The 19th Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon to start 20 October with a super exciting line-up of top international contenders

Extreme ultra-distance runners, Bennie Roux and Pavel Paloncy promise an adventure race not to be missed!


South Africa, 16 October 2018 – The 19th Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM), known as the “Big Daddy” of ultra-trail marathons will start on 20 October 2018 at the SANPARKS Augrabies Falls National Park. This year the field comprises 57 participants from all over the world.


The line-up for the men’s race promises lots of excitement. Bennie Roux (South Africa), winner of this year’s Munga challenge and Pavel Paloncy of the Czech Republic will be top contenders, challenged by other competitors including newbies Xavi Marina and Albert Bosch of Spain, Robert Treadwell of the UK, and 2017 KAEMer, Marius van Zyl of South Africa. Edward Chapman that has completed his 10th KAEM in 2016 is back for more of the Kalahari sand and sun.


The women’s race will be interesting.  Erica Terblanche, winner of KAEM 2002 is back to defend her title while Bakiye Duran (Turkey) that has been on the podium a number of times is going for her 7th KAEM. Annie Dougall (UK) is aiming to complete her 6th and Altie Clark has her sights on achieving her 4th KAEM.


KAEM 2018 race will start on 20 October at 8:00. See our KAEM 2018 participants here: LIKE US on our KAEM Facebook Page at @kalahariaugrabiesextrememarathon and Facebook Event Page @KAEM2018 and be sure to get regular updates of the happenings of the event. We are also on Instagram and Twitter @KAEM250km. Our website has all the information you need at Entries for KAEM 2019 will open soon! Check our website and social media platforms for the announcement.


KAEM thanks all our valued sponsors: SANPARK Augrabies Falls National Park, aQuellé, SAAB, Augrabies Falls Lodge & Camp and Airlink.


For an interview with Race Directors Estienne Arndt and/or Dallas Barnardo, please contact Simoné Basson at 083 709 8170 or


About KAEM

The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon ranks as one of the top international trail marathon events on the global calendar and is the second oldest event of its kind. The route crosses the Augrabies Falls National Park, Daberas and private farmlands. The contrasting environment with average day temperatures reaching in excess of 40°C and dropping to below 5°C at night presents a daunting challenge to the extreme athlete and determined adventurer. The sponsors of KAEM include aQuelle, South African National Parks, SAAB, Augrabies Falls Lodge and Camp, Airlink, Hydrastay, Xeroderm, Fruits du Sud, Daberas Adventures, Buff, Falke, Plato Lodge and OWK. For more information about KAEM please visit

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