This race forms part of “The Big 5 at The Knysna Oyster Festival” – a special package being offered by various event organisers, accommodation and lifestyle establishments. The event has grown in popularity, since its inception in 2008.
Trail Run : 15km. This is the one to do!
The longer Coelacanth Route will take you along the top of the Western Head where breathtaking vistas await; views across to the sheer cliffs of the Eastern Head and out over the Indian Ocean towards Buffalo Bay. Expect challenging hill work as you climb up from sea level, to take in the splendour on the ridge line above the Heads. You’ll find well-earned relief on the downhill into Lake Brenton and along the Outeniqua Choo Choo railway bridge, to the Finish Line back at the Featherbed Ferry Terminus @ Cruise Cafe.
Seahorse Trail Run: 11km
The shorter Seahorse Route takes a more direct line to the finish, with all its participants being driven to the top of the Western Head by the Featherbed Nature Reserve 4 x 4 truck and seated trailer. This will save your legs the steep, heart pumping, climb from sea level; however, there is still a fair share of challenging hill work to contend with as you join up with the longer Coelacanth Trail, on the ridge line above the Heads. The relief will come as you descend into Lake Brenton and along the Outeniqua Choo Choo railway bridge, to the Finish Line back at the Featherbed Ferry Terminus @ Cruise Cafe.
The following races are on offer:
A MORNING RUN at 07.30am
An AFTERNOON RUN at 12.30pm.
A NIGHT RUN at 17.15pm
All races start at the Featherbed Ferry Terminus @ Cruise Cafe with the Ferry Trip across the Lagoon, so make sure you arrive early !Don’t Miss The Boat !
Entries are limited to 200 runners for the Morning Run (+ 100 additional Big 5 participants), 200 runners for the Afternoon Run (+100 additional Big 5 participants) and 200 runners for the Night Run. 2011 participants wishing to participate in this year’s Salomon Featherbed Trail Run will be given first priority and entries will open to this category only on the 24 March 2012 at midday. These past participant priority entries will need to be taken up before the 1 April 2012 midday when entries will be open to the general public.
Your entry fee will include:
-Ferry trip across the Knysna Lagoon
-Unimog Trip to the top of Featherbed Peninsula (for Seahorse Athletes)
-Permits and Entry Fees to Featherbed Private Nature Reserve.
-Brunch or Dinner for the respective race you entered.
All races start with athletes taking a ferry trip across the lagoon. On arrival at Featherbed Nature Reserve, the Coelacanth athletes will start their race from the Jetty, while the Seahorse Athletes ride by 4 x 4 Unimog Truck & Trailer (almost) to the top of the Western Head where their race starts from.
Registration will take place on the day of the races at the Cruise Cafe – Ferry Terminal.
- Morning Run Registration 05h30 to 07h15 – Ferry departs at 07h30.
- Afternoon Run Registration 10h30 to 12h15 – Ferry departs at 12h30
- Night Run Registration 15h30 to 17h00 – Ferry departs at 17h15There will be great product prizes for lucky draw finishers including a 5 star weekend away to one of The Legacy Hotel Group’s resorts.
The Featherbed Company propose to introduce a Featherbed Trail Run Spectator package – this will allow your friends, family or supporters to board their own ferry and travel to the Knysna Heads to watch the action from the comfort of your craft. Coelacanth participants will be seen traversing the first section of trail along the jagged coast before they climb up to the top of the western Head.
Once off the ferries, Seahorse athletes will be transported by vehicle to their remote start. Unfortunately it will not be possible to move spectators to this start point however their progress will be seen from the boat on the lagoon as they travel up to their start line.
The boat will then follow runners progress back to Knysna and, subject to the tide, offer an additional spectator point close to the main channel along the disused ChjooChjooRailwayBridge – watching athletes make their way to the Finish Line at the Featherbed Ferry Terminus @ Cruise Café.