The Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon is a 250km self-sufficiency run through the Kalahari.
Lee Capper (39) has run this race three times for his father, Harry, who suffered from cancer and to raise funds for Little Eden. This year he will be running for The Hope School in Westcliffe, Gauteng, to raise funds for their sports development. Says Lee: “Sports is so important for children and, in the case of children attending Hope School, even more so.” The Hope School has produced many stars since its inception, such as Malcolm Chinian, a member of the SA Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball team and Hendrik van der Merwe, the golfer.
This year’s Marathon takes place from October 2 to 11 and comprises six legs over seven days with set distances for each day, ranging from 28km to 75km. Participants carry all their supplies, clothes and their safety and survival equipment for the duration. Overnight shelter in camps and water (which is strictly controlled and distributed during the race) is supplied.
The event goes way beyond merely covering 250 kilometers in extreme conditions; it is a challenge to get past what normal people would regard as crazy and entries are received from all over the world including Australia, Canada, the United States, France and Belgium.
The event is televised on Super Sport One on DSTV, with follow-ups on other Super Sport channels.