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Author: Zelda Coetzee

Why? Because!!

Why?…. Because !! I know that sounds a bit like a toddler’s remark, but that is my standard answer when you would ask me why I love running in pristine environments, sweating like a pig, trying to look like a fox, noticing zillions of tiny details, moss covered rocks, tiny flowers, the silhouette of trees against the morning sun, the freshness of forests filled with bird life, past secret and special places, traversing a kaleidoscope of terrain. I don’t roll out of bed on these mornings. I rise with the force of a toddler about to receive his first...

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Playing in the magnificent Wolkberg mountains… Interview with race director Steve Willson

I will be back, that’s for sure!!   – Rian Burger (2014) 5 star hospitality!  Thank you guys it was brilliant. This is a race not to miss, very well organized!!      – Vimbai Mhike (2014)  The ClemenGold Wolkberg trail is a two day stage race on 8 and 9 August, through the magnificent Wolkberg Mountains, summiting the highest point in Limpopo, the Iron Crown. The routes provide a fantastic mixture of tough but beautiful trails. Runners will experience some of the best kept trail running secrets in the country. Ultrarunner caught up with Race Director Steve Willson for a quick...

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Pushing the threshold… Ultra Trail Cape Town Interview

Pause, and look around… This has got to be the most beautiful, hard, technical race I have run.  Sea, mountains, forest, fynbos, quaint towns. Darkness, mist, drizzle, heat, wind and then more darkness!!! A soul-searching, sublime, raw and real experience! Tracy Zunckel – 2014 Ultra-trail Cape Town takes place in one of the world’s most popular destinations on the pristine trails of Table Mountain, a World Heritage Site and one of the new Natural Seven Wonders of the World. Race options 100km Ultra-trail 4400m elevation gain The 100km race covers the iconic landmarks of Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill, Hout Bay,...

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Marathon des Sables 2015 – the toughest footrace on earth

The Marathon des Sables 2015: The story of two South Africans   Ultrarunner ZA had the privilege of interviewing Genis and Tanya Pieterse from Centurion.  Tanya has been running since 2012 and has completed the 2013 – Addo Elephant 44km Trail Run, 2014 – Addo Elephant 76km Trail Run and the 2015 – Marathon des Sables 250km multi-stage race. Genis is a runner since 2012, and has completed the 2012 – Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon 250km multi-stage race, 2013 – Addo Elephant 44km Trail Run, 2013 – Marathon des Sables 250km multi-stage race, 2013 – Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon 250km...

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Molweni Race Report by Etienne Muller

About Etienne… I have been trail running for about 2 and half years. I enjoy breaking away from city life by hitting the trails. The two biggest races I want to run is The Otter and 100km Skyrun. Trail running is a truly amazing sport. 2015 Molweni Race Report…. Molweni is a two-day trail run in Kwa-Zulu Natal, over tough and technical terrain, along existing Reserve paths, community paths and open veld.  With some of the most spectacular views and experiences a runner could expect to find in other large mountain ranges, you will be amazed at the views,...

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