Free trail running events calendar

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Trail running events in April 2021

Fri 23 – Sat 24 April WC

Topo Raid Adventure Race. 60km, 100km. Prince Albert. Team relay/supported 100km, or pairs unsupported. Challenge yourself to the most innovative form of sport. topo.co.za PROMOTED

Fri 23 – Sat 24 April KZN

Thanda Safari Trail Run. 5km, 7km. Thanda Safari Private Game Reserve. Bushveld and savannah Big 5 trail running on game drive routes, singletrack following animal paths. Includes accommodation, food, medal, game drive. Start 6:30am. roag.org

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Fri 23 – Sun 25 April KZN

Ultra-Trail Drakensberg. 21km, 30km, 62km, 100km, 160km. Premier Resort Sani Pass. The first 100 miler in the Drakensberg, traversing the Southern Berg. ultratraildrakensberg.com PROMOTED

Fri 23 – Sun 25 April EC

Trail2Teebus. 12km/20km/20km, 12km/40km/20km. Harmonie Farm. Run all three or a single stage in the ultimate Karoo trail stage race. Start 8am. R350-R4,300. trail2teebus.co.za

Fri 23 – Sun 25 April MP

Recce Mission. 5km, 12km, 30km, 60km, 100km, 200km. Fort Mission, Dullstroom. Epic adventure to the boundaries of physical and mental toughness. R80-R3,650. Start 12pm. reccerace.co.za

Otter 2021 promo banner Kane Reilly from 2020

Fri 23 – Sat 24 April WC

Karoo Battle Of The Tekkies. 5km, 10km, 20km. Grand Hotel, Laingsburg. Night run and day trail for all fitness levels at Biltong Festival. Start 6:30pm. R40/R90/R180. jakhalsevents.co.za

Fri 23 – Sun 25 April WC

Walker Bay Outdoor. 6km, 7km, 12km, 14km, 19km. Hermanus. Scenic boardwalk following coastline. Expanded trail routes along the Kleinrivier Mountains, sweeping vistas. walkerbayxtreme.com

Sat 24 April KZN

The Terra Firma Trail Run #2. 5km, 10km, 18km. Virginia Trails. Run through beautiful trails at a private farm in Eston. Start 7am. R110/R150/R180. waterra.co.za

Sat 24 – Sun 25 April WC

Big Backyard Ultra #2. 6,706m laps. Welbedacht Wine Estate. Run a lap every hour on the hour until you can’t anymore. Spectacular course with breath-taking views. Start 7am. R875. wannado.co.za/bigbackyardultra PROMOTED

Sat 24 – Sun 25 April WC

Savanna Origin of Trails. 23km/16km. Stellenbosch High School. Network of magnificent Stellenbosch trails and surrounds. R950. stillwatersports.com

Sun 25 April GP

Tiger Trail Run. 2km, 5km, 10km, 21km. Tierpoort Adventure Farm. Enjoy the trails, donate old running kit, earn Vitality points, and relax under the trees. Start 7am. R30-R135. revolutiontrails.co.za

Sun 25 April WC

Trail Series Super League 4. 7km, 14km, 20km. Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve. Run from gardens of iconic Taal Monument onto spectacular trails. Start 7:30am. trailseries.co.za

Tue 27 April EC

Van Stadens Mountain Marathon. 10km, 21km, 42km. Crossways Farm Village. Inaugural mountain run to show you new routes in the area. Summit Van Stadensberg. R160/R320/R480. vanstadens.run

Tue 27 Apr – Sat 1 May EC

Pondo Drifter 4 Day. 10km/27km/10km/27km. Drifters Adventure Camp, Pondoland. Fully catered four day luxury run in the Northern Transkei from Msikaba to Cremorne Estate. Start 8am. R7,200/R10,200. trisport.co.za

Tue 27 Apr – Sun 2 May virtual

Women for Change Run. 5km. Run5km or more in your own neighbourhood to raise awareness against Gender Based Violence. R90-R200. cmiyc.co.za

Fri 30 – Sat 1 May EC

Merrell Hobbit. 5km, 16km, 38km, 47km/43km. Arminel Hotel, Hogsback. Magnificent indigenous forests, river crossings, and huge waterfalls. 90km over two days or other distances on Saturday. R140-R4,000. hobbitrun.co.za

Trail running events in May 2021

Sat 1 May KZN

Mnweni Marathon. 5km, 10km, 20km, 40km. Mnweni Cultural Centre. Rugged singletrack circular route through the remote high-berg. Steep climbs and river crossing. Start 6am. R110-R880. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Sat 1 May EC

Lake Gariep Run. 40km, 20km. Driekwartblou Guest House, Gariep Dam. A trail run in the Karoo next to the biggest dam in South Africa. Start 7am. R550/R650. lakegarieprun.co.za PROMOTED

Otter 2021 promo banner Kane Reilly from 2020

Sat 1 May – Sun 2 May virtual

Catch Me If You Can Virtual Race. 5km, 10km. All entries include a race pack with a CMIYC medal, CMIYC lanyard and a mini water bottle. R90-R370. cmiyc.co.za

Sat 1 May – Sun 2 May FS

Clarens Mountain Matha. 13km/10km, 20km/15km. Bokpoort Mountain Lodge. Foothills of Maluti Mountains, sandstone cliffs, caves, grassland. Run one or both days. R300-R1,400. wildtrail.co.za

Sat 1 May – Sun 2 May WC

Tankwa Trail. 36km. Koue Bokkeveld. Trails through rocky outcrops, steep climbs, technical descents, views to cherish. R1,990. tankwatrail.co.za

Sat 1 May – Sun 2 May NC

Klipspringer Challenge. 21km/18km, 32km/33km. Augrabies Falls National Park. Grueling desert run through remote Kalahari landscapes: granite canyons, Orange River, otherworldly moonscapes, unforgiving desert sand. klipspringerchallenge.co.za PROMOTED

Sun 2 May EC

Bos Bok Trail Run. 6km, 14km, 20km. The Island Reserve, Sea View. Most breathtaking singletrack and scenery in Port Elizabeth. Start 7:30am. R130-R220. bigosports.co.za

Sun 2 May GP

Fresh@Groenkloof. 5km, 10km, 17km. Groenkloof Nature Reserve. Technical singletrack through woodland, grassland, and over koppies. Start 7am. R120-R200. freshtrails.co.za

Sun 2 May EC

Toby’s Motors Trail Run. 6km, 12km, 18km. Little Walmer Golf Course, PE. Test yourself against the Baakens Valley. Start 7:30am. R130-R210. bigosports.co.za

Fri 7 – Sun 9 May EC

Great Kei Trek. 20km/12km/13km, 34km/24km/26km. Morgan Bay Hotel. Trail, beach, rocky bits, some mountain climbs and descent, river crossing on the ferry into the Old Transkei, and more. R3,450+. greatkeitrek.co.za

Sat 8 May EC

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 8 May EC

Blanco Guest Farm Trail Run. 5km, 10km 21km. Blanco Guest Farm. Run through the beautiful Winterberg mountains. Start 8am. R150/R175. blanco.co.za

Sat 15 May WC

Muizenberg Trail. 20km. Zandvlei Sea Scout Base. Experience a bit of everything: jeep tracks, singletrack, views of both sides of the peninsula. Start 7:30am. R665. muizenbergtrail.co.za

Sat 15 May WC

Kromrivier BEAST. 45km. Cederberg. Mountain adventure, wilderness, and endless panoramic views. Self-sufficiency required. R1,500. beasttrailrun.co.za

Sat 15 – Sun 16 May KZN

The Yellow-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. theoxpecker.co.za

Sun 16 May KZN

Winter Series Gilboa Challenge. 4km, 10km, 15km. Bushwillow Park, Karkloof. Breathtaking forest singletrack. Start 6am. kzntrailrunning.co.za

Trail running events further ahead

Fri 23 – Sat 24 April WC

Topo Raid Adventure Race. 60km, 100km. Prince Albert. Team relay/supported 100km, or pairs unsupported. Challenge yourself to the most innovative form of sport. topo.co.za

Ultra-Trail Drakensberg 2021 UTD banner

Fri 23 – Sun 25 April KZN

Ultra-Trail Drakensberg. 21km, 30km, 62km, 100km, 160km. Premier Resort Sani Pass. The first 100 miler in the Drakensberg, traversing the Southern Berg. ultratraildrakensberg.com

Sat 24 – Sun 25 April WC

Big Backyard Ultra #2. 6,706m laps. Welbedacht Wine Estate. Run a lap every hour on the hour until you can’t anymore. Spectacular course with breath-taking views. Start 7am. R875. wannado.co.za/bigbackyardultra

Sat 1 May EC

Lake Gariep Run. 40km, 20km. Driekwartblou Guest House, Gariep Dam. A trail run in the Karoo next to the biggest dam in South Africa. Start 7am. R550/R650. lakegarieprun.co.za

Sat 1 May – Sun 2 May NC

Klipspringer Challenge. 21km/18km, 32km/33km. Augrabies Falls National Park. Grueling desert run through remote Kalahari landscapes: granite canyons, Orange River, otherworldly moonscapes, unforgiving desert sand. klipspringerchallenge.co.za

Sat 19 – Sun 20 June KZN

Big Backyard Ultra #3. 6,706m laps. Blythedale. Run a lap every hour on the hour until you can no longer complete a lap within the required time. Lush coastal forest. Start 7am. R875. wannado.co.za/bigbackyardultra

Fri 8 – Sun 11 July KZN

WildSeries Three Cranes Challenge. 29km/25km/23km, 29km/40km/23km. Bushwillow Park, Karkloof. Scintillating forest trails through the beautiful indigenous Karkloof Conservancy. Start 6am. wildseries.co.za

Wed 22 – Sat 25 September EC

Heaven & Hell Mountain Marathon. 5km, 8km, 14km, 22km, 44km, 88km, 176km. Rhodes. Pure, brutal wilderness mountain run in Southern Drakensberg. Only two people have finished the 88km. New 100 miler has over 16,000m vert! Start 5am. R50-R3,800. alpineswifttrails.co.za

Sat 25 – Sun 26 September EC

Big Backyard Ultra #4. 6,706m laps. 3 Rivers Trails. Run a lap every hour on the hour until you can no longer complete a lap within the required time. Experience a varied trail network. Start 7am. R875. wannado.co.za/bigbackyardultra

Otter 2021 promo banner Kane Reilly from 2020
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Wed 6 – Thu 7 October EC

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

Fri 8 & Sat 9 October EC

Otter African Trail Run Race. 5km/42km. Nature’s Valley. Run the classic route west to east from Stormsriver Mouth to Nature’s Valley with 2,600m of ascent, 9 hour cut-off. otter.run

Sat 9 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. R240/R280. otter.run

Sat 30 – Sun 31 October GP

Big Backyard Ultra #5. 6,706m laps. Taroko Trail Park, Modderfontein. Run a lap every hour on the hour until you can’t anymore. Stunning course along dams, through forest and grassland. Start 7am. R875. wannado.co.za/bigbackyardultra

Find more events in TRAIL 39, where we list 70 trail running events from April to June 2021.

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