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Media Release: Addo hosts sixth successful 50 & 25-mile trail runs
The sixth successful 50-mile and the second 25-mile trail runswere hosted in Addo Elephant National Park on Saturday, 1 May 2010.
The challenging trail run, which is now in it’s the sixth year, began in the town of Kirkwood, winding its way over the rugged wilderness areas in the Zuurberg Mountains before ending in the Park’s Addo Rest Camp. Designed to test the runners both physically and mentally, the trail follows the mountains and valleys of the Park on narrow tracks with some stretches on gravel roads.
The event also includes a 50-mile (80km) trail run and a newly-introduced 25-mile (40km) trail run which both start in Kirkwood but follow shorter routes to the Addo Rest Camp end point. The trail ended up being a bit longer after the starting point was moved 4km outside of Kirkwood at The Lookout, which affected completion times of runners.
The 50-mile and 25-mile run had 53 and 91 entrants respectively, with a number of international runners taking part as well.
The winner of the 50 mile-run was William Robinson in a time of 8 hours and 24 minutes. Michael Hendriks, a SANParks sponsored local runner from Kirkwood, took second place and third place also went to another local runner from Kirkwood, Aaron Benzi. The first lady in was Ellie Courts, who came in 7th with a time of 9 hours and 50 minutes.
The 25 mile-run was won by Jayde Butler in a time of 4 hours and 59 minutes. Andre Willemse took second place and Sampie Mbulelo, another SANParks sponsored runner, took third place. The first lady in on the 25 mile-run was Regine Enekel in a time of 5 hours and 52 minutes, although the top twenty-five were dominated by the ladies this year.
Addo Elephant National Park once again sponsored entry fees and running kits for the five local runners to promote development in the communities surrounding the Park.
Although runners do not have to worry about dodging the Park’s well-known elephant herds, the routes cover areas that are home to wildlife such as eland, mountain reedbuck, red hartebeest and the endangered Cape mountain zebra as well as warthog and ostrich. The very elusive leopard also roams the area, as do troops of baboons. Many of the trail runners remarked on the incredible scenic beauty of the course, which takes place in some of the remotest parts of Addo.
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Mandy Roets, Regional Marketing Manager – Frontier Region, Addo Elephant * Mountain Zebra * Karoo * Camdeboo National Parks, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org