Katberg trail tough to beat for nature lovers

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•Annual, family event includes 3km, 10km, 18km and 33km

SARAH KINGON

CHALLENGING courses and spectacular scenery are what runners can look forward to at this year’s Katberg Eco Sky Trail on June 25.

The annual family event, now in its sixth year, starts and finishes at the Katberg Eco Golf Estate.

On offer are a range of trails for the whole family including a 3km, 10km, 18km and the 33km ultimate challenge.

Event organiser Sharon Eldridge said: “The trails allow you to push your boundaries, get out of your comfort zone, and conquer what you thought was impossible.

“The pristine trail brings runners back every year and it’s definitely food for the soul running in the mountains with beautiful, crisp, fresh air.”

MAJESTIC SCENERY: Colin Bosch, left, and Giddo Muller tackle the challenging course up the  Katberg  mountain, which forms part of the  Katberg   Eco  Sky Trail Picture: BRUCE VIAENE
MAJESTIC SCENERY: Colin Bosch, left, and Giddo Muller tackle the challenging course up the Katberg mountain, which forms part of the Katberg Eco Sky Trail Picture: BRUCE VIAENE

The courses cover some single track and jeep track, as well as steep hills, cascading waterfalls, stream crossings and forests.

Eldridge said the greatest challenge was the steep 7km climb up the mountain, 1600m above sea level, with exposed roots, moss-covered rocks and fallen trees lining the pathway.

“The race is the epitome of trail running. The camaraderie, friendly banter and good laughs can be heard all around the mountain,” Eldridge said.

After completing the 18km race, Rudi le Roux said: “It doesn’t matter how fit you are, we are all out there for the same reason – to enjoy the outdoors.”

Michael Webb, who has completed the 33km five times, described it as one of the nicest trail runs in the country.

“I love the mountains as a trail runner and this race is always well organised with a good vibe,” Webb said.

The environmentally-friendly event aims to minimise disturbance within the natural environment by not allowing plastic water sachets to be handed out on the route.

Kids can also enjoy pony rides, a jumping castle and a treasure trail.

Entries can be made online at www.eventcow.org until June 22 and in Katberg on June 24 from 5pm till 6.30pm and on race day from 6am.

Free hoodies will be given to the first 350 to register and pay. For further details contact Sharon on 083-284-3781.

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