Trail Run

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Event Date: 23,24,25 February 2018

Registration: 22 February

Entries Open: 22 AUG 2017, 10am
Distance: 32km, 42km and 25km
Format: 3-day staged trail run
Venue: Bushwillow Camp, Karkloof Valley, KwaZulu-Natal

This 3-day track and trail run will see participants cover just over 100km in 3 days, staged out of a single base camp in the Karkloof area in KwaZulu-Natal. A Race Village will be set up, and each participant will be accommodated in his or her own tent for the duration of the challenge. You can expect nice hot showers, clean ablutions and a great atmosphere. Full catering will be available to all participants for the duration of the challenge, and will include a 24-hour snack and coffee bar. The run will incorporate roads in and around the Karkloof Nature Reserve, and you can expect easy off-road tracks through forests and grasslands, some trail running through beautiful misty forests and magnificent views as you run along the Gilboa escarpment. The night run will add a new dimension and adventure to this challenge and promises to bring out the adventurer in you!

The beautiful Karkloof valley is the breeding ground of South Africa’s endangered Cranes. Sadly, all three of South Africa’s Crane species are in decline due to man’s relentless exploitation of their delicate habitat. By running the Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge you will also assist these beautiful birds.


Entry Fees:

Full package

Runners package (Excludes accommodation)


Included in your entry package:

  • Pre-event registration dinner on Thursday
  • Thursday Night: Dinner
  • Friday: Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
  • Saturday: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sunday: Champagne Buffet Breakfast
  • 24hr Snack & Coffee Bar will be available in the Chill Zone
  • Fully set up Race Village – 1 tent per runner
  • Full medical support and back up
  • Massage
  • Breakfast prize giving on Sunday morning
  • Route maps
  • Official race garment and a race pack

Please note: Additional meals can be booked for family/friends for the duration of the event when entering online (apologies – no family or friends will be allowed to stay in the race village due to capacity restraints)


Pre-Race Briefing:

A pre-race briefing MUST be attended by all participants and will take place at 18:30 during registration inside the marquee on Thursday evening. Final instructions regarding route changes (if necessary) and a weather report will be given each morning 10 minutes before the start of the race. Race briefing dinner will take place at 18:30 at the race village on the 23rd February. All participants have to be present for this. A fully detailed description of the route will be given, and checkpoints, medical assistance, and map work will be discussed.


Make sure to book extra meals if your family and friends will be joining you for the night.

Weather: You can expect, hot, cold, windy, rainy, misty and everything else in-between, so come prepared.
Water Tables: You will find Coca-Cola, Powerade and water at all refreshment stations as well as something to eat, with a variation of jelly sweets, muffins, bananas, potatoes, sandwiches, etc.
NB: each water table is also a check point – so make sure that you get logged off once you leave each table.

Please make sure to bring a headlight that will be able to last for no less than 1 hour.


Please note that our “no refunds” policy applies to all entries – unless a substitution can be found at least two weeks before the event. It is the participant’s responsibility to find a substitution, not the organisers’. If a participant intends to withdraw, he or she must inform the organisers immediately and check if there is a waiting list in place – if there is, their entry will be offered to the next athlete in line. If not, the participant must find someone to take their place. Please note that a refund will only be given once a substitute is found and they have paid for their entry. Under no circumstances may someone take part under another athlete’s name. Please be aware that failure to appear at an event for which you are registered means that your entry fee will neither be refunded nor transferred to the following year’s event.


Race Results

Race results will appear in the Sunday Tribune the following Sunday (6 March 2016)

Click to download race results:

2017 Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge Race Results

2016 Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge Race Results

2015 Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge Race Results

2014 Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge Race Results

2013 Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge Race Results

2012 Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge Race Results


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