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Merrell Hobbit Trail Runs

April 26 @ 8:00 am - April 27 @ 5:00 pm

The Merrell Hobbit Journey is a two-day staged run on the Amathole Hiking Trail. Just thirty brave journeymen and women share in the adventure, covering 90km of varied and magical terrain. From Maden Dam, they explore the enchanted indigenous forests and intriguing Amathole Mountains up to Cata mountain hut, and pass away the night with good food, cheer and tired company. The next morning, they forge onward, past cascading waterfalls and across crystal-clear streams, enveloped in glorious vistas, and no small amount of sweat. Finally, they descend into Hogsback.

The 38km run on Saturday may be referred to as the short one at this event, but this phenomenal route is consistently rated as the ‘most value-per-kilometre trail run in the country’. It showcases an immense variety of terrain and challenges.

The 16km and 5km routes are neither flat nor easy, but very doable, and see a mixture of racers and casual runners all loving the magical vibe of the forest. The routes are well-marked.


April 26 @ 8:00 am
April 27 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:
16km, 38km, 5km, 90km


Anche Schubart


Arminel Hotel
Hogsback, Eastern Cape, Eastern Cape South Africa + Google Map