Sunday 6 August 6.5 18.5 3 Falls Trail Run Forest View Primary School, 1 Ridge Road, Forest Hill, Kloof; 18.5km: 6:30am; 6km Kloof Conservancy 083 626 8684 kloofconservancy.org.za The brainchild of avid trail runners Andrew McKay and Vaughn Smit, who enlisted the organisational skills of the Kloof Conservancy to create an event that is now acknowledged as one of the toughest and most scenic short courses in KwaZulu-Natal. It’s easily accessible from the Durban metro area, and is run entirely by volunteers. Refreshingly devoid of commercialism, the event restores trail running to its true essence. The route includes rare grasslands, wild indigenous forests, gushing waterfalls and majestic scenery.
Saturday 5 August 5 10 15 21.1 42.2 PPC Riebeek Bergmarathon PPC Cement Clinic, Ongegund Farm, Riebeek West; 42.2km: 7:30am; 21.1km: 8am; 10km: 8:30am; 5km: 8:45am. The perfect excuse for a weekend getaway to the Swartland town of Riebeek West, which is well known for its wheat, wine and olives. Walkers are welcome to participate in the 21.1km, and the marathon is an early qualifier for the Two Oceans. There are medals for all finishers within cut-off time, and showers are available at the finish. Prizes will be awarded to category winners, and there will be lucky-draw prizes. Get in quickly – entries close 24 July.
ADVENTURE RACING & MULTISPORT
Tuesday 8 August 9 Jump City Challenge powered by Peri Construction and Entryrush Gold Reef City Theme Park, Northern Parkway and Data Crescent, Johannesburg: 5pm start time Jozi’s favourite night-time adventure returns, only this time in the form of a Women’s Day edition. The race is still open to all willing athletes, but everyone is encouraged to dress in pink. (You can even choose neon yellow, if you’re worried that pink won’t bring out your eyes.) This year’s route now features 26 challenges, and some exciting new features, including Thunder Mountain, The Abyss, Raging Rapids, Rat Race, and much more.
Saturday 5-6 August 18 24 30 62 Bestmed Chokka Trail Run Cape St Francis Resort, Da Gama Rd, Cape St Francis; 62km: 5am; 30km: 7am; 24km & 18km: 7:30am This four-day ‘slackpacking’ route is only accessible to trail runners once a year. It features a mosaic of coastal footpaths, dunes, beaches, coastal thicket and forest. The 62km event, which kicks off at 5am on Sunday, is the only one that crosses the popular Sand River, considered the highlight of the Chokka Trail.
3 FALLS: Steep ascents in Kloof Gorge require good upper-body strength.