South African Team performs at Festival des Templiers

A new chapter was written in South African Trail Running when, for the first time, a race invited some of the South African athletes to compete in an international team competition. A sponsorship from Old Mutual meant that all the expenses of the team were paid, the runners were specially kitted out for the tour, and a dedicated media representative could accompany the team. With Nick Bester as manager, the athletes left South Africa on Tuesday 20 October. Team Old Mutual SA were housed in chalets a mere 200m from the finish line where they prepared for Sunday's big race.

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South African trail running team invited to compete in France

Ten members of South Africa’s best trail runners have been handpicked to represent the country at one of Europe’s greatest trail running events, the Festival des Templiers in France at the end of October.

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Our hero's perform in Annecy, France

Yesterday saw the running of the IAu World Ultra Trail Championships at the stunning Annecy in France (http://www.lac-annecy-evenements.org/MaXiRaceMondiaux2015/index.html) The Championships had teams from 39 countries competing for top honours and South Africa had a team of 8 athletes representing their country: Men:

  1. AJ Calitz
  2. Eric Ngubane
  3. Jock Green
  4. Graeme McCallum
  5. Iain Don-Wauchope

Women:

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SA Athlete, Karine Bezuidenhout

Karine is a rookie in this awesome sport and very excited to be part of the SA team.  She is a courageous athlete with guts and willing to experience the world, "I'm humbled and honoured to be able to compete against some of the world's best in Switzerland." She has always loved running.  Since childhood she would explore the farm that she grew up on, through running.  As a physiotherapist she is also of opinion that running is the most natural sport and that our bodies are designed to move and especially run.

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SA Athlete, Megan Mackenzie

This is a first of a few athlete bio's we will be showcasing. Megan has been selected to represent her country at the World Long Distance Trail Championships to be held at the Zermatt Marathon in Switzerland on the 4th July 2015. She was also recently crowned the 2015 SA Trail Champ with her fantastic win at the Molweni SA Trail Championships. Megan is an adventure loving, mountain fanatic from KwaZulu Natal.

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Official Team for the 2015 Long Distance World Champs

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - South African Team It gives us great pleasure to announce the following team for the 2015 World Long Distance Trail Champs. The WMRA World long distance Mountain Running Championship (42km) in Zermatt, Switzerland on 4 July 2015. MEN Johardt van Heerden (Northwest) Lucky Miya (Gauteng) Thabang Madiba (Gauteng) Iain Don-Wuachope (KZN)

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Fund raising for the 2015 Long Distance Trail Champs

After a very successful "win an otter" campaign we partnered with the Ultra Trail CT, Tsogo Sun and Active Patch 4U to try and raise more funds for these athletes. Our first campaign brought in roughly R10 000 of which every cent will go towards the Ultra Trail Team going to France.

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Win an Otter Trail Run entry and help us raise funds

Trail Run South Africa is again hard at work trying to raise funds to try and pay the way for our athletes to head to both the Long Distance and the Ultra World Champs this year. 1. World Ultra Championship - Lake Annecy, France 30 May 2015 2.

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