PRESS RELEASE: 23 April 2012 from Southern Cross Adventure
New 3 day Trail Running event showcasing the beautiful Garden Route
The Southern Cross 3 day Trail Run takes place over the long weekend at the end of April. Runners from all over the country will experience 25km of Mountain trails on Day 1, 30km of stunning trails through indigenous Forest in the Millwood area on Day 2 and finish off Day 3 with a 20km Trail along the top of the cliffs between the Gwaing river mouth and Victoria Bay. The race has attracted more than a 100 competitors which also includes a few International athletes.
This year is the inaugural presentation of this spectacular Event, and Race Organiser, Hano Otto is very excited about the future growth of what could be one of the premier Trail Running Events on the Race Calendar. Otto said: “This is a race that will take the runners to the most beautiful areas of the Garden Route. Each day they will experience a different eco system of the Southern Cape. Day 1 will be challenging as Runners will tackle the tough Mountain sections of the Outeniquas. They will ascend and descend more than 1000 metres. Day 2 will take these Adventurers through thick forest where Otto came across some fresh signs of the shy Forest elephant while scouting the routes. The last day will follow tracks and trails over cliffs and down to the rocky coastline where technical running will be tested to the ultimate. We designed the course in such a way that the athletes have a different experience every day. The race will test the athlete’s physical endurance and mental fitness as the overall winners will have to maintain their bodies, pace themselves and stay injury free during the 3 days to climb the podium.”
The Race village is at Pine Lake Marina, just outside Sedgefield. Runners will be transported by Bus to the start venue each morning. Athletes will be spoilt by a massage from local therapists of Rheenendal and snacks provided by some local service providers. A festive prize giving and slide show will take place at the end of each day at the Race Village. Big prizes, prize money for category winners, medals and custom made trophies are up for grabs. The Pairs category will attract wide spread attention, as some of our countries top Trail running athletes will test their metal against each other. For the Solo runners, the focus will be somewhat different.
Entries for this year’s Event have already been closed. Prospective runners can enter the 2013 Southern Cross Trail Run from 1 September this year. The date has been confirmed for 9 – 11 August 2013. Only a 100 Pairs and 100 Solo athletes will be accommodated for the next Event. Organisers expect the entries to fill up quickly. This year’s Event can be followed on the social media networks, Facebook and Twitter. Race info can be found on www.southerncrossadventure.co.za