The new Thula Moya Trail run, set on the beautiful Thula Moya farm, just outside St Francis Bay, will take to the local breathtaking trails at 08:00 on Sunday, March 20.

The event forms part of the inaugural Cape St Francis Resort Amanzi Challenge, which will take place from March 18-21.

Runners can either conquer the 21km trail run or opt for the 10km or 5km routes.

According to race organiser, Esti Stewart, from St Francis Sport, walkers are welcome in the 5km distance.

“Due to the sensitivity of the area, which is a conservation area, no dogs are allowed.”

The run, hosted by Thula Moya and sponsored by Kouga Municipality, will leave the starting blocks and end at the main gate of the Dune Ridge Country House.

According to Stewart, the first 2.5km of the run is on grassy jeep track. At the first waterpoint, the 5km walkers and runners will turn around.

“The rest of the runners will make their way through coastal thicket before they enter the southern dune field and coastal forest,” she said. “The runners in the 10km will proceed towards the finish line, while those in the 21km leg, still have the second half of their distance left.”

There will be waterpoints where possible, but it is advisable to bring your own water.

The top male and female runners in the 21km run to cross the finish line first, will each receive R1 500, while those placing second and third will receive R1 000 and R500, respectively.

Enter online at www.entryninja.com/events/77631-thula-moya-trail-run.

Online entries close at 18:00 on Saturday, March 19. The first 50 entrants will receive an Amanzi Challenge T-shirt. Late entries will take place on the day of the run.

Number collection and registration will take place at the Cape St Francis Resort from 15:00-17:00 on Saturday, March 19, with number collection and late registration taking place from 07:00 on Sunday, March 20.

Race briefing is at 07:45.

The entry fee for the 5km is R50 (R80 on the day), while the entry fee for the 10km run and 21km run is R100 (R150 on the day) and R180 (R230 on the day), respectively.

  • For more information, contact Esti Stewart at 073 825 0835 or send an email to chokkatrail@gmail.com.