TRAIL Mail #5: Friday 11 March 2022
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Addo, Elephants, and Trails.
Barkley 1: Runners 0.
Covid Events Survey.
Quiver trees, snakes, ancient rocks, and a blazing desert sun make running in Namaqualand a remarkable experience. Albert Burger is a member of a running group from Springbok called !āxa /āni gû, which means venomous snakes in the Nama language. Read about their run in our Instagram post.
In this issue
- Trail Talk. Covid events survey. Addo.
- Races. Updated online calendar.
- Gear. Brooks, First Ascent, Salomon.
- News. Barkley Marathons eats everyone.
- TRAIL 42. Discover the power of chaya.
1. TRAIL TALK
Hey friends. I hope you're having a good week.
Next weekend. If you're attending next weekend's Addo Elephant Trail Run, I hope to catch up with you there. It's going to be a blast. To get you up to speed if you're running your first Addo, consider reading these insights from the 2017 edition, with insights from runners who've blazed their trail before you. And this article with my tips for the 100 miler, which I completed in 2019. It is one of the best running experiences I've ever had. Priceless.
Covid survey. Last issue I asked whether you'd like to share your thoughts on entering trail events while Covid restrictions are still in force. Thanks for the many replies I received. Here is the survey.
News. This week was the ever-merciless Barkley Marathons, and Kilian Jornet made a surprise announcement about a change of watch sponsor.
Have you read the new issue yet?
Issue 42 is available on all platforms including Zinio. It has 206 pages of trail running goodness to make your life and your running even better. I hope you enjoy.
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Share your trail adventure pics to this week's Facebook post.
Some of your adventures included:
Maricia Le Roux did a birthday run with friends for birthday boy Christo du Toit. They took their pic in a dried-up riverbed in the Hex River Valley
Waheeb Slarmie and Wisahl Ganief ran around signal hill with Lions Head watching us all the way. We spotted a caracal, but he was too fast for our camera. It was part of our prep for AfricanX 2022.
Terance Winson and trailblazer friends took in the forests in the George area, getting as much final Addo preparation as they could.
Have a brilliant day and weekend.
I'll be back in a fortnight unless the sky falls on my head. Happy trails!
Not a trail run, but one trail runners will love. Greenpop's Reforest Fest 2022 celebrates the age of restoration. reforestfest.com
The annual restoration celebration brings people together to plant thousands of trees while enjoying a celebration like no other.
Help restore degraded land, attend workshops, talks & classes
Dance under the stars with local live music & DJs
Enjoy delicious food, arts & theatre.
All whilst having epic experiences and getting active for the environment!
Dates: 1-3 April
Location: Bodhi Khaya Nature Retreat, Overberg
Get your ticket.
PROMOTED EVENTS 2022 Get listed
SPAR Gondwana Moon Valley Marathon. Sat 19 Mar (NAM)
42km, 21km, 10km. Swakopmund. Explore the fascinating Moon Valley. gondwana-collection.com
Ultra-Trail Drakensberg. Fri 22 – Sun 24 April (KZN)
21km, 30km, 62km, 100km, 160km. Premier Resort Sani Pass. Southern Drakensberg grandeur. SA's toughest 100 miler. ultratraildrakensberg.com
Lake Gariep Run. Sat 30 April 2022 (EC)
10km, 20km, 40km, 60km. Driekwartblou Guest House. Experience the splendour of the Karoo, and see the biggest dam in SA. lakegarieprun.co.za
Klipspringer Challenge. Sat 30 April – Sun 1 May (NC)
21km/18km, 32km/33km. Augrabies Falls National Park. Stark Kalahari desert landscapes, granite canyons, leg-sapping sand. klipspringerchallenge.co.za
Langkloof Trail Run. Fri 27 – Sun 29 May 2022 (WC)
25km/22km/16km. Louvain Guest Farm, George. Beautiful trails in the Outeniqua Mountains. Start 9am. R4,000+. langklooftrail.run
George Mountain Ultra Trail. Sat 18 Jun (WC)
10km, 25km, 42km, 60km, 100km. Cradock Pass. Top Garden Route mountain running through stunning indigenous forests and fynbos. georgemut.run
Southern Cross 3-day Trail Run (SOX). Sat 6 – Mon 8 August 2022 (WC)
10km/10km/10km, 23km/17km/16km, 29km/30km/16km. Garden Route NP. Pristine Outeniqua trails: mountains, forest, coast. soxtrail.run