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 31 of TRAIL magazine (April/May/June 2019) features over 90 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 31. 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 races in May 2019

Fri 24 – Sun 26 May MP

Bezhoek Extreme. 10km, 15km, 20km, 35km, 65km. Bezuidenhoutshoek Nature Reserve. Run virgin trails on banks of Olifants Rivier.

Fri 24 – 26 May MP

Mac Mac Ultra. 100mile, 50mile, 46km. Fresh Trails presents the first Fresh Mac Mac Ultra, in the heart of Mpumalanga, between Sabie, Graskop and Pilgrim’s Rest. Amazing scenic singletrack awaits you. PROMOTED

Fri 24 – Sun 26 May KZN

Zingela Dung Beetle. 12km/21km, 21km/33km. Weenen. Two day rocky, thorny valley bushveld run. R2,000-R3,400. Start 7am.

Sat 25 – Sun 26 May KZN

The Red-Billed Oxpecker. 21km/15km. Winterton, Central Berg. Run through game farms and to the top of Spioenkop mountain. After the mountains, drop down onto the banks of the Tugela River. Start 8am. PROMOTED

Sat 25 – Sun 26 May WC

Montagu Mountain Mania. 19km/12km. De Bos Guest Farm. Run one or both days in the beautiful Montagu Mountains. R500-R800.

Sat 25 May WC

Autumn Trail Run. 6km, 11km. Simonsvlei. Great views, run through vineyards. Start 7:30am.

Sat 25 May GP

Wild Africa’s GINovation. 5km, 8km, 12km. Ground. Spectacular day out in vineyards, forests, fields. Gin tasting included. Start 7:30am. R240/R260.

Sat 25 May FS

TrailrunSeries Brandkop. 5km, 10km. Brandkop Conservancy. Fast singletrack trail with few technical climbs. Start 8am. R100.

Sat 25 May GP

Vaal Triangle Beer-a-thon. 5km. Isak Steyl Stadium. Five dehydration stations with non-alcoholic beverages along with beer and cider. Start 8am. R260.

Sat 25 May GP

Cosmo Run. 5km, 10km. Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. Start 8am. R60/R80.

Sat 25 May WC

Meiringspoort Trail Run. 10km, 20km. NG Church Hall, De Rust. Singletrack and jeeptrack, seven river crossings, with distant views of the Kammanassie and Outeniqua mountains. Start 8am.

Sun 26 May KZN

Winter Series Honey Trails. Honey Trails, Monteseel. 5km, 10km, 15km. Indigenous grassland trails through Valley of Thousand Hills. Start 7am.

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Sun 26 May WC

GTP Urban Trail Run. 5km, 14km. Elizabeth Park, Bellville. Hidden greenbelt connects Bellville CBD to TygerValley. Start 7am. R60/R100.

Sun 26 May GP

Scatterrun Hazeldean Valley Trails. 45min, 90min, 150min. Hazeldean Valley Trails, Pretoria. Bring a friend, and get ready to Let Your Feet Fly! Start 8:30am. R135/R165/R195.

Trail running events calendar for races in June 2019

Sat 1 – Sun 2 June KZN

African Oxpecker. 21km/15km. Winterton, Central Berg. Run through game farms and to the top of Spioenkop mountain. After the mountains, drop down onto the banks of the Tugela River. Start 8am. PROMOTED

Sat 1 June WC

Old Fisherman’s Trail Challenge. 22km. Hout Bay Yacht Club. Hout Bay and the Atlantic, over Blackburn Ravine, to Fish Hoek and the Indian Ocean. Start 8am.

Sat 1 June Lim

Tonteldoos Trail Run. 6km, 11km, 18km. Bush Boys Adventure Farm. Explore scenic mountains and valleys. Start 8:15am. R60/R100/130.

Sun 2 June NW

FNB Platinum Trail Run. 8km, 12km, 24km. ATKV, Buffelspoort. Varied and challenging, with the beauty of the Magaliesberg and Buffelspoort Dam. Start 7:30am. R140-R320.

Sat 8 June WC

Wacky Butterfly Trail Run. 5km, 10km. Jan Harmsgat, Bonnievale. Part of Wacky Wine Festival in Robertson Valley. Fundraising for Barrydale Hospice. Start 8am. R90/R120.

Sat 8 – Sun 9 June FS

Kleinrivier Mountain Trail Challenge. 19km, 30km. Pristine wilderness, big, lung busting climbs and heart-stopping vertical descents on singletrack. R380/R600.

Sun 9 June WC

The Beast. 30km, 50km. Old Zoo, Cape Town. Spectacular scenery within the Table Mountain National Park. Start 7am. R395-R695.

Sun 9 June INT

Trail World Championship. 44km. Mirandha do Corvo, Portugal. The ITRA and IAU chose the Ultra Trilhos dos Abutres to host the 2019 championship.

Fri 14 – 16 June LIM

Rooiberg FRESHtive Ultra and Stage Run. 5km, 10km, 21km, 44km, 21km/21km, 44km/21km. Rooiberg Limpopo. Leave fresh tracks on unforgettable bushveld trail. Breathtaking views from the majestic Waterberg and lush gorges, variety of game. Start 7am. R120-R570. PROMOTED

Sat 15 June WC

George Mountain Ultra Trail. 9km, 25km, 60km. Cradock Pass. Garden Route mountain running through indigenous forest. R195-R1,500.

Sat 15 June WC

Run The Vines #4. 5km, 10km, 17km. Mellasat. Youth Day fun in the vineyards. R100-R150. Start 7:45am.

Sat 15 June INT

Fish River Canyon Ultra. 65km, 100km. Namibia. Compete in the second largest canyon on Earth, stark, rugged a desolate. Self-supported.

Sat 15 June WC

Circles in the Forest Trail Series #2. 4km, 7km, 10km. Majik Forest. Gravel road, singletrack, couple climbs overlooking Durbanville Wine Valley. R50–R130.

Sat 15 June WC

Patatfees Trail Run. 8km, 14km, 18km. Agulhas School, Napier. Challenging run through Heuningberg mountains. Start 8:30am. R150/R200/R250.

Sun 16 June WC

GTP Urban Trail Run. 5km, 14km. Tielman Marais Park. Easy, scenic route. Run along a stream to Doornkraal dam. Start 8am. R30/R50.

Sun 16 – Sat 22 June INT

The Namibia Crossing. 44km/33km/40km/49km/26km. Five-day race from the crystal fields of Sendelingsdrif in South Africa to the infamous giant boulders of Tatasberg deep in the Ai-Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

Fri 21 – Sun 23 June KZN

Jack Russell Run. 7km/5km, 4km/3km. Birnamwood Road, Merrivale Heights, Midlands. World’s first stage race for kids only! Grades 1 to 7. PROMOTED

Sat 22 June WC

Theuniskraal Trail Run. 7km, 15km, 30km. Theuniskraal Wine Estate, Tulbagh. Fast-flowing singletrack in vineyards, orchards, and across rivers. Tough 25km climbs into Winterhoek mountains. Start 6am.

Sat 22 June KZN

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

Sun 23 June WC

Spier Trail Run. 3km, 5km, 10km. Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Classic venue and family fun. Start 9am.

Trail run race calendar: further ahead

Sun 30 June GP

Nissan Trailseeker Buffelsdrift. 5km, 10km, 21km, 40km. Buffelsdrift MTB Park. Hard and rocky grasslands trails past rivers and wildlife Start 8am. R109-R329. PROMOTED

Sat 13 July LIM

Iron Crown Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 22km. Haenertsburg Village. Summit Limpopo’s highest mountain, climbing 687m. Village streets, earth roads, firebreaks, and rocky singletrack. Waterpoints provided. Start 7:30am. R60/R110/R120. PROMOTED

Sat 27 – Sun 28 July GP

Gauteng Trail Clinic. Coaching/running. Walter Sisulu Botanic Gardens. Speakers include Bennie Roux, Craig Gornall, Neville Beeton, Brendan McBirnie, and Anca Wessels. Start 7am.  PROMOTED 

Sat 10 – Sun 11 August LIM

Wolkberg Trail Run. 10km, 25km, 20km/15km Woodbush, 40km/25km Wolkberg. Haenertsburg. Unique experience staged over two days. Summit the highest point in Limpopo: The Iron Crown. Vertical gain 1,800m. Start 7am. R200-R1,500. PROMOTED

Sat 10 – Sun 11 August KZN

Zini Beach & Bush Trail. 10km, 16km, 15km/10km, 27km/16km. Mtunzini Athletics Club. Two day BushBaby and BushWacker, or single distance on Sunday. Forest singletrack, mangrove swamps, beach. Start 7am. R200-R350. PROMOTED

Sat 31 Aug – Sun 1 Sep WC

Run2Nowhere. 10km, 20km, 30km. McGregor. A two-day trail run for everyone! Moderate distances, relaxed vibe, festive atmosphere. No cut off times, no pressure. Start 8am. R800/R1,400. PROMOTED

Sat 21 September EC

Heaven and Hell Mountain Marathon. 5km, 8km, 14km, 22km, 44km. Grace-Hill Farm, Rhodes. Pure, brutal wilderness mountain run in Southern Drakensberg. Marathon has 3,750m elevation gain and to date only two finishers within cut-off. Start 5am. R30-R950. PROMOTED

Sat 21 – Sun 22 September EC

Lormar Endurance Trail Run. 8km/12km, 8km/24km. Fairview Farm, Middelburg. Experience authentic Karoo hospitality, picturesque sunsets. Start 6:30pm. R2,050/R2,150. PROMOTED

Sat 28 – 29 September KZN

Runtheberg Trail Run. 15km/15km, 25km/25km. All Out Adventures, Northern Berg Resorts. Montusi Valley, big skies, rugged peaks, rolling hills, the legendary Amphitheatre at its most glorious. PROMOTED

Wed 9 – Thu 10 October EC

OTTER Challenge. 5km/42km. Nature’s Valley. Run the classic route east to west from Stormsriver Mouth to Nature’s Valley with 2,600m of ascent, 11 hour cut-off. PROMOTED

Fri 11 & Sat 12 October EC

OTTER Run. 5km/42km. Stormsriver. Run the classic route east to west from Stormsriver Mouth to Nature’s Valley with 2,600m of ascent, 8 hour cut-off. PROMOTED

Sat 12 October EC

Dassie and RockRat Trail Runs. 6km, 10km. Nature’s Valley. Over rocks, roots, pebbles, through riverbeds and up steep climbs. Start 8:30am. R200/R240. PROMOTED

Sat 2 – Sun 3 November WC

Cape Trail Clinic. Teaching/running. Coetzenburg. Speakers include Nic De Beer, Deon Braun, Devon Coetzee, Grant Bryant, and Sean Tait. Start 6:30am. R2,400. PROMOTED

See more events in your copy of TRAIL 31, where we list over 90 trail running events locally and internationally from April to July 2019.

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