Creating races in partnership

Run for your love

Who do you admire?


This pair founded Extreme Marathons when they established the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon in 2000.

They met through another desert race: the 250km Marathon des Sables! Nadia booked Estienne's flight to Morocco when she was a travel agent in 1999. "I thought he was nuts!" says Nadia.

The multi-stage KAEM was the first event they worked on together. "Being the second multi-stage, self-sufficient desert run in the world, it was very interesting…

"In those days, there was not even cell phone coverage for the area. How we pulled it off and survived it, no one knows."

And their secret to working together?

Nadia: "Thinking he’s the boss keeps him happy."

Estienne : "I answer every instruction with ‘Yes dear’!"

"Seriously, working and living together can sometimes be difficult. But our outlook on life and interests are similar, and we have loads of fun together," says Nadia. "Make the most of whatever life throws at you and be best

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