAEM" - By Dirk Cloete

"Suggested food list" - By Geoff Hilton-Barber

"Footcare for adventure racing" - By Lisa de Speville




The overnight camps are set up for the participants by the camp crew. They are low standing gazebos with shade cloth sides and a ground cover and sleep six. When the participants arrive in camp after finishing the daily stage, they are given five litres of bottled water. This must also be used to fill up their water bottles for the next stage the following day. A fire is lit at 18:00 so the participants can cook their food or they can use the gas stoves provided. If the weather does not permit a fire, only the gas stoves will be used.

The Medi-Clinic Team headed by Dr Charl Malherbe tend to the participants' injuries and the sports massage therapists, headed by Genevieve, also take care of the runners.

Where possible, the overnight camps are based close to the Orange River, so at the end of the stage, the runners can swim and enjoy the coolness of the water.

And the question no-one ever asks! Ablution.....toilet facilities.....! All the participants must carry toilet paper or tissues. Portable toilets are set up a distance from the camp, or the participants can collect a spade and go off on their own. All paper must be buried.


Compulsory Equipment - Survival Gear to be supplied by participant

  • Backpack (30 litre is suggested)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Overnight & warm clothing
  • Head cover (Cap)
  • Insect net to cover face or a Buff
  • Eye Protection / Sunglasses
  • Mirror
  • Whistle
  • Torch and spare batteries
  • Knife
  • 2 x 750ml water containers or bladder, minimum size 1.5 litres
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Blister treatment kit
  • Strapping or anti-chafe cream for chafing
  • Sun block lotion
  • Toilet paper or tissues
  • Cooking Pot and spoon

Compulsory Equipment - To be supplied by the organisers

  • Space blanket
  • Safety pins
  • Race Number

All these items must be carried at all times

Suggested Equipment – To be supplied by participant

  • Sleeping mat
  • Additional 300ml Water bottle
  • Spare cotton shorts and t-shirt
  • Socks - 7 pairs
  • Small Towel
  • Soap
  • Sandals
  • Face cloth
  • Pot and spoon
  • Underwear
  • Big Plastic Bag (in case of rain)
  • Gaiters
  • Foot plasters
  • Head ache tablets
  • Insect Repellent
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Various container bags - e.g. ziplock
  • Wind Breaker
  • Sewing kit