When the highlight of your running career doesn’t involve running…

Dear Runners and Walkers,

Some of you might have followed the Karkloof 100 and 50 Miler Training Camp that we hosted last weekend. When some 100 runners dedicated and committed to achieving a common goal, meet up with their fellow soldiers to soak up some trails, you know that you are in for a good time!

But when KK100 Race Director Jack Davis describes a part of the weekend that had nothing to do with running as “a highlight of my running career”, well that is just intriguing…I mean the guy has travelled pretty far & wide to run in some spectacular places. So what gives? Well people did!

Karkloof100 has partnered with the Southern Lodestar Foundation (SLF) to uplift three schools along the race route. The SLF’s focus is on providing children with a nutritious breakfast on arrival at school, as well as nutrition training and support to the teachers and cooks. They are a small team but deeply passionate about their big dream of uplifting children and communities.

The Breakfast Program is already in place, but these schools have so many needs and we really wanted to do more. So, we asked our community of Karkloof runners to help! One of the schools, Triandra Primary, is located right on the route for the first mornings training run. We asked camp participants to give 10min of their time to help with a few basic, but necessary tasks to establish a vegetable garden and hopscotch games at the school.


It was freezing cold, so we couldn’t expect runners to stay too long and risk body temps dropping. But when I say the warmth of what everyone was doing, contributing, giving, superseded the weather – it may sound cliched, but it is true! I heard many people saying “I’ve got to finish this” or “Just one more row before we leave”. Everyone wanted to do more.

By the end of the day, we had planted, fertilised fenced and shade-clothed a whole vegetable garden that will produce invaluable nutrition for the 78 children who attend Triandra Primary, as well as painted some hopscotch games to stimulate gross-motor activity. Seemingly small things that can make a huge difference in helping a child to reach their potential!

A huge thank you to the SLF and KZNTR Teams who did the groundwork to get everything in place, and to the runners who gave of their time to implement the vision! Also, SAPPI saw what was going on at the the school and delivered some excess materials that they had, contributing further to the project.

To see a community coming together over a selfless cause gave me so much hope. Hope that we can make a difference by planting some veggies. Hope that many small actions of a group can change the trajectory of hopeless situations. And also, hope that the school and its children serve as inspiration to runners when they take on the Karkloof 100 or 50 miler in two months’ time!

See you on the trails,
Lauren and the Karkloof100 Team

Southern Lodestar Foundation Contributions

Our big dream is to continue to uplift these schools, initially by bringing Hawkstone and Yarrow Primary (the other two schools on the Karkloof Route) to the same level as Triandra. If anyone is interested in getting involved, doing more and impacting on these children, the SLF would gratefully accept donations of materials to establish vegetable gardens, shading, shelving for kitchens and play areas (contact eleanor@kzntrailrunning.co.za to arrange).

Monetary donations would also go a long way (Section 18A certificates can be issued on request). The details are as follows:
Account Name: Southern Lodestar
Bank: First National Bank
Account Number: 627 121 743 59
Cheque Account
Reference: “KK100 Schools”

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