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FOREVER RESORTS LOSKOP ULTRA MARATHON
DATE 22 April 2017
TIME 06h00
ORGANISERS Middelburg Marathon Club
DISTANCE 50km,
PROVINCE Mpumalanga
START VENUE Municipal Offices,Wanderers Avenue,Middelburg
PRIMARY CONTACT
NAME Race Organiser
NUMBER 060-3588546
EMAIL loskopmarathon@foreversa.co.za
FAX 086-6138329
HOME NUMBER
WORK NUMBER 013-2432683
SECONDARY CONTACT
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ENTRY DETAILS



Postal and faxed entries are accepted with proof of payment. Entries are confirmed by email, SMS, fax or phone. For reasons of traffic control and safety, the field is restricted to 4,000 entrants. This event is strictly pre-entry, it is wise to send in your form as early as possible. Closing date for entry is 15 March 2016. Collect your race number from the start venue on the Friday before the race between 12h00 and 20h00 or at the start Saturday from 04h30.


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DIRECTIONS

Race Start Coordinates: -25.773194476435037, 29.455659985542297 

Race Finish Coordinates: -25.42637710578821, 29.384857714176178 

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THE RUN


What a run this is! Starting in Middelburg before the town begins to stir; there are some twists and turns through the sleepy suburbs before the route spills out onto the Loskop Road. On the way out of town there is a dip and a small river, and a blanket of mist for the first few kilometres. Somehow it is always there and adds a touch of mystery to the morning’s proceedings. Suddenly you find yourself in a different world; distant from city life, in total contrast to the noise and clatter of the start. The first 20 kilometres or so are run through typical Highveld terrain with open spaces, crisp morning air and cosmos. These are magical miles, to be sure, but they will also provide a deceptive challenge to the unwary. At the 22-kilometre mark stands the infamous Post Office Tower. This tower will have been taunting and tantalising you for quite a few kilometres by now, silently waiting in the morning haze. But it is the highest point of the race. Raise your arms here and know that it is downhill from this point. Or is it? The following stretch will provide great relief as you settle into an easy pace and enjoy the forgiving run of more than 10 kilometres down to Buggers Hill. This tester stands as a bastion to the Kranspoort Pass, and at the 36-kilometre marker it is time to shoulder in and grind your way up the back of this notorious hill. There is work to be done here, but there is a great reward on the other side of this testy challenge. Here lies the special appeal of the Loskop. The Kranspoort Pass, at the 38-kilometre marker, is simply breathtaking and is sure to impress even the most widely travelled runner with its sheer splendour. Beware; running down the pass can prove punishing on tired legs. After the pass, the road becomes easy, forgiving and quite pleasant. Loskop Dam is finally in sight. But before this race leaves you, it has one final, demanding gift, Varaday's Hill. It stands in wait at the 46-kilometre marker and it is here that the runners are separated from the joggers. At the end of every great race lies a great hill. Varaday's is the one at Loskop. Be warned, it is long and tiring and even the most seasoned athlete can be reduced to walking. If you failed to show sufficient respect up Buggers Hill or were too excessive through the Kranspoort Valley, you will pay for it at Varaday’s. Once over this difficult obstacle the final run into the resort is pleasant and welcome. The Loskop Dam now spread before you tells you that you are at last home, here lies the finish. This is a race well worth the effort.


PRIZES AND GIVE-AWAYS
This race has ‘A’ permit status and there is generous incentive money on offer for breaking the route records on the Open male & female and the Veteran male & female. Runners who finish according to various category times get silver medals. All other finishers within 7-hours get bronze. The organisers are minting a special medal to commemorate the important 30th anniversary milestone. Permanent numbers are awarded to those who have completed their 10th /20th /25th and from 2016 onwards, their 30th. All starters receive special goodie bags. There are great lucky draw prizes for ultra-marathon finishers. This T-shirt is one you will not give-away, but wear with pride.

FACILITES
The finish at the Forever Resort at Loskop is superb and there is a swimming pool to cool your aching muscles. Bring your own braai or picnic basket and make a day of it.
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MEDIA RELEASE
Race Name Release Date Media Release
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ORGANISER
NAME Middelburg Marathon Club
PROVINCE Mpumalanga
EMAIL admin@midmk.co.za
WEBSITE www.midmk.co.za
ADDRESS PO Box 527 Middelburg

CONTACT PERSON
NAME Piet Schoeman
PROVINCE
EMAIL pietschoeman321@gmail.com
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ADDRESS

RACES BY THIS CLUB
TYPE PROVINCE RACE DATE VENUE CONTACT NUMBER
Limpopo Nashua Kanonkop 10 km 01 January 2018 Kees Taljaard Stadium Kanonkop, Middelburg Naudene van Tonder 082-4954173
Limpopo N'komati Anthracite 01 January 2018 Kaapmuiden Primary School 4 South Of N4 Matsulu Johan de Klerk 073-6684436
Mpumalanga Komati Gorge Memorial Run 01 January 2018 Komati Gorge Lodge Waterfall Farm Mpumalanga Race Organiser
Mpumalanga Izimbiwa Coal Middelburg 5-in-1 03 February 2018 Izimbimbiwa Central Office Keiskamma Drive Middelburg Race Organiser 072-5937346
Mpumalanga Forever Resorts Loskop Series ‘The Wild’ Challenge 21 April 2018 Loskop Nature Reserve Damwal Complex Race Organiser 060-3588546
Mpumalanga Forever Resorts Loskop Ultra Marathon 21 April 2018 Municipal Offices Wanderers Avenue Middelburg Piet Schoeman 072-7910378
Mpumalanga Dullies Altitude Charity Challenge 21 July 2018 Dullstroom Dam & Nature Reserve Charmane Horn 082-6546645
Mpumalanga Rotary Greatest Train Race 18 August 2018 32km - Nkangala District Municipality, Middelburg 15 km - Plot 85, Jackaroo, R555 Road, eMalahleni eMalahleni Elsabe Dawson 086-1187246
Mpumalanga MHS Half Marathon Spring Run - Cancelled in 2018 01 September 2018 Middies (MHS) Farm Stoffberg Road Middelburg Piet Schoeman 072- 5937346
Mpumalanga Mall to Mall 21 & 10 km 20 October 2018 Middelburg Mall Dolerit Crescent Middelburg Piet Schoeman 072-7910378
Mpumalanga Elandskloof Trout Run 24 November 2018 Elandskloof Trout Farm Off the R540 8km from Dullstroom Piet Schoeman 072-7910378
Limpopo Nashua Kanonkop 10 km 01 January 2019 Kees Taljaard Stadium Kanonkop, Middelburg Naudene van Tonder 082-4954173
Limpopo N'komati Anthracite 01 January 2019 Kaapmuiden Primary School 4 South Of N4 Matsulu Johan de Klerk 073-6684436
Mpumalanga Komati Gorge Memorial Run 01 January 2019 Komati Gorge Lodge Waterfall Farm Mpumalanga Race Organiser
Mpumalanga Izimbiwa Coal Middelburg 5-in-1 02 February 2019 Izimbimbiwa Central Office Keiskamma Drive Middelburg Race Organiser 072-5937346
Mpumalanga Forever Resorts Loskop Series ‘The Wild’ Challenge 13 April 2019 Loskop Nature Reserve Damwal Complex Race Organiser 060-3588546
Mpumalanga Forever Resorts Loskop Ultra Marathon 13 April 2019 Municipal Offices Wanderers Avenue Middelburg Piet Schoeman 072-7910378
Mpumalanga Dullies Altitude Charity Challenge 20 July 2019 Dullstroom Dam & Nature Reserve Charmane Horn 082-6546645
Mpumalanga Rotary Greatest Train Race 24 August 2019 32km - Nkangala District Municipality, Middelburg 15 km - Plot 85, Jackaroo, R555 Road eMalahleni Elsabe Dawson 086-1187246
Mpumalanga MHS Half Marathon Spring Run 31 August 2019 Middies (MHS) Farm Stoffberg Road Middelburg Piet Schoeman 072-7910378
Mpumalanga Elandskloof Trout Run 23 November 2019 Elandskloof Trout Farm Off the R540 8km from Dullstroom Race Organiser 082-9226835
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EDITORS NOTES



EDITORS NOTES
The Forever Resorts Loskop Marathon has been consistently ranked highly in a number of our surveys as a well organised and well presented event. Point-to-point races always pose logistical challenges and to cater for this, bus transport to the start is provided from the Forever Resorts Loskopdam entrance at 04h15. Bus transport back to Middelburg from the finish is available after prize-giving. The route is closed to traffic between 05h00 and 13h00 and an alternative route has been worked out for supporters. There are three cut off points on the route and runners must make these in time to avoid removal from the race. The first is 25 kilometres in 03:30; the second is 36 kilometres in 05:00 and finally the marathon mark in 05:50. The race will be staged for the 31st time in 2017.

Time Limit: 06:30

Finishers: 4200

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