Addo Elephant Trail Runs: 18 March 2006
It’s three weeks to go (18 March 2006) to the 2nd Addo Elephant Trail Run, which includes a 100-Miler, 50-Miler and, for the first time, a 46-km hike/walk. These extreme sport events take place within the Addo Elephant National Park.
Joining the local runners in the 100-Miler this year, we have an exciting international field with participants from France and Holland, as top South African trail runner, Bruce Arnett, defends his No. 1 position from last year. A warm welcome back to South Africa to Dominique Charton and Gerard Verdenet from France, who both completed the 2005 Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon. The park will sponsor two amateur athletes from a local community who took 1st and 3rd place in the 50-Miler last year.
The 50-Miler is proving to be popular with local South African runners. There will no longer be cut-off times for the 50-Miler and medals will be given to all finishers.
The 100-Miler (160 km) begins in the park’s most northern section at Darlington Dam, while the 50-Miler (80 km) begins in the town of Kirkwood before entering the park’s Kabouga Gate.
The 46-km walk/hike begins in Kirkwood, proceeds through the park and ends at the Zuurberg Inn. Both 100-Miler and 50-Miler marathons end in the main rest camp of the park.