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Tough test awaits endurance junkies
- Updated: March 11, 2013
Stage two of next month’s gruelling ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance, has been released by race organisers.
Staged in the Houw Hoek area near Grabouw, the AfricanX event (19-21 April) features three consecutive days of off-road running, with challenges of just over 30 kilometres on each day.
According to route designer Hendrico Burger this will be the first time in the history of the ProNutro AfricanX that a stage features so much single trails.┬áÔÇ£Stage Two will be a stage for real runners. In addition to the copious amount of single trails, runners will also need to contend with tough terrain that features a lot of loose surfaces, ups and downs and very little level running.┬áThe route won’t, however, be too technical for fit runners,ÔÇØ says Burger.
Traditionally Stage Two of the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun was known as the ÔÇ£Marathon DayÔÇØ, but runners are warned not to be fooled by the new shorter distance, as it will be the most challenging stage of the event.
Spectacular scenery and varied trails will ensure a tough yet memorable day on the trails.┬áStarting on the dam wall at Ongegund Dam, the 33km route will climb gradually over the first 3.5km before runners meet the first single track of the day.
Once out of the single track, a jeep track along the railway line will lead runners up to the first water-point at Da Capo. The views from the water point are spectacular.┬áAfter leaving the water-point, the biggest climb of the event begins.
Following a fairly steep jeep track, the route turns onto an impressive 6km stretch of single track below ‘Hans se Kop’, known as ÔÇ£Magic Mountain’.┬áThis is where the technical, rocky terrain begins.┬áRunners will be faced with breathtaking scenery, out across False Bay to their right; across to the Helderberg Mountains behind them and the Hottentots Holland mountains to the left and in front.
After some undulations runners will meet the quad-burning climb over the mountain and once at the top they will be greeted by the views of the beautiful Elgin Grabouw Valley.┬áExpect some awesome downhill and flowing single track linked by jeep track. An enjoyable 16km on the Grabouw trails will lead runners back to the unique Finish Line at the Oude Molen Distillery.
A total climb of 900m will face runners of stage two and there’ll be four watering points in total.
Entries are limited to 250 teams. For additional information or to enter visit www.africanx.co.za or contact Stillwater Sport & Entertainment on 086┬á138 3591 or email [email protected]