KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
27 June 2018
Elite international athlete to compete in KZN
KwaZulu-Natal’s premier hundred and fifty-mile footrace, Karkloof 100, taking place for the second time in September this year, is excited to welcome international elite ultra-trail runner, Kelly Wolf, to its field.
At just 23 years old, Wolf has taken the ultra-running world by storm since turning professional in 2017. In just over a year, Wolf has dominated in her field, with podium finishes in major trail running events around the world. This year alone, Wolf was the first female home at the Tarawera ultra-marathon, a 102km race based in Rotorua, New Zealand. And more recently, won the Lavarado 120km ultra-trail marathon in Italy over the weekend. Both races are part of the Ultra-Trail World Tour, a collection of the most established and difficult trail races across the globe – something the Karkloof100 aspires to become part of.
Based in Telluride, Colorado in the USA, a town which lies at 8750ft in the San Juan Mountains, with a population of just 2300, Wolf’s backyard is literally her training ground. By day, she is a gymnastics coach but spends every spare minute exploring the mountains that she calls home.
As excitement for the Karkloof100, which is now just three months away, builds, co-race directors, Andrew Booth of KZN Trail Running and Jack Davis of the Trail Lab, are thrilled to have Wolf on the line-up for the 50-mile event.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to show Kelly not just the international standard of our event but also the beauty of our province and the hospitality of our country,” said Booth, adding that bringing Wolf to South Africa to take part in the race would not have been possible without international hydration pack brand Ultimate Direction – a joint sponsor of both Wolf and the Karkloof100 event.
“Although the race is still in its infancy, it has already drawn an incredibly talented field of local athletes. And now will welcome its first international runners, and first elite female runner. This is a great sign, a proud moment, and testament to the fact that South Africa is becoming a serious destination for ultra-marathon trail runners to visit and compete,” he added.
“We hope our future Karkloof100 events will entice more international runners to make this South Africa’s ultimate 100-mile trail event. Watch this space!” said Davis.
Wolf will be running alongside a mixed bag of national elite athletes as well as novices taking on the run of their life.
Karkloof100 takes place from the 21-23 September 2018 in the Karkloof in KZN. For more information visit www.karkloof100.co.za.
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
30 November 2017
ULTIMATE ENDURANCE RACE TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS IN SECOND YEAR
The Karkloof100 – a 100-mile endurance foot race through the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is set to reach new heights in its second year. Officially set to take place over the weekend, 21-23 September 2018, details of a bigger, better and more exciting race were revealed at the launch event which saw organisers, sponsors, media and athletes gather at the Farmer’s Daughter in Howick on Wednesday, 29th November 2017.
Such was the success of the inaugural event in 2017 – the first of its kind in KZN and only one of three 100-mile trail races in South Africa – that the 2018 event looks set to attract even more interest from a bigger field of athletes, support crews and specialist sponsors.
Speaking at the launch, race co-director and founder, Andrew Booth, from KZN Trail Running was excited to announce that the number of entries available for the 2018 race has been increased to from 100 to 150 and that entries will be open from 30th November 2017 at 6am.
“Having captured the imagination of the local and international trail running community, we’re opening up the field for next year’s Karkloof100 to afford ultra-distance athletes from all over South Africa and the world the opportunity to participate in this extreme challenge that aims to push the boundaries of trail running in South Africa,” explained Booth. “After the success of year 1, we are aiming to see 100 finishers, which will give us a shot at becoming a qualifying race for the Western States 100, the oldest and most prestigious 100-miler in the USA.”
The 50-mile race distance is also back for a second year and will appeal to those athletes who were inspired by this year’s event, those who are looking to test their limits and those building up to tackle the 100-mile event in the future.
At the official launch, Booth announced a new major sponsor of the event, the Southern Lodestar Foundation. Established by three of this year’s Karkloof100 participants and passionate ultra-distance runners, Andre Redinger, Matt Dove and Rob Graham, the Southern Lodestar Foundation aims to provide education and nutritional support to disadvantaged children throughout Southern Africa using running as a tool to inspire change and deliver hope. “Having participated in the inaugural event and our foundation being in its infancy, it was apparent to us at the Southern Lodestar Foundation that our goals of inspiring change are closely aligned with the Karkloof100,” says Dove. “We see the event as a vehicle whereby anybody can achieve the ultimate with the correct knowledge, tools and support; a message that is so vital to the communities that we support.”
Karkloof100 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 international endurance trail races.
The Karkloof100 is an out and back race starting and finishing at Yard41 in Howick. “The race format allows for maximum spectator engagement and aims to be as inclusive as possible, encouraging seconding along the entire route as well as the assistance of pacers for the second half of the 100-mile route,” said Jack Davis of TrailLab.
“The distance speaks for itself and the smooth, runnable tracks and trails of the Karkloof will make this an accessible 100-miler, attracting a top class, local and international field to compete over what is considered the ultimate distance in trail running.”
“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 and we are delighted to have the Southern Lodestar Foundation on board as we work towards that goal,” said Booth.
Entries open today, 30 November 2017 and are limited to 150 for the 100-mile event and 75 for the 50-mile event. Details of the event can be found on www.karkloof100.co.za.
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: Terence Vrugtman.