Free trail running events calendar

This is a month-ahead calendar. Get the next few months of trail running events in every issue of TRAIL, including international events. Issue 32 of TRAIL magazine (July/August/September 2019) features 110 trail running events in South Africa and internationally.


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Runners: Find a stockist to get the full South African trail running events calendar in TRAIL 32. It’s available in print and digital editions. We include some of the top international events of interest to South Africans too.

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Trail running events calendar for races in July 2019

Sat 20 July EC

The Alexandria Trail Run. 7km, 14km, 39km. Alexandria Hiking Trail office. Magical forest, grassland, coastline, Alexandria Duneveld. Start 8am.

Sat 20 – Sun 21 July KZN

Karkloof100 Training Camp. 30km, 25km/50km. 11 Karkloof, Karkloof. Karkloof100 course preview and training.

Sat 20 – Sun 21 July KZN

Sappi Scottburgh Trail Weekend. 5km, 12km, 22km. Club House, Scottburgh Main Beach. A fun morning, walkers welcome. Stat 8am. R50/R110/R160.

Sun 21 July EC

The Crossways Challenge. 5km, 10km, 15km, 35km, 50km. Crossways Country Kitchen, PE. Well-manicured trails with a little something extra. Start 8am. R120-R1,450.

Sun 21 July KZN

The Doggy Dash. 5km, 10km. Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park. Family event – market stalls, jumping castle, fun. Fundraiser for dog sterilisation. Start 8am. R30-R120.

Sun 21 July WC

Cape Winter Trail Series 1. Paul Cluver Estate. 9km, 16km. Start 9am.

Sat 27 July LIM

Ndlovumzi Trail Challenge. 6km, 12km, 28km. Ndlovumzi Private NR. A fast but challenging route with sections along the Olifants River. Start 6:30am. R80-R200.

Sat 27 – Sun 28 July GP

Gauteng Trail Clinic. Coaching/running. Walter Sisulu Botanic Gardens. Speakers include Bennie Roux, Craig Gornall, Neville Beeton, Brendan McBirnie, and Anca Wessels. Start 7am.  PROMOTED

Sat 27 July MP

Num-Num Trail Challenge. 15km, 32km. Pongola Camp, Machadodorp. Tough challenge with pristine nature trails. Start 7am.

Sat 27 July WC

Stellenbosch Farm Run. 7km, 11.5km, 20km. Spier Wine Estate. Festive winter outdoor weekend in the Winelands. Start 8am. R130/R160/R220.

Run2Nowhere 31 Aug - 1 Sep 2019

Sat 27 July GP

Wild Africa Blanket Run. 5km, 8km, 12km. Harties is Africa. Majestic trail on Magalies River surrounded by bonfires, trails, friends, gluhwein. Blanket donations welcome. Start 8am. R230/R250.

Sat 27 July GP

Winter Cowhouse Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 15km. Cowhouse Market, Pretoria. Free craft beer from Hazeldean Brewing Co. Start 4pm. R90/R110/R150.

Sat 27 July FS

TrailrunSeries Mooiwater. 5km, 10km. Quest Gym, Mooiwater Conservancy. Fast single and jeep track. Start 8am. R100.

Sat 27 July WC

Newton Johnson Trail Run. 5km. Newton Johnson Wine Estate. Moderate trail, with downhill to flat road, finishing on challenging hill through vineyards. Spectacular scenery of surrounding wine farms. Start 9am. R120.

Sun 28 July KZN

1000 Hills Challenge. 5km, 10km, 20km, 38km. Nagle Dam. For beginners to hardened runners on cattle paths around spectacular Nagle Dam. Adventurous Umngeni River traverse. Start 7am. PROMOTED

Sun 28 July GP

Piesangkloof Winter Trail. 6km, 12km, 23km. Piesangkloof 4×4 Trails. New event in the Magaliesberg Mountains! Start 7:30am. R110, R150, R240.

Sun 28 July WC

Cape Winter Trail Series 2. 8km, 12km. Tygerberg Nature Reserve. Start 9am.

Trail running events in August 2019

Thu 1 August GP

Eastern Nights Trail Run #4. 4km, 8km. Lake Club Benoni. Run jeep track, singletrack, and grasslands on a beautiful Golf Course at safe family friendly venue. 7pm. R75/R85.

Thu 1 – Sat 3 August WC

Merrell Whale Journey. 53km. De Hoop Nature Reserve. Iconic five day Whale Trail hiking route with 1,900m ascent, fynbos, technical rocky ridgelines, sandy beach, endless vistas, over two days. R6,800.

Sat 3 August WC

Merrell Whale of Trail. 53km. De Hoop Nature Reserve. Iconic five day Whale Trail hiking route with 1,900m ascent, fynbos, technical rocky ridgelines, sandy beach, endless vistas, in one day. R3,600.

Sat 3 August KZN

Ngoje Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 22km, 36km. Brocklee Dam, Eshowe. Scenic singletrack, ravine, rivers, waterfalls. Start 6am. R70-R300.

Sat 3 August FS

TrailrunSeries Botanical Gardens. 5km, 9km. Volksblad Market Botanical Gardens. R100.

Sat 3 August FS

Heilbron Boere Treat Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 21km. Heilbron Golf Course. Beautiful Free State scenery with grazing antelope, cattle. Some climbing in valleys. Five waterpoints Start 7:30am. R110-R270.

Sun 4 August GP

Hennops Big 5 Challenge. 4km, 10km, 22km, 30km. Hennops Fields. Run with wildlife along Hennops River and surrounding mountains. One event per month for five months. Start 6:30am. R90-R250.

Sun 4 August KZN

3 Falls Trail Run. 18km. Forest View Primary School. Magnificent views of Krantzkloof NR. See the Kloof, Uve, and mPhiti Falls. Steep, technical, fun. Start 6:30am. R250.

Sun 4 August WC

Cape Winter Trail Series 3. 8km, 14km. Taal Monument and Paarl Nature Reserve. Start 9am.

Fri 9 August WC

Run The Vines #6. 5km, 10km, 17km. Olsen Winery. National Women’s Day on the Klein Drakenstein Mountains. R100-R150. Start 7:45am.

Fri 9 – Sun 11 August WC

Southern Cross 3-day Trail Run (SOX). 22km/18km/18km, 32km/30km/18km. Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp, Garden Route NP. Three unforgettable days on unique routes. Pristine hiking trails in Outeniqua mountains, tranquil indigenous forest, beautiful Garden Route coastline. Start 8am. R2,400-R3,600.

Fri 9 – Sun 11 August GP

The HOUR. Endurance Race 6km. Cowhouse, Hazeldean Valley Trails, Bronkhorstspruit. Run a lap every hour on the hour as many times as you can. Start 7am. R390.

Sat 10 August WC

Circles in the Forest Trail Run. 18km, 30km. Milwood Hut, Millwood Forest, Rheenendal. Forms part of the SOX 3 day trail run. Come join in on the fun! 100 solos. R300–R500.

Sat 10 August WC

Trail Series Kleinmond XL. 24km. Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Kleinmond. Start 8:30am.

Sat 10 August WC

Cape Winter Trail Series 4 of 4. 8km, 14km. Kogelberg Nature Reserve, Kleinmond. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am.

Sat 10 – Sun 11 August LIM

Wolkberg Trail Run. 10km, 25km, 20km/15km Woodbush, 40km/25km Wolkberg. Haenertsburg. Unique experience staged over two days. Summit the highest point in Limpopo: The Iron Crown. Vertical gain 1,800m. Start 7am. R200-R1,500. PROMOTED

Sat 10 – Sun 11 August EC

Bestmed Chokka Trail Run. 1km, 3km, 5km, 10km, 23km, 42km, 62km. Cape St Francis Resort. Scenic beach, footpaths, jeep track, dunefields, dirt road. Start 6:30am. R50-R900.

Sat 10 – Sun 11 August KZN

Zini Beach & Bush Trail. 10km, 16km, 15km/10km, 27km/16km. Mtunzini Athletics Club. Two day BushBaby and BushWacker, or single distance on Sunday. Forest singletrack, mangrove swamps, beach. Start 7am. R200-R350. PROMOTED

Sat 10 – Sun 11 August KZN

Rolling M Tugela Challenge. 10km/13km, 21km/13km. Rolling M Ranch, Winterton. Cross the Big Tugela, descend rocky singletrack through thorn veld, cruise district road and flat grassland. Start 8am. R350.

Sat 10 – Sun 11 August WC

Namaqua Daisy Challenge. 27km/15km. Die Keldery, Vredendal. beautiful views over the Vredendal Valley. Start 8am. R80/R150.

Sun 11 August KZN

Umngeni River Run. 10km, 25km, 50km 75km. WESSA, uMngeni Valley Nature Reserve, Howick. Singletrack overload through natural bush and veld, over rivers, surrounded by sandstone cliffs and mountain tops. Start 2am (75km) 6am.

Sun 11 August WC

Spier Trail Run. 3km, 5km, 10km. Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Classic venue and family fun. Start 9am.

Sun 11 August WC

Winter Trail Run. 6km, 11km. Muratie Wine Estate. Shake off the winter chill on hand-built Simonsberg Conservancy trails with fynbos, forest, vineyards. Start 9am. R115 /R130.

Sun 11 August INT

Sierre-Zinal. 31km. Switzerland. Over 40 years old and part four of the Golden Trail Series. 2,200m ascent. See the five most famous peaks of the alps.

Sat 17 August GP

Magaliesberg Challenge. 12km, 25km, 36km, 50km. Van Gaalen Cheese Farm, Skeerpoort. Spend the whole day at the farm, running trails then relaxing on the veranda or lawns. Start 7am. R295-R645.

Sat 17 August WC

PUFfeR. 80km. Tough run, no route markings. Traverse Silvermine Nature Reserve, False Bay, Tokai Forest and Table Mountain National Park. Start 5:30am.

Sun 17 August WC

Strandloper Trail Run. 16km. Noordhoek, Cape Town. Magical trail running over beaches and coastal paths. Start 7:15am. R300.

Sat 17 August WC

The Fair Cape Cares Foundation Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 18km. Welgegund Farm, Durbanville. Run beautiful dairy farm and help make a difference to lives of ordinary South Africans. Start 7:30am. R100/R120/R170.

Sat 17 Aug WC

Staalwater Trail Run. 7km, 15km. Caledon Casino, Caledon. Staalwater mountain bike event offers options to riders and runners. Start 9:30am. R110/R140.

Sat 17 – Sun 18 August INT

Leadville Trail 100 Run. 160km. Tennessee. Legendary “Race Across The Sky” extreme Colorado Rockies terrain. UTMB qualifier.

Sun 18 August WC

Helderberg Mountain Challenge. 11km, 15km, 24km. Helderberg Mountain Nature Reserve, Somerset West. Forest, fynbos, boulder hopping near summit, ridge line running, incredible views, tricky slopes and traverses below rock faces. Start 7am.

Sun 18 August KZN

King Shaka Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 15km. Reddam College, Umhlanga. Run the trails of King Shaka on the beautiful cane fields of the KZN North Coast. Start 7am.

Sun 18 August KZN

Boston Trail Run. Boston Trail Run. 8km, 20km, 45km. Boston Country Club, Natal Midlands. Run singletrack through beautiful farm land, grassland, and indigenous forest. Start 6:30am. R60/R150/R350.

Trail run race calendar: further ahead

Sat 31 Aug – Sun 1 Sep WC

Run2Nowhere. 10km, 20km, 30km. McGregor. A two-day trail run for everyone! Moderate distances, relaxed vibe, festive atmosphere. No cut off times, no pressure. Start 8am. R800/R1,400. PROMOTED

Sat 21 September EC

Heaven and Hell Mountain Marathon. 5km, 8km, 14km, 22km, 44km. Grace-Hill Farm, Rhodes. Pure, brutal wilderness mountain run in Southern Drakensberg. Marathon has 3,750m elevation gain and to date only two finishers within cut-off. Start 5am. R30-R950. PROMOTED

Sat 21 – Sun 22 September EC

Lormar Endurance Trail Run. 8km/12km, 8km/24km. Fairview Farm, Middelburg. Experience authentic Karoo hospitality, picturesque sunsets. Start 6:30pm. R2,050/R2,150. PROMOTED

Sat 28 – 29 September KZN

Runtheberg Trail Run. 15km/15km, 25km/25km. All Out Adventures, Northern Berg Resorts. Montusi Valley, big skies, rugged peaks, rolling hills, the legendary Amphitheatre at its most glorious. PROMOTED

Wed 9 – Thu 10 October EC

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

Fri 11 & Sat 12 October EC

OTTER Run. 5km/42km. Stormsriver. Run the classic route east to west from Stormsriver Mouth to Nature’s Valley with 2,600m of ascent, 8 hour cut-off. PROMOTED

Sat 12 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. R200/R240. PROMOTED

Wed 23 – Sun 27 October KZN

The iKhulu Challenge. 100km. Gugulesizwe, Maputaland. A unique running experience along the unspoilt coastline of Maputaland. Pristine beaches, rolling sand dunes and breath-taking views in a rarely found remoteness. PROMOTED

Sat 2 – Sun 3 November WC

Cape Trail Clinic. Teaching/running. Coetzenburg. Speakers include Nic De Beer, Deon Braun, Devon Coetzee, Grant Bryant, and Sean Tait. Start 6:30am. R2,400. PROMOTED

See more events in your copy of TRAIL 32, where we list 110 trail running events locally and internationally from July to September 2019.

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Option 1: Single event (one day or stage race) text placement. Text only, no visuals. R599
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