Event Areas Archives: KwaZulu Natal

Mpati Mountain

A scenic, yet fairly tough race involving a steep climb up the mountain side, before a steep descent back into town. There is a slight incline at the top of Smith Street, before participants finish at the sports grounds.

Unique Fact: This race forms part of a three race series, The Battlefields Challenge, which includes mountain biking and horse riding events.

There will be cash prizes for the top three and category winners, the first team of men and women (3 members), the first male and female walkers and the club with the most competitors in the main event (at least 8 members to qualify). Medals will be awarded to all finishers.

Not only will there be fantastic lucky draw prizes at the end; family entertainment will include jumping castles, stalls and much more.

Starting times: 15km & 5km Fun Run/Walk: 2pm.

Pre-entries, available by contacting ken@trustnet.co.za, will close on 10 September. You can also enter on race day, from 8am.

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The Lynford Country Weekend and Umko Trail Descent

Push those boundaries – this is a spectacular experience you won’t forget. After the success of the inaugural event last year and the fantastic feedback we thank the Sani2c team for granting us access to the legendary section of day2 that winds down into the Umkomaas Valley. Runners have a special advantage of soaking up the breathtaking views which are normally missed by the cyclists who hurtle down these tracks at a mind-blowing pace.

Start times: (Sat 6 Sept) 30km: 7am; (Sun 7 Sept) 18km, 8km & 4km: 7am.

Day 1: 30km trail run
Winding single-tracks, steep descents, bush-lined footpaths towering cliffs, scenic passes and the best views of the Umkomaas River.

Day 2: Choose between a 18km trail run, an 8km trail run, a 20km MTB, or a 40km MTB.

18km Trail Run: the first 8km loop and then a more challenging and hilly route which will end your two days on a high after a proper trail run that is tough but beautiful.

8km trail run: forest single-tracks, natural bush, dairy pastures, grassland, and cattle paths in the Ixopo rural area of Alan Paton’s beautiful “Beloved Country”.

There will be Sportsmans Warehouse Vouchers for category winners. Umko Descent Package runners receive 2 entries into the lucky draw prize for a teamentry to 2015 Sani2c! You must be present at prize giving at 13h00 on Sunday to receive this prize.

The 2 day package includes 3 meals and a free campsite (bring your own equipment). Or, you can enter the trail runs individually.
The entire Lynford Clover Country Weekend is jam-packed with events – from Go-Cart racing, motorbike enduro riding, a craft market, children’s entertainment andthe legendary Saturday night and delicious country catering the entire weekend. Bring the whole family for a fantastic festive fun weekend.

Pre-entries, available at www.roag.co.za, will close on 3 September. You can also enter on Friday night, from 6-8pm, for the Umko Descent or Sunday for individual Trail Runs between 6:15am and 6:45am.

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Crazy Store 1000 Hills Trail Challenge

Unique Fact: Rural racing through spectacular scenery.

Participants will circumnavigate the entire dam, as well as explore parts of the river above the dam. The short course cuts through the middle of the dam, using a tunnel, and runs around the bottom half of the dam. The Msinsi Reserve is home to Zebra and Impala and a unique side of KwaZulu-Natal, best explored by those willing to go on foot. The longer courses include a river crossing and a steep climb, and should only be attempted by fit and experienced trail runners.

Moisture management t-shirts to the first 400 pre-entries.

With a choice of route for the whole family, from the beginner 10km river trails, to the intermediate 20km to the tough 35km!
The event base camp is Nagle Dam, near Pietermaritzburg.

Loads of lucky draws. Prizes will be awarded to category winners.

Medical Provisions: EMS provide an ambulance on site with full life support. Runners will have to cover any hospital transfer costs, on site treatment is free.

Starting times: 35km: 7:30am, 20km: 8am, 10km: 8:30am.

Pre-entries, available on www.trailrunning.co.za or www.roag.co.za, close 23 July 2014, or when sold out.
Register on race morning, from 6:30am.

Walkers are welcome.

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Totalsports Ladies Race Durban

The streets of Durban will come alive with excitement on Sunday, 20 July 2014 with thousands of runners joining forces at the Totalsports Ladies Race in celebration of the impending National Women’s Day.

With two fun events to choose from, a 5km run/fun walk and a 10km run/fun walk, the Totalsports Ladies Race is ideal for the whole family, from moms with prams, children, husbands, family and friends.

Charity Support: The 2014 Totalsports Ladies Race supports PinkDrive, a campaign that is committed to improving breast cancer awareness, education, and providing and offering services to women across South Africa. For more information on PinkDrive visit www.pinkdrive.co.za.

All entrants receive a race t-shirt and all finishers a medal.

Starting times: 10km: 8am; 5km: 9am.

Pre-entries, available on www.topevents.co.za, are closed. Collect your race number at Berea Rovers Sports Club on Friday 18 July, 9am-5pm or Saturday 19 July, 9am-5pm.

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Varsity College Multi Series #1 – Trail Run

Starting times: 15km: 8:50am; 5km: 9:05am.

Pre-entries, available on www.roag.co.za, close 17 July 2014. You can also enter on race morning, from 7-9am.

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Marriott Dargle Trail Festival

Starting times: 21km, 12km & 6km: 8:30am.
Sunday 20 July: 45km, 21km & 6km MTB.

Pre-entries, available on www.roag.co.za, close 17 July 2014. You can also enter at registration on race morning, from 6:30-8:30am.

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Mandela Day Marathon

Starting times: 42.2km: 7am; Marathon Halfway Mark: 21.1km: 6:45am; Howick Sports Grounds: 10km: 7am.

Description: Nelson Mandela made his last speech at Manaye Hall in Imbali in 1961 and was arrested in Howick before being incarcerated at Robben Island for 27 years. Given that there is no one who better personifies the struggle against the then-government’s racist rule than the legendary Mandela, it is for this reason that his historical association with the District Municipality will be coined and immortalized through the Mandela Day Marathon.
Unique fact: This race is a Comrades qualifier.

Pre-entries, available on www.championchip.co.za, close 31 July 2014.

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Sandy Umhlanga to Durban on the Beach (on the beach)

Starting times: 14km Walk: 9am; Run: 9:30am.

Route description: The whole race is run on hard sand during low-tide.

Medals for all finishers. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in gender group in running and walking races.

Pre-entries, available on www.roag.co.za, close 3 August. No late entries.

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Howick Highlander

The rides and runs will cover grass land, open veld and avocado plantations, within a nature reserve. Participants will encounter various wild life, waterfalls and scenic views of the Umngeni Valley and Albert Falls Dam.

20km: Starting out with the 10km into Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, the 20km is tough, dropping down into the Umgeni Valley before a real tough climb up “the concrete strips” to briefly meet with the 10km route. A short common stretch ends with the 20km taking the single track, low road along the edge of the cliffs before once again joining to the 10km route. The rest is common, including a long climb and some gentle jeep track home!

10km: The route heads for Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve which has a feast of trails for the ardent trail runner. The 10km route is longer than the stated distance and follows the reserves access road until exiting into Everdon Estate where both routes merge and meander up to the highest point on the route before heading for home.

5km: The 5km trail run is a perfect introduction to trail runners, with one gentle climb, a few sections of tough going and lots of easy free flowing jeep track.

There will be various lucky draws and giveaways. This event is not timed. An unsupervised play area with jungle-gym and swings is available. Pancakes, curry & rice, hotdogs, coffee/tea and pizzas will be on sale.

Starting times: 20km: 7am; 10km: 7:05am; 5km: 7:10am.

Pre-entries, available on www.roag.co.za, close 24 August 2014. Registration and late entries on race morning, from 6:30am.

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Weenen Nature Reserve 21km Trail Run

Starting times: 21km; 14km & 7km: 7am.

Pre-entries, available on www.roag.co.za, close Wednesday 13 August. You can also enter on race morning, from 6am.

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