Cell C African X Route Announcements

Cell C AfricanX Stage One Route – “Let Nature Give You a Run for Your Money”

The organisers of South Africa’s premier three day stage trail run, the Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS are excited to announce that the event’s three stages have been shaken up a bit with Stage One now starting at the majestic Trails End and finishing at the historic Houw Hoek Inn.

“Although we love welcoming newcomers to AfricanX, we realise that the event does have its loyal supporters,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “It’s for this reason that we strive to keep the AfricanX experience fresh and exciting. Continuing this trend, we are proud to welcome Trails End as the new Stage One start venue. The stage will feature a combination of the best of the 2016 Stage One and Two routes with some new exciting sections in-between. Runners can look forward to more trail running and less mountain bike single track.”

According to Hendrico Burger, Stillwater Sports Race Director, Stage One will be fairly more challenging than in previous years. “Although starting with jeep track, the route will feature mostly single track and rocky hiking type trails with smoother trails towards the end. The Groenlandberg Hiking Trail with its magnificent views is sure to leave lasting memories. My advice to runners is to take it easy, remember that there are still two more stages to complete.”

2017 Event Information: Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS

Taking place the weekend of 17 – 19 March 2017, teams of two trail running enthusiasts (male/female/mixed) will be seen battling it out on a route varying in distance between 22km – 34km each day. Participants will have the opportunity to tackle a different breath-taking scenic route each day, allowing them to enjoy the full beauty of the Overberg.

Stage One:

Date: Friday, 17 March 2017
Start Time: 07:00
Start Venue: Trails End, Grabouw
Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Inn
Distance: 35km
Ascent: 1200m
Water Points: MTO / 8km mark (Private)
Mara / 14.4km mark (Private)
Paul Cluver / 22.5km mark (Private)
MTO / 28km mark (Private)

“We are passionate about trail running,” says Chad Gordon, Trail Runner and partner in Trails End. “Supporting a perfect race with the perfect venue is very special. I’ve had the privilege of participating four times. This year however I won’t be on the start line as everybody at Trails End will be hard at work ensuring that AfricanX has the best Stage One start ever.”

Seen here (from left to right):  Megan Mackenzie and Landie Greyling in action during the 2016 Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Stage Two encourages ‘fancy dress’

Kicking off in Rooisand (Kleinmond) on Saturday, 18 March 2017, Stage Two of the Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS will treat runners to magnificent views while lucky trail runners just might catch a glimpse Kleinmond’s elusive wild horses.

“Kleinmond was the birth place of the AfricanX Trailrun nine years ago,” says Michael Mayer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “After a four year absence, we are excited to once again incorporate these magnificent routes. Entrants can look forward to exhilarating trail running with magnificent views. Stage Two is also affectionately known as ‘dress up day’. We encourage all entrants to let their creativity reign. With amazing prizes up for grabs, the best dressed team will be announced during prize giving.”

According to Hendrico Burger, Stillwater Sports Race Director, Stage Two boasts a brand new route experience. “We are excited to welcome back the Highlands Hiking Trail, an old favourite from when the event first started. The first half of Stage Two is the hardest as it features all of the climbs. My advice to runners is to take it easy. Be sure to position yourself after Water Point 1 to ensure that you get the most out of the single tracks that follow. Barton Vineyards will make its AfricanX debut during this stage, hosting the final Water Point of the day on the 27km mark. Additional Stage highlights will include a festive bus ride to Rooisand and a beer tasting at Honingklip.”

2017 Event Information: Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS

Taking place the weekend of 17 – 19 March 2017, teams of two trail running enthusiasts (male/female/mixed) will be seen battling it out on a route varying in distance between 22km – 34km each day. Participants will have the opportunity to tackle a different breath-taking scenic route each day, allowing them to enjoy the full beauty of the Overberg.

Stage Two:

Date: Saturday, 18 March 2017
Start Time: 08:00
Start Venue: Rooisand (Kleinmond)
Finish Venue: Wildekrans Wine Estate (Botriver)
Distance: 33km
Ascent: 1000m elevation
Route Summary: Stage Two will start with jeep track and go straight into the Highlands Hiking Trail climb. Look out for Kleinmond’s famous wild horses on the estuary.
A single track climb will lead runners over the mountain. The terrain will start to feature loose sand, with a down-hill leading runners to
Honingklip (the 3rd Water Point and 2nd Spectator Point of the day). From here it will be single and jeep track all the way past Water Point 4 at
Barton Vineyards through to the finish at Wildekrans Wine Estate.
Water Points: Water Point 1 / 6km mark Arabella R44 Crossing (Public)
Water Point 2 / 12km mark MTO (Private)
Water Point 3 / 20km mark Honingklip (Public)
Water Point 4 / 27km mark Barton Vineyards (Private)

Seen here (from left to right):  Nicol and Eulogi van Dyk in action during the 2016 Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS.  Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg

Stage Three will conclude on a high note

Starting at Wildekrans Wine Estate and finishing at the historical Houw Hoek Inn, the third and final stage of the 2017 Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS will close off on a high note on Sunday, 19 March 2017.

“It’s only a 23km route that stands between teams and the closing off of three days of spectacular trail running,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports. “Emotions experienced at the start of Stage Three are always bitter sweet both for the athletes and the event team. To help minimise the blues, our route designers have laid out a really special Stage Three route. Runners are encouraged to savour the moment, enjoy every minute from start to finish. We look forward to welcoming you home for one last time at the picturesque Houw Hoek Inn.”

Stillwater Sports Race Director, Hendrico Burger, suggests that runners start off slowly. “Runners will now really be feeling the previous two stages in their legs. The good news is that most of the climbs and technical sections will be featured on the second half of Stage Three. Runners can therefore ease into the final stage that will include old favourites such as the Kat Pass Gorge. We’ve also included a new fun loop in Wildekrans. This stage will be the perfect culmination of three days of running.”

2017 Event Information: Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS

Taking place the weekend of 17 – 19 March 2017, teams of two trail running enthusiasts (male/female/mixed) will be seen battling it out on a route varying in distance between 22km – 34km each day. Participants will have the opportunity to tackle a different breath-taking scenic route each day, allowing them to enjoy the full beauty of the Overberg.

Stage Three:

Date: Sunday, 19 March 2017
Start Time: 08:00
Start Venue: Wildekrans Wine Estate
Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Inn
Distance: 23km
Elevation: 850m
Terrain: Expect a good combination of jeep and single track. The Kat Pass Gorge single track is sure to leave lasting impressions.
Although most of the hills are featured in the second half of the stage, teams will be led to the finish line via downhill single track.
Water Points: Water Point 1: 9.5km mark / Wildekrans Wine Estate (Public)
Water Point 2: 14.5km mark / Van Der Stel Pass Crossing (Public)
Water Point 3: 19km mark / Cape Nature (Private)

Seen here (from left to right):  Cape Nature team, Jeanne Gouws and Alexis Olds in action during Stage Three of the 2016 Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

Entries are LIMITED to 350 teams.

‘Sanet Wentzel Spirit Award’: Introduced in 2010, one year after the AfricanX’s inception, the award was founded in memory of Sanet Wentzel (Oudtshoorn), an AfricanX participant who passed away tragically at the end of 2009 after being knocked down by a car during a morning training run.

Trail runners taking part in the 2017 Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS are encouraged to send their ‘Sanet Wentzel Spirit Award’ nominations (with a short motivation) to dom@stillwatersports.com

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For more information on Trails End visit www.trailsend.bike for additional information or to enter the Cell C AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS visit www.stillwatersports.com, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email entries@stillwatersports.com.

Issued by: NEWSPORT MEDIA

On behalf of: STILLWATER SPORTS

For further information, please contact Jacky McClean on 083 291 9283 or e-mail Jacky@newsportmedia.tv

Paiter Botha

About Paiter Botha

Paiter’s running career started when he was 8. On most weekends you will find Paiter in the mountains around his hometown of Paarl.

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