Three weeks to go! The bulk of your training is now (hopefully) mostly done but this final stretch can still be hugely valuable. Just be sure to watch where you’re going and don’t injure yourselves! Meanwhile reports from the Park tell us that the Falls are flowing strongly and the trails are looking fantastic!
Please note that entries are still open and only close at midnight on Sunday night 14th April, so if you know anyone who still hasn’t entered get them onto this website to make sure they get their entries in!
Weather & Compulsory Equipment
Although it’s a long way out, the Race Weekend weather forecast for Augrabies is looking like fantastic running conditions! According to AccuWeather, we can expect clear and slightly cooler weather ranging from low teens in the mornings to high 20’s in the afternoons. 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.
Registration & Pre-Race Briefing
Registration will take place at the Augrabies Falls National Park Conference Room (just before Reception) on Friday afternoon 26th April from 15h00 – 18h00, where you will register and receive your race pack and race number. There will be a small Registration facility at the Start on both Saturday morning 27th and Sunday morning 28th for those people who absolutely cannot make it on Friday – times for these will be communicated closer to the Race but for those planning on making use of this it is recommended that you are at the Start to register by no later than 06h00. The main Race Briefing will be held at the Registration venue on Friday at 18h00 until about 18h30.
Race Chido’s for sale
We’re thrilled to announce that the truly spectacularly designed Klipspringer 2019 Race Chido is available for sale on the entry system. You do NOT want to not have one of these in your race kit! Race Special price of R185 only! To order, access your entry on the system (click on the ENTER button on the website and enter your ID number, and it will take you straight to your entry. Then just add the Chido as a product and pay by card or EFT. (To ensure availability at the Race orders need to be processed before midnight on Thursday 11 April.)
Don’t forget to make your physio bookings with Race Physio Renate Marais. 30 minutes of Renate’s magic healing hands for only R300/session (cash or card). Your legs will thank you! 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 remote 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. Please note that the race maps are NOT navigation standard 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. You can find them here:
Enjoy this last stretch of training and as always any questions just shout!
Warren & the Klipspringer Team