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.

MEDICLINIC is the event’s official medical sponsor. The medical team comprises two medical doctors, providing guidance and oversight in terms of medical operations. The doctors are assisted by three qualified medical nurses.

Estienne Arndt

Estienne Arndt

Race Director

Dallas Barnardo

Dallas Barnardo

Race Director

Nadia Arndt

Nadia Arndt

Registration & General Management

Simoné Basson

Simoné Basson

Marketing Consultant

Simon Kelly

Simon Kelly

Videographer & Marketing

Estienne Arndt

Estienne Arndt

Race Director

Nadia Arndt

Nadia Arndt

Registration & General Management

Simon Kelly

Simon Kelly

Videographer & Marketing

Having worked and trained in Television broadcast at the SABC back in the mid eighties, and going on to run his own independent production company, Video Architects, Simon Kelly brought his media experience to the event in 2000.

Growing up at the coast in the Eastern Cape, Simon has always been a keen yachtsman, but has an enormous passion for anything else outdoors, particularly this Unique and Extreme event in the Green Kalahari desert.

“After 17 years as a partner in KAEM, I can honestly say that every year is a unique and amazing experience, not only because of the beauty and solitude of the area we operate in, but largely because of the wonderful people who partake, both competitors and crew, who have become family over the years.”

Simoné Basson

Simoné Basson

Marketing Consultant

Dallas Barnardo

Dallas Barnardo

Race Director

KAEM was founded in the year 2000 by Estienne Arndt, Nadia Arndt and Simon Kelly. 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, who have become family over the years.

Dallas is part of KAEM since 2014, being Estienne’s right-hand man on the route. Dallas will assume the role of Race Director in the 2017 event.

Simoné is part of KAEM since 2013. Her focus is on communication, marketing and sponsorship management.