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The participants in the Big Red Run will have the choice of 3 different runs.


  • The Big Red Run –  a 6 day 250km stage Race, starting and ending at the iconic Birdsville Pub
  • The Born to Run 100km – a unique 100km desert race on day 5 of the Big Red Run
  • The Big Red Dash – a 42km marathon on day 1 of the Big Red Run from Birdsville to Big Red

The Big Red Run

250km, 6 day stage race, 8am Monday 8th-Saturday 13th July 2013
  • 5 marathons in 6 days.
  • 95% of the run will be in the actual desert, where very few if any people have ventured to on foot before, well away from 4wd vehicle tracks.
  • This weeklong event also coincides with diabetes awareness week.
  • It starts at Birdsville pub with a lap around Birdsville before heading west to the impressive Big Red sand dune, which will be home for the following 2 nights. 
  • You will enjoy the first nights entertainment, with one of Australia's best loved musicians John Williamson performing on top of Big Red.
  • On the second evening, be motivated by legendary ultra-runner Pat Farmer's talk on his record Simpson Desert Crossing and Pole to Pole run.

  • Day 1 = 'Big Red Dash Marathon' - 42.195km 
  • Day 2 = 'Eyre Creek Marathon' - 42.195km
  • Day 3 = 'Simpson's Marathon' - 42.195km
  • Day 4 = 31km
  • Day 5 = 84.39km (the equivalent of two individual marathons back to back!!!)
  • Day 6 = 'Birdsville Pub 8km' - final 8km run to Birdsville Pub, followed by an afternoon awards BBQ and entertainment.

The first day of racing will also include “The Big Red Run Up” where competitors will be timed for their run up Big Red… Who will be crowned King and Queen of Big Red!?!

Big Red Runners will only be required to carry a day pack with mandatory equipment for each day of running. Your event bag (max 14kg) with your clothing, food and other personal items will be transported between campsites by the event organisers.


The Born to Run 100km

100km, 7.30am Friday 12th July 2013

Were you born to run 100km? If so, this is the race for you!

  • You will be transported about 30km west of Birdsville to Big Red on the afternoon of Thursday 11th July and enjoy a night's camp at the foot of this unique natural landmark. Here you will be able to relax whilst soaking up the atmosphere and camaraderie at camp.
  • You will join the Big Red Runners on their long 84.39km day on day 5, and end up continuing on from their finish point and running a 100km course finally finishing in Birdsville late that day, or into the night.
  • You will join the Saturday afternoon celebrations and Big Red BBQ, and party on into the night if you wish at the Birdsville pub.

The Big Red Dash

42km Marathon, 8am Monday 8th July 2013
  • Big Red Dash Marathoners will join day 1 of the Big Red Run, starting at Birdsville Pub runners and walkers will do a lap around town before heading west across unchartered desert to the impressive Big Red sand dune, which will be home for the following 2 nights.
  • You will have to save something in reserve to have a crack at running up Big Red at the end of the stage, where you will be timed between the bottom to the top of the infamous sand dune - the fastest time for the run up will be rewarded!
  • You will enjoy the first nights entertainment, with one of Australia's best loved musicians John Williamson performing on top of Big Red.
  • During day 2 , you can choose to go for a recovery jog, or relax at camp with fellow competitors. You may even like to take a helicopter flight over the desert to see all of the other runners in action (scenic flights can be arranged for an additional cost).
  • On the second evening, be motivated by legendary ultra-runner Pat Farmer's talk on his record Simpson Desert Crossing and Pole to Pole run.
  • You will return to Birdsville via bus on Wednesday 10th July, where you can look forward to a farewell celebration dinner.

Mandatory Gear


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Camping throughout the event

All participants will be provided with a shared tent accommodation during the event. You will be required to bring your own sleeping mat and sleeping bag to be put in your event bag (see mandatory gear lists for more information).

You will also be required to bring your own food for the week. The event organisers will supply all water and sports drink, as well as hot water at camp.

A full itinerary will be provided in the lead up to the event.