SELECTION of NATIONAL TRAIL RUNNING TEAMS for 2016

The South African Ultra Trail Running Championships is one of the highlights on the national calendar and this year's event will be even more special than before because, apart from probably the strongest field ever, it will also be the final and most critical race to be used for the selection of two separate national teams to two international championships in October.  This year is of particular importance since the dates for the two international races are only a week apart which means that two different teams will have to be selected since no runner will be able to run both races.

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2016 South African Ultra trail running Championships

It’s almost time for the 2016 South African Ultra trail running Championships and by the looks of it; it’s going to be something special!

Apart from the honour of being the South African trail running champion, those taking part will also run for a place in the national trail running teams that will take part in the IAU World Trail Championships in Portugal, as well as an international race in France, both in October.

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Stage 1 Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS

“Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”

 

Stage One of South Africa’s premier three day stage trail run, the Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS got underway at the exquisite Houw Hoek Inn on Friday, 11 March 2016.

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Breaking news from Augrabies regarding the Klipspringer

The Organisers of the eagerly awaited inaugural Augrabies Falls Klipspringer Challenge, SANParks and the management of the Augrabies Falls National Park are pleased to announce, due to overwhelming demand, the introduction of the shorter Klipspringer Lite 17km Trail Run on Race Day 1 May 2016. Says Race Organiser Warren King, “Expanding the options and offering different distances was part of our planning, but it was a strategy that was only being considered for the 2017 Klipspringer Challenge Event.

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Ultra-Trail Cape Town Legends Return in 2016

It was once believed that Table Mountain was the physical manifestation of the Roman god Janus. This guy was considered to be a gatekeeper; one that facilitated new beginnings and transitions. Alternatively, a Xhosa folktale has the powerful god Qamata in conflict with a sea dragon called Nkanyamba and their battle resulting in Qamata’s mother creating four stone giants to watch over the world. Umlindi Wemingizimu (Watcher of the South), more commonly known as Table Mountain, took the southernmost point.

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Sub 4 Otter 2015

In 2013, UK’s Ricky Lightfoot stood on the Otter podium and told race director Mark Collins that on the right day, with the right mix of athletes, a sub-4 hour Otter would be possible. Mark placed R100 000 on the table and said, “Impossible”. In 2015, impossible became a reality as a trail running moment in history unfolded.
 

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Magnetic South and the OTTER

With The Grail of Trail looming, we thought fit to post an article just giving readers some more information on this epic Trail Run.

The concept of the OTTER African Trail Run was the collective brainchild of brothers John and Mark Collins from the event organising company Magnetic South. Both brothers’ passions lie in adventure sports as well as wildlife conservancy. Together with presenting sponsors Salomon and GU, they set their sights on the impossible dream of a Marathon Distance trail run along the unspoilt wilderness coastline.

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Ultra Trail CT Official Results and Report

On Saturday 3 October 600 runners made up of 32 nationalities lined up to run either the 20km, 65km or 100km course from Gardens Tech Rugby grounds in Cape Town. Table Mountain hid beneath a thick white mist, and 6 hours of solid, icy rain played havoc with the nutrition and hydration plans of the runners. The brave stepped up, and ran out, lead by race organisers Nic Bornman, Stuart McConnachie and a dramatic red flare.

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Swiss Speed Freak Runs OTTER!

International Trail Running Superstar heads for the Garden Route next month to challenge the “Grail of Trails ® ”mythical four hour barrier.  The Otter African Trail Run, presented by Salomon and GU, is taking place next month in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park. 450 runners will line up at the Stormsriver Restcamp to run the full distance of the famous 5 day OTTER Hiking Day in one day only.

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Ultra Trail Cape Town - Who to watch??

The second running of the Ultra Trail Cape Town is happening this Saturday, the 3rd October in the mother city. The event has some talent from around the world and we thought it would be fitting to list a few of the top men and women in the 100km to look out for on the race day. If you are in Cape Town this weekend, please come and show your support for this iconic event, all informtation on Aid Stations and support areas are listed on their website - click here

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