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Ultra Trail Cape Town

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France has the Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc and Japan the Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji. Now South Africa has an event to match.

100km with 4200m elevation gain and a cut-off time of 15 hours, the inaugural Ultra-Trail Cape Town promises to be the most demanding race in South Africa – and possibly, one of the toughest in the world.

The race, which takes place on 25 October 2014, will cover the iconic Cape Town landmarks including Lions Head, Signal Hill, Table Mountain, Houtbay, Llandudno, the Constantia Winelands and Kirstenbosch Nature Reserve.

Ultra-Trail Cape Town and Summit Events founder, Nic Bornman, started planning the event over two years ago while living in Hong Kong. Whilst there he took part in and witnessed massive growth in the city’s vibrant ultra-trail running scene.

“Trail runners are always seeking to cover more distance and to push their endurance levels,” explains Bornman. “As such, we believe that there is increasing emphasis on using trail running as a means of exploring and redefining what is possible for everyday people. Taking into account South Africa’s large community of runners who subscribe to this kind of thinking, there is a gaping hole locally when it comes to a large-scale Ultra-trail running event.”

“Cape Town is consistently voted in the top three global destinations to visit and Table Mountain was recently inaugurated as one of the Natural Seven Wonders of the World, which is why it makes perfect sense to host what is anticipated to be South Africa’s largest Ultra-trail race in the Mother City.”

The event will include three separate races: the 100km ultra-trail, a 62km mountain-trail and a 17km urban-trail. The two longer events have been graded and fully recognised by the International Trail Running Association.

The 62km mountain-trail race is not quite as challenging as the 100km race, but will still be aimed at fit and experienced runners, comfortable spending a significant amount of time on their feet. The route has a 2900m gain and covers the same route as the Ultra-trail, excluding the Houtbay/Llandudno loop.

The 17km urban-trail race has a 900m gain and is a more manageable route, covering some of Cape Town’s best known landmarks such as the Company’s Garden, Greenmarket Square, the Bo-Kaap, Signal Hill, Lions Head and the lower contours of Table Mountain.

The start and finish point for all three races will be at Cape Town High School in the city centre. View the route profiles here.

“Cape Town is one of those unique cities where you cannot divorce the natural landscape from the urban environment,” says Bornman.

“The route therefore weaves together Cape Town’s cultural, social and natural heritage. With the challenge of overcoming obstacles made up of the fabric of Cape Town’s iconic landscape, the stage is set for one of the world’s premier ultra-trails.”

We asked the race organisers the following questions…
All three routes have been designed to include as much variety as possible. Entrants will be exposed to Cape Town’s cultural, social and natural heritage and can expect to run through a number of different private properties and city/national park lands. The climbs happen early on and most distances include some great running stretches where you can make up time. Asides from some beautiful single track and jeep track, runners can look forward to jam-packed aid stations with hot and cold food and drinks!

The finish area is designed to be spectator friendly with live updates of runners out on the route, plenty of seating and food stalls. Every finisher will receive free pizza, beer and other drinks. The organisers encourage the finishers of the shorter routes to stick around to see in the longer route finishers and hope to grow ultra distance trail running in the Cape and South Africa. Stay for post-race entertainment, with a DJ, and a big party!

Pre-entries, available on https://regonline.activeeurope.com/ultratrailcapetown, close Sunday 5 October 2014. Pre-entry only.

For more information, visit: www.ultratrailcapetown.com or Ultra Trail Cape Town Facebook Page

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Rally Run #1

Distance: 7-8km (team events of 2-5 runners per team; not a relay, the team stays together).

Country road, dirt road, horse trail, beach, hiking trail, greenbelts.

Starting time: flexible, your team can start as early as 5pm and as late as 6:15pm.

Pre-entries, available on www.quantumadventures.co.za, close TBA.

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Lynne New Estates Edgemead Classic

Pre-entries, available on www.racecentral.co.za, close 28 November 2014, at 12pm. You can also enter on race morning, from 5am.

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OUTsurance 94.5KFM Gun Run

When the Cape Field Artillery fired their military gun in 2013, 19 525 entrants took to the streets of Cape Town, making the Gun Run the second largest road running race in the country.

Start times: 21.1km: 6:30am; 10km: 7:30am; 5km Fun Run/Walk: 8:30am.

21.1km: The race will start outside the Cape Town Stadium and finish on the Sea Point Promenade, where there will be plenty of space and a great vibe, for the enjoyment of runners and spectators alike. The race will be timed by RaceTec, to ensure speedy and accurate results.
Athletes will run around the lighthouse, through the Waterfront, along the Fan Walk, up Kloof Road, down into Camps Bay, returning via Clifton and Bantry Bay.
10km: A flat and fast, out-and-back race along Fritz Sonnenberg Road and the Sea Point Promenade. After turning at Rocklands, runners will pass the Mouille Point Lighthouse and the Waterfront.

5km: Expect spectacular views of Cape Town Stadium, Green Point Park and sea views along the Promenade.
A highlight: crossing the pond in the final 100m of the race, in the new Green Point Park.

Pre-entries, available at www.thegunrun.co.za, close Sunday 28 September 2014 (no late entries for 21.1km or 10km). You can enter the 5km only on race day

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Cashkows.com Cliff Path Night Run

Hear the whales snorting, the sea and the rhythm of your heart while running this exhilarating trail run. Cruise the cliff paths, skim single tracks, cross the Mussel River, stop at the village for a well deserved Coke and beer break, beat the bushes and join us for a cold drink at the finish.

Unique Fact: Whale Tail medals will be awarded to all finishers. Great lucky draw prizes at prize giving, from 8:30pm.
Our valued sponsors: cashkows.com, Craft apparell, Sumaridge Wines, Duesouth, Ashbourne Wines, Raw Revolution Organic Bars, Belinda Spratt Massage, Dutchies Restaurant, Seven Springs Wines, Hermanuspietersfontein Wines, Creation Wines, Newton Johnsons Wines, Spookfontein Wines.

Remember the Funny Cow of the Night prize in the 6km Fun Run.

6km shuttle will leave Grotto at 5:30pm; the 10km shuttle will leave Grotto at 6pm

A torch or headlamp is compulsory.

Starting times: 10km: 7pm; The Marine Hotel, Hermanus; 6km: 6pm (Finish: Dutchies Restaurant, Grotto Beach, Hermanus).

Pre-entries, available on www.enteronline.co.za, close Sunday 5 October 2014. You can also enter on race day at The Marine Hotel, from 5pm for the 6km and the Hermanus New Harbour, from 5pm for the 10km. Entries are limited to 250 runners.

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Rhino Trail Run

Run for a rhino on Sunday 28 September in the Hillcrest Quarry and support the terrible plight our Rhinos find themselves in.
The Resolution Health Ride the Rhino MTB event will finish in the Hillcrest Quarry on Sun 28 Sep with a Rhino Trail Run and live entertainment.
Trail run entry includes live entertainment by David van Vuuren, winner of SA Idols 2011. There will be food and drink stalls making this an outing for the whole family.

Late entries on Sunday at Hillcrest from 07:30

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Mitchells Plain Titans Half Marathon

A flat race through Mitchell’s Plain and along the coastline.

Unique Fact: 4km of this race is actually run along the beach.

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

Starting times: 21.1km: 6am; 10km: 6:15am; 5km: 8am.

Enter on race day only, from 4:30am.

Walkers, wheelchair users and dogs are welcome on the 10km & 5km.

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Labourwise 10km & 5km Fun Run/Walk

Starting time: 10km & 5km Fun Run/Walk: 6:30pm.

Entries on the day only.

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The Landmarks Half Marathon & The My School Move for Health 6km Fun Run/Walk, incorporating the ADT/Woolworths School Challenge in conjunction with The Sports Science Institute of South Africa

The 21.1km route offers a challenging and scenic route past key landmarks in the Southern Suburbs, incorporating heritage sites, world-class sporting facilities, and the tranquil surrounds of Western Province Cricket Club, where the race starts and finishes. Some of the landmarks include: Rondebosch Common, Mosterts Mill, University of Cape Town, Rhodes Memorial, Newlands Forest, Josephine Mill, Newlands Brewery, Newlands Rugby Stadium and Sahara Park.
The 6km Fun Run/Walk will encourage school children to become active and start enjoying the outdoors.

Unique Fact: The scenery and organization are what make this race spectacular.

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

Pre-entries, available on www.topevents.co.za, will open 1 August and will close 24 October 2014. Cash entries will be accepted at Sportsmans Warehouse in Rondebosch, Tyger Valley, Canal Walk and Tokai. These open 1 August and will close 20 October 2014. You can also enter on race day, at the WPCC Sports Centre, from 5am.

Walkers, wheelchair users and dogs will be welcome on the 6km Fun Run. Walkers are welcome on the 21.1km too as they have 3:15 to finish.

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Elsies Rivier 10km

A circular, flat and fast race, along Elsies River Halt Road.

All finishers will receive a medal, and there will be prizes for category and lucky draw winners.

Starting times: 10km: 6:45am; 5km: 7:15am.

Enter on race day only, 5:45am.

Walkers and wheelchair users are welcome.

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