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AfricanX Trailrun Route Announced

AfricanX Trail Run

AfricanX Trail Run

After four incredible years in Kleinmond, the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance has moved to Houw Hoek.  Taking place the weekend of 19 – 21 April 2013, event organisers have released the much anticipated stage one route description with stage two and three descriptions scheduled to be released in the New Year.

“Runners can look forward to a fun filled weekend of trail running,” says Michael Meyer, Director of Stillwater Sport & Entertainment, organisers of the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance.  “We are very excited by the venue change for 2013.  Our route designers have gone out of their way to identify the most spectacular route for each stage.  With a new venue comes the excitement of new routes, new experiences and new memories to be made.  Runners are guaranteed a memorable experience like no other”.


Date:                        Friday, 19 April 2013
Distance:                31km
Total Ascent:        800m
Waterpoints:       Four in total (on the 6km, 11.5km, 16.5km and 24km mark)
Start Venue:         Houw Hoek Inn
Finish Venue:      Houw Hoek Inn

The perfect stage for runners to ease into the three-day stage race, although there will be a fair amount of climbing, the variation and beauty of the area will ensure an enjoyable day for all.  Starting and finishing at the Houw Hoek Inn runners will enjoy a varied mix of terrain which includes some steep technical climbs, horse trails, jeep track and awesome single tracks.  Runners can expect just as much diversity in the scenery, as the route takes them through vineyards, orchards, forests, fynbos, over dam walls and offers spectacular views of the Groenlandberg mountain range.  The stage will start with a climb out of Houw Hoek, which will spread out the field before reaching the first singletrack of the day.  From here runners will continue to the first waterpoint situated close to the Lebanon Forestry Station, where they’ll enjoy some specially built singletrack through the forest.  Fun existing trails will lead runners to the 2nd waterpoint at Thandi, which is also a spectator point. Runners should be sure to stock up on nutrition here as the next 5km to the 3rd waterpoint at Paul Cluver Amphitheatre consists mainly of climbing.  The 3rd waterpoint will also be a spectator point. The section that follows on the Paul Cluver Estate will allow runners to find a rhythm while enjoying the beautiful scenery. The highest point of the day will be reached before descending down to the dam to the final waterpoint of the day, waterpoint 4. The jeep tracks past the orchards will see runners securing their positions before joining the singletracks that provide stunning views of the Houw Hoek Inn, guiding runners down toward the finish line.

Teamwork forms an essential part of the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance.

NEW DATE:                                 19 – 21 April 2013
FORMAT:                                     Three-day stage race / teams of two (male/female/mixed)
VENUE:                                         Festival Village on the grounds of the Houw Hoek Inn
DISTANCE:                                   Between 25km – 38km each day

Entries are limited to 250 teams.  Enter now to avoid disappointment.

The race village in Houw Hoek will be a hive of activity with entertainment throughout the day, which makes the event ideally suited as a family breakaway.  Family and friends will also be able to support the athletes at various vantage points along the route.

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