The Event

  • The South African Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon will be organized by Augrabies Extreme Marathons cc. 
  • The route is changed each year.

The Competition

  • The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is a self-sufficiency foot race covering a distance of approximately 250km, held in 6 stages over 7 days. 
  • Each participant must carry his/her supplies for the duration of the race. 
  • The route will be clearly marked with marking tape and boards to indicate the route.  Each participant will be given a handbook with maps.
  • There are checkpoints at approximately every 8 - 10km intervals. 
  • It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure that the check point time keeper has listed them as having passed through the check point.
  • One day/night stage will be included.  This stage is approximately 80km.
  • Water will be supplied during the event at every check point and at the finish camp each day. 
  • Cover for overnight stops are provided at the finish camps.
  • The route each day is over a set distance, with a timed start and finish. 
  • Competitors must plan what equipment and supplies they will carry with them.
  • All equipment that you start with must be carried for the duration of the race, and only food, food packaging, socks and underwear may be discarded at the check points or overnight camps.
  • Equipment or discarded food may not be used by another competitor. 
  • Participants will be required to run with their race numbers, un-obscured, on their front. 
  • All other areas can be used for personal advertising on condition that it is not in conflict with any of our sponsors.
  • No competitor is permitted to leave the overnight camp areas.
  • Augrabies Extreme Marathon cc reserves the right to modify any part of the competition as a result of circumstances beyond its control

Entry Conditions

  • The competition is open to persons 21 years and over. 
  • Juniors 18 - 21 years must have written permission from a parent or guardian.
  • Competitors’ medical examination must be done after 01 August and must be faxed or emailed to us by 15 September.  If this is not received by this date you will be regarded as a non-starter.

Prizes and Trophies

  • Each finisher receives a trophy which is a unique hand-blown glass leopard made by Ngwenya Glass.
  • Winners Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd man and for 1st, 2nd and 3rd lady.
  • The first man and lady finisher is entitled to a free entry which must be used within the following three (3) years.
  • This entry is based on Package 1.
  • This entry is not transferable to another competitor.

Ecological Regulations

  • The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon will be run over an ecologically sensitive area. 
  • Anyone littering or deliberately damaging any flora or fauna will be disqualified. 


  • Registration will take place at 10:30 on the Friday before the start of the first stage on Saturday. 
  • Anyone not present for registration will we regarded as a non-starter.
  • Competitors will be required to produce their relevant medical certification, compulsory equipment, and self-sufficient provisions for the duration of the race. 
  • Anyone without the relevant documentation and compulsory items will be regarded as a non-starter.
  • ANY medication is to be shown and declared to the medical doctor. 

Competition Stages

  • Participants must reach the finish before sunset at 19:00 as the route is not set for the dark;  this does not apply for the night stage.
  • Participants can be disqualified from the competition if instructed by the Race Director, or on advice of the medical team if it is obvious that they are not coping with the extreme conditions that an event such as this demands. 

Food Requirements

  • Participants must carry enough food to sustain themselves during the event.
  • A minimum of 2000 Calories per day is recommended. (See notes on food.)
  • It is at the discretion of the event doctor at inspection to ascertain if you are carrying sufficient food.
  • During the event, should you dehydrate or if the medical team feels you are undernourished and are endangering yourself, you will be re-hydrated orally or intravenously.  Should you require two (2) intravenous drips or regular oral re-hydration, you will be disqualified.

Water Distribution

  • Check points during the event are approx. 8 – 10 km apart –1.5 litres of water is supplied per participant at each check point
  • At the finish of each daily stage 5 litres of water is supplied per participant.
  • The 5 litre bottle of water includes filling the participants’ water bottles for the following morning from the start to Check Point 1.
  • This is the only water that will be supplied to the participants.
  • Additional water supplies may be issued if the conditions demand it. 

Geographical Conditions

  • The terrain varies from flat plains, fertile valleys, rocky mountainous outcrops and sandy desert. 
  • Areas covered will include a wildlife sanctuary, private farmlands and cultivated vineyards. 
  • Day temperatures in the area during October average between 33 – 45 degrees Celsius (in the shade), dropping to 5 degrees Celsius at night. 
  • Rain is uncommon in this area at this time of the year.

Assistance during the Competition

  • No assistance may accepted from any person or facility not connected to the event or crew. 
  • No participant may carry equipment or supplies for another participant. 
  • Only water and medical assistance may be accepted from crew at check points and the finish. 
  • The organisers reserve the right to make allowances for any participants with a disability. 

Medical Assistance

  • A full medical team will be in attendance throughout the duration of the event.
  • Any self-medication taken during the event MUST be declared and approved by the race doctor at registration. 
  • Any medication taken during the event that has not been approved by the doctor will result in disqualification. 
  • The medical team is there for the participants’ well being, and not to dress blisters related to normal wear and tear on an extreme event. 
  • Participants must carry their own blister treatment kit and look after their blisters. (See notes on foot care.)   
  • The medical team will attend to feet at their discretion, should an infection be starting.
  • Strapping to prevent chafing must be carried by the participant. 
  • No strapping will be done for chafing.  If this becomes necessary as a result of infection or raw skin, this strapping will be charged for. 
  • This does not include strapping for injuries such as sprains, pulled muscles, etc.
  • If the race doctor feels medical assistance is being used to give the participant an advantage, the organisers can decide on whether to withdraw the participant or deny them a podium finish.

Event Abandonment and Retirement

  • Should a participant retire or be disqualified from the event, accommodation will be reserved on his/her behalf and all costs incurred (ie. accommodation, meals, etc) must be paid directly to the hotel by the participant. 
  • It is essential that if any participant retires from the competition, that he/she notifies an official.

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/mug and spoon
  • Space blanket 
  • 10 x Safety pins

All the items listed above must be carried at all times

Suggested Equipment (not compulsory) – To be supplied by participant if desired

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

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon Handbook

  • The handbook will include the complete event details, with stage distances, and route maps. 
  • This will only be disclosed to participants on the Friday at registration. 
  • The handbook must be kept on the competitor’s person at all times during the competition stage of the event. 
  • The daily distances will be sent to the participants closer to the time for planning purposes.


  • Other than food, food containers, socks and underwear, no items may be discarded at any stage during the competition. 
  • These items may be discarded only at the checkpoints or overnight camps.
  • A competitor’s compulsory items may be checked by a race official at any stage during the competition.
  • No competitor may interfere with another competitor.
  • Abuse directed at ANY other competitor or crew member will not be tolerated and will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Should a participant see anything during the event that they are unhappy about, please discuss this with the Race Directors or another crew member at the time.  Do not leave this until the finish of the event.
  • The Race Director’s decision regarding any dispute or disqualification is final.