Soutpansberg mountain marathon

18 June 2022

The story

Often one person’s unintentional action brings about a new trail/race/event. Here we have Andre Du Toit to thank (as trail runners we have a lot to thank him for as he is part of SATIB who provide our insurance) who linked KZNTR and EWT (Endangered Wildlife Trust), essentially two of his clients. In 2017 EWT began a project in the the diverse Soutpansberg Mountain range which is afforded little official protection. Their aim was to acquire land and create a land stewardship programme whereby current landowners would commit to managing their land for conservation purposes. Now underway and gaining serious momentum, two properties are now owned by EWT (Medike East and West), and a number have joined the stewardship programme such that the extent of the properties is now 27000ha. But this is just really the start. Andre and Yolan Friedmann (CEO of EWT) met about the future of eco-tourism on the properties, both committed trail runners it was an obvious direction to explore. The introductions were made and by March 16, 2020, we had made a trip to explore and prospect.

The project and its objectives of conserving some of South Africa’s most beautiful terrain are perfectly aligned with our objectives. We struck a generous agreement with EWT whereby they would own 75% of any trail running events we established with them KZNTR 25%. We are planning two events – this is the Soutpansberg Mountain Marathon and a 4-day event run in stages exploring the entire western section of the Zoutpansberg (Afrikaans).

This spectacular range of Mountains will be host for the second running of the Soutpansberg Mountain Marathon. With 42km, 21km,10km and 5km courses on offer, all start at finish and Schoemansdal (30 mins from Louis Trichardt) at the base of the mountain range. The longer three courses climb up the mountain and can be considered proper challenges.

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Entries and Registration

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Online Entries Open: 10:00am, Wednesday, 24 November 2022
Online Entries Close: Midday, Thursday, 16 June 2022

 

Registration and Late Entries: Registration will open at 04:00pm on Friday, 17 June 2022, and will close at 08:00pm. Registration will commence again on race day at 05:30am. Late Entries will be available at registration  for the short and medium courses but at a R50 surcharge.

Itinerary

Courses

Mountain Marathon

Start time: 06:00am
Distance: 40.7km
Elevation gain: 1997m
Aid Stations: 5 tables

*Please note this course requires compulsory equipment.

2021 Stats

Mens Winner: Bruce Arnott (04:20:29)
Ladies Winner: Nicolette Griffioen (04:52:37)

Average Time: 05:49:43
Longest Time: 08:44:26

Finishers: 18 runners

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Mountain Challenge

Start time: 07:00am
Distance: 23.08km
Elevation gain: 1108m
Aid Stations: 3 tables

*Please note this course requires compulsory equipment.

2021 Stats

Mens Winner: Myles Kritzinger ( 2:34:37)
Ladies Winner: Sally Kritzinger (2:43:10)

Average Time: 03:49:16
Longest Time: 06:05:26

Finishers: 16 runners

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Medium course

Start time: 07:30am | Walkers Welcome
Distance: 10.02km
Elevation gain: 689m
Aid Stations: 2 tables

2021 Stats

Mens Winner: Mthsi Tharollo (01:37:24)
Ladies Winner: Khathutshelo Mukhumeni (01:37:29)

Average Time: 02:29:26
Longest Time: 04:43:38

Finishers: 19 runners

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short course

Coming soon!

Start time: 07:40am | Walkers Welcome
Distance: 5km (TBC)
Elevation gain: TBC
Aid Stations:  TBC

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Venue

Schoemansdal EEC, Limpopo

Schoemansdal is an ideal venue at the base of the Soutansberg Range about 20 minutes from Louis Trichardt. The road to get there is tar all the way and both dorm-style and camping options are available. Meals are also served on site if you don’t want to self cater. The greater area also has a number of lodge options within 30 minutes drive.

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