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 33 of TRAIL magazine (October/November/December 2019) features 110 trail running events in South Africa and internationally.


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 33. 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 October 2019 races

Fri 18 – Sun 20 October FS

WILDSERIES Golden Gate Challenge. 29km, 30km, 18km. Golden Gate National Park, Clarens. 3 Days of beautiful and challenging mountain running. Start 6am, 4.30am.

Fri 18 – Sun 20 October EC

Leopard Run. 12km/34km/22km. Inaugural event. Beautiful track through the remote Kouga Mountains. R4,500/R4,900.

Fri 18 – Sun 20 October WC

JanBraai Marathon. 8km/21km/13km. Goudini Spa. Three-day trail and vineyard run with braai stops, wine tables, and live music. Start 7pm. R3,500.

19 October WC

HEX SkyRun. 24km, 36km, 56km. Grueling climb to 2,249m peak and back with new routes. Start 6:30am. R850-R1,850.

Sat 19 October FS

Harrismith Mountain Race. 15km, 30km. Harrismith Primary School. The 9Xth edition of SA’s oldest trail race, and he third year of the longer distance. Technical, scenic climb to summit Platberg and descend. Goodie bags and prizes. Start 8am. R150/R380.

Sat 19 October WC

Berg & Beach Trail Run. 7km, 18km, 30km. Fernkloof Nature Reserve, Hermanus. Bring your own water. Only 150 runners. R100-R450. Start 7am.

Sat 19 October KZN

Runduro Shongweni. 10km. Shongweni Dam and Resource Reserve. Run four stages of under 2.5km each, with downtime in between stages. Start 7:30am. R195.

Sat 19 October WC

Durbie Dash. 4km, 9km, 14km. Durbanville High School. Vineyard run, steep sections, singletrack, loose gravel, fast flats. Start 7:30am. R50-R125.

Sat 19 October WC

Run The Vines #10. 5km, 10km, 17km. Perdeberg. Run through the vines at the Family October Festival. R100/R120/R150. Start 7:30am.

Sat 19 October WC

The Hills Challenge. 8km, 16km. Montagu. Steep climbs and descents. Run to Doringlaagte’s beautiful lookout points and then to Tafelkop. R120/R180. Start 7am.

Sun 20 October GP

Ezemvelo Trail Run Challenge. 5km, 10km, 21km. Bronkhorstspruit. Run past spectacular sandstone cliffs and Wilge River. Start 7:30am. R100-R210.

Sun 20 October EC

Woodridge Trail Run. 6km, 14km, 23km. Woodridge College, PE. The annual opportunity to experience the Ningi Farm. Start 8am. R120/R150/R210.

Sun 20 October WC

Klapmuts Cup Trail Run. 5km, 7km, 12km, 15km. Delvera Farm, Stellenbosch. One of the oldest trail networks in the Cape. Second last event in FALKE series. Start 8am. R100-R150.

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Wed 23 – Sun 27 October KZN

The iKhulu Trail Run. 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 26 October WC

Mast Challenge. 10km. The Range, Constantia. Vertical kilometre up Constantiaberg for King of the Mountain title. Start 6:30am.

Sat 26 October GP

Trail Hunter Summer Series. 5km, 10km, 21km. Thaba Trails. Rocky and technical just the way we like it. Start 6:30am. R150-R270.

Sat 26 October NW

Mathaithai Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 20km. Lebone II College, Phokeng. Run through bushveld, gum plantation, spectacular indigenous forest! Start 7am. R40/R140/R200.

Sat 26 October WC

The Pink Xtreme Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 21km. Vrede en Lust Estate, Simondium. Run for CANSA. Spectacular views. Start 7:15am. R130/R160/R210.

Sat 26 October GP

Wild Africa’s Rum Run. 5km, 8km, 12km. Harties is Africa. Magnificent wildlife, mighty Pecanwood forests, meandering rivers and winding trails, craft rum mojitos, live music. Start 7:30am. R240/R260.

Sat 26 October WC

Bosman Trail Run. 6km, 12km. Bosman Wine Estate. Challenging, technical route with singletrack through cliffs, to waterfalls, spectacular viewpoints. Start 9am. R120/R150.

Sat 26 October 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.

Sun 27 October NW

Fury Ford Fourways Iron Throne Trail Run. 6km, 12km, 25km. The Iron Throne Brewing co, Hartbeespoort Cableway. Challenging but rewarding. Start 6:30am.

Sun 27 October KZN

Coastal Series Kenneth Stainbank. 5km, 10km, 15km. Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, Durban. Indigenous forest & grassland through nature reserve. Start 7am.

Sun 27 October WC

Groote Post Country Run. 4km, 10km, 21km. Groote Post Vineyards, Darling. Rustic, rural atmosphere, undulating hills, vast open spaces, warm country hospitality. Start 7am. R50/R150/R220.

Thu 31 October WC

Halloween Forest Night Run. 5km, 10km. Muratie Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Be fearless: eerie night dressed in ghoulish costume! Start 7pm. R120/R140.

Thu 31 Oct – Sun 3 Nov WC

Dryland Traverse. 7km/33km/23km/11km. De Hoek Mountain Resort. Run the Klein Karoo, prologue through Cango Caves. Solo or team.

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Trail running races in December 2019

Fri 1 November WC

Spier Twilight Trail Run. 3km, 5km, 10km. Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Classic venue, wine, food, fun. Start 6:30pm.

Sat 2 November WC

Three Peaks Challenge. 50km. Greenmarket Square. Self navigated, self supported challenge. Start 5am.

Sat 2 November EC

Merrell Tsitsikamma Trail Run. 11km. Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure. Forestry road and singletrack for the whole family. Start 9:30am. R150.

Sat 2 – Sun 3 November KZN

Dumbe Trail Run. 21km/15km. Drakensberg Mountain Retreat. Run the escarpment near Oliviershoek Pass and Sterkfontein Dam.

Sun 3 November GP

Hennops Big 5 Challenge. 4km, 10km, 24km, 32km, 37km. Hennops Fields. Run with wildlife along Hennops River and surrounding mountains. One event per month for five months. Start 6:30am. R90-R250.

Sun 3 November KZN

Summer Series Dusi Trails. 6km, 13km, 20km. Ashburton Training Centre. New venue on the edge of wild valley. Start 7am. R100-R175.

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Wed 7 November GP

Merrell Summer Night Run. 5km, 8km. Delta Café, Craighall Park. Bring a friend and headlamp, dress as luminous as you can! Start 6:30pm. R100/R110.

Sat 9 November GP

Trail Hunter Summer Series. 6km, 12km, 23km, 42km. Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge. technical climbs and steeply descends, Forrest sections and beautiful open savannah. Start 6:30am. R200-R400.

Sat 9 November EC

Tavcor Trail Run. 6km, 12km. Tavcor William Moffet, PE. Lesser-known part of beautiful Baakens Valley. Start 8am. R120/R150.

Sun 10 November KZN

King of Phezulu. 5km, 10km, 18km. Valley of 1000 Hills. Tough courses through game reserve with giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest. Start 7am. R125-R195.

Sun 10 November GP

Merrell Summer Run. 6km, 12km, 20km. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Roodepoort. Wind through the gardens and climb the ridge of adjoining mountains. Start 7am. R200/R160/R130.

Sun 10 November WC

Scorpio Trail Run. 6km, 11km. L’Avenir Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Last event of run series with sting in the tail? Start 7:30am. R130/R150.

Sun 10 November GP

Nissan Trailseeker #6 Cullinan. 5km, 10km, 21km, 40km. Cullinan Sport Grounds. Challenging terrain on blissful trails. Well-stocked feed stations. Start 7am. R119-R359.

Sun 10 – Thu 14 November INT

Ultra Africa. 220km. Lake Nhambavale, Mozambique. Self-supported five-stage race. Coconut forests, lakes, villages among dunes. €2,300 (R36,600).

Tue 12 November WC

Hi-Tec Dornier Full Moon Run. 5km, 10km. Dornier Wine Estate. Magnificent views – live music, good food, superb wine watching full moon rise. Start 7pm. R100/R145.

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Wed 13 November WC

Groot Constantia Twilight Run. 6km, 10km. Groot Constantia. Entry includes voucher, socks, and Ledlenser lucky draw. Start 7pm. R175/R195.

Wed 13 November 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.

Thu 14 November FS

TrailrunSeries Diabetes. 5km. Naval Hill. Singletrack, a few technical climbs and descents. Starts 6pm. R80.

Trail run race calendar: further ahead

Sun 1 December WC

Origin of Trails. 5km, 15km. Coetzenburg. Network of magnificent Stellenbosch trails and surrounds. Start 6:45am. R250/R350.

Sun 29 December WC

Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge. 6km, 12km, 21km. Kurland Estate. Beautiful, varied, challenging course with new long distance. Wet feet and a smile guaranteed. Entries opening soon!

See more events in your copy of TRAIL 33, where we list 97 trail running events locally and internationally from July to September 2019.

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 page only), as a jpeg or animated GIF. Includes single event text listing (option 2). R1,399
  5. Emailer text listing R599 and R499 per issue thereafter. R499 for additional events in the same issue.
  6. Emailer banner (600×200 pixels horizontal) R950 first issue and R850 thereafter. R850 for each additional event in the same mailing.

No limit to 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 September 2019.

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