Modern Athlete Mag Issue 155 MA_Issue 155 | Page 45



The AFRICANX TRAILRUN three-day stage race is one of the premier events on the South African trail running calendar , with racing of the highest calibre at the front end of the pack , as well as terrific fun and inspiration throughout the race .
Images : Chris Hitchcock & Tobias Ginsberg
ICONIC TRAILS Based out of the historic Houw Hoek Hotel , in the Overberg Region near Elgin-Grabouw , runners can look forward to Fynbos and forests , rolling hills and rocky climbs , spectacular kloofing and cool river crossings , jeep track and some seriously fun single track , all offering stunning scenery and views . Each stage will feature a different route that is guaranteed to keep things challenging , yet exciting , while leaving runners in awe . And you ’ ll love the iconic Houw Hoek switchbacks near the finish !
PERFECT PARTNERS One of the things that makes the AFRICANX TRAILRUN both unique and awesome is that it is a team-only event ! Which means you get to enjoy all the highs and lows with your favourite running buddy ! Of course , when choosing your perfect partner for the race , it ’ s as important to be on the same page regarding dress-up outfits as it is to be compatible running partners .


TIME TO DRESS UP A tradition at the AFRICANX TRAILRUN is Dress-up Day , where runners are invited to don fancy dress or other accessories , and have a bit of fun out on the trails . Over the years this has seen all sorts of weird and wonderful costumes being worn , including tutus , wings , superhero costumes , Disney characters , doctor and nurse outfits , safari suits , tennis and golfing kit , full-length animal ‘ onesies ,’ and even a massive bear-head . And there are awesome sponsor prizes up for grabs in the best dressed competition !
PARTY ON FOOT Launched in 2009 , the AFRICANX TRAILRUN offers three days of magnificent trails , spectacular views , mouth-watering food , a relaxed atmosphere , and the best vibe . So , if you haven ’ t entered yet , it ’ s time to do so now ! Just three months to go till you ’ ll be making memories with your favourite running buddy , and the incredible AFRICANX TRAILRUN community !
Look forward to experiencing trail running at its best when you ‘ Let Nature Give You a Run For Your Money !’