The Races

The Races

Simpson desert (Australia)

150km 27th June – 2nd July 2018

Race1 done and dusted without any hiccups, first over the line in the Big Red Run 150. 1 down 7 to go, it’s early days but it’s always nice to get started and tick the first one off happy, healthy and injury free – you bloody ripper👍


2 marathons and 2 half marathons in 6 days.

 Day 1 7.30am 42.195km Birdsville Marathon
 Day 2 8.30am 21.1km Adria Downs Half Marathon
 Day 3 8.30am 21.1km Arpilindika Marathon
 Day 4 8.30am 15.4km Sprigg Sprint
 Day 5 6.00am 42.195km Mohan Marathon
 Day 6 10.00am 8km Birdsville or Bust followed by late afternoon awards BBQ and entertainment

The course

The Big Red Run course comprises a mixture of sand dunes, open gibber plains, clay flats, salt lakes and a few station tracks. For more details of the course terrain see the Course Description and Terrain page

There will be 2 great campsites during the 5 nights we are out in the desert. We will be camped near spectacular Big Red for the first 4 nights and the final camp after the long day is on a smooth clay pan just outside of Birdsville.

The course map is available at Course Map

Ica Desert (Lima, PERU) 104km

19th – 21st July 2018


DATES:     Friday 20th and Saturday 21st of July 2018

RACE:   Self-assisted individual Ultramarathon

TOTAL DISTANCE:   104 km approximately

STARTING PLACE:   Huacachina Oasis, Ica

START TIME:  Friday at 5 PM

FINISH PLACE:  Center of Interpretation of the National Reserve of Paracas

Peru 8mil organizes the “VI Peru 8mil Desert Challenge, Paracas” that will take place from 20 to 21 of July 2018 in the Paracas Desert, department of Ica, Peru.


The Peru 8mil Desert Challenge 100K, Paracas, it´s a foot race, by stages, with food self-sufficiency and freedom of pace over a distance of approximately 100 Km, with the obligation for each competitor to load their own equipment (food + mandatory equipment).

Simpson desert (Australia)-136km

17th – 20th August 2018


The Malbunka (the longer course)*:

  • Stage 1: 19km around Alice Springs to the Old Telegraph Station
  • Stage 2: 41km from Simpson’s Gap to Standley Chasm
  • Stage 3: 29km from Ochre Pits to Ormiston Gorge
  • Stage 4: 45km from Redbank Gorge to Mt Sonder and Glen Helen

The Namatjira (the shorter course):

  • Stage 1: 11km around Alice Springs to the Old Telegraph Station
  • Stage 2: 20km from The Old Hamilton Downs Station to Standley Chasm
  • Stage 3: 22km from Glen Helen to Ormiston Gorge via Ormiston Pound
  • Stage 4: 30km from Redbank Gorge to and Glen Helen

The Larapinta Trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular walking trails and trekking experiences as it traverses an iconic 223km route from the Historic Telegraph Station at Alice Springs to the lofty summit of Mt Sonder in the MacDonnell Ranges.

The trail is quickly emerging as one of Australia’s most popular and renowned treks and is gaining more and more recognition internationally, with travellers coming from overseas to experience one of Central Australia’s most unique and spectacular attractions.

But why walk when you can run…

Sahara Desert (Tozeur, Tunisia, North Africa) – 100km

28th – 30th September 2018


Where: Tozeur, Tunisia, North Africa

When: Saturday 29 September 2018

Time: 7:00am race starts

Timing: 20h max time (3 am Sunday) with specific deadlines for each Check Point

Current Record: 08h48m50s by Morocco’s Mohamed El Morabity in 2017

Category: Trail Ultra XLong (ITRA classification) > more than 100km

Distance: 100km single stage (5 checkpoints)

Check Points: Every 15-20km. Basic food (local dates, fruits, bread), water and medical assistance provided

Terrain: small sand dunes, sand, salt lake, dried river beds, rocks, very little elevation overall

Temperature: expect a dry hot weather with temperature in mid 30C during daytime and low 20C at night (historical average)

Essentials: runners expect to carry a limited amount of safety equipment

Runners: all runners welcome (18 minimum age on race day)

Oman Desert (Bidiyah, Oman) – 165km

16th – 24th November 2018


Day 1, 21km

Day 2, 25 km THE OASIS



Day 5, 42,195 km THE VIRGIN SANDS




During the first week of November every year, about 100 runners from 15 different countries congregate  to take part in a unique adventure in the breathtaking wilderness of the Oman Desert. The Oman Desert Marathon is a race covering 165 km requiring each runner to be completely self sufficient.

The runners will embody the essence and essential part of a real “desert experience”. This vast expanse of awe-inspiring beauty and fantasy will present   a physical, emotional and spiritual experience of a lifetime. The course will start from the Alwasil Oasis of Bidiyah and finish on the shore of the Arabian Sea.

Six stages and six different perspectives of one of the most beautiful deserts of the world: red, golden and white sands will make this journey unique and always different, in a scenario that doesn’t know monotony. The six stages of the race will take the runners through mile upon mile of astonishing shapes and sizes of sand dunes, palm groves, hamlets and villages. They will pass semi nomadic tribes who still follow the Silk Route through the Oman Desert, wildlife and stunning sunsets and finish the race with an explosion of emotion when they arrive at the shores of the Arabian Sea. There is a night stage when the  awe-struck runners will be inspired by the silence, solitude and mysticism of the desert, illuminated only by the twinkling of millions of stars.

Rann Desert (India) 161km

2nd – 5th February 2019


The 161 kms race segment poses extraordinary challenges. You will start off with everyone else and when 51 kms runners turn around to sprint towards Dholavira, the base camp, you head further along with the 101 kms runners.

The north side is remote and almost never been explored except by Border Security Forces and our race explorers when selecting the route. Very few other human beings have been there, except some local shepherds from time to time. You will run more or less 50 kms on this side. It’s not much but it won’t be easy. You’ll spend your time going up, and down, up and down and up again.

Away from human intervention, the area is only explored by the Border Security Forces. Very few humans have been here, except for the team to chart the race course and local shepherds who wander here from time to time. There are rocks and sand, marsh land and craked desert, thorns and picturesque landscape. It will not be easy, but we never said it would be.

You will create history as you pass through the pages of history when you run through the ruins of ancient Indus Valley Civilization. While you may want to sit back and take in the overwhelming expanse of nothingness, do not forget to run. You have only 45 hours to finish the 161 kms of run!

This is a test of endurance and survival. Tremendous physical and mental strength is required to Brave The Desert.

Utah Desert (Utah, US) 100KM

18th – 20th April 2019



4-8pm– 100 mile and 100K check in at the start/finish line. Bib pickup will be held at the Virgin city park. (Corner of 100 W and Main Street in Virgin, UT). 50K and Half Marathon runners can check in at this time or on Friday from 2-8pm.
7pm– 100M/100K Race Overview & RD Q&A at the expo
8pm– 100M/100K drop-bag deadline


5am– Last minute check ins (100 mile and 100K only)
6am– The 100 mile and 100K races begin
2–8pm– Half Marathon and 50K expo and bib pickup
7pm– 50K/Half Marathon Race Overview & RD QA at the expo
8pm– 50K drop-bag deadline


3:30am– 100K finish line cutoff
5am– Last minute check ins
6am– 50K race begins.
7am– Half Marathon begins
12pm– Half Marathon finish line cutoff
4pm– 100 mile finish line cutoff
5pm– 50K finish line cutoff


This course starts out with a steep climb up Mesa Road onto Smith Mesa where you’ll find an aid station. You’ll do a six mile loop at the top and then come back down along the Flying Monkey trail before heading east towards the Dalton Wash Aid Station. There is a small stream crossing around mile 17, but if you cross it in the right place, your feet should stay dry. You will climb one more hill on single track until you hit the dirt road where you will find the Dalton Wash Aid Station for the first time. Runners will head up the dirt road 4 miles to the top of the mesa where the Guacamole trail begins. There is an aid station near the beginning of the 7.5 mile loop that you’ll pass through on your way out and back, then you’ll head back down to the Dalton Wash Aid Station for the second time (about mile 33).

You’ll then cross the highway and start across the desert towards the looming Gooseberry Mesa. You’ll scramble up a 1,500ft ascent to the Goosebump Aid Station and then head out towards Gooseberry Point. A half mile from the overlook point will be an aid station that you’ll pass through on your way out and back from the overlook (mile 43). You’ll then hug the south rim of the mesa for a mile or so before heading inland, angling back towards the Goosebump Aid Station, which you’ll hit a second time around mile 51.

You’ll now go back down the steep trail to the bottom of the mesa, then you’ll follow a faint doubletrack west along the foot of the mesa over to the Virgin Desert Aid Station before bringing it home.

The last 1.5 miles will be along a busy highway. There is a large shoulder next to road. Please stay as far away from the highway as possible.

Simpson Desert (Alice Springs, Australia) 520km

15th – 24th May 2019



THE TRACK Outback Race will takes place in the Northern Territory of Australia, in the Outback, between the town of Alice Springs and the Uluru / Kata Tjuta National Park.

The first half of the race will takes place within the West MacDonnells National Park. This very old assembly line extends on several hundred kilometers. The route will run in the direction of Finke Gorge National Park.

For the second half of the race, the runners will go down in direction of the Uluru / Kata Tjuta National Park, registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The finish line is at the foot of Uluru, the spiritual heart of Australia. It stands in the middle of the desert, with its color changing according to its exposure to the sun.

Program of competition:

Stage 1 / Ellery Creek – Serpentine Chalet Dam [30 km – 18,6 miles]
Stage 2 / Serpentine Chalet Dam – Finke River Camp [41 km – 25,5 miles]
Stage 3 / Finke River Camp – Hermannsburg [41 km – 25,5 miles]
Stage 4 / Hermannsburg – Boggy Hole [49 km – 30,4 miles]
Stage 5 / Boggy Hole – Palmer River [59 km – 36,7 miles]
Stage 6 / Palmer River – Ernest Road [58 km – 36 miles]
Stage 7 / Ernest Road – Angas Downs [64 km – 39,8 miles]
Stage 8 / Angas Downs – Mount Conner [53 km – 32,9 miles]
Stage 9 / Mount Conner – Uluru [127 km – 78,9 miles]
Total: [522 km – 324,3 miles]


THE TRACK Outback Race is a 520 km foot race in 9 stages / 10 days and in Self-Supported. Each competitor must carry a backpack containing the compulsory equipments, food and personal equipments.

The race takes place in the Northern Territory between Alice Springs and Uluru.

The participants must follow the route as marked by the organizers and they have a road book. There are check points located at regular intervals. Every night a bivouac is proposed by the organization.

A technical support and a medical team are present during the event.

Competitors who cannot respect the limit time: the time limit is 10 hours per stage, can stay in the race and they will be classified with their kilometers run during the event.