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 34 of TRAIL magazine (January/February/March 2020) features 98 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 34. 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 February 2020

Fri 21 February WC

Hero Adventure Night Series #4. 3km, 5km, 10km. Hero Adventure Trails Spice Route, Paarl. Beer and shooter stops, no set starting time, spectacular trails. R60/R80/R100. hero.uwekoetter.com

Fri 21 February KZN

Mt Moreland Sunset Trail Series. 5km,8km. Mt Moreland Gazebo. Fun family evening. Start 6pm. R50. Donné 083 7831699

Fri 21 – Sun 23 February KZN

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

Sat 22 – Sun 23 February WC

Jungle Rush Trail Run. 16km/13km. Garden Route Trail Park. Lush singletrack, magnificent mountains, scrumptious food, campfire nights. R2,250-R2,450. junglerushtrailrun.com

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

Sat 22 February GP

Rover Run. 7km, 15km, 25km, 46km. Modderfontein. Rolling hills and grassland with game sighting. Start 7am. R50-R200. entryninja.com

Sat 22 February WC

TrailFun Groot Constantia. 5km, 10km. Groot Constantia Wine Estate. Summer Series. Long distance is a double loop. Run through vineyards. Start 7:30am. R150/R180. trailfun.co.za

Sat 22 February FS

Sernick Sans Souci Trail Run Challenge. 5km, 10km, 21km. Sans Souci Farm, Kroonstad. A true Free State experience with trails along maize fields, various dams, grazing horses, cattle, ostrich and donkeys. Start 7:30am. R90-R240. webtickets.co.za

Sat 22 February GP

Running with Kings. 5Km,10km, 15km. Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, Krugersdorp. New trails in big game wilderness. Start 7:30am. R230/R260. entryrush.co.za

Sun 23 February WC

Trail Series Super League 3. 7km, 11km, 17km. Tygerberg Nature Reserve. Start 7:30pm. trailseries.co.za

Tues 25 February GP

Prison Break Night Trail Run. 5km, 10km. Leeuwkop Golf Course. Night trail run on the golf course with multiple dam crossings, dirt road, forest sections, some fairway running. Start 7pm. R100. metrosports.co.za

Thu 27 – Sat 29 February EC

RB Africa Wild Coast Challenge. 40km/35km/45km. Mazeppa Bay. Self-supported 120km three-day stage race on beach, boulders, narrow goat paths, crossing several rivers. Start 8am. R6,750. rbadventures.wixsite.com

Fri 28 – Sat 29 February MP

Highveld Trail Run. 6km, 10km, 12km, 24km. Acorn Guest Farm. Run wetland, forest, dams, singletrack, jeep track, rocky sections on farmland. Start 6:15pm/7am. R120-R250. tickets.tixsa.co.za

Trail run event calendar for March 2020

Sun 1 March WC

Lifestyle Challenge. 5km, 10km. D’Aria Wine Estate. Run with or without obstacles. Start 7am. R120/R150. entryninja.com 

Fri 6 – Sun 8 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. R950-R3,950. addo.run

Sat 7 March WC

TrailFun Nooitgedacht. 5km, 10km, 20km. Nooitgedacht Wine Estate. Autumn Series. Entry level 5km and beautiful 10km and 20km run through vines and forest. Start 7am. R120-R150. trailfun.co.za

Sat 7 March WC

Run The Vines #1. 5km, 10km, 17km. Ridgeback Wines. Northern slopes of Paarl Mountain with fynbos and vineyards. R100-R150. Start 7:15am. R110-R160. runthevines.co.za

Run2Nowhere 4-6 September 2020

Sun 8 March KZN

Howick Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 20km. 11 Karklood Rd, Howick. Flowing singletrack through the SAPPI forests on MTB trails. Start 7am. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Tue 10 March WC

HI-TEC Neethlingshof Full Moon Run. 5km, 10km. Neethlingshof Wine Estate. Great evening out with good food, wine and stunning views. Start 7pm. R100/R145. runventures.co.za

Thu 12 – Sun 15 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. trisport.co.za

Fri 13 March WC

Hero Adventure Night Series #5. 3km, 5km, 10km. Rhebokskloof Estate, Paarl. Beer and shooter stops, no set starting time, spectacular trails. R60/R80/R100. hero.uwekoetter.com

Sat 14 March NW

Lion Run. 5km, 15km, 30km. Mahemsvlei Veilingkompleks, Klerksdorp. Run past lions, buffalo and other game, beautiful scenery. Start 7am. R50/R90/R110. Jannie van Deventer 084 510 6203

Sat 14 March WC

Tortoise Tuff. 23km. Sedgefield Primary School. Tuff enough? Run around Swartvlei Lagoon, hilly coastal paths, and through Goukamma NR. Start 7am. R140. entrytickets.net/tortoisetuff

Sat 14 March MP

Highland Gate Trail Run. 6km, 11km, 17km. Highland Gate Estate, Dullstroom. Clear streams, trout dams, spectacular views for pristine trail running experience. Start 7:30am. R90/R145/185. wildtrail.co.za

Sat 14 March WC

Beesloop Plaaswedloop. 5km, 13km, 20km. Oudewagendrift, Worcester. One major climb on picturesque mountain route. Start 8am. R30/R100/R150. beesloopplaaswedloop.co.za

Sun 15 March KZN

Blythedale Trail Run. 6km, 11km, 20km. Blythedale Coastal Resort. Indigenous forest and beach. Start 7am. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Sun 15 March GP

Fresh@Groenkloof. 5km, 10km, 17km. Groenkloof Nature Reserve. Technical singletrack through woodland, grassland, and over koppies. Start 7am. R120-R200. freshtrails.co.za

Sun 15 March WC

Harvest Trail Run. 6km, 11km. Simonvlei. Great views as you run through the vineyards. Start 7:30am. dirtopia.co.za

Sun 15 March EC

Autumn Trail Series Race 01. 5km, 10km, 15km. Sacramento Restaurant, PE. Experience three different venues under one race. Start 7:30am. R120/R150/R170. bigosports.co.za

Tues 17 March GP

Prison Break Night Trail Run. 5km, 10km. Leeuwkop Golf Course. Night trail run on the golf course with multiple dam crossings, dirt road, forest sections, some fairway running. Start 7pm. R100. metrosports.co.za

Trail events further ahead in 2020

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. entryninja.com 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. runragnar.com 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. langklooftrail.run 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. rotaryhaenertsburg.co.za 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. run2nowhere.co.za 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.

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  1. Website text listing in final month ahead of your event. FREE
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  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
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