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Trail running events in March 2021

Sat 6 March WC

Southern Breweries Trail Run. 18km. The Striped Horse, Muizenberg. Point to point run through Silvermine. Batched starts and goodie bags. R550. capepointbreweries.wixsite.com

Sat 6 March KZN

Drakensberg Northern Trail. 6km, 10km, 20km, 40km. Alpine Heath. Life-changing mountain marathon. Part of Mountain Marathon Series. Start 5:30am. drakensbergnortherntrail.co.za

Sat 6 – Sun 7 March MP

Trail Girl 2 Day. 15km/15km. Olifants River Lodge, Middelburg. Exciting two days of running exclusively for women and girls. Run in the forest and then on the beach. R4,000+. trailgirl.co.za

Sun 7 March GP

Fresh@Voortrekker Monument. 5km, 10km, 17km. Voortrekker Monument. Technical singletrack and jeep track around Schanskop Hill. Start 7am. R120-R200. freshtrails.co.za

Sat 7 March WC

Run The Vines #3. 5km, 10km, 17km. Mellasat. Vineyard running with stunning views of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains and Paarl Valley. Start 7:15am. R120-R170. runthevines.co.za

Fri 12 March WC

Dust4Glory. 5km, 10km. Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Oudsthoorn. Klein Karoo. Mountains with heavy incline at night. Obstacle course races available on morning after. dust4glory.co.za

Sat 13 March WC

Tortoise Tuff. 23km. Sedgefield Primary School. Tuff enough? Run around Swartvlei Lagoon, hilly coastal paths, and through Goukamma NR. Start 7am. roadrunning.co.za

Sat 13 March KZN

Kamberg Classic Trail Run. 6km, 14km. Glengarry. Superb trails with a satisfying climb and descent in mountainous surrounds. Start 2pm. R70/R100. glengarry.co.za

Sat 13 – Sun 14 March KZN

Dumbe Trail Run. 21km/15km. Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. Run the escarpment near Oliviershoek Pass and Sterkfontein Dam. dumbetrailrun.co.za

Sun 14 March KZN

Rocky Bay. 6km, 12km, 19km. Scottburgh. Farmland and coastal forest, jeep and singletrack. Beautiful sea views. Start 6am. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Sun 14 March GP

Fresh@Wolwe. 5km, 12km, 17km. Wolwespuit Park. Handcrafted singletrack for flowing, adrenaline-filled adventure for any runner. Start 7am. R120-R200. freshtrails.co.za

Wed 17 – Mon 22 March KZN

X-Berg Challenge. 150km. Drakensberg Brewery, Central Drakensberg. Race solo or in teams against mountain bikers and paragliders along a gruelling mountain route. Short distance over two days, long distance over four. Start 7am. R2,530/R3,565. xbergchallenge.com

Thu 18 – Mon 22 March WC

Outeniqua Quest 4 Day. 16km/32km/30km/30km. Wilderness. Outeniqua Mountains, indigenous forests of Knysna and the chance to spot the elusive Knysna Elephant. R7,950. trisport.co.za

Sun 20 March MP

York Dusk Till Dawn Endurance Race. 12km loop. York Engelhard Park, Main Road, Sabie. Run loops from sunset until sunrise on Monday. Start 5:30pm. R400. freshtrails.co.za

Sun 20 March WC

Legend Runner Uphill Challenge. 4km, 8.5km. Taal Monument. Get all the way up to Paarl Rock, then either run down or catch a lift. R100-R350. entryninja.com

Sun 20 March WC

Allesverloren Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 17km. Swartland. Picturesque Riebeek Valley trails climbing up imposing Kasteelberg. Start 7am. R130-R170. entryninja.com

Sun 21 March WC

Trail Series Super League 3. 7km, 11km, 17km. Tygerberg Nature Reserve. Tackle rolling hills on manicured hiking trails. Start 7am. trailseries.co.za

Sun 21 March KZN

Blythedale Trail Run. 5km, 12km, 20km. Blythedale Event Bowl. Indigenous forest and beach. Start 6am. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Mon 22 March GP

Tiger Trail Run. 2km, 5km, 10km, 21km. Tierpoort Adventure Farm. Enjoy the trails, donate old running kit, earn Vitality points, and relax under the trees. Start 7am. R30-R135. revolutiontrails.co.za

Mon 22 March WC

Human Rights Run: Wildekrans. 5km, 10km. Wildekrans Wine Estate. Run beautiful trails in Bot River Valley, amongst indigenous rhenosterbos, on public holiday. R120. entryninja.com

Fri 26 – Sun 28 March EC

Addo Elephant Trail Run. 44km, 76km, 160km. Addo Elephant National Park. Mentally and physically challenging, surrounded by wilderness and wildlife. Earn your buckle with the 100 miler. Start 6am. R1,250-R4,250. addo.run PROMOTED

Fri 26 – Sun 28 March WC

AfricanX Trailrun. 100km. Houw Hoek Hotel, Overberg. Work in teams to overcome gruelling patches and enjoy breathtaking scenery in three stages. Start 8am. stillwatersports.com

Sat 27 March WC

Run The Vines #2. 5km, 10km, 17km. Doolhoof Wine Estate. Fun vineyard running through varied hills and valleys. R120-R170. Start 7:15am. runthevines.co.za

Sat 27 March NW

Magalies Rock. 5km, 10km, 21km. Iron Throne Trail Park, Hartbeespoort. Long distances go up and down with proper technical trails. Short distance runs downhill after cableway ride to top. R210-R250. entryninja.com

Sat 27 March WC

8 Hour Challenge. 5.25km loop. Picardie Guest Farm. Run through the winelands with magnificent views of Paarl Mountain. Complete four laps (21km) to qualify for a medal. R120-R300. Start 6am. 8hourchallenge.co.za

Sat 27 – Sun 28 March EC

Autumn Trail Series Race. 5km, 10km, 20km. Sacramento Restaurant, PE. Run one or both days, same distances available. Day one in Sacramento and day two Cape Recife Nature Reserve from Ziggies Reggae Bar. Start 7:30am. R130-R440. bigosports.co.za

Sun 28 March KZN

Zululami Seaton Trail. 5km, 12km, 20km. Seaton Estate, Ballito. Lush coastal forest, scenic wetlands, spectacular views of Indian Ocean. Start 6am. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Trail running events in April 2021

Fri 23 – Sun 25 April KZN

Ultra-Trail Drakensberg. 21km, 30km, 62km, 100km, 160km. Premier Resort Sani Pass. The first 100 miler in the Drakensberg, traversing the Southern Berg. ultratraildrakensberg.com PROMOTED

Trail running events further ahead

Fri 26 – Sun 28 March EC

Addo Elephant Trail Run. 44km, 76km, 160km. Addo Elephant National Park. Mentally and physically challenging, surrounded by wilderness and wildlife. Earn your buckle with the 100 miler. Start 6am. R1,250-R4,250. addo.run PROMOTED

Fri 23 – Sun 25 April KZN

Ultra-Trail Drakensberg. 21km, 30km, 62km, 100km, 160km. Premier Resort Sani Pass. The first 100 miler in the Drakensberg, traversing the Southern Berg. ultratraildrakensberg.com PROMOTED

Sat 1 May EC

Lake Gariep Run. 40km, 20km. Driekwartblou Guest House, Gariep Dam. A trail run in the Karoo next to the biggest dam in South Africa. Start 7am. R550/R650. lakegarieprun.co.za PROMOTED

Sat 1 May – Sun 2 May NC

Klipspringer Challenge. 21km/18km, 32km/33km. Augrabies Falls National Park. Grueling desert run through remote Kalahari landscapes: granite canyons, Orange River, otherworldly moonscapes, unforgiving desert sand. klipspringerchallenge.co.za PROMOTED

Fri 8 – Sun 11 July KZN

WildSeries Three Cranes Challenge. 29km/25km/23km, 29km/40km/23km. Bushwillow Park, Karkloof. Scintillating forest trails through the beautiful indigenous Karkloof Conservancy. Start 6am. wildseries.co.za PROMOTED

Wed 6 – Thu 7 October EC

Otter African Trail Run Challenge. 5km/42km. Nature’s Valley. Run the classic route west to east from Stormsriver Mouth to Nature’s Valley with 2,600m of ascent, 11 hour cut-off. otter.run PROMOTED

Fri 8 & Sat 9 October EC

Otter African Trail Run Race. 5km/42km. Nature’s Valley. Run the classic route west to east from Stormsriver Mouth to Nature’s Valley with 2,600m of ascent, 9 hour cut-off. otter.run PROMOTED

Sat 9 October EC

Dassie and RockRat Trail Runs. 6km, 10km. Nature’s Valley. Over rocks, roots, pebbles, through riverbeds and up steep climbs. Start 8:30am. R240/R280. otter.run PROMOTED

Otter African Trail Run itinerary 2021

See more events in your copy of TRAIL 38, where we list 70 trail running events from January to April 2020.

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