Event Areas Archives: KwaZulu Natal

Sani Stagger Marathon & Half Marathon (Down Run)

The Sani Stagger 21.1km down and 42.2km marathon is run along the famous SANI PASS. This is the only motor road that crosses the Natal Drakensberg and the only road between KwaZulu-Natal and the kingdom of Lesotho.

Unique Fact: Entries usually fill up within 45 minutes.

Medals will be awarded to all finishers and prizes to category winners. There will also be a lucky draw.

Venues, distances and starting times: Sani Pass Hotel, Himeville; 42.2km: 6am; Lesotho Border Post; 21.1km: 8:30am.

Pre-entries, available at www.sanistagger.com, opened on 1 August at 9am. The 21.1km is sold out (taking bid or buy entries and waiting list only). You can still enter the 42.2km.

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Thrombi Xfest Trail Run

Part of the unique Thrombi Xfest whitewater kayaking festival, the 10km trail will follow the beautiful Umzimkulu River along the gorge down to the spectacular Thrombosis Falls.

Starting time: 10km: 8:30am.

Pre-entries, available on www.thrombifest.com, close Friday 16 January 2015.. You can also enter on race day, from 7am.

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KZNTR Summer Series Race 2 – Table Mountain

There is no other race on the calendar like this one! Run up onto Pietermaritzburg’s Table Mountain, around the top and back down. The vista as your circumnavigate the top takes you from distant views of Pietermaritburg and the Umsunduzi River across to the Umngeni River and the hilltop panorama of the Valley of 1000 Hills. The view down onto Nagle Dam is also impressive. On a clear day the views of the Drakensberg are also spectacular.

This race has been embedded into the local community with the local secondary school playing host to the event. Funds from the event are donated both to the school and local community trust. A local group of Zulu Dancers will drum you off the mountain and entertain with their athletic manoeuvres.

The 7km course is still a challenge because of the hill up the mountain. Most people walk and only entertain the thought of running once on top. The trail on top is a network of cattle tracks that have been marked out to keep a little away from the edge. The 7km course does not go all the way around the top, but instead cuts though the middle along a beautiful wetland and stream.

The 12km course goes all the way around the top and involves significantly more ascent and descent. In sections of the course the trail disappears and participants have to follow markers through open grassland.

Starting time: 14km & 7km: 7:30am.

Pre-entries, available on www.roag.co.za, close Thursday 20 November at midnight. Only 400 pre-entries will be available, but if the cap has not been reached late entries will be available from 6:30am on race morning.

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Stihl Sharks Trail Adventure

The STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure is into its third year the 2014 showing is set to be another great day of outdoor adventure and family orientated activities at the picturesque Summerveld Estate in Shongweni.

As schools break-up for the year and the corporate world winds down towards Christmas, the day affords mountain bikers and trail running enthusiasts one last opportunity to get their fix of outdoor adventure for the year while also giving Cell C Sharks fans the chance to rub shoulders with their rugby heroes and favourite mascot, Sharkie.

Participants, their families, spectators and general community members alike are encouraged to join in on the festivities and soak in the magnificent trails, explore the variety of lifestyle activities, take in the delightful live entertainment as well as spend some time relaxing with friends and family in the shade of the leaves and outstretched branches of Summerveld’s age-old trees while enjoying a scrumptious picnic or braai.

Date: 7 December 2014
Venue: Summerveld Estate, Shongweni
Race Details:
06h30 – 18km Trail Run (Pre-entry #1: R125, Pre-entry #2: R145, Late entry: R180)
07h00 – 9km Trail Run (Early bird entry: R90, Pre-entry #2: R110, Late entry R130)
07h45 – 40km MTB (Pre-entry #1: R145, Pre-entry #2: R175, Late entry R200)
08h30 – 19km MTB (Pre-entry #1: R115, Pre-entry #2: R135, Late entry R170)
10h00 – 10km Family Ride (Entry R50)
11h00 – 2km Sharkie Kids Ride (FREE!)
Entries: Via ROAG – www.roag.co.za
Pre-entries #1: before 24h00 8 November
Pre-entries #2: 9 November-2 December
Late entries: after 24h00, 2 December
Registration: 05h30-08h00, 7 December 2014 at Summerveld Estate

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Queensburgh Mineshaft 15km Run & Walk

Badges to the first 600 finishers (including walkers). Fantastic lucky draw prizes!

Pre-entries, available from 1 November 2014 at Durban Runner, The Sports Zone and Poobie Naidoo Sports. Or, you can enter at the Queensburgh Club House on Wednesday 18 November, from 5-7pm, Saturday 22 November, from 10am – 4pm or on race morning, from 4-6am.

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King of Phezulu Trail Run

An exciting event caters for the various different levels with the 5km for the beginners, 10km for the intermediate runners and the 21km is an advanced course through natural bush in the Phezulu Game Reserve.

King of Phezulu can be considered an extreme trail race, not in terms of distance, but in terms of wild terrain and steep hills. There are no two ways about this one, if you want to run within the Phezulu Game Reserve you first have to run down the 4×4 track to get there. Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest and other animals are abundant on the plain below and if you are lucky you will get to run right by them!

The trail follows the 4×4 track as well as game trails. The two longer courses have some great new sections of single track that have been recently developed. This has allowed some major changes to the course from 2013 and runners no longer run back on the same section as in the past.

All those who take on the challenge will be well rewarded at the finish with a breakfast roll and a view over the terrain you have just covered before the King and Queen runners are crownded at the prize giving. Lucky Draw prizes will be up for grabs too!

Starting times: 20km, 10km & 5km: 7:30am.

Pre-entries, available at www.roag.co.za, open 15 September and close 13 November 2014. Late entries are only available if limit of 275 is not reached (but this event usually sells out quickly). If there are late entries, they will be available from 6:30 – 7:30am on race morning.

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Eston Tala Trail Run

Take a run on the wild side!

Run from the Eston Farmers Club into Tala Game Reserve. Single track through thornveld, gravel, canopies of brush, past dams. Water tables with refreshments en route. See wildlife while you run!!

Amazing prizes up for grabs!

Starting times: 18km: 6:30am; 9km & 5km: 6:45am/

Pre-entries, available on www.roag.co.za, close 6 November 2014. You can also enter on race morning, from 5:30 – 6:30am.

Dogs are welcome on the 5km.

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Umhlanga Jockey Summer Festival Trail Run and Walk

Run through Umhlanga’s beautiful bush, beach and cane fields on gravel roads, single track, beach and across rivers.

There will be prizes.

Starting time: 18km, 12km & 5km: 6am.

Pre-entries, available at www.roag.co.za, will close on 10 December at 12pm. You can also enter on race day, from 5-6am.

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My Life, My Future, Mandela 27 Challenge

Incorporating the Day of Reconciliation Commemoration.

T-shirts/medals will be given to all finishers. Limited to 200 runners and 200 walkers only. This is a timed event.

Starting times: 2.7km Fun Run/Walk: 4pm; 27 laps Run (27 laps x 400m – approx. 10.8km): 5pm (limited to 160 runners); 27 laps Walk (27 laps x 400m – approx. 10.8km): 7pm (limited to 180 walkers).

Pre-entries, available on www.eventtiming.co.za (or via e-mail to anaicker@yahoo.com) close 6 December 2014 or when limited has been reached. Pre-entries only.

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The WIN100K Lucky Draw Trail

Only race of its kind- 1 in 150 chance of winning a R100 000 Lucky draw and many other prizes up for grabs.

Pre-entries, available on www.100k.co.za, close 25 October 2014.

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