Trail running events calendar

This is a 30-day-ahead calendar. Use the tabs to view different months. Get our latest issue for more trail running events in 2021.

Level 1 allows for a maximum of 2,000 people at outdoor events. Please consult event websites for updates while planning your next adventure.

Trail running events: December 2021

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Fri 3 – Sun 5 December KZN

Drakensberg Trail Festival. 42km, 25km, 10km, 5km. Bergville. A celebration of all things trail and ultra running, set in the most majestic, untouched mountain range in South Africa. Start 5:30am. R125-R990.

Sat 4 December  KZN 

The Terra Firma Trail Run #10. 5km, 10km, 18km. North Coast. Scenic trails and views at secret venue to be announced. Start 7am. R110/R150/R180.

Sat 4 December KZN

XMAS Trail Fest. 25km, 15km, 10km, 5km. Berg River Dam. A trail running festival, at the traditional Bastille Day venue, starting and finishing at Old Bells Lodge. Start 8am. R195-R495.

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Sun 5 December  WC 

George TENS Trail Run Challenge. 10km, 21km. Ground Zero Trail Park, George. Inaugural edition held at bike and trail park, for coffee-loving outdoor peeps. Start 7am. R160-R360.

Sun 5 December  NW  

The Kloofzicht Corporate Trail Challenge. 20km, 40km. Muldersdrift. A relay race for teams of two, four, or eight at Kloofzicht Lodge & Spa. Start 8am. R600-R2,400.

Tue 7 Dec WC

Dragonfly Tri Summer Trail Series #2. Groot Constantia Wine Estate. 10km,5km. The vineyards and Constantiaberg mountains offer a breathtaking backdrop to this scenic trail. Start 6:30pm. R185-R250.

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Sat 11 – Sun 12 December  KZN

QUEST 2 Day Christmas Trail Run. 7km, 15km, 20km/15km. Clifton Canyon. Two-day stage race. Run through rolling hills, small rivers, sugar cane trails, district road and jeep track. Start 6:30am. R120-R590.

Sat 11 – Sun 12 December  EC 

Fresh@Beskuitfontein. 5km, 10km, 20km, 30km. Beskuitfontein Farm, Middelburg. Surrounded by mountains of Eastern Karoo, spectacular views, rugged terrain. R150-R2,000.

Sat 11 December  KZN 

Christmas Trail @ Barn Owl. 5km, 11km, 21km. The Barn Owl, Howick. Set in the beautiful midlands and positioned to have amazing views of the valley, The Barn Owl is the next new and exciting addition to the KZNTR trails. Start 7am. R60-R190.

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Sun 12 December  EC

Billson Runners Trail Run. 5km, 11km, 18km. Metrowind Wind Farm, Port Elizabeth. To reverse or not to reverse, that’s the question. Start 7.30am. R130-R210.

Fri 17 – Sun 19 December EC

Longmore Forest Endurance Run (LoFER). 100miles, 50miles, 50km. Perfect for roadies, with runnable forestry road and jeeptrack. All distances climb 810m Blouberg. Start 5am. R950 – R1,950.

Sat 18 December WC

Bahia Beach Run. Mossel Bay. 8km,4km. Run from Diaz Beach to Hartenbos. Start 8am. R50-R100.

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Sun 26 December  WC

Hartenbos MTB and Trail Run Challenge. 5km, 9km. Mossel Bay. Run along the Outeniquabosch Trail. Start 7am. R70-R100.

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Level 1 allows for a maximum of 2,000 people at outdoor events. Please consult event websites for updates while planning your next adventure.

Mon 14 – Tue 22 March 2022 Namibia

Gondwana 7. 296km. Experience the splendour of Namibia by running seven marathon distances in seven days at seven unique destinations, mostly offroad. Start 5am. R17,862/R23,572.

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Fri 27 – Sun 29 May 2022 WC

Langkloof Trail Run. 25km/22km/16km. Louvain Guest Farm, George. Beautiful trails in the Outeniqua Mountains. Start 9am. R4000+.

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Sat 6 Aug – Mon 8 Aug 2022 WC

Southern Cross Trail Run. 30km/30km/16km. Garden Route. South Africa’s most diverse 3 day trail run. Run on pristine mountain hiking trails on day one, experience the tranquility of lush, indigenous forest on day two and end off, with day three, along the stunning coastline of the Garden Route. R3,740-R4,455.

Find more events in TRAIL 41, with trail running events listed from October to January 2022.

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Get the full South African trail running events calendar in TRAIL 41. It’s available in digital format.