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"Big Run Events had its seeds in some BIG and ambitious goals."

In 2012 Greg Donovan, founder of Born to Run Foundation formed a team of 5 Australians, with the aim of being the first ever team to conquer the gruelling 4 Deserts Series, which included 250km footraces across the Atacama, Gobi, Sahara and Antarctic Deserts. The team was named Team Born to Run, and included both the youngest, oldest, first father and son ,first couple, and first person with Type 1 diabetes to successfully complete the 4 deserts Grand Slam. Having successfully accomplished this goal, the aim then turned to finishing the teams journey on Australian sand, and hence Big Red Run was “born”, a 250km desert stage race in Australia’s famous Simpson Desert.

Team Born to Run went on to finish their epic desert running mission at Big Red Run, and one of the members of the team Jess Baker actually won the inaugural Big Red Run outright.

The Born to Run Foundation was established to raise funds and awareness of Type 1 diabetes, and as that was to be the focus on the Foundation, Big Run Events was established to focus on the management and operations of the Big Red Run.

The first Big Red Run held in July 2013 was an outstanding success, and approximately $160,000 was raised for Type 1 Diabetes research. The second edition of the run is being held in July 2014.

The Big Red Run would arguably be the most logistically and technologically challenging running event staged in Australia, due to the remote location, timespan of the event, and the fact that the event is held in the desert away from established and defined tracks and trails, and other support such as communications.

Big Run Events established a great team, with a unique blend of skills and experience in order to operate the Big Red Run, and this unparalleled blend of expertise has enabled Big Run Events to further expand its operation by developing a range of unique outback events including:

  • Big Burke & Wills Trek
  • Big Red Bash, 2 day music festival in the Simpson Desert
  • Big Rock Run (to be held in 2015 at Uluru)

Recognising the fantastic atmosphere and camaraderie that is enjoyed by participants of mutli day running events, Big Run Events has also established Trailfest, an easy and accessible way for runners to enjoy these type of events over a long weekend without the need to travel far afield. A great way for people to get into, enjoy and appreciate the stage racing arena. Our goal now that we have introduced multi day stage racing is to further develop it through putting on great events so it can become an attractive part of the Australian running scene, and our aim is to be the leading event operator in this field.

We have also recently taken over the Sydney Trail Series from Mountain Sports who established this great new series in 2012. We plan to further develop this fantastic series to provide easy and accessible monthly trail runs for runners of all ages and abilities, offering short medium and long course options.

With all of the above events in place Big Run Events is able to offer:-

  • Runners a full range of off road events from 7km trail runs right through to 250km desert stage races, and everything in between.
  • Adventure trekkers the unique opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Burke & Wills from Dig Tree to Birdsville
  • Music festival lovers the unique opportunity to enjoy great Aussie artists on the incredible setting of the Big Red Dune.

Big Run Events is located in a shopfront office and showroom in Manly Vale on Sydney Northern Beaches, so if you are around that way why not pop in and see us and talk to us about one of our unique events.

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  1. Day 4 Update - the calm before the long run Brendan Byrne 05-Jul-2014
  2. Half way through the 2014 Big Red Run Brendan Byrne 04-Jul-2014
  3. Day 1 Results and more photos Brendan Byrne 03-Jul-2014
  4. Day 1 of Big Red Run 2014 Brendan Byrne 02-Jul-2014
  5. Welcome to Big Red Run and Little Red Run 2014 Brendan Byrne 01-Jul-2014


Big Run Events operate a range of unique high profile events, including fundraising events, many of which draw significant media coverage. If you are interested in Big Run Events sponsorship opportunities for any of our events, please contact us, and our sponsorship manager will respond to you.

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