The Three Cranes Challenge starts in:
Entries Open: 1 September 2015, 12 Noon
Distance: 32km, 42km and 32km
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.
Runners package (Excludes accommodation)
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)
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 25 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 will appear in the Sunday Tribune the following Sunday (6 March 2016)
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