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Route released for AfricanX opening day

With the move away from the jarring of tar roads and the quest for off-road challenges continuing to grow, the first leg description of the popular 2013 ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun has been released, writes Mark Etheridge.

The three-day all off-road running event has been a huge success in previous years where the varied terrain around the small town of Kleinmond near Hermanus provided much scenery and just as much sweating.

The race has now moved inland to Houw Hoek and the new route is expected to provide many a new challenge. Presented by New Balance, the race will be run on consecutive days on 19-21 April.

ÔÇ£Runners can look forward to a fun filled weekend of trail running,ÔÇØ says Michael Meyer, Director of organizers Stillwater Sport & Entertainment. ÔÇ£We’re very excited by the venue change for 2013.┬á Our route designers have gone out of their way to identify the most spectacular route for each stage.┬á With a new venue comes the excitement of new routes, new experiences and new memories to be made.┬á Runners are guaranteed a memorable experience like no otherÔÇØ.

Unlike previous events which saw a marked discrepancy in distance run over consecutive days, the 2013 routes are expected to be more consistent.

Starting and finishing at the historic Houw Hoek Inn, day one opens with a 31-kilometre run and will include a total ascent of 800m.

The route will include steep technical climbs, horse trails, jeep track and awesome sing tracks and the route winds through vineyards, orchards, forests and fynbos, as well as crossing dam walls and showcasing spectacular Groenlandberg mountain range vistas.

As usual, entries are restricted to 250 teams. To enter visit, contact Stillwater Sport & Entertainment on 086 138 3591 or email