Busy Bailey here, there, everywhere


Queenstown running event organiser Adrian Bailey (above) is helping run two ultramarathons and a marathon in the Australian desert. 

Busy Bailey, who oversees his Race The Train event near Kingston this Sunday, is also race director for the inaugural Big Red Run in the harsh Simpson Desert in the middle of Australia this July. 

The desert race – named after the famous Big Red sand dune – includes a 250km six-day stage race, a separate 42km marathon on the first day of the six-day race and separate 100km ultramarathon on the fifth day. 

Bailey – whose other local events also include the Jack’s Point Frontrunner Series and the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon – says he’ll enjoy “the opportunity and excitement of doing something in an unchartered part of the world”. 

“It’ll also be a great learning experience.” 

Big Red Run race founder and runner Greg Donovan is part of a five-man team that has completed four other desert runs around the world including the Sahara and Antarctica. 

The team warmed up by completing the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon last February. 

The Big Red Run – expected to attract about 1000 runners – will raise money to help cure Type 1 diabetes via Donovan’s Born to Run Foundation.