On the 10th May 2014, 160 runners took part in the inaugural Merrell Whale of Trail. A 53km trail run along South Africa’s iconic 5-day Whale trail. The event was a huge success and received glowing reviews from all the runners that took part. “Stunning”, “Must do”, “Challenging”, “Bucket list stuff”, “Classic”, were just some of the words used to describe the event by those lucky enough to have done the first event.
After an extensive review following the event, CapeNature concluded that the impact was negligible and have given permission for the event to be staged annually. “This is fantastic news and will see the Whale of Trail become a must do for all serious trail runners.” says race organiser, Tatum Prins.
The Whale of Trail, along the Southern Cape coast, takes runners on a 53km journey from the Potberg nature reserve to Koppie Alleen, in CapeNature’s flagship De Hoop Nature Reserve. The first 26km winds through fynbos covered mountains and streams. Mountain trails at its best. The trail then descends to the enchanting Noetsie Bay, turning west and winding along the rocky shores of the Indian Ocean, with a mix of beach and coasteering. Coastal trails at its best. The coastline renown for it’s Southern Right Whales and an abundance of marine life; is unrivalled for both beauty and wildlife.
Whale season along the coast runs from June – October each year and with this in mind the 2015 event has been scheduled for the 1st August 2015, to coincide with the peak whale period. “We are thrilled to be able to schedule the event at this time, which will guarantee that runners see an abundance of whales along the coastal section.” Mentioned Tatum Prins. “The weather during this period is similar to May and will be during Canola period, which will add to the beauty of the area. We have also looked to time it with favorable tides to ensure an easier passage across the now notorious beach section.”
Entries for the 2015 event will open on the 20th August with numbers limited to 200 runners. For event details please see www.whaleoftrail.co.za.