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Trail race events in June 2017

Wed 28 June GP

Rietvlei Night Trail. 5km, 10km. Rietvlei Dam. Walk or run the short distances. Start 7pm. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Fri 30 June GP

Jackal Night Run. 5km, 10km. Copperleaf Golf Club. Walk or run the short distances. Start 7pm. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Trail race events in July 2017

Sat 1 July GP

Wild Africa Blanket Run. 2km, 5km, 8km, 12km, 15km. Lion & Safari Park. Open plains meet soaring cliffs, majestic trees meet the Crocodile River, wildlife meets mankind. Run for a cause. Blanket donations are welcome. Start 7:30am. R100/R135. entrytime.com

Sat 1 – Sun 2 July WC

Grootvadersbosch Trail Run. 32km/15km. Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, Western Cape. Run one or both days in exquisite conservancy. Fairly strenuous with 95% singletrack with a varied terrain. Start 8:30am. R680/R1,220. quantumadventures.co.za

Sun 2 July KZN

Umhlanga Winter Trail Run & Walk. 5km, 12km, 18km. Sibaya Casino. Easy, moderately technical, scenic, lagoon and forest. Start 6:30am. R80/R120/R140. umhlangatrailrun.co.za

Sun 2 July GP

Tough One Trail. 5km, 10km, 15km. Tierpoort Adventure Farm. Walk or run the short distances. Start 7am. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Sun 2 July KZN

Aloe Wildlife Trail Run. 4km, 10km, 18km. Aloe Wildlife Estate, Camperdown. Singletrack galore through game estate. Start 7:30am. R70/R120/R150. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Sun 2 July GP

Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series 4 of 4. 9km, 14km. Leeuwenkloof. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am. trailseries.co.za

Sun 2 July GP

Jolly July Trail Run. 8km, 13km, 21km. Casa-Lee, Pretoria East. part of the Jolly July Charity Fair. Fun for the whole family! Start 9am. R100/R140/R180. wildtrail.co.za

Wed 5 July EC

Merrell Winter Night Run. 5km, 8km. Norm Huldin, Port Elizabeth. Bring a friend and headlamp, dress as luminous as you can! Start 6:30pm. R90/R130. mountainrunner.co.za

Wed 5 July GP

Duck Night Run. 5km, 10km. Kyalami Country Club. Walk or run the short distances. Start 7pm. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Wed 5 July GP

Kinetic Night Trail Run. 4km, 8km. Parkview Golf Club. Night trail run with a headlight. Start 7:30pm. R70. kineticgear.co.za

Thu 6 July GP

Woodhill Night Run. 5km, 10km. Woodhill Estate. Walk or run the short distances. Start 7pm. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Fri 7 July GP

Impi Day-Night Series #6. 5km. Jackal Creek, Roodepoort. Fun, tough, gritty obstacle trail run over varied, undulating terrain. Compete for series win. Start 3pm. R200. impichallenge.co.za

Fri 7 – Sun 9 July KZN

iSimangaliso Trail Challenge. 6km/37km/38km. St Lucia. Inaugural 81km stage race. Run flat and fast beach and indigenous forest through game reserve. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Simola Phantom Night Run 2017Sat 8 July WC

Simola Phantom Night Run. 6km, 12km. Simola Country Hotel & Spa, Knysna. Run or hike through the mysterious forest to music of performing opera phantoms. Little Phantom Kids Adventure Run has two short distances. Start 5pm. trailtown.net   SPONSORED 

Sat 8 July EC

Rhodes Run. 52km. Iconic, challenging trail in 29th year. Tackle icy conditions in the Southern Drakensberg. Invitation only with effective substitution facility. rhodesrun.za.net

Sat 8 July MP

Buffalo Gorge Trail Run. 2.5km, 6.5km, 10km, 18km. Buffalo Gorge Eco Adventure Centre, Middelburg. Tough, scenic, singletrack, and bush. Start 8:30am. R50-R100. buffalogorge.co.za

Sun 9 & Wed 12 July WC Cancelled

Elephant Free Range Run. 7km. SANParks Diepwalle Forestry Station, Knysna. Run in your own time, 9am – 4pm, at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. trailtown.net

Sun 9 July GP

Tornado Trail. 5km, 10km, 15km. Nt’Shonalanga Valley Resort. Walk or run the short distances. Start 7am. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Sun 9 July WC

Wine Adventure Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 15km. Warwick Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Climb the slopes of Klapmutskop on new singletrack and jeeptrack through the vineyards. Start 9am. dirtopia.co.za

Sun 9 July WC

Lourensford Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 16km. Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West. Magical views. Easy running through vineyards and orchards. Suitable for novice and serious runner. Start 8:30am. R80/R110. quantumadventures.co.za

Mon 10 & Thu 13 July WC Cancelled

Terblans Free Range Run. 6.5km SANParks Grootdraai Picnic Site, Gouna, Knysna. Run in your own time, 9am – 4pm, at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. trailtown.net

Tue 11 July – Sun 16 July INT

Racing Madagascar. 20km/26km/27km/ 42km/28km/10km. Beamalona Waterfall. Second edition. Run 150km over six days, with the magnificent northern Madagascar in the background. racing-madagascar.com/en

Tue 11 & Fri 14 July WC Cancelled

Bushpig Free Range Run. 6.5km. Cape Nature Goukamma Nature Reserve, Knysna. Run in your own time, 9am – 4pm, at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. trailtown.net

Tue 11 July WC

Featherbed – Phoenix Run. 11km, 15km, 21km. Knysna. Cruise Café Restaurant, Knysna. The Knysna Heads have been burned, but a Phoenix rises from the ashes! The Coelacanth, Seahorse, and new long Great White will remain the same distances, on new routes. trailtown.net

Wed 12 July GP

Jackal Night Run. 5km, 10km. Copperleaf Country Club. Walk or run the short distances. Start 7pm. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Thu 13 July WC

Knysna Trail Clinic. Simola Country Lodge. Learn from experts including top adventure racer Mark Collins and Coach Mo Janse van Rensburg. R800. Start 8am. trailclinics.co.za

Sat 15 July WC

Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run. 15km, 25km, 35km, 50km. Berg River Dam. A wild time, wet feet, and OBS served by French Maids. Start 6am. R325-R895. energyevents.co.za

Sat 15 July KZN

Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Challenge. 7.5km, 15km. Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort. Enjoy the spectacular Southern Berg, with crystal clear river crossings and sublime single track. Start 9am. R80/R120. wardevents.co.za

Sun 16 July KZN

Phezulu Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 18km. Valley of 1000 Hills. Tough courses through game reserve with giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest. Start 7am. R100/R130/R160. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Sun 16 July WC

Houtkapper Trail Run. 9km, 15km, 27km. Quinto Da Montanha, Rheenendal. Singletrack through Jubilee Creek, Natbos, Jubilee bush, and Outeniqua hiking trail. Giant tree ferns, river, stream, waterfall, and ancient Yellowwood trees. Start 8:30am. R180/R250/R300. knysnamarathonclub.com

Sun 16 July INT

Dodo Trail. 5km, 10km, 25km, 50km. Mauritius. Run the highest peaks of the island, through exclusive private properties with over 3,000m of vertical climb. Start 5:30am. dodotrail.com

Wed 19 July GP

Tortoise and Hare Night Run. 5km, 8km. Big Red Barn. Walk or run the short distances. Start 7pm. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Sat 22 July – Sun 23 July EC

JBayX Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 20km, 60km. Jeffreys Bay. Run all three 20km events starting 12 hours apart, or just do one. Physically and mentally challenging. Start 7am. R60-R1,290. jbayx.co.za

Sun 23 July GP

Arnold Chatz Nogwaja Run. 5km, 10km, 20km. Rustig Hiking Trails, Hekpoort. Magaliesberg mountains, stunning forests, amazing caves, technical climbs and descents. Start 7am. R100/R130/R220. myroadlesstravelled.co.za

Sun 23 July GP

Family Day @ Pretoria Zoo. 4km, 8km. Pretoria Zoo. Walk or run the short distances. Start 7am. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Sun 23 July EC

Spur PE Trail Series 1 of 4. 5km, 10km. Sacramento Nature Reserve. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am. trailseries.co.za

Sun 23 July WC

Spur Cape Winter Trail Series 1 of 4. Paul Cluver Estate. 9km, 16km Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am. trailseries.co.za

Sun 23 July WC

Gluhwein Trail Run. 8km, 13km. Delheim Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Good climbing and singletrack sections in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy with magnificent views! Start 9:15am. dirtopia.co.za

Wed 26 July GP

Wild Dog Night Run. 4km, 8km. Start 7pm. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Fri 28 July GP

Serengeti Night Run. 5km, 10km, 15km. Serengeti Wild Life and Golf Estate. Fun family event. Beautiful Wild Life Estate run on golf cart tracks. Start 7pm. R75/R100. trailadventure.co.za

Fri 28 – Sun 30 July EC

Transkei Super Bowl. 10km, 25km, 50km. Mtentu Lodge, Mtentu River. Panoramic coastal views, breathtaking river systems, waterfalls, pure African trail running, surrounded by game in remote wilderness. Self-navigated. R1,900-R2,500. transkeisuperbowl.com

Sat 29 July MP

The Num-Num Trail Challenge. 15km, 37km. Between Machadodorp and Badplaas. Wind through the Skurweberg on technical and rocky terrain. Start 6:30am. R970. wildtrail.co.za

Sat 29 July GP

Wild Africa Ale Trail. 5km, 8km, 12km, 15km. Lion & Safari Park. Where trail meets brew! Spectacular trails through private game reserve. Local craft brewery stops along route. The longer you run, the more ale’s you get! Start 7:30am. R180/R220. entrytime.com

Sat 29 July WC

Whale of Trail. 53km. Potberg Nature Reserve. Iconic five day Whale Trail hiking route with 1,900m ascent, fynbos, technical rocky ridgelines, sandy beach, endless vistas, in one day. R2,900. whaleoftrail.co.za

Sat 29 – Sun 30 July GP

Trail Clinic. Teaching/running. Walter Sisulu Botanic Gardens. Speakers include Peri Zourides, Neville Beeton, and Anca Wessels. Start 6:30am. R1,900. trailclinics.co.za

Sat 29 July KZN

Ngoje Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 22km, 36km. Brocklee Dam, Eshowe. Scenic singletrack, ravine, rivers, waterfalls. Start 5:30am. R25/R50/R150/R200. ngoje.co.za

Sun 30 July KZN

1000 Hills Challenge. 10km, 21km, 38km. Nagle Dam. For beginners to hardened runners on cattle paths around spectacular Nagle Dam. Adventurous Umngeni River traverse. Start 7am. R220/R320/R420. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Sun 30 July GP

Elephant Trail. 5km, 10km, 15km, 21km. Big Red Barn. Walk or run the short distances. Start 8am. R100. trailadventure.co.za

Sun 30 July EC

Spur PE Trail Series 2 of 4. 6km, 12km. Venue TBC. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am. trailseries.co.za

Sun 30 July WC

Spur Cape Winter Trail Series 2 of 4. 8km, 12km. Tygerberg Nature Reserve. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am. trailseries.co.za

Sat 16 September NW

The Citizen Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 21km. Sun City Resort. See Sun City as you never have before! R70/R145/R165. suninternational.com   SPONSORED 

See more in your copy of TRAIL 23, where we list 150 trail running events locally and internationally from April to September 2017.

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