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Trail running calendar events in May 2018
Sat 26 May GP
Wild Africa Ale Trail. 5km, 8km, 12km, 15km. Glen Afric Country Lodge, Hartbeespoort. Where trail meets brew! Trail run with game sightings and craft beer stops along route for tastings. The longer you run, the more ale’s you get to experience! Start 7:30am. R180/R220. bit.ly/2qKX2nk
Sat 26 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. meiringspoortchallenge.co.za
Sun 26 May EC
The Spectrum Trail Run Series #1. 5km, 11km. Baakens Valley. Enjoy PE’s green belt with short or long series. Start 2pm. liveadventure.co.za
Sat 26 – Sun 27 May KZN
Sappi Karkloof Trail Fest. 9km, 18km. Karkloof Country Club. Superb trails of the Karkloof Valley. Both distances on Saturday and another 9km on Sunday. Start 7am. R130/R170. karkloofmtb.co.za
Sat 26 – Sun 27 May KZN
The Red-Billed Oxpecker. 21km/15km. Winterton, Central Berg. Run through game farms and Spioenkop mountain. After the mountains, drop down onto the banks of the Tugela River. Start 8am. R2,000/R2,200. theoxpecker.co.za
Sun 27 May WC
Change of Season Trail Run. 6km, 11km. L’Avenir Wine Estate. When the Autumn colours warn of the winter chill, gear up with Sportsmans Warehouse and still enjoy the outdoors with a Trail Run with Dirtopia in the Stellenbosch Winelands. Start 9am. R50-R140. dirtopia.co.za
Trail running calendar events in June 2018
Fri 1 – Sun 3 June EC
The Great Zuurberg Trail Run. 20km/25km/18km. Exciting stage race in pairs. Explore Addo Elephant National Park and majestic Zuurberg mountains. gztrun.co.za SPONSORED
Sat 2 June GP
Hollard JURA. 6km, 12km. Marks Park Sports Club, Judith Road, Emmarentia. Experience a combination of Johannesburg’s city parks, urban elements, and inflatable obstacles both routes. Start 7am. R297/R359. joziadventure.co.za SPONSORED
Sat 2 June EC
The Spectrum Trail Run Series #3. 5km, 18km. Baakens Valley. Enjoy PE’s green belt with short or long series. Start 8am. liveadventure.co.za
Sat 2 June WC
Old Fisherman’s Trail Challenge. 20km. Hout Bay Yacht Club. Hout Bay and the Atlantic, over Blackburn Ravine, to Fish Hoek and the Indian Ocean. Start 8am. fishermanschallenge.co.za
Sat 2 – Sun 3 June KZN
African Oxpecker. 21km/15km. Winterton, Central Berg. Run through game farms and Spioenkop mountain. After the mountains, drop down onto the banks of the Tugela River. Start 8am. R2,000/R2,200. theoxpecker.co.za
Sat 3 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-R330. stillwatersports.com
Sun 3 June KZN
Winter Series Table Mountain. 7km, 11km, 20km. Mcoseleli School, Pietermaritzburg. Experience the cliffs and waterfalls of the iconic mountain from a different perspective! Challenging. Start 7:30am. kzntrailrunning.co.za
Sun 3 June LIM
Pam Golding Wildlife Estate Series #4. 5km, 10km, 20km. Ndlovumzi Nature Reserve. Exciting new series. Deep into the reserve along Olifantsrivier. Start 7am. lowveldtrailrunning.co.za
Sun 3 June WC
Spier Trail Run. 5km, 10km. Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. Classic venue and family fun. Start 9am. quantumadventures.co.za
Fri 8 – Sat 9 June EC
Trennery’s Trail Fest. 4km, 10km, 24km. Trennery’s Hotel. A festive fun-filled family weekend. Explore Transkei wilderness. Start 7am. wonadventure.co.za
Fri 8 June KZN
The Valley Run. 100km. Cumberland Private Game Reserve. Pairs have 20 hours to complete this self supported, self-navigated ultra. Raise donations for Lettie Fund for cancer. Start 10pm. R3,000. valleyrun.co.za
Sun 10 June WC
The Beast. 30km, 50km. Old Zoo, Cape Town. Spectacular scenery within the Table Mountain National Park. Start 7am. R395-R595. energyevents.co.za
Sat 16 June WC
George Mountain Ultra Trail. 9km, 25km, 60km. Cradock Pass. Garden Route mountain running through indigenous forest. R185-R1,250. georgetrailrun.co.za
Sat 16 June WC
Run The Vines #4. 5km, 10km, 17km. Mellasat. Youth Day fun in the vineyards. R80/R100/R130. Start 7:45am. runthevines.co.za
Sat 16 June WC
Youth Day Trail Run. 5km, 7.5km,12.5km, 15km. Delvera Farm. Celebrate Youth Day with a run between the vineyards, stunning views and singletrack in the Simonsberg Conservancy. There will be youth categories in every distance, so bring the family. Start 9am. R50-R145. dirtopia.co.za
Fri 16 June LIM
Fresh Trails #10. Rooiberg. 5km, 10km, 19km, 44km. Rooiberg Limpopo. Leave fresh tracks on unforgettable bushveld trail. Breathtaking views from the majestic Waterberg and lush gorges, variety of game. Start 7am. R100-R550. freshtracks.co.za
Sat 16 – Sun 17 June GP
Infinity 24 Hour Challenge. Rosemary Hill Farm, Pretoria. Share a challenge with camaraderie and embrace the experience. Start Sat 12pm. R180+. wildonline
Sun 17 June KZN
WESSA Trail Run. 5km, 12km, 20km. Umngeni Valley, Howick. Flowing singletrack through the SAPPI forests on MTB trails. Start 7:30am. kzntrailrunning.co.za
Sun 17 June WC
Patatfees Trail Run. 8km, 18km, 28km. Napier High School. Exclusive access to private land in the Napier mountains. Start 8:30am. R150/R250/R300. napierpatatmtb.co.za
Sun 17 June GP
Gauteng Winter Trail Series 1 of 4. 8km, 13km. B’Sorah Tented Camp. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am. trailseries.co.za
Sat 23 June WC
Theuniskraal Trail Run. 7km, 15km, 25km. Theuniskraal Wine Estate, Tulbagh. Fast-flowing singletrack in vineyards, orchards, and across rivers. Tough 25km climbs into Winterhoek mountains. Start 6am. theuniskraaltrailrun.co.za
Sun 24 June KZN
Phezulu Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 18km. Valley of 1000 Hills. Tough courses through game reserve with giraffe, zebra, and wildebeest. Start 7am. kzntrailrunning.co.za
Sun 24 June GP
Nissan Trailseeker Trail Run Legends MX. 5km, 10km, 21km. Legends MX. Challenging terrain on blissful trails. Well-stocked feed stations. Start 8am. R100/R180/R250. trailseekerseries.co.za
Sun 24 June GP
Gauteng Winter Trail Series 2 of 4. 8km, 13km. Hennops River. Run 3 of the 4 long/short courses to automatically compete in the Championship/Challenge and receive a medal. Start 9am. trailseries.co.za
Sun 24 June WC
Mid-Year Trail Run. 7km, 12km. Muratie Wine Estate. Muratie is the base for some of the most beautiful trail systems in the Western Cape as part of the Simonsberg Conservancy. Start 9:15am. R50-R135. dirtopia.co.za
Sat 13 July – Sun 15 July EC
JBayX Trail Run. 5km, 10km, 20km, 60km. SuperTubes Park, Jeffreys Bay. Run all three 20km events starting 12 hours apart, or just do one. Physically and mentally challenging. Start 7am. R65-R1,290. jbayx.co.za SPONSORED
Trail running calendar events further ahead
- 24 June Trailseeker #2: Legends MX, Gauteng. Watch Youtube promo
- 15 July Trailseeker #3: Grabouw, Western Cape. Visit Series page
- 19 August Trailseeker #4: Wellington, Western Cape
- 16 September Trailseeker #5: Mabalingwe, Bela-Bela, Limpopo
- 4 November Trailseeker #6: Cullinan, Gauteng
See more events in your copy of TRAIL 27, where we list 100 trail running events locally and internationally from April to August 2018.
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