The world’s first ‘Transfrontier’ trail running event opened its doors for entry today at midday, Central African Time. The 200km, five day Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun® route spans the arid mountain Wilderness of South Africa and Namibia, known as the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
“We are thrilled to be the first in the world to link a route through two countries that would normally require you to pass through a designated border crossing,” said Owen Middleton, founder and managing director of Wildrunner, the events company behind the Wildrun® events. “In this instance we cross over in the middle of nowhere in particular, linking up one magical side of the mighty Orange River in South Africa to the other in Namibia”.
This unparalleled running experience includes the iconic boulder section of Tatasberg, the vast expanse of the Springbokvlakte and other beacons of the South African Richtersveld National Park, before crossing the mighty Orange River to break new ground in Namibia. After crossing the Orange River by boat, runners will face a tough 50km fourth day to their first Namibian camp, a magnificent natural hot spring deep in the Southern wilderness section of the Fish River canyon. On this day, runners will experience a wilderness that is completely inaccessible by vehicle and rich in wildlife such as Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, gemsbok, springbok, Namibian wild horses and giraffe. The final day is a “short” 25km to the finish at the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Resort, and the final brick in a wall of memories that will last a lifetime.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have unlocked a truly unique opportunity to experience both sides of such a unique and powerful place – and to finish a long day at a natural hot springs in the middle of the wilderness is unbelievable!” said Owen Middleton.
Roland Vorwerk, marketing manager of Boundless Southern Africa, one of the driving forces behind the success of the event, said they are very happy to support this new cross-border trail running event. “This new route contains even more highlights of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park than the original Richtersveld Wildrun®, and promises to give participants a challenging but spectacular trail running experience,” he said.
Tamaryn Middleton, General Manager of Wildrunner, was very excited to launch the new route and said: “To be the first to cross an international border in a trail running event and to be in such an iconic part of Namibia as the Fish River Canyon is awesome – we can’t wait to inspire a new group of adventurers on this epic journey.”
The Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun® will take place from 13-17 June 2016 and entries open today, 21 October 2015 at midday 12pm CAT, on www.wildrun.com. More information is available on the same website.
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