Three Cranes Challenge

General Race Information:

Event Date: 26 February – 1st March 2015
Registration: 26 February 2015
Entries open at 10am of Tuesday (30th of September) for 2014 Runners
Entries open at 10am on Tuesday (21st of October) for new Runners
Distance: 32km, 42km and 32km
Format: 3 Day stage race (Trail running)
Venue: Bushwillow Camp (Karkloof), KZN
Province: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

This 3 Day Track & Trail run will see participants cover just over 100km in 3 days, staged out of a single base camp in the Karkloof area (KZN). A Race Village will be set up, and each participant will be accommodated in her/his 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 Gilboa and Karkloof Nature Reserve area, and you can expect easy off-road tracks through Mondi 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 promise 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 not only participate in an awesome event, but will also assist the plight of these beautiful birds!

Pre-Race Briefing:

A pre-race briefing that MUST be attended by all participants 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 20 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. See you there!

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/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 substitution 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.