Trail runners in for a treat at Origin Of Trails Trail Run

Seen here:  Chantel Nienaber and Katya Soggot in action in Stellenbosch during the 2018 AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg


Trail Running enthusiasts are invited to join in on the action at South Africa’s premier 2-day MTB Experience, the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience by taking on the Origin Of Trails Trail Run on Sunday, 25 November 2018.


“Stellenbosch is a mountain biker and trail runner’s dream location both for training and racing,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.  “Off-road athletes are in for a treat as both the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience and Origin Of Trails Trail Run feature the best trails on offer in the beautiful city of oaks.  Entrants can look forward to experiencing a vast network of world class trails.  Once across the finish line, we’d like to encourage all entrants, families and friends to stick around and enjoy the festival village vibe.  We can’t think of a better way to close off a busy year of racing than by spending a day out on the magnificent Stellenbosch trails with family and friends.”


The Origin Of Trails Trail Run boasts two exciting distances:  a 12km – 15km Long Route and a 5km Short Route.


“The Origin Of Trails Trail Run caters for the entire family,” says Pieter du Plessis, Origin Of Trails Race Director.  “The 5km route is ideal for both newcomers to the sport and younger children wanting to run with their parents.  Entrants can look forward to experiencing some great single track and spectacular views.  The Coetzenburg Trails and Paradyskloof Forest are iconic to Stellenbosch.”


“Runners taking on the longer route can expect more single and jeep track,” continues du Plessis.  “They will also glimpse G-Spot, be treated to amazing mountain views and fynbos.  Although you don’t need to be super fit to take on the long route, a fair level of fitness will add to the experience.”


EVENT INFORMATION:  Origin Of Trails MTB Experience

Date:    Saturday, 24 November 2018

Venue: Coetzenburg Sports Fields (Stellenbosch)
Event: Stage One / Origin Of Trails MTB Experience
Start Time: 07:00 – Long Route / +- 55km
  07:40 – Short Route / +- 30km
  08:20 – Fun Ride / +- 10km



Date:  Sunday, 25 November 2018

Venue: Coetzenburg Sports Fields (Stellenbosch)
Event: Origin Of Trails Trail Run
  12km – 15km (Long) / R150
  5km (Short) / R100
Start Time: 06:45
Event: Stage Two / Origin Of Trails MTB Experience
Start Time: 07:00 – Long Route / +- 55km
  07:40 – Short Route / +- 30km


EXCITING NEWS:  The 2018 Origin Of Trails MTB Experience, in association with Specialized Bicycles Africa, will boast a Turbo E-bike category.  Please Note:  This category will start in its own batch and will not feature prize money.

SPECIALIZED BIKE UP FOR GRABS:  One lucky Origin Of Trails MTB Experience rider will take home an awesome Specialized Stumpjumper FSR ST to the value of R30 000 the weekend of Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 November 2018 compliments of the event’s bicycle partner.

CHARITY SUPPORTThe Origin Of Trails proudly supports Aitsa and the Stellenbosch Trail Building Fund.  The Fund is committed to continuously developing the trails in Stellenbosch, further sealing the town’s reputation as a global mountain biking destination.


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For more information or to enter the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email or visit


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About Paiter Botha

Paiter’s running career started when he was 8. Since his early teens he’s been running cross coutry and road races and at the age of 12 ran his first full standard (42,2 km) marathon - the Voet of Africa Marathon - in a time of 3 hours and 20 minutes. At 18 he won the Junior section of the same marathon. Paiter was one of the top senior middle distance, cross coutry and road athletes in the Western Province in the 80’s and 90’s during his school and university careers running 4 min for the mile, 30 min for 10km and 66 min for 21km. Paiter stopped running competitively in 1994 to pursue his profession and later also started a family. Paiter started training seriously again and doing trail running after being invited by one of his old friends in January 2013 to team up with him in the 3 day AfricanX trail run that was held in Grabouw. Although his team mate had to pull out during the second leg of the race due to a calve injury, Paiter went on to finish as the third fastest Veteran in the competition in a combined time of 7 hours, 55 minutes for the three stages. On most weekends you will find Paiter in the mountains around his hometown of Paarl.

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