Rac­ing Ahead

Runner's World South Africa - - Contents - The best run­ning, mul­ti­sport and ad­ven­ture races this Au­gust • Com­piled by Wayde Finch, race ed­i­tor (rwraceed­i­tor@gmail.com)

KWAZULU- NA­TAL

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.

WEST­ERN CAPE

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.

TRAIL RUN­NING

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.

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