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KAEM Management Team

KAEM management team works year-round planning and executing activities pertaining to the event. At the event the Race Director is responsible for critical decision-making and the overall management of all operations.

Russell Nugent

Russell Nugent

Race Director

Dallas Barnardo

Dallas Barnardo

Race Director

Simon Kelly

Simon Kelly

Marketing & Videography

Genevieve Stroombergen

Genevieve Stroombergen

Participant Liaison & Administrative Coordinator

Hermien Burger Webb

Hermien Burger Webb

Photographer

Simoné Basson

Simoné Basson

Registrations & Administration

Dave Harraway

Dave Harraway

Videographer & Film Producer

KAEM was founded by Estienne Arndt, Nadia Arndt and Simon Kelly in the year 2000. From small beginnings, the three partners have established KAEM as one of the most unique and prominent extreme trail running events on the international running calendar. This is a truly remarkable event that offers participants much more than just a trail running experience. Not only because of the beauty and solitude of the Kalahari Desert, but largely because of the wonderful people who partake, both competitors and crew have become family over the years. Hence, KAEM has a repeat participant rate of more than 25% every year.

The KAEM management team expanded in 2017 with the addition of longtime KAEM participants and crew members: Dallas, Simoné, Dave, Hermien and Genevieve. In 2019 Russell Nugent came on board to fulfill the role of Race Director, together with Dallas.

For more information about the event, please browse the General Information page. Furthermore, connect with us on Facebook, and get regular updates on upcoming KAEM events.