Events calendar

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Trail race events in March 2018

Wed 21 March WC

Spier Night Trail Run. 4km, 8km. Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Craft beers, food, lucky draw prizes. Bring a headlamp! Start 7pm.

Wed 21 – Sun March 25 EC

Pondo Drifter. 18km/26km/27km. Drifters Adventure Camps, Pondoland. Fully catered three day (plus rest day) luxury run in the Northern Transkei from Msikaba to Port St Johns. Start 8am. R5,900.

Sat 24 March KZN

Drakensberg Northern Trail. 5km, 10km, 20km, 42km. Oliviershoek. A mountain adventure, and official SkyMarathon. Start 6am. R90-780.

Sat 24 March WC

Kolsvlei Trail Run. 5km, 10km. Kolsvlei Trails, Piketberg. Start 7:30am. R30/R60.

Sat 24 March WC

WWF Earth Hour Adventure. 6km, 13km. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Start 7:30pm.

Sat 24 March GP

Earth Hour Trail Run. 6km, 10km. Danielsrust Game Farm, Krugersdorp. Bring a headlamp run singletrack in the wild, under the stars. Start 8:30pm. R100/R150.

Sat 24 March GP

Curro Krugersdorp Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 20km. Curro Primary, Krugersdorp. Challenging course through Hobby Park and Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. R60/R150/R200.

Sat 24 – Sun 25 March KZN

Route Six 2 Two Trails. 8km, 21km/14km. Oaksprings Farm, Mooi River. Run one or both days. Multisport options. First 50 entrants pay half-price. R75-R1,200.

Mon 26 – Thu 29 March EC

Pondo Drifter North. 17km/20km/26km/9km. Drifters Adventure Camps, Pondoland. Fully catered four day luxury run in the Northern Transkei from Port St Johns. Start 8am. R5,900.

Sun 25 March GP

Merrell Autumn Run. 6km, 12km, 20km. Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort. Open rocky Highland grassland with technical sections. Pass the cascading waterfall and cliffs. Start 7am. R150/R200/R315.

Tue 27 March GP

Merrell Autumn Night Run. 5km, 8km. Delta Café, Craighall Park. Bring a friend and headlamp, dress as luminous as you can! Start 6:30pm. R105/R125.

Sat 31 March WC

Pennypinchers Cairnbrogie Easter Trail Run. 5km, 12km, 18km. Cairnbrogie Farm, Plettenberg Bay. Cattle paths through fynbos filled kloofs, singletrack past ocean, dams, and forested sections. Start 8:30am. R50/R90/R180.

Trail race events in April 2018

Mon 2 April WC

Run The Vines #2. 5km, 10km, 17km. Ruitersvlei Wine Estate. Easter Monday fun in the vineyards. R80/R100/R130. Start 7:45am.

Wed 4 April FS

Wild Olive Night Trail Run Series. 7km. Wild Olive Estate, Noordstad. Test yourself on moderate jeeptrack and fast singletrack and improve your time with this tri-series. Start 6pm. R50.

Wed 4 April WC

Merrell Autumn Night Run #1. 5km, 8km. Simon’s Restaurant, Constantia. Bring a friend and headlamp, dress as luminous as you can! Start 6:30pm. R160/R190.

Fri 6 – Sat 7 April KZN

Luiperdkloof Trail Run. 10km, 20km, 50km. Luiperdkloof Trout Lodge. Untouched farmland, waterfalls and wildlife. Inaugural run. R100/R200/R500.

Sat 7 April FS

Mooiwater Trail Run. 6km, 12km. Baylianaweg, Bainsvlei, Mooiwater Conservancy. Fast single and jeep track. Start 8am. R80/R100.

Sat 7 April WC

Dirtopia Trail Run Challenge. 9km, 15km, 25km. Uitkyk Wine Estate. This special event, presented by Sportsmans Warehouse will take runners on more challenging routes against the slopes of the Simonsberg. Magnificent singletrack is truly going to bring the reward to fit outdoor lovers. Start 8:15am. R120-R240.

Sun 8 April KZN

Rocky Bay Trail Run. 6km, 10km, 20km. Scottburgh. Farmland and coastal forest, jeep and singletrack. Beautiful sea views. Start 7am.

Sun 8 April EC

Grahamstown’s Get Out And Run Trail Series 2. 5km, 12km, 20km. Featherston. Beautiful climbs and switchbacks over dramatic mountain passes, and through three yellowwood forests. Start 8am. R200/R150/R50.

Wed 11 April WC

Merrell Autumn Night Run #2. 5km, 8km. Simon’s Restaurant, Constantia. Bring a friend and headlamp, dress as luminous as you can! Start 6:30pm. R160/R190.

Fri 13 – Sun 15 April KZN

Drakensberg Trail Camp. 5km, 15km, 21km. Riverlea. Ascend iconic Rhino Peak as you develop your technical mountain running skills. Learn from elite runner Steven Erasmus, Pilates instructor Tarryn Lopez, and biokineticist Stephan Terblanche.  SPONSORED 

Sat 14 – Sun 15 April FS

Black Mountain Challenge. 30km/15km. Black Mountain Hotel. Run one or both days. Day One has 1,250m of ascent, and Day Two is in Maria Moroka National Park. Child-friendly race village. R25-R750.

Sat 14 – Sun 15 April WC

24 Hours of Oak Valley Trail Run. 6km. Oak Valley Estate. Run as many 6km laps as you want or can over the 24hours. Note: For Solo, category runners must be 16 years of age. Team category runners must be 12 years of age. Start 12:00pm. R525-R2100.

Sun 15 April KZN

WESSA Trail Run. 5km, 12km, 20km. Umngeni Valley, Howick. Flowing singletrack through the SAPPI forests on MTB trails. Start 7:30am.

Sun 15 April WC

Blaauwklippen Trail Run. 5km, 10km. Blaauwklippen Wine Estate, R44, Stellenbosch. Run in aid of Mia Cara, a 6-year-old leukemia warrior. Start 8am. R100/R300.

Wed 18 April WC

Merrell Autumn Night Run #3. 5km, 8km. Simon’s Restaurant, Constantia. Bring a friend and headlamp, dress as luminous as you can! Start 6:30pm. R160/R190.

Wed 18 – Mon 23 April MP

The Munga. 400km. Belfast. Non-stop supported trail taking you to the Blyde River Canyon. Five race villages along the way. 120 hour time limit.

See more in your copy of TRAIL 26, where we list over 100 trail running events locally and internationally from January to July 2018.

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