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Trail race events in August 2017

Sun 7 – Wed 17 August INT

Kilimanjaro Stage Run. 260km. Tanzania. Supported run led by Simon Mtuy, Tanzania’s most accomplished trail ultrarunner. Circumnavigate Mount Kilimanjaro on ancient footpaths. Non-competitive, fully catered.

Sat 19 August WC

Strandloper Trail Run. 22km. Noordhoek, Cape Town. Magical trail running over beaches and coastal paths. Start 7am. R390.

Sat 19 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. R650.

Sat 19 August WP

Fallen Angels Trail Run. 5km, 15km. Vaatjie Farm, Melkbosstrand. Support Fallen Angels Pet Rescue. Fast and flat farm run, among the cows, along rivers with picturesque views of Robben Island and Table Mountain. Start 8am. R40/R100.

Sat 19 August WC

Staalwater Spring Trail Run. 7km, 15km. Caledon Casino. Celebrate spring on beautiful trails in the Overberg with Swartberg views. Start 8am.

Sun 20 August KZN

Umngeni River Run. 10km, 22km, 50km. Umngeni Valley. Singletrack overload through natural bush and veld, over rivers, surrounded by sandstone cliffs and mountain tops. Start 6:30am. R120/R150/R270.

Sun 20 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 20 August FS

Q4 Platberg Trail Run. 10km, 20km. Harrismith. Views of mountains and wildlife. Start 7:30am.R120/R180.   SPONSORED 

Sun 20 August EC

Hopewell Estate XL. 21km. A bigger challenge than the Spur PE Trail Series 10km. Start 8:30am.

Sun 20 August EC

Spur PE Trail Series 4 of 4. 5km, 10km. Hopewell Estate Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am.

Mon 21 August KZN

Coddiwomple Firebreak Fun 5. 5km. Greytown. Firebreaks and singletrack at night, Greytown’s finest trails and forests. Gluwein and soup at the finish. Start 5:30pm. R50.

Wed 24 – Sat 26 August NC

Namaqua Quest Trail Run. 5km, 30km, 192km. Jakkalswater, Springbok, Namaqualand. Beautiful four day stage race. Cover 20 to 45km per day, solo, or do fun run and 30km day race on Saturday. R80/R200/R2,850.

Sat 26 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. R70/R100/R130.

Sat 26 August GP

Merrell Spring Run. 6km, 12km, 20km. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Roodepoort. Wind through the gardens and climb the ridge of adjoining mountains. Start 7am. R130/R175/R275.

Sun 27 August GP

Land Rover Centurion Mountain Monster #2. 5km, 10km, 21km. Hakahana Trails. Huge paddocks, riverine ecology, pristine bushveld koppies on custom-built singletrack. Start 8am. R100/R140/R180.

Sun 27 August KZN

Nedbank Trail Run. 5km, 12km. Eston Farmers Club. Enjoy amazing trails then relax at the Nebank Eston Show. Start 8am. R100/R120.

Sun 27 August WC

Change Of Season Trail Run. 5km, 9km, 14km. Uitkyk Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. The Simonsberg trail system is spectacular. Start 8:30am.

Mon 28 Aug – Sun 3 Sept INT

UltraTrail du Mont Blanc. 55km, 100km, 119km, 170km, 290km. UTMB: Europe’s most famous mountain races.

Mon 28 August KZN

Coddiwomple Firebreak Fun 5. 5km. Greytown. Firebreaks and singletrack at night, Greytown’s finest trails and forests. Gluwein and soup at the finish. Start 5:30pm. R50.

Wed 30 August GP

Merrell Spring Night Run. 5km, 8km. Craighall Park, Johannesburg. Bring a friend and headlamp, dress as luminous as you can! Start 6:30pm. R90/R130.

Trail race events in September 2017

Fri 1 – 3 Sun September MP

Goat Trail Run. 5km/10km/5km, 5km/25km/15km. Pilgrim’s Rest. Beautiful Trail Run in the mountains through the Blyde River Canyon. Start 8pm. R150/R350.

Fri 1 September WC cancelled

Lourensford Twilight Trail Run. 5km, 8km, 12km. Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West. Routes for the whole family at Lourensford food and wine Twilight Market. Start 8pm R30/R80/R140.

Sat 2 September WC

Sportsmans Warehouse Trail Run. 9km, 18km. Glenwood House, George. Scenic route through forests and farmland on private property. Start 8:30am. R100/R150.

Sat 2 September WC

Botriver Trail Run. 5km, 8km. 15km. Beaumont Wine Estate, Overberg. Join in on the Spring festival vibes in Botriver for this amazing trail run, a fun weekend of entertainment and fine wines of the region. Race start 7am.

Sat 2 September WC

Battle Up Blaauwberg. 8km, 14km. Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. Spectacular views down Fynbos slopes, across the city to rocky, sandy coastline. Start 7:30am. R80/R160.

Sat 2 September WC

Realtors International Eureka TrailFun. 5km, 10km. Eureka Estate. Run through the vineyards of this elegant estate. Great vibe, giveaways, and wine! Start 7:30am.

Sat 2 September WC

Cellar 2 Cellar Trail Run and Wine Experience. 12km, 20km. Blaauwklippen Estate, Stellenbosch. Win your weight in wine! Enjoy the Wine Experience or just the run. Start 8am.

Sat 2 – Sun 3 September KZN

Lynford Trail Runs and Umko Descent. 4km, 8km, 10km, 15km, 18km, 30km. Lynford School, Ixopo. Perfect introduction to stage trail. Run a long distance on Saturday and short on Sunday. Start 7am.

Sun 3 September NW

Scrub Hare. 5km, 10km, 20km. Leeuwenkloof. Beautiful, technical, and challenging routes. Caves and forest. R100/R130/R220.

Sun 3 September KZN

Rolling M Trail Run. 10km, 21km. Rolling M Ranch,Winterton. Cross the Big Tugela, descend rocky singletrack through thorn veld, cruise district road and flat grassland. Start 8am. R850.

Sun 3 September EC

Sunshine Coast Trail Run. 7km, 14km, 21km. Nanaga Farm Stall. Family friendly event at a great venue. 9am.

Sat 3 September WC

Table Mountain Challenge. 44km. Jan van Riebeeck Sports Field. The route we love in reverse! Start 6am. R395 – R595.

Wed 6 September WC

Merrell Spring Night Run Series. 5km, 8km. Jonkershuis Restaurant, Groot Constantia. Night time fun in the vineyards, bring a headlamp and neon clothes. Start 6:45pm. R140/R165.

Wed 6 September GP

Kinetic Night Trail Run. 4km, 8km. Woodmead Country Club. Night trail run with a headlight. Start 7:30pm. R70.

Thu 7 – Sat 9 September EC

Wildcoast Wildrun Race. 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.

Fri 8 – Sun 10 September WC

Three Peaks Fun Challenge hike. 10km. Cape Town. Tackle three mountains, in three days: Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak, and Table Mountain. Start 4:45pm Free.

Sat 9 September WC

Fairview La Capra Goat Run. 5km, 8km, 15km, 28km. Fairview Wine Farm, Suider Paarl. Awesome views and scenery on Paarl Mountain. Start 7:30am. R200-R500.

Sat 9 September KZN

Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge. 50km. Royal Natal Park. Enjoy rugged scenery and brave the infamous chain ladders. Start 5:45am. R1,700.

Sat 9 September EC

Baviaanskloof Trail Run. 40km. Geelhoutbos. Run with cobra, buffalo, and rhino in unspoiled, rugged terrain. R750.

Sat 9 September WC

Piket-Bo-Berg Trail Run. 8km, 16km. Mouton’s Valley Farm, Piket-Bo-Berg. Beautiful fruit farms, fynbos, on top of the Piketberg Mountain. Funds to local NPO. Start 7am. R110/R130.

Sat 9 – Sun 10 September FS

Salomon SkyRun Training Camp. 100km. Lady Grey Must-do training camp for any virgin Skyrunners. 7am. R1,100.


Sat 9 – Sun 10 September FS

AdventureLisa’s Ultra Fun Run & Relay. 120km. Otters Haunt, Parys. Test run for future event with no entry fee, bells, nor even whistles. Scenic surrounded by spring lushness on 90% trail. Start 1pm.

Sat 9 – Sun 10 September WC

Run2Nowhere. 16km, 21km. McGregor. Unspoilt beauty of Breede River Valley. Perfect for first stage race. Start 8am. R850/R1,200.

Sat 9 September WC

Baleia Wines Adventure Trail Run. 12km. Baleia Wines Cellars. Enjoy this interesting adventure trail run between green and yellow flowing farm lands in the Hessequa area. Start 9am. R80.

Sun 10 September WC

Stellenbosch Farm Run. 5km, 9km, 14km. Le Bonheur, Simonsberg Conservancy. Singletrack heaven with awesome views from the forest above the cellar. Start 8:15am.

Sun 10 September KZN

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

Sun 10 September WP

Ingwe Tiere Trail Run. 5km, 10km. Durbanville Hills Wines. Vineyards with jeep track and beautiful views. Bring the whole family for this fundraiser event. Start 7:30am. R80/R100.

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.   SPONSORED 

See more in your copy of TRAIL 24, where we list 142 trail running events locally and internationally from July to October 2017.

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