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RHODES TRAIL RUN
DATE 29 June 2019
TIME 07h00
ORGANISERS Rhodes Trail Run
DISTANCE 52km, ,
PROVINCE Eastern Cape
START VENUE Rhodes Farmers Hall,Rhodes,North Eastern Cape
PRIMARY CONTACT
NAME Evie Raubenheimer
NUMBER
EMAIL evie@rhodesrun.za.net
FAX 086-6617686
HOME NUMBER
WORK NUMBER 066-5240796
SECONDARY CONTACT
NAME
NUMBER
EMAIL
FAX
HOME NUMBER
WORK NUMBER
RHODES TRAIL RUN

ENTRY DETAILS



Entry to this race is by invitation only, with a substitution facility. The field is limited to 320 entrants for reasons of safety and logistics. Runners can go onto the waiting list at www.rhodesrun.za.net.




RHODES TRAIL RUN

DIRECTIONS

Race Start Coordinates: -30.79750651714491, 27.959735691547394 

Race Finish Coordinates: 0.0,0.0 

RHODES TRAIL RUN

THE RUN



Starting from Rhodes the route goes along the Bell River and into the Kloppers Hoek Valley, crossing the Bell River several times via causeways and low-level bridges. This is followed by an off-road section along footpaths and cattle/sheep trails to Mavis Bank. A steep one-in-three ascent takes you from the valley to the Lesotho Border checkpoint. The route then follows the Lesotho Border road through snowfields and past the ski slopes of Ben MacDhui, which reaches 3,001 metres above sea level.

The highest point of the run lies on this section when you pass Lesotho View at 2,670 metres above sea level. Snow, mud and strong headwinds may be encountered. After this the route goes onto the Hooggenoeg Ridge. There are no footpaths on this section and you follow the ridgeline south over Hooggenoeg Point to the next checkpoint. Extreme caution is required here as you run through terrain that is extremely uneven and rough underfoot with hidden rocks and holes. Along the final stage the route drops from the mountain plateau into the Carlisles Hoek Valley dropping sharply by several hundred metres per kilometre, before returning to Rhodes.




PRIZES AND GIVE-AWAYS

In the true spirit of trail running there are no financial prizes and other than a few floating trophies all runners are treated equally with the same pre- and post-race handouts, which in themselves are usually rather special.



Type Circular
Sub Event Off-Road Running
Difficulty Rating 5
RHODES TRAIL RUN

MEDIA RELEASE
Race Name Release Date Media Release
RHODES TRAIL RUN

ORGANISER
NAME Rhodes Trail Run
PROVINCE Border
EMAIL evie@rhodesrun.za.net
WEBSITE www.rhodesrun.za.net/
ADDRESS PO Box 15380 Emerald Hill

CONTACT PERSON
NAME E. Raubenheimer
PROVINCE
EMAIL
NUMBER 041-5816307
ADDRESS

RACES BY THIS CLUB
TYPE PROVINCE RACE DATE VENUE CONTACT NUMBER
RHODES TRAIL RUN

EDITORS NOTES



EDITORS NOTES

The only way a newcomer can participate in this unique race is by invitation. It is believed that there is a five-year waiting list but do not be discouraged. Put your name down with the organisers and you may be lucky enough to run this race before you die. The good news is that one third of the field are novices. There have been times when the event has had to be delayed or the route has had to be changed due to heavy snowfalls. In the interests of safety it is important that the seconding vehicles are able to reach athletes at the designated feeding stations which are approximately 10 kilometres apart. You are required to carry an emergency space blanket and rescue whistle, together with a water container of at least 750 millilitre capacity.

You must also be prepared to walk through mountain streams, contend with snow, icy conditions, wet roads and strong winds. The race is not recommended for unfit runners or for those who are not prepared to cover rough terrain. The race atmosphere is extremely festive both before and after the race. It is common for the temperature at the start to be sub-zero, usually around an icy -10°C. The Rhodes Run celebrates its 31st  anniversary in 2019.



Time Limit: 09:00

Finishers: 290

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