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 35 of TRAIL magazine (April/May/June 2020) features 97 trail running events in South Africa and internationally.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SA government asked us to stay indoors until 17 April. Many trail running events have been cancelled or postponed. Please check on the organisers’ websites to confirm.

Event organisers: To have your event listed on this page, or to appear as a highlighted Promoted Event more than one month in advance, click here for info, including required formatting.

Runners: Find a stockist to get the full South African trail running events calendar in TRAIL 35. 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 run event calendar for April 2020

Fri 27 March – Thu 16 April SA

Mzansi Lockdown Marathon Challenge. 42km. Your home. Run 2km inside your house and/or garden every day for the 21 day duration of South Africa’s lockdown. Free.

Wed 1 April WC

Merrell Autumn Night Run. 5km, 8km, 10km. Simon’s Restaurant, Constantia. Bring a friend and headlamp, run through historic vineyards! Start 7pm. R170-R200.

Langkloof 3-day Trail Run, 29-31 May 2020

Sat 4 April EC

Smhart Trails & Turbines Ultra. 6km, 20km, 50km. Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm. This is your opportunity to experience an ultra trail run between huge wind turbines just outside of Jeffreys Bay! Start 7am. R70/R160/R300.

Sat 4 April NW

Cool Ideas Cradle Mountain Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 15km, 25km.. Maropeng amphitheatre, Cradle of Humankind. Great routes. Start 8am. R110-R250.

Sat 4 – Sun 5 April KZN Postponed until 11-13 Sept

Bushman’s Trail. 5km, 10km, 20km, 30km. Wagendrift Dam, Estcourt. Beautiful Bushveld. Run short distances on Saturday with 30km on Sunday. Start 9am.

Sat 4 & Sun 5 April WC

Roi Du Mont Rochelle. 7km, 22km. Haute Cabriere. Tackle the most prominent peaks in Mont Rochelle Reserve (Perdekop, Du Toits Peak) on runnable mountain singletrack, with 1,400m ascent. New vertical km on Saturday. Start 7:30. R150/R495.

Sunday 5 April KZN Postponed indefinitely

Holla Trails Classic. 8km, 16km. Fairview Estates. Get the whole family involved and enjoy a great day out on some of the best singletrack on the North Coast. Start 6am. R75/R150.

Sun 5 April GP Postponed until 3 May

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

Run2Nowhere 4-6 September 2020

Wed 8 April WC

Merrell Autumn Night Run. 3km, 5km, 8km. Simon’s Restaurant, Constantia. Bring a friend and headlamp, run through historic vineyards! Start 6pm. R80-R200.

Fri 10 April WC

Two Oceans Trail Run. 12km, 24km. Jameson Plaza. Tough, with exposed cliff sections and one tricky downward scramble. Start 7am.

Fri 10 – Mon 13 April MP

Mac Mac Training Camp. Free camping at York Engelhard Park, Sabie. R400/R1,500.

Sat 11 April WC

Great White Trail Run. 5km, 12km, 21km. Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy, Gansbaai. Beautiful fynbos trails through the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancy. Start 8am. R50-R250.

Sunday 12 April 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.

Fri 17 April WC

Hero Adventure Night Series #6. 3km, 5km, 10km. Hero Adventure Trails Spice Route, Paarl. Beer and shooter stops, no set starting time, spectacular trails. R60/R80/R100.

Fri 17 April KZN

aQuelle Eston Dustbuster. 5km, 10km. Eston Primary. Bring a headlamp and join the fun. Start 5:30pm. R120/R140.

Fri 17 – Sat 18 April WC

Karoo Battle Of The Tekkies. 5km, 10km, 20km. Grand Hotel, Laingsburg. Night run and day trail for all fitness levels at Biltong Festival. Start 6:30pm. R40/R90/R180.

Sat 18 April WC

Cableway Charity Challenge. 5.5km. Platteklip Gorge. Summit Table Mountain as many times as you can to raise money for education charities. Start 7am.

Sat 18 April GP

Black Eagle Mountain Run. 3km, 8km, 16km. Walter Sisulu Gardens. Open rocky grassland, technical running past waterfall and cliffs home to breeding pair of majestic black eagles. Start 7:30am. R80-R190.

Sat 18 April GP

Bubbles & Oyster Trail. 6km, 12km, 18km. Glen Afric Country Lodge. Endless trails, spectacular wildlife incl. elephants. Branded shooter glass to finishers, optional champagne and oyster feast. Start 8am. R230/R260.

Sun 19 April KZN

WESSA Trail Run. 5km, 12km, 20km. Umngeni Valley, Howick. Single track and reserve dirt road through uMngeni Valley Nature Reserve. Start 7am.

Sun 19 April KZN

Husqvarna Classic Trail Run. 9km, 15km. Mid Illovo Farmers Club. Cover rugged terrain through iNsingizi Game Reserve. Start 7am. R120/R150.

Sun 19 April EC

Get Out And Run Langley Park. 5km, 12km, 21km. Langley Park. Start 7:30am. R80-R230.

Sun 19 April WC

Simonsberg Trail Run. 9km, 15km, 25km. Uitkyk Wine Estate. Magnificent singletrack on slopes of Simonsberg. Start 8am.

Fri 24 April WC

Twilight Xtreme. 7km. Hermanus. Scenic boardwalk following coastline. 5:30pm. R150.

Fri 24 – Sun 26 April KZN Postponed until 2021

Ultra-Trail Drakensberg. 30km, 62km, 100km, 160km. Premier Resort Sani Pass. The first 100 miler in the Drakensberg: from Sani Pass to Busman’s Nek, traversing the Southern Berg.

Fri 24 – Sun 26 April FS

Clarens Mountain Matha. 10km/13km, 15km/20km. Bokpoort Mountain Lodge. Foothills of Maluti Mountains, sandstone cliffs, caves, grassland. Run one or both days. R300-R1,400.

Sat 25 April EC

The Pecan Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 20km. Sanctuary Adventure Farm, Cradock. Running through pecan orchards, along the Great Fish River, and the Karoo. Start 7am. R80-R250. PROMOTED

Sat 25 April GP

Four Seasons. 5km, 10km, 15km, 30km. Cowhouse Market, Hazeldean. Farm surroundings and bushveld next to the Pienaarsriver. Routes change each season. Start 16:30pm. R50-R150.

Sat 25 April WC

Cliffpath Xtreme. 6km, 13km. Hermanus. Scenic boardwalk following coastline. 4:30pm.

Sat 25 – Sat 26 April WC

Blue Mountain Xtreme. 9km, 21km/21km. Hermanus. Expanded trail routes along the Kleinrivier Mountains, sweeping vistas. Run one or both stages. 9am. R200-R400.

Sat 25 – Sat 27 April EC

Merrell Hobbit. 5km, 16km, 38km, 47km/43km. Arminel Hotel, Hogsback. Magnificent indigenous forests, river crossings, and huge waterfalls. 90km over two days or other distances on Saturday. R140-R4,000

Sat 25 – Mon 27 April WC

Cape Crusade. 23km/25km/20km. Villiersdorp. Three-stage mountain race from Villiersdorp to Somerset West through beautiful Hottentots Holland Mountains and surrounds, in pairs. R8,600 per team.

Mon 27 April WC

TrailFun Neethlingshof. 5km, 10km, 20km. Neethlingshof Wine Estate. Holiday Series. Run through beautiful vines and incredible forest, over the dam and into the bush. Real trail, real challenges, real beauty, real fun. Start 7am. R180-R210.

Wed 29 April – Sun 3 May INT

Safari-on-the-run Mapungubwe. 30km/34km/28km. Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation area. Explore SA, Botswana, and Zimbabwe on foot.

Trail events further ahead in 2020

Sat 2 – 3 May NC Postponed until 5-6 September

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.

Fri 22 – Sat 23 May KZN Postponed until 22-23 October

The Giant’s Cup Trail Run. 15km/12km, 30km/32km. Sani Pass Hotel, Himeville. Two days of rolling grassland, big skies, steep clambers, glorious streams, nonstop fast-flowing singletrack. Fully catered at prestige hotel. PROMOTED

Sat 23 – 24 May WC

Ragnar Trail Cape Town. 21km, 42km. Elgin Grabouw Country Club. Unique team experience, running three loops as a team of eight*, four, or two. *Not a team of seven as we printed in TRAIL 34. PROMOTED

Fri 29 – 31 May WC

Langkloof Trail Run. 80km. Louvain Guest Farm, George. Stunning new trails through the Outeniqua Mountains over three days. Start 9am. R4,000-R6,000. PROMOTED

Sat 11 July LIM

Iron Crown Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 22km. Haenertsburg Village. Summit Limpopo’s highest mountain. Village streets, earth roads, firebreaks, and rocky singletrack. Stunning views of Ebenezer Dam and Hunters’ Valley. Start 7:30am. R60/R110/R130. PROMOTED

Sat 5 – Sun 6 September WC

Run2Nowhere. 9km/12km, 20km/18km, 32km/28km. McGregor. A two-day trail run for everyone! Moderate distances, relaxed vibe, festive atmosphere. No cut off times, no pressure. Start 8am. PROMOTED

See more events in your copy of TRAIL 34, where we list 98 trail running events locally and internationally from January to May 2020.

Get your trail running event listed

Click here to have your event listed in the print and digital versions of TRAIL magazine. Up to 100 events are listed every issue.

Please use the format and order of information above when you send us your event details.

As you might know, listing in the print calendar is free as a service to all events, and our readers.

For  PROMOTED  website listings more than a month ahead of race date or for more visual exposure through an event banner, or as a banner in our weekly newsletter emailer, the fees below apply.

There are six options:

  1. Website text listing in final month ahead of your event. FREE
  2. Website text listing longer than one month ahead. R599 once-off.
  3. Website text multiple dates (eg series events). R599 first event, R399 per event date thereafter.
  4. Website banner (728×90 pixels horizontal, on this calendar page only), as a jpeg or animated GIF. Includes single event text listing (option 2 above). R1,399
  5. Emailer text listing R299 single listing, or R1,250 for five issues anytime in 2020, or R2,400 for 10 issues anytime in 2020. Same text format as on this page. Read our 24 January 2020 issue
  6. Emailer banner (600×200 pixels horizontal) R699 first issue and R599 thereafter. R599 for each additional event in the same mailing.

No limit to the display duration for any of the above options. Start promoting your event as early as you want. All prices shown are a once-off fee, excluding VAT. Prices valid to the end of 2020.

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