Support crew 1 2011
support crew 2 2011
The support crew for the Simpson Desert Multimarathon will leave the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens on September 9 and head for the outback in convoy. A media/fundraising function will be held at the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens. Four days days later, the convoy will arrive in Alice Springs for a one-night stopover before setting up camp at Lamberts Centre ahead of the beginning of the ultimate foot race on September 15. They'll have driven more than 2,700km to reach the promised land.
The logistics for the Simpson Desert Multimarathon are immense: transporting 15 days worth of provisions for the athletes and support crew, the tents to be set up at each stopping point between Lamberts Crossing and Birdsville, medical supplies, communications equipment ... a whole lot of work, by a whole lot of people, is going on behind the scenes. The convoy, with every vehicle brandishing the distinctive Simpson Desert Multimarathon logo, will stop in country towns such as Mudgee, Dubbo, Nyngan, Broken Hill and Cooper Pedy for an assortment of fuel stops, meet-the-locals exercises and coffee breaks. There will be overnight stays at Cobar and Mt Gunson before Alice Springs is reached. Barry Golding, the only man to have completed the 650km course from Lamberts to Birdsville, will travel with the convoy from the Sydney Opera House instead of flying to Alice Springs with the rest of the runners.
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