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.

Estienne Arndt

Estienne Arndt

Race Director

Dallas Barnardo

Dallas Barnardo

Race Director

Nadia Arndt

Nadia Arndt

Registrations & General Manager

Simoné Basson

Simoné Basson

Marketing Manager

Hermien Burger Webb

Hermien Burger Webb

Photographer

Simon Kelly

Simon Kelly

Videographer & Marketer

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.

During the past year, the KAEM team has expanded with the addition of longtime KAEM participants and crew members: Dallas, Simoné, Dave and Hermien.

Dallas has been Estienne’s right hand man on the route since 2014 and this year he will assume the role of Race Director during the event. Since 2013, Simoné has been handling marketing activities with a focus on branding, communication and sponsorship. Long-time KAEM crew veteran, Dangerous Dave, as he is fondly known, joined KAEM as crew in 2005. When he is not seen on his quad with his video camera, he works long hours in getting the daily videos up on social media. And Hermien, since 2012 is always somewhere along the route behind her camera. With a talent to capture special moments of adventure, determination and emotion, Hermien makes KAEM come to life through photography.

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