The 42.2km is a cross-country run, mountain climb and marathon all in one. The first 16km of undulating gravel roads reveal nothing of the torturous terrain ahead – a 280m climb straight up the Soetmuisberg, followed by a knee-jarring descent to the town of Napier.
The first 4km of the 10km route are demanding and consist of a hard, steady, upward climb. The race is run partly on gravel roads, through fynbos and the farmlands on the outskirts of town. The last 6km are downhill and give you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery.
The 21.1km race follows the Soetmuisberg mountain and the town’s dam wall, and much of the route is run on gravel roads. The last 8km is on a tar road, between Napier and Breadsdorp. Hard work is rewarded with views of wheat fields.
Start times: 42.2km: 6am; 21.1km & 10km: 7am; 4km: 6pm (18 October)
All finishers will receive a medal. Prize money to the value of more than R30 000, the historic Voet van Afrika floating trophy and the addition of another unique, new 2013 Voet-medal await the category winners in the most southern marathon in Africa, on Saturday October 19 at Bredasdorp.
Medals will be awarded to all finishers of the 4km fun run. Registration will take place on Friday at the Mega Park, between 1pm and 5:50pm.
As from the Friday afternoon there will be a large number of exhibitors with refreshments, sport products, handwork, art and more at Mega Park.
Pre-entries, available at www.topevents.co.za or at Sportsman’s Warehouse (Rondebosch, Tygervalley, Canal Walk, Somerset Mall) will close on 13 October. There will be no late entries for the 42.2km or 21.1km. You can still enter the 10km on 18 October. Entries for the 4km will be taken on 18 October at Mega Park, between 1pm and 5:50pm.
Walkers are welcome on all distance and wheelchair users on the 21.1km only (to avoid congestion with participants of the 10km, where parts of the route are unsuitable for wheelchair athletes).