There is light at the end of the tunnel in new trail race
A NEW trail running event with a difference this morning will leave runners in the dark, although by having entered they will bring light at the end of the tunnel!
Many of the province’s top trail athletes and a capacity field have entered today’s imaginative Alpha Zero Tunnel Run over 20km, in search of both rich pickings and the adventure of a new trail route with a difference.
A prize of R10 000 is on offer in each of four categories – men and women, seniors and veterans – for the first to the finish line after 12km of daylight farm tracks and approximately 8km of running through the unlit Huguenot Service Tunnel in a “day- night” competition. Runners will need the support of their own headlamps.
The run started at 7.30am from the toll plaza in Paarl with runners tra- versing neighbouring farms before entering the tunnel after 6km. Exiting after 4km, runners will cross the bridge over the Molenaar’s River before re- entering the tunnel and retracing their steps back to the toll plaza.
The race fee lends support to the Radiance Foundation, a non-profit organisation assisting individuals in the Western Cape with visual impairment. Appropriately, runners will “regain” their sight once exiting the tunnel 6km from home.
Recently back from racing for South Africa in an international trail race in France, AJ Calitz started as favourite with Zimbabwean- born Tsungai Mwanengeni and Bernard Rukudza his biggest threats to the title.
In the women’s race it could turn out to be the speed of Megan Mackenzie up against the strength and mental fortitude of Chantel Nienaber in what could be a close contest.
MEGAN MACKENZIE: Speed queen
AJ CALITZ: Race favourite