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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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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Old Mutual backs SA Ultra-Trail runners in Grand Trail des Templiers in France

Fantastic news for us, article written by Old Mutual. - http://www.oldmutual.co.za/media-centre/newsdetail/2015/10/13/old-mutual...
 
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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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PUMA Trail Run Entries now open

Entries have opened for the 2016 PUMA Trail Run series that will start in Buffelspoort (North West Province) on Sunday, 24 January 2016, before debuting in Port Elizabeth the following weekend (Sunday, 31 January 2016) and culminating in Grabouw (Western Cape) on Sunday, 21 February 2016.

Forming part of the action of South Africa’s largest off road triathlon, the Fedhealth XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT SPORT, the PUMA Trail Run incorporates the XTERRA trail run routes. 

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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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Emma Roca "Rocks" The Otter

She is a biochemist, firefighter, athlete AND mother of three; tell us again how you don’t have time to train?

Thanks to Buff® South Africa, Buff® athlete Emma Roca is coming to rock the 2015 Otter African Trail Run, and will show South Africans a little bit about finding balance and living your passions.

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