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Monday, July 08, 2013
Day One Results

Results are filtering back to Birdsville slowly today, we will try to speed up the messages tomorrow.

Un-official Results Day One;
Events;
--Stage 1 of the Big Red Run 250km
--Big Red Dash 42Km desert marathon
Matty Abel and Matt Donovan tied for the mens first place in both the Big Red Run 240Km (First stage) and the Big Red Dash 42km event. Finishing in just 4 hours 38 minutes.
Peri Gray was the first woman across the finish line in the Big Red Dash category, only one minute behind the men (4 hours, 39 minutes)
Jess Baker was the first woman in the Big Red Run Category (250km, Stage 1) in just 4 hours 47 minutes.

About these runners;
Matty Abel has placed 1st in the Northburn 100, 1st in the Great Nosh Footrace, and 1st in the Macleay River Half Marathon. He will be tough competition for Matt Donovan (Team Born to Run) Who completed the worlds toughest marathon series in 2012, the 4 Deserts, each consisting of 250km of some of the harshest environments you could visit.
Peri Gray traveled from Torquay, Victoria to compete in the 42Km Big Red Dash. An elite Adventure Racer, Pro Xterra off-road triathlete, she comes well prepared for this type of event.
Jess Baker is a research associate at the University of New South Wales. Jess completed the 4 Deserts in 2012 as part of Team Born to Run. Jess was a silver medallist in the World 24 Rogaine Championships, and jointly holds the record for the Great North Walk, 260Km Sydney to Newcastle trail.

At last report, (4:40pm today) there were still a couple of people out on course.

There are more photos coming soon, check out the Photo Galleries on www.bigredrun.com.au

(Media access to print quality images are available from Avvisio; 02 9368 7277)

ABOUT THE BIG RED RUN
The Big Red Run is Australia's first and only 250km, multi-stage desert running race, being held in the Simpson Desert from 8-13 July 2013. Based out of Birdsville, the event will give runners and walkers the option of participating in the Big Red Run, a 250km six-day stage race, the Born to Run 100km or the Big Red Dash 42km. All money raised will go to fund type 1 diabetes research. Visit: www.bigredrun.com.au

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