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GOLDEN GATE CHALLENGE - THREE DAYS
DATE 22 October 2021
TIME 06h00
ORGANISERS Wild Series
DISTANCE 29km
PROVINCE Free State
START VENUE Glen Reenen Rest Camp,Golden Gate National Park,
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GOLDEN GATE CHALLENGE - THREE DAYS

ENTRY DETAILS



Dates and Venue:
21 October 2021:
       Registration at Glen Reenen Campsite

22 October 2021:       Day 1 – 27km starting from Glen Reenen
Short course will be available. Distance will be approximately 18km


23 October 2021:       Day 2 – 29km starting from Glen Reenen
Short route will be available. Distance will be approximately  10km to 12km
8km – 10km Dino Run start Glen Reenen or Dinosaur Center – Limited to 200 entries


24 October 2021:       Day 3 – 17km starting from Glen Reenen Campsite 
Visit  http://wildtrust.co.za/wildseries/golden-gate-2/ for further details

 




GOLDEN GATE CHALLENGE - THREE DAYS

DIRECTIONS

Race Start Coordinates: -28.505948505088142, 28.617732524871826 

Race Finish Coordinates: 0.0,0.0 

GOLDEN GATE CHALLENGE - THREE DAYS

THE RUN



This is a three day stage race. While the distances may appear on the short side, the terrain makes up for the challenge.


FACILITES

There is a full race village to accommodate runners in tents. Catering for the duration of the week is provided from Thursday dinner to Sunday breakfast. The race village also has a massage area, 24-hour snack bar, full medical support and comfortable ablutions.



Distance: 27 kilometres. This is the hardest day and the route follows the well-worn Ribbok Hiking Trail. The route is narrow and quite rocky in places. There are two testing climbs on this stage and the first, Generaalkop, is also the biggest and comes right at the start. It is difficult but take comfort in the knowledge that the first half of the route is also the hardest. There is still work to be done in the second half as you take on the legendary Brandwag Mountain, the iconic signature to Golden Gate.


Distance: 29 kilometres. The second day starts with a drive to the start. The route takes you through an unexplored part of the park where the public is not permitted. The route is hard right from the start as you climb onto the escarpment, but once on the plain you could be in Little Serengeti. Here there are herds of Zebra, Eland, Bontebok, Hartebeest and Wildebeest for as far as you can see. Vast mountains and rolling hills form a rugged backdrop as you run on old jeep track and management roads. With about 17 kilometres left you turn towards the Highlands Mountain Retreat to take on some single track and some technical climbing. Once at the top you are treated to panoramic views of the entire park and a long and comfortable downhill canter all the way home.


Distance 27 kilometres. The final day like all others starts with a monumental climb. From here it is downhill all the way. Could this be one of the hardest off-road events in the Free State? Few would argue.
Type Circular
Sub Event Off-Road Running
Difficulty Rating 0
GOLDEN GATE CHALLENGE - THREE DAYS

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ORGANISER
NAME Wild Series
PROVINCE KwaZulu-Natal
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WEBSITE www.wildseries.co.za
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CONTACT PERSON
NAME Xanthe Holmes
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EMAIL xanthah@wildlands.co.za
NUMBER 033-3306380
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EDITORS NOTES



EDITORS NOTES

The pre-race briefing must be attended by all participants and takes place at 18h30 during the Thursday evening registration. Final instructions regarding route changes and a weather report will be given each morning 10 minutes before the start of the race. Bring a headlamp that lasts for at least an hour. The event raises funds for the Endangered Bearded Vulture.



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