Oct 06, 2022 at 12:00 AM

Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon

Augrabies Falls National Park


South Africa

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Entry Fee $1800
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $2500
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 250K

Type: Ultra

Participant Limit: 150

First Year of the Event: 2000


250km, 7-day, 6-stage Self-sufficient foot race. The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) is an adventurous foot race held annually in October. This extreme sports event is a 7 day self-sufficient race, covering an approximate total distance of 250 km. Known as the ‘Big Daddy’ in international running circles, KAEM 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, Daberas as well as private farmlands. This unique and contrasting environment with average day temperatures reaching in excess of 40 degrees Celsius and dropping to below 5 degrees Celsius at night presents a daunting challenge to the extreme athlete and determined adventurer alike. Participants must carry all their supplies, clothes and compulsory safety/survival equipment for the duration of the event. Overnight shelter in camps and water, which is strictly controlled and distributed during the race, is supplied. In addition, professional medical backup as well as sports physios are available and form part of the crew.


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Past Event Dates

Held on Oct 06, 2022

Held on Oct 15, 2021

Held on Oct 29, 2020

Held on Oct 10, 2019

Held on Oct 18, 2018

Held on Oct 26, 2017

Held on Oct 13, 2016

Held on Oct 29, 2015

Held on Oct 16, 2014

Held on Oct 24, 2013

Held on Oct 25, 2012

Held on Oct 20, 2011

Held on Oct 21, 2010

Held on Oct 08, 2009

Held on Oct 16, 2008

Held on Oct 25, 2007

Held on Oct 05, 2006

Held on Oct 27, 2005

Held on Oct 28, 2004

Held on Oct 16, 2003

Held on Oct 31, 2002

Held on Oct 18, 2001

Held on Oct 12, 2000

Event Results