The infamous Big Red Run will return to the iconic Simpson Desert in 2015 for the third running of Australia’s toughest multi-day stage race that has attracted fans from around the world.
Staged over 6 days from Saturday June 27 to July 2, 2015, this 250klm endurance run, based out of the iconic Birdsville town in Queensland, gives runners an awe-inspiring outback experience while raising money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) which has so far received over $350,000 from the event.
Over 110 runners have so far taken on the challenge and succeeded in conquering the Simpson Desert, known as one of the harshest on earth, boasting the world’s longest parallel sand dunes and the monstrous 40-metre high ‘Big Red’ sand dune.
The inaugural 2013 winners were Matty Abel (mens) and Jess Baker (womens), and in 2014 Dan Casey and Sandy Suckling won their categories, with participants coming to participate from Singapore to the USA to China. Other past participants include ultra marathon legends Pat Farmer and New Zealander Lisa Tamati, as well as UK adventurer and tourism ambassador Ben Southall and several Type 1 Diabetes participants.
A video of the 2014 Big Red Run showcases the spectacular outback scenery, diverse terrain and the camaraderie of Australia’s most remote running event.
Singaporean runner Mohan Kandihah returned for his second Big Red Runt his year. “The Big Red Run is the most fantastic race I have done. 250km – 6 days in the Simpson Desert. We meet friends and finish as a family. It’s probably the best race of my life. I hope to be back next year,” he said.
Organisers have created a festive celebration for the finale of the run with the Birdsville Big Red Bash rock music festival, now in its second year, staged over two days at the finish.
Registrations are open now and runners and walkers have the option of participating in the Big Red Run, a 250km six-day stage race, or the 150klm Little Red Run.
The Big Red Run has the backing of Outback Queensland Tourism and Tourism and Events Queensland who are promoting it alongside other iconic outback events and tourism experiences as part of the ‘Outback Queensland Eventures’ campaign.
All money raised from the event will go to type 1 diabetes research projects and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the world’s largest charitable supporter of type 1 diabetes research.