DID YOU KNOW? Over 130,000 Australians have Type 1 diabetes.
Type 1 diabetes is the most common chronic disease in children, and is more common than cancer and cystic fibrosis.
DID YOU KNOW? People with Type 1 diabetes face many serious long term health complications.
Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong incurable disease, and without daily insulin injections people with Type 1 diabetes would die.
DID YOU KNOW? The cost to Australia of Type 1 diabetes is estimated to be $600m per annum.
DID YOU KNOW? Over 275 people a day are newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? Nearly 1 million Australians have Type 2 diabetes.
DID YOU KNOW? The cost to Australia of diabetes is nearly $7billion per annum.
DID YOU KNOW? Over 60% of people with Type 2 diabetes can overcome it with fitness and healthy lifestyle.


Having a good team of volunteers is integral to making Big Red Run a success. There are a wide variety of roles, to suit volunteers of all walks of life. Volunteers will have an amazing experience in the outback for the week, and will get to be included in all the fun, so it's a great way to participate and lend a helping hand at the same time!

Some volunteer roles that require filling are:

Checkpoint Staff - set up and staff the remote course check points. Includes set up shade shelter, timing area and water supply. Work with the medical team to monitor the condition of the runners.

Camp Staff - general tasks around camp including setting up the runner tents, officials / timing tent, medical tent, toilets, water supply etc.

Traffic Marshals - work with event organisers to help organise safe vehicle movements between camps and checkpoints. Marshal the 4WD track crossing points that the runners will use.

Course Setters - place the course markers before each stage.

Fore-Runners - check the markers just before use.

Sweeps - follow the last runners and clear the course markers.

Medical Team (Doctors, Paramedics, First Aiders, Nurses) - work with the medical and safety directors to provide runner monitoring, preventative health care, first aid and medical response to runners on the course and in camp.

Course Coordinator - Coordinate the course setting, fore-running, sweeps teams and transport of teams to various course legs.

General Duties & Administration - assist with event administration and coordination, and any other general duties that arise during the event.

Photographer - take interesting and exciting quality photos of the event and competitors.

Volunteers are welcome to bring their own 4WD's, however if you don't own one, we are able to transport you around the course as needed.

So what's in it for you?!?

As a volunteer you will receive a Big Red Run shirt, tent accommodation, pre and post race dinners, event entertainment including the John Williamson Sunset Concert and inspirational talks by Pat Farmer and of course you get to be involved in the inaugural Big Red Run. We are also offering up to $250 reimbursement for travel costs.

Volunteers will be set up on a rostered system, ensuring you have some free time to mingle with new friends and enjoy everything the beautiful Simpson Desert has to offer.