Event Areas Archives: Western Cape

McKenna & Scott Pinelands 10km & 5km Fun Run

Fast and flat! The 10km is 2 loops of 5km through the suburb of Pinelands.

Medals to the first 900 finishers in the 10km and the first 300 finishers in the 5km Fun Run. Category prizes (including 70+ age group) and lots of lucky draw prizes.

Pre-entries, available on www.topevents.com, or at Sportsmans Warehouse stores, close 30 July.

Early registration and late entries, on Saturday 2 August, at Sportsmans Warehouse, Rondebosch, from 10am-3pm. Or the Pinelands Athletic Club Clubhouse, Lower Oval, from 4-7pm. You can also enter on race morning, from 5:30am.

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The Merrell Eden Duo

Race options:
MED Lite 50km: 5km paddle, 15km trail run/kloofing, 35km MTB
MED Solo 100km Cross Triathlon: 1.5km swim, 83.5km MTB, 15km trail run
MED 150km Multi sport classic for pairs:5km paddle, 10km kloofing, 35km MTB, 25km trail run, 50km MTB, 10km paddle, 15km trail run
MED 150km Multi sport corporate relay of 4 athletes: 5km paddle, 10km kloofing, 35km MTB, 25km trail run, 50km MTB, 10km paddle, 15km trail run

Pre-entries, available on http://www.24-7adventure.com/, close 10 October 2014.

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Trail Du Mont Rochelle

Literally on the edge of the French Corner awaits a trail experience second to none!

Packed with lung-bursting climbs, glorious open single track, breathtaking descends with equally breathtaking views over valleys that once were the roaming grounds of the majestic elephant! Trail Du Mont Rochelle, a truly
magical trail experience, awaits a limited field of runners on Sunday, 31st August

Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, a hidden gem in the mountains surrounding the
quaint little town of Franschhoek, has been touted as one of the best trails in the
country by 9Peaks trail blazer and Race Director, Jacques von Wielligh.

“Once the roaming grounds of majestic elephants boasting two peaks with
spectacular views of both the Stettynskloof and Wemmershoek dams and a
breathtaking view of the entire Franschhoek Valley, it is also a perfect event for
lovers of open, well maintained, single track trails. Depending on the weather
leading up to the event, you might even be lucky enough to encounter some
snow,“ says Von Wielligh.

Only an hour’s drive from Cape Town, this event is not to be missed, as it is the
first event held at this privately owned reserve that forms part of the Cape
Winelands Biosphere and is a UNESCO declared World Heritage Site.

Trail Du Mont Rochelle has three routes on offer. The 20km route follows the
challenging but very scenic Perdekop Trail. This route also includes a brand new
section of trail linking it with the Du Toitskop Trail offering more majestic views
of Franschhoek Valley and the Wemmershoek dam. Yes, you’ll be the first to step
on this new trail! The other two routes are the 8km fun run and the 13km route
that includes the Uitkyk trail and the Du Toitskop Peak. All races start and finish
at the Karmel Camp Site. Don’t let these distances fool you! You’ll be getting a
great workout!

Von Wielligh explains, “There is a 1000m gain in elevation in just under 8km till
you reach the Perdekop Peak. This can break you but the views are totally worth
it. Between Perdekop Peak and the Uitkyk crossing you feel like you’re
connected to nature far away from civilization and more amazing views to take
in. Then from the new trail section it’s a 300m climb towards Du Toitskop Peak
in less than 2km with a spectacular view over Elephants Corner, which later
became French Corner and eventually Franschhoek. Imagine, back in 1688 you
would have had a breathtaking view of elephants patrolling the area!!!!”

What goes up must come down and one of the highlights of this event is certainly
the spectacular descends! Flanked by the Franschhoek Valley on your right and
magnificent mountains on your left, we’ll forgive you for taking your time to
come down.

For the speedsters and technical trail specialist, this is heaven!

For more information and entry process, please go to


Entries for this exciting event open Tuesday 22 July 2014. A limit of
200 runners in total will be allowed on the trail. Entries close on 25 August or
when limit is reached.

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Merrell Whale of Trail 2015

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.

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Gandhi Peace Walk (part of the Cape Town Festival of Running)

Walkers will follow the Promenade and Beach Road pavement.

Profits go to the Community Chest Charity.

Starting time: 10km & 5km: 10am.

Pre-entries will be available at all Western Cape Sportsmans Warehouse stores and online, at http://racetraq.co.za/. You can also enter on race morning, from 8am.

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WPA Race Walking Grand Prix 4

Starting times: 30km walk: 7h30am; 20km walk: 7h30am; 10km walk: 9am; Development 5km, 3km & 1km: 10am.

Entries on the day.

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XTri Series (Hout Bay)

Make a day of it on Heritage Day and enjoy the festivities of the Oceana Hout Bay Seafood Festival.

Distances and starting times:
Ultra on-road: 1.5km swim/40km bike/10km run: 8am
Ultra off-road: 1.5km swim/22km MTB/12km trail run: 8am
Lite on-road: 750m swim/20km bike/5km run: 8:05am
Lite off-road: 750m swim/15km MTB/6km trail run: 8:05am

Pre-entries, available on www.xtri.co.za, close once cap has been reached or on Sunday 21 September 2014. You entry fee includes the pasta party registration dinner (Tue night, between 5:30 and 9:30pm), and a light lunch at prize giving on the Wednesday.

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Redberry 8km & 4km Trail Run

An easy, non-technical trail run through the strawberry farms.

Unique Fact: The race forms part of the Strawberry Festival.

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

Pre-entries, available at www.entrytime.com, will close on 19 September. You can enter on race day, from 1pm, only if entries are still available. Entries for the 8km are limited to 150 participants; however, the 4km is unlimited.

Walkers are welcome.

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Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Peace Trail

The 22km and 11km Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Peace Trail Runs form part of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Festival of Running.

These runs will take you to the trails of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head with stunning views of the city, Table Mountain, Robben Island and the Atlantic Seaboard before making the descent to finish at Green Point Stadium.
All finishers will receive medals and massive prize money is up for grabs – R 10 000 for the winners of the 22km and R 2 500 for the winners of the 11km.

The total prize purse for the two trail runs amounts to just over R70,000. With R10,000 up for grabs for the winners of the 22km route, competition at the front of the field is expected to be fierce. Already in the starting line-up is current South African Long Distance Trail Champion Lucky Mia, as well as speedster Michael Bailey and Zimbabwean-born trail legend Bernard Rukadza.

Starting times: 22km: 7:30am; 11km: 8am.

Pre-entries, available on www.capetownmarathon.com, close 5 September, or when the cap of 400 runners is reached. No late entries.

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Namaqua Flower Trail Run

The race will be run for the 7th time this year. A challenging 21km will take runners past bushman paintings and rock pools, while the 9km passes indigenous flora and mountain forests, with one refreshing water crossing. This is the best way to experience the flowers, dotted around the countryside, while mixing with like-minded trailies.

There will be category and lucky draw prizes.

Medals will be awarded to all finishers and there will be plenty of lucky draw prizes.

Starting times: 21km: 8:30am; 9km: 9am..

Pre-entries, available at www.trailrunning.co.za, close 2 September. You can also enter on race morning.

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