Calling all maverick, crazy, brave-hearted, extreme multi-sport athletes – if you are not doing anything between the 16th and 19th of March 2018, then you might want to get your entry in fast for the 2018 LED Lenser Wartrail Challenge presented by Fluid Kayaks. This heroic race takes place in the iconic Witteberg Mountain range in Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape.
“This event is a true test of your adventurous spirit with day 1 featuring a 56km wilderness run following parts of the legendary SkyRun route, day 2 a 118km mountain bike ride with 2600m of climbing, and day 3 a quick 65km paddle down the Orange River,” says event organiser, Michael de Haast from Pure Adventures. “Every year we hope that everyone competing discovers their reasons for loving what they do, to reaffirm the suffering, the dedication and the discipline to have the ability to test themselves against extreme wilderness conditions and come out better, richer individuals. Results are not important, there isn’t even a medal – the reward is the journey!”
Various entries are on offer for the Wartrail Challenge; a single leg option or as a relay event of three members, with one member for each Stage OR as pairs, paddling a K2. However, the SOLO challenge is the ultimate challenge, with one discipline per day in a totally self-sustainable event, meaning that each athlete or team will have to provide own back up, with vehicle, logistics and support crew. If that all sounds too easy for you, you can always take part in the Wartrail Non-Stop version, a 120km MTB ride, a 60km mountain run and a 65km paddle one after the other as part of a team of 2, 3 or 4 athletes. “Our only entry requirement for competitors is that they must be 100% fit and healthy, with a keen respect and knowledge of the outdoors, including navigational skills. Temporary sports insanity is a bonus,” laughs Mike.
The organisers have extended the Non-Stop start to 00:00 on the morning of the 18th March giving aspiring athletes an extra 4 hours to complete the hike and mountain bike before the dark zone lift to paddle the river at 06h00 on the 19th March
The event, which started in 2000, attracts some of the biggest names in the sport with past winners including Tim Deane, Mark Preen and Tatum Prins. 2017’s Wartrail Challenge champion and previous SkyRun champion, Christiaan Greyling, will not be back to defend his title this year, so who knows maybe this is your year to take the crown? Fluid Kayaks will be hiring Synergies for the event for anyone unsure about their paddling skills or for those who do not want to transport boats to the race.
To track the event and athletes live please follow wartrail.sportraxs.com
For more information please visit www.wartrailchallenge.co.za
Facebook – @LEDlenserwartrailchallenge
Twitter – @pureadventures