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Brand new route for AfricanX stage

On the eve of this weekend’s ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun in the Grabouw region of the Boland, organisers have announced a brand new final stage.

It’s the sixth anniversary of the popular, yet gruelling three-day race, centred on the Houw Hoek Inn headquarters.

ÔÇ£The 2014 event will see the introduction of a brand new Stage Three route,ÔÇØ says event manager, Nicola Collins.

ÔÇ£Starting at the Houw Hoek Inn, runners will begin by running down a section of the historical Kat Pass into Botrivier. From there the route continues onto the charming Beaumont Farm, where runners will navigate their way through some vineyards before starting a relatively long, steep climb leading to a spectacular single track contour.

“Here runners will be spoilt with unbeatable views of the mountains and the Botrivier area. Continuing along this single track, runners will soon be greeted with magnificent views of the valley leading back to Houw Hoek.┬áThere will be a descent to a river crossing, followed by a climb back out of the valley where single track running ensues.

“The route then meets up with a jeep track, from where some easy running will allow runners to make up some time and push for the finish line. You can’t ask for a more magnificent and memorable end to three days of runningÔÇØ.

ÔÇ£The most important driving force behind this route change is that we want to ensure that runners have an awesome experience on the routes,ÔÇØ continues Collins.┬áÔÇ£We’d like runners to go home with the desire to return next year.┬á In order to keep the event fresh and exciting, we are committed to exploring new routes.

“The highlight of Stage Three will definitely be the single track section that traverses the mountains from Botrivier back to Houw Hoek.┬áThe views are truly unbeatable and the terrain, although fairly technical, is trail running at its best.┬áThe stage starts on a downhill, but runners need to ensure that they don’t run too fast on the down and tire themselves out for the running later on in the stage.┬áStage Three is fun, beautiful and short, but by no means easy! The single track section is fairly technical and slow going. Run steadily and patiently.┬áDon’t forget to enjoy the viewsÔÇØ.

The third and final stage is a total of 21 kilometres with an elevation gain of 650 metres.

The event gets underway on Friday and ends on Sunday.


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