Goat Run is one of the most scenic routes on earth – no kid­ding!

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WHEN I saw the email sub­ject “Goat Run” I thought, this should be in­ter­est­ing. Turns out it’s not ac­tual goats which will be run­ning, but hu­mans. Shows how much I know about these sporty things. If hoof­ing about in the moun­tains is your thing, it will still be in­ter­est­ing for you.

The an­nual La Capra Goat Run hap­pens next Satur­day, be­gin­ning and end­ing at Fairview in Paarl, which of course is well-known for its res­i­dent goats and their cheese. The trail run is held in aid of sev­eral char­i­ties, in­clud­ing Drak­en­stein Hos­pice, Boland Autism, Sun­field Home, Welling­ton Lions Club, Paarl Moun­tain Re­serve, and The Sun­flower Fund.

Run­ners can ex­pect a route which climbs out from vine­yards onto the fyn­bos slopes and up­per ar­eas of the Paarl Moun­tain Na­ture Re­serve. For the more fun-minded, fam­ily-ori­ented groups, there’s also a short Fun Walk that’s free for chil­dren.

The event caters for all lev­els of run­ners. There are the en­trylevel 5km and 8km routes and, for the more ad­ven­tur­ous “goat run­ners”, the chal­leng­ing 15km and 28km ex­treme options, which in­clude sum­mit­ing the Paarl Rock, the sec­ond largest gran­ite out­crop in the world (af­ter Uluru in Aus­tralia).

Ap­par­ently as­cend­ing the “Pearl” is a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence and the panoramic view from the top could be well worth the ef­fort.

The ex­treme course also in­cludes climb­ing to a plateau of tran­quil­lity that in­vites some fast, open run­ning on a packed Jeep track that cir­cles around dams. There’s a sin­gle-track dip through a botan­i­cal gar­den and, once off Paarl Rock, you de­scend (hun­dreds of stairs) through thick in­dige­nous for­est. Back onto the lower fyn­bos slopes, it’s a me­an­der back to Fairview to join the af­ter-run fes­tiv­i­ties.

Af­ter all that, the food, wine and beer are likely to be very wel­come as you sprawl on the lawn. Plus, there are prizes, and the knowl­edge the pro­ceeds of the race en­tries are go­ing to makes a whole lot of lives a whole lot bet­ter.

All par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive a goodie bag which in­cludes a T-shirt, cheese, yo­ghurt and wine, a Fairview wine tast­ing voucher and dis­count vouch­ers valid on the day.

En­ter on­line at www.en­tryn­inja. com/ events/ event/ 4081- la­capra- goat- run. En­try fees vary de­pend­ing on dis­tance. For more in­for­ma­tion call El­lane van Wyk on 072 764 4015.

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