Two weeks to go!! Your training is now mostly done and all you have to do is look forward to an awesome roadtrip and some of the most incredible trail running the planet has to offer!
Please note that entries are still open and only close at midnight on Sunday night 15th April, so if you know anyone who still hasn’t entered get them onto the website at www.klipspringerchallenge.co.za to make sure they get their entries in!
Weather & Compulsory Equipment
As things stand, the Race Weekend weather forecast for Augrabies is looking like fantastic running conditions! According to AccuWeather, we can expect Highs of 29C and sunny conditions on both days, with a Saturday Low of 12C and a Sunday Low of 15C. We’ll keep an eye on the forecasts as we get closer to the time, but for now we will take it! That being said, although it is not looking TOO hot it will still be warm, and for most of the field that will be out there after 11h00 in some of the hotter parts of the course, heat exposure and dehydration remain a factor. The requirement that each runner (in both Challenge and Lite races) carries a minimum of 1.5l of water or fluid at the start (on both days) will be enforced. It is also recommended that you carry some kind of rehydration / salt or electrolyte replacement product to mix with your water. It will definitely come in handy.
The Start Times are scheduled for 07h00 for the Challenge and 07h30 for the Lite on both Saturday and Sunday, but as previously mentioned these could very well be adjusted depending on expected conditions. We will communicate any changes to the final Start Times by the latest midday on Friday 27 April via email, sms, twitter and facebook, so please be on alert.
Registration & Pre-Race Briefing
Registration will be at the Augrabies Falls National Park Headquarters on Friday 27 April 2018 from 15h00 to 18h00. There will be a small registration facility available on Saturday morning, specifically to cater for those local runners who are not staying in the Park and will be driving through in the mornings. For those planning Race Day Registration it is recommended that you are at the Park by no later than 06h00. If you are planning on early Race Day Registration, please inform the organisers beforehand.
The official Pre-Race Briefing will be held at the Park Headquarters at 18h00 on Friday 27 April and shouldn’t be longer than 30 minutes.
Klipspringer 2018 is very pleased to welcome local rehab legend Renate Marais as Race Physio for the Race Weekend. Reward those Kalahari-tired muscles with 30 minutes of Renate’s magic healing hands for only R300/session (cash or card). Bookings advisable at email@example.com.
Quiver Tree Restaurant
The renowned on-site Quiver Tree Restaurant is welcoming Klipspringer runners with a weekend Dassie Breakfast Special of 2 eggs, 2 bacon, tomato, chips and a slice of toast for only R35! For those looking forward to enjoying some of their world-class local specialties for dinner please be aware that reservations are strongly recommended. Bookings can be made at (054) 451 5031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race Tip #2 – Following the trail and Orientation
Following the trail and NOT GETTING LOST is one of the most important aspects of trail running. Many a race, including some of the world’s biggest, have been won or lost because of a wrong turn at a critical time! Don’t let it be you! The Klipspringer trails will be comprehensively marked and nobody should get lost, but pay attention! Day One will be marked with specific highly-visible Klipspringer orange ribbon markings, and Day Two will be marked with ribbon AND with traditional SANParks Hiking Trail markings (remember that Day Two IS the legendary Klipspringer Hiking Trail). Please always be aware that this is a remote and inaccessible trail in extremely tough terrain. It is unlike the Otter Trail, for example, where the trail is kept clear and visible by the feet of thousands of hikers and tourists every year, and where if the ocean is not to your left, you know you’ve gone wrong somewhere. In addition, it is not just marketing when we say that the newly included Northern Section of the Park has the course running through parts that have literally not seen human feet! So although you shouldn’t, there is always the possibility of finding yourself off the trail. Runners will be provided with maps at the race, but they are NOT navigation quality and the best advice here is that each and every runner take responsibility for their own run – do NOT just follow other runners, always be looking for the next trail marker, and pay attention to the actual DIRECTION of the arrows and trail markers (and Race Organiser instructions in Race Briefings). Also try and just be generally aware – if you’ve run for more than 100m – 200m without seeing a marker, the chances are that you are off the trail and should double back to the last one you saw. We will repeat this advice many times before the Race ??
Race Tip #3 – Race Nutrition
Now is the time to start planning your Race eating. Yes there will be a LOT of DELICIOUS (and NUTRITIOUS) stuff at the Water Tables, including the awesome easy-to-eat and super energy-efficient Racefood FarBars and FastBars, so you will NOT go hungry. But it always pays to think of anything in particular that you might like to have with you on a long hard day out on the trails and have it with you. It also pays to have an emergency stash of something that can hit that spot if you do hit an energy wall in between Tables.
If you’ve missed the two previous email briefings they contain a lot of important info so make sure you read them. Yiu can find them here:
As always, feel free to shout with any specific questions. Happy tapering and see you soon!
Warren & the Klipspringer Team