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Media Release: Addo Elephant Trail Run 2015

Date: 2014-07-25

Experience the thrill of running wild! Tackle the 76km or 44km Trail Run through the vast Addo Elephant National Park (75km from Port Elizabeth) and experience the remoteness of the Eastern Cape’s bushveld. 

Designed to test trail runners both mentally and physically, the trail tracks the mountains and valleys of the park.  Runners are challenged to run primarily on tracks within the Park itself as well as some stretches of gravel roads. If you are fit enough to go the distance – come and experience the unrivalled natural diversity of the Park’s vegetation and wildlife. 

Logistics:

Runners are required to run with a small pack to carry two drinking bottles or a bladder.  For environmental reasons, no cups or sachets will be provided at the checkpoints – water bottles will be filled. Check points are stocked with bottled water, energy drinks, cola, tea, coffee, soup, boiled potatoes, jam and peanut butter sandwiches, oranges, bananas and sweets.

Registration:

Registration will take place at the Addo Elephant National Park Main Rest Camp from 13:00 on Friday, 27 February 2015.

Medical Assistance:

There will be nurses along the route, as well as a 4X4 ambulance with paramedics and the Mountain Search and Rescue Team in vehicles.

76km Route:

Starts at the Entrance Gate to the Addo Elephant National Park, Kabouga, just outside Kirkwood at 06:00 on Saturday, 28 February 2015.  The 76km route winds its way over the mountains, into the Sundays River Valley and then across the escarpment of the Zuurberg Mountains to finish at the Addo Elephant Park Main Rest Camp.  There are eight Check Points along the route.  There is a cut-off time at 16:30 at Check Point 6 (47km mark) and at 19:00 at Check Point 7 (56.5km mark).  All finishers of the 76km run will receive a miniature hand blown glass elephant serviette ring from Ngwenya Glass which will be given to the participants as they finish.

44km Route:

Starts at the Entrance Gate to the Addo Elephant National Park, Kabouga, just outside Kirkwood at 06:00 on Saturday, 28th Feb 2015. The 44km route follows a section of the 76km route to finish at Zuurberg Mountain Village.  There are six Check Points along the route.  There is a cut-off time at 16:30 at Check Point 6 (34km mark).  All male finishers of the 44km run will receive a commemorative leather bracelet and the ladies a necklace which will be given to the participants as they finish.

Prize Giving:

Prize-giving for the 44km will be at the Zuurberg Mountain Village at 14:00. Mens and Ladies trophies for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions will be handed out. Prize-giving for the 76km will be at the Addo Elephant National Park Main Rest Camp at 19:00.  Mens and ladies trophies for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions will be handed out. 

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Frontier Region Communications
Tel: 082 888 0201

Enquiries:  
Fayroush Ludick
Regional Manager: Communications, SANParks    
Tel: 082 888 0201
Email: fayroush.ludick@sanparks.org

 

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