When Mari-Mar and Michael Walton visited Uluru in 2004 they wondered why there was no marathon in Australia’s magnificent red centre. After six years of planning, permissions and logistics, the keen runners launched the Australian Outback Marathon in 2010, with a field of 187.

 

The event has quickly become an international “must do” experience. Most of the course is on unsealed roads, bush tracks and soft-sand trails, with a few small dunes and plenty of Australia’s famed “Red Earth” thrown in – plus stunning views of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

 

Mari-Mar has been running since 1996, with numerous marathons and ultras under her belt. Michael completed his first marathon in 2001. They say this event is their chance to give something back to running.

Runners in the Australian Outback Marathon are treated like rock stars soon after they start. A helicopter hovers overhead, while the photographer captures images like this for a memory that lasts forever.

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