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 August 2019

Thu 22 August GP

Brooks Dark Run #2. 4km, 8km. Reading Golf Course, New Redruth. The run-dead night trail run. Start 7pm. R240.

Sat 24 August GP

Wild Africa’s Women Running Wild Trail. 3km, 5km, 13km, 18km. Rustig. Magnificent views from the Magalies Mountains along awesome trails in the wilderness. Start 7am. R240/R260.

Sat 24 August KZN

Mandela Day Trail Run. 4km, 8km, 15km. Mandela Capture Site, Howick. Start and finish on singletrack with jeeptrack in between. Some hills. Start 6:30am.

Sat 24 August GP

Hollard JURA. 6km, 12km, 18km. Marks Park, Emmerentia. Trail running with inflatable obstacles, urban running experience. Start 7:30am. R171-R242.

Sat 24 August WC

TrailFun Hillcrest. 5km, 10km. Hillcrest Wine Estate. Extremely tough climb – monster challenge of the series in long distance. Start 7:30am. R120.

Sat 24 August FS

TrailrunSeries Brandkop. 5km, 10km. Brandkop Conservancy. Fast singletrack trail with few technical climbs. Start 8am. R100.

Sat 24 August WC

Greyton Brew Run. 6km, 12km, 20km. Old Potter’s Inn. Pristine Greyton Nature Reserve trails. Proceeds raised for Greyton House. Start 8am. R125-R280.

Sat 24 August WC

Riebeek Valley Trail Run. 12km. Riebeek Cellars. Fast and flat trail with dams and views. Start 8:35am. R120.

Sat 24 August WC

Blue Crane Run. 5km, 12km. Blydskap Farm, Riviersonderend. Mountain biking also available. Start 9am. R40/R100.

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Sun 25 August KZN

Eston Show Trail. 5km, 10km, 20km. Beaumont Eston Farmers Club. Run with wild animals through Tala Private Game Reserve. Grassland, thornveld, past dams. Start 6:30am. R105/R145/R180.

Sun 25 August EC

Burn Series. 5km, 10km, 20km/6km, 12km, 18km. Settlers Park parking lot/The Dam (Crossways). Take on Port Elizabeth’s only vertical kilometre challenge! Start 8am.

Mon 26 Aug – Sun 1 Sep INT

Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. 55km, 100km, 119km, 170km, 290km. UTMB: Europe’s most famous mountain races. Part two of the Golden Trail Series.

Fri 30 Aug GP

Beer & Prego Trail Run. 6km. Hobby Park, Krugersdorp. Fun-filled trail run with a free prego roll and craft beer/cider afterwards. Bring Picnic baskets or use the braai facilities. Start 5pm. R135.

Sat 31 August FS

Wyndford Fun Trail Run. 5km, 10km. Wyndford Holiday Farm. Fun mountainous run overlooking Lesotho. Bring own water. Start 8am. R50/R25.

Sat 31 August WC

De Wet Cellar MTB and Trail Run. 6km, 18km. De Wet Cellar, Worcester. Picturesque farm trails. Challenging route with 40% singletrack. Start 8am. R120/R150.

Sat 31 August LIM

Wild Rivers Trail Run. 5km, 12km, 22km, 42km. Wild Rivers Private NR. Run the banks of Blyde and Mighty Olifants Rivers, teeming with hippos and crocs. Start 6am. R90-R620.

Sat 31 August NW

Konka Farm Run. 5km, 10km, 20km. Rustenburg. Farm roads with beautiful scenery. Start 7am. R50-R150.

Sat 31 August FS

Colour & Music Dash. 4km. Brandkop Conservancy Race Track.

Sat 31 – Sun 1 September EC

Oldenburgia Trail Run. 8km, 15km, 30km, 30km/20km. Hoerskool PJ Olivier, Grahamstown. Mixture of jeep and singletrack, big hills. Run 50km over two days or other distances on Sunday. Start 7:30am. R80-R1,300.

Sat 31 August – Sun 1 September KZN

The Glengarry Stage. 8km/6km, 14km/12km. Quality weekend of running on magnificent Glengarry trails. Multisport options available. R300/R400.

Sat 31 August – Sun 1 September 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 31 August – Sun 1 September KZN

STIHL iMfolozi Outrun. 19km/16km, 42km/28km. iMfolozi Game Reserve. Run in the oldest game reserve in Africa amongst the Big 5. There’s nothing else like it.

Sat 31 Aug – Wed 4 Sep EC

Wildcoast Wildrun. 44km/35km/34km. Kei Mouth, Wild Coast. Three day stage race or non-stop race. Endure the challenge of remoteness, tides and river crossings. Beach, grassy headlands, rock and coastal forest. Start 6am.

Trail running events calendar for races in September 2019

Sun 1 September WC

Table Mountain Challenge. 44km. Jan van Riebeeck Sports Field. Full circumnavigation of Wonder of the Natural World. Start 6am. R485-R700.

Sun 1 September KZN

Seaton Spring Challenge. 5km, 10km, 20km. Seaton Estate, Ballito. Lush coastal forest, scenic wetlands, spectacular views of Indian Ocean. Start 6:30am. R105/R145/R180.

Sun 1 September WC

Steenberg Spring Trail Run. 5km, 10km. Steenberg Vineyards. Raise a glass of Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc after you run through undulating Constantia vines. Start 7am. R180.

Sun 1 September WC

Spring Trail Run. 6km, 11km. Knorhoek Wine Estate. Celebrate spring on beautiful Simonsberg Conservancy trails. Start 8:30am. R115/R130.

Sun 1 September KZN

Funky Pants Durban Beach Run. 8km. Kingfisher Canoe Club. Run from banks of the Umgeni River at Blue Lagoon to Durban Harbour Wall at Vetchies Beach on hard sand at low tide. Start 11am. R80.

Sun 1 – Sat 7 September INT

Pyrenees Stage Run. 33km/38km/45km/ 20km/35km/34km/35km. Spain. Seven stage race (240km total) through the Pyrenees in pairs or trios, crossing 5 Natural Parks with amazing mountains, rivers and lakes. €561-€980 ± R8,265-R13,833.

Thu 6 – Sat 8 September NC

Namaqua Quest 3 Day Trail Run. 24km/31km/25km. Jakkalswater Guest Farm, Nababeep. World’s largest, most spectacular natural flower display. R300-R2,800.

Sat 7 September WC

Schaap River Canyon Ultra. 58km, 82km. Jakkalswater Guest Farm, Nababeep. Follow magnificent Schaap River meandering through majestic canyon carved by hands of time. Start 5am.

Sat 7 September

WILDSERIES Mont Aux Sources Challenge. 50km. Royal Natal National Park, Bergville. Exhilarating and challenging, rugged scenery, infamous chain ladders. Start 5.30am. R1,650.

Sat 7 September KZN

Spring Mnweni. 38km. Mnweni Cultural Centre. Self-navigated rugged singletrack circular route through the remote high-berg, steep climbs, river crossing. Start 6am. R180.

Sat 7 September WC

Piket-Bo-Berg Trail Run. 8km, 18km. Mouton’s Valley Farm. Beautiful fruit farms, fynbos, on top of the Piketberg Mountain. Start 6am. R130/R175.

Sat 7 September

Namaqualand Flower Festival. 4km, 9km, 20km. Gifberg Rusoort, Cederberg. Live music, camping, swimming, workshops, great company, epic flowers. Start 7am. R845.

Sat 7 September WC

TrailFun De Grendel. 5km, 10km. De Grendel Wine Estate. One of the Cape’s oldest farms with breathtaking Table Mountain view. Start 7:15am. R150.

Sat 7 September WC

Run The Vines #7. 5km, 10km, 17km. Windmeul. Waterblommetjie Festival and trail fun. R100-R150. Start 7:45am.

Sat 7 September WC

Capaia Spring Trail Run. 13km, 8km, 4km. Singletrack through the vineyards and hills of Philadelphia. R50–R130.

Sat 7 – Sun 8 September KZN

Lynford Trail Runs and Umko Descent. 4km, 8km, 15km, 30km, 65km. Lynford School, Ixopo. New ultra distance available. Perfect introduction to stage trail. Start 7am.

Sun 8 September WC

Ingwe Tiere Trail Run. 5km, 10km. Durbanville Hills Wines. Vineyards with jeep track and beautiful views. Run or walk this fundraiser for Tygerberg High. Start 7:30am. R90/R120.

Wed 11 September WC

Merrell Spring Night Run Series. 5km, 8km. Jonkershuis Restaurant, Constantia. Night time fun in the vineyards, bring a headlamp and neon clothes. Start 6:30pm. R170/R200.

Sat 14 September NW

Brauhaus Mountain Challenge. 5km, 12km, 45km. Milorho Lodge, Rustenburg. Unmarked route across a magnificent mountain, with free Brauhaus craft beer at the finish. Start 4am. R80/R120/R450.

Sat 7 September INT

Oshikandela Trail Run. 6km, 9km. Daan Viljoen Game Reserve, Windhoek. Walk or run in the wild. Start 6:30am. N$150.

Sat 14 September NW

The Citizen Trail Run. 6km, 10km, 21km. Sun City Resort. See Sun City as you never have before! Start 7am. R90/R165/R185.

Sat 14 September FS

2 River Trail Run. 5km, 16km. Bothaville Hoerskool. Run along the Vaal river before heading to the more challenging koppie. Get a copy of TRAIL 31 in your goodie bag. Start 7am. R50/R140.

Sat 14 September GP

Curro Krugersdorp Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 20km. Curro Krugersdorp Primary. Trail runners dream with challenging long course. Childcare, market, and obstacle course available. Start 7am. R80/R160/R220.

Sat 14 September WC

Peace Trail. 11km, 22km. Green Point A Track, Cape Town. Run wild on the trails of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head. Start 7:30am.

Sat 14 September KZN

Michaelis Challenge. 5km, 10km, 22km. Bloemveld Dam, Vryheid. Wooded areas, gravel, singletrack, grassland and farm roads. Start 7:30am. R40/R80/R100.

Sat 14 September FS

Oliewenhuis Trail Run. 4km, 8km. Oliewenhuis Heritage Market. Singletrack with a few technical challenges. Start 8am. R100.

Sun 15 September KZN

Safire Baynesfield Trail. 5km, 10km. Baynesfield Recreational Club. Single and jeep track through forest and open areas. Multisport options available. Start 6:30am. R70/R110.

Sun 15 September KZN

SPCA Trail Run. 5km, 14km, 22km. Durban & Coastal SPCA. Sublime singletrack from Umngeni River mouth up to Silver Pipes. Spectacular floating bridge. Start 7:15am. R80/R130/R160.

Sun 15 September SA

Rhino Run. 5km, 12km. National event with distances between 5km and 20km. Support this great cause in your city: South Africans running for the same cause on the same day!

Wed 18 September WC

Merrell Spring Night Run Series. 5km, 8km. Jonkershuis Restaurant, Constantia. Night time fun in the vineyards, bring a headlamp and neon clothes. Start 6:30pm. R170/R200.

Trail run race calendar: further ahead

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

Sun 22 September KZN

Maxxis Tough-Man Trail Run. 6km, 11km, 18km. Durban Shongweni Club. Take on rolling hills and valleys in this fast and challenging event. Start 7:30am. R80/R150/R200. 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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