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KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

24 January 2017

100 Mile Endurance Foot Race set for the Karkloof

The Karkloof area is renowned for its matrix of indiginous forest, wetland and grassland habitats, much of which is inaccessible to the public. Participants in the Karkloof100 will experience these habitats in all their glory. Photo Credit: Jacques Marais.

The Karkloof100 is a 100 Mile Endurance Foot Race set to take place on the 23rd of September 2017 in the Karkloof area of KZN. One of only three 100 mile trail races in South Africa, it will be the first to take place in KwaZulu-Natal. The Karkloof, renowned for its indigenous forests, wetlands and grasslands is an ideal setting for the extreme challenge that aims to push the boundaries of Trail Running in South Africa by attracting top class, local and international field to compete over what is considered the ultimate distance in trail running.

The event was borne out of collaboration between KZN Trail Running and TrailLab, who together have an in-depth knowledge of both the local South African trail running scene and the international endurance trail races. KZN Trail Running was established in 2009 and has earned a reputation of top quality trail running events around KwaZulu-Natal and Southern Africa. Johannesburg-based TrailLab hosts world class trail training camps, giving participants the opportunity to learn from and run with some of SA’s best trail runners, as well learn from experts in different fields on how to improve their running, trail agility, fitness, diet and recovery.

“The Karkloof100 aims to be South Africa’s leading 100 Mile Trail Race incorporating elements of world renowned  100 milers, whilst adding our own local flavor,” said Andrew Booth, co-race director from KZN Trail Running. “Starting and finishing at the Karkloof Country Club 20km outside of Howick, the route is an out and back format that meanders along the flowing trails passing iconic landmarks such as the Karkloof Falls. The challenge will be the climb up to the Karkloof escarpment where panoramic views of the area will open up” said Booth. The out and back format allows for maximum spectator engagement and the 10 aid stations will be visited twice by participants. Pacers will be allowed in the second half of the race.

“The course is challenging in terms of distance and ascent (nearly 4300m of climbing), but is not too technical” notes Jack Davis of TrailLab. “We feel that the distance speaks for itself and the smooth, runnable tracks and trails of the Karkloof will make this an accessible 100 Miler.” While it is only the dedicated ultra-runners that can take on this distance on trail, the Karkloof100 aims to be as inclusive as possible, encouraging seconding and spectating, and through the inclusion of pacers. The event will also host a 50 Mile race for those athletes looking to test their limits or building up to tackle the 100 Mile event in 2018.

Details of the event can be found on www.karkloof100.co.za and entries will open on 15 February 2017 and are limited to 120 participants in the 100 Mile event.