Have a look at the map below to get an idea as to where the trails will take you. There are a few spots we would like you to take your time to appreciate, so we will have a system where you can clock out of the race for a bit; go for a swim, enjoy the view, or if you are adventurous enough, stop off for a “cold-one”.
Then clock back in and enjoy the trails. These will all be pre-determined spots on each day.
Day 1 - 34km
This stage will see you leave Morgan Bay, cross the beach and then hit the nastiest climb of the weekend - something special to warm those legs up nice and early. Once at the top, a gentle downhill past the Kei Mouth Golf Course and then on towards the Kei River Ferry. Crossing the Mighty Kei River, you will then be in the Old Transkei, where you will head towards Trennery’s and Seagulls Hotels, but not before a special and optional stop off for a swim at stunning Gxara Falls, along with a “cold-one”. After leaving Seagulls, you will then run back along the beach to the Kei River Ferry before heading towards the Kei River mouth. Then you will run through Lovers’ Lane, go past Neptune’s Cove and then head back along the beach to the finish at Morgan Bay.
Day 2 - 24km
Day 2 will see you head up a gentle climb moving past Yellowwood Forest, and then up to Horseshoe Bend, a really scenic view of the Kei River. This will be the highest point of the day, and after that down to The Shed. You can choose to stop off at The Shed, just to make sure you aren’t thirsty, or you can carry on down to the trails taking you down that nasty hill near yesterday’s start. And then you run past the start up to the Morgan Bay Cliffs. Once there, take in the views, enjoy the scenery whilst enjoying the compulsory 10-minute stop, then head back to the finish, just 1km away.
Day 3 - 26km
The Highlight - a beach run to the Haga Haga Hotel and back. Once the gun starters gun has sounded, you will head towards Haga Haga, but not before a challenging climb, taking you to past Double Mouth, and then on to the beach as you head towards Haga. On the way, you will pass places such as Black Rock, the Abalone Farm and Marshstrand, just 2.5km from Haga. Once you arrive at the hotel, you can stop off for a toasted sandwich, burger and a liquid refreshment. (Remember you can clock in and out here) Then you head back via Haga Haga Retreat, through Marshstrand, and then back on to the beach for the return journey. Your last surprise awaits as you arrive at the cliffs; you will see no roads, just trails leading up the side of the cliffs. (Don’t worry, these are Fishermen’s’ Trails, and are used almost every day - but they are steep). Besides the awesome views, a surprise awaits you at the top of the cliffs. Yip, you guessed it, Your final compulsory 10-minute stop just 1km from the finish.
On Day 2 and 3, there will be a compulsory 10-minute stop, so you can relax and take in the absolutely breathtaking views. Of course Emerald Vale, the local brewery will be in attendance, just in case you are thirsty….
We are constantly looking for more bits and pieces, but so far we have what we believe to be some unbelievable track offering you a mix of everything.
More details routes as well as .GPX files will be made available closer to race day.
PLEASE NOTE: Routes are subject to change