If you’ve just read the previous post about young Samantha Gash running 397 kms across the Simpson Desert in four days without sleeping, but feel that she took the soft option, I have great news for you! There’s an annual event called the Simpson Desert Multimarathon. Read on!
It starts at a spot called the Lambert Centre, which is just off the road between Kulgera and Finke, right at the bottom of the Northern Territory. By the way, the Lambert Centre is the planimetric centre of gravity of Oz (google that!).
The Multimarathon is in effect a series of 15 marathon races, one a day for 15 days. It heads east for about 250 kms until it hits the Simpson Desert in South Australia, and then continues for another 400 kms across the desert to Birdsville in far south-west Queensland. It starts on September 15th.
The good news is that contestants are allowed to stop and have a sleep each night. (Samantha probably thinks that is a bit wussy.) The bad news is that entries for this year’s race have already closed, but there’s always next year.
For further information, see http://www.multimarathon.com.au/home/simpson-desert-2012.html.