Estienne Arndt - Race Director

Estienne Arndt was born in Durban 1953 and matriculated at Durban High School in 1970.  He started Road Running in 1979 when he ran his first Comrades Marathon.  Since then he has been actively involved in running, event administration and fundraising for charities through road running.  In November 1988, Estienne was involved in a motorcycle accident, which resulted in his right foot being amputated.  In 1996, after eight determined years, he eventually qualified to run the Comrades Marathon and completed the event wearing a prosthesis, being the first and only person to achieve this, and has since completed it three more times.  With a complete new set of goals to be achieved, Estienne has not stopped, and has gone on to seek further adventures.  The seed for the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon was planted when he, together with the blind solo yachtsman, Geoff Hilton-Barber and his wife Carol, entered and ran the seven day Marathon Des Sables in the Moroccan Sahara desert.  Running with a field of six hundred runners, Estienne had a vision of organising a similar event through the Great Kalahari in South Africa.  


Nadia Arndt - Race Co-ordinator

Born in Italy in 1963, Nadia immigrated with her family to South Africa and settled in Durban.  After completing her schooling in 1981, she fulfilled her dreams by becoming a travel agent, until eventually opening up Eros Travel in 1999. It was here that she became involved with the Augrabies Extreme Marathon as their official travel agent.  After twenty years in the travel industry, she is now devoting all her time to the continued development and growth of the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon and the Addo Elephant Trail Runs.


Simon Kelly - Media

Simon Kelly was born in Kitwe, Zambia in 1960. His family moved to Port Elizabeth in 1962 and was educated at St Andrews in Grahamstown. His final two years of education were spent at Woodridge College Outward Bound School outside Port Elizabeth. After two year’s military service in the entertainment corps, he went on to be professional entertainer for the next five years before joining the SABC in 1985. Here he studied and worked for the following five years in broadcast television. In 1990 he joined “The Mix” and worked in the field, concentrating mainly on overseas inserts for television and local inserts for Carte Blanche. In 1997 he started his own company focusing on TV commercials and videos for the corporate market. His company, Video Architects’ high standard of quality and creativity, allow him to boast clients such as Cadbury, Rand Merchant Bank, B & C Group Advertising, Premier Foods & Group Africa, amongst others.  Simon’s passion for the outdoors and a keen sense of adventure has drawn him to become part of the team. The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon and the Addo Elephant Trail Run is an in-house Video Architects project.


Simoné du Plooy - Marketing Consultant





This combination of experience and talent brings together a team to these events that is as unique as that of the environment itself.  Their ability to have already staged eleven successful events in the Kalahari Desert, shows this management team’s commitment to the future success of Trail Running in South Africa.


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