In addition to the standard Refund Policy should the Klipspringer Challenge 2022 be postponed or cancelled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic or any government regulations pertaining thereto, entrants will be entitled to a full refund of their entry fee subject to an admin fee of R350 as per the Terms & Conditions, OR to a full rollover to EITHER the new dates as per any postponement or rescheduling, OR to the 2023 event, irrespective of any of the deadlines referred to in the Terms & Conditions.
Next weekend! The desert is waiting! And looking spectacular!
Although we are still too far away to be able to confidently rely on weather forecasts for the Race Weekend, we are close enough that there actually are forecasts, and right now it’s looking fine and hot!
Important note: Covid-19 protocols within Augrabies Falls National Park. Masks are required at all times in public within the Park (runners please refer to Pre-Race Briefings and Race Info on the website for mask guidelines around the Race). Social Distance protocols will be followed in all queueing situations, and where unavoidable, queues will be formed outside.
As usual we have a couple of admin shortcuts to help speed through the Park entry & exit processes. First please find attached the SANParks Gate Entry Permit (Click Here). Please download this, print and complete, including the names of all vehicle passengers, before you get to the Park gate. We are not expecting any real bottlenecks but everything is taking longer these days and this will definitely help, especially for those entering the Park for the first time early on Sunday morning.
Registration: 15h00-18h00 at the Park Conference Centre just outside Reception. There is no physical Race Briefing following Registration this year so no need to hang around. Please try and get your registration sorted out as early as possible to avoid bottlenecks later on.
SANParks Conservation Fees: Remember that all visitors to South Africa’s National Parks pay a daily Conservation Fee (Adults R59/day; Children R29/day SA Citizens). Race participants will not need to pay Conservation Fees but all family / friends / other visitors will. If you are not staying at the Park Conservation Fees will not be applicable when you just enter for Registration on Friday and leave, but they will be applicable for all Day Visitors accompanying runners into the Park on Sunday. Please make sure applicable Conservation Fees are paid before leaving so you can receive the necessary Exit Permits required to leave the Park.
Attached is the official Klipspringer 2021 Race Logo (Click Here). Please download this and either print it out to display on your dashboard or save a copy to your phone to display at the Park gate. This will act as a pass-out for anybody needing to exit and re-enter the Park again. People staying in the Park will also receive a hard copy Weekend Pass when they check in.
Please remember that everybody staying at the Park will need to officially check out and pay when they leave, at which point they will receive their Exit Permit from Reception.
Please also acquaint yourselves (or re-acquaint yourselves) with previous Pre-Race Briefings for all the important Race Info.
Day one start logistics
Please remember that Day One is a remote start with no facilities, so anybody needing a Pre-Start toilet run, please make use of the facilities at Khamkirri once you’ve crossed the river. Similarly runners coming from Upington side, you can stop at Khamkirri for a quick toilet break before the Start (Khamkirri is about 7km before the Start Point). Please remember your headlamps – the sun is only rising at around 07h00, and your sandals in case the canal sluices are open and you have to walk through some (shallow) water on your way to the Start.
Ferry passengers are recommended to have some money on them, not to “pay the ferryman” (we all know he has to get you to the other side first!) but there will be very welcome hot coffee and snacks available before you set off as well as lots of stuff to buy at the Race Village afterwards. A full Race Village will be set up at Khamkirri where you can pick up your delicious complimentary lunch and relax your tired legs on the awesome Khamkirri deck enjoying a well-deserved post-run beer or two. Spectators coming from the Park side are also welcome to make use of the Ferry and Shuttle services, as well as the Khamkirri facilities, but please make sure that in the morning on the way to the Start runners get first access to both Ferry and Shuttle so as not to unnecessarily delay the Start.
Reminder to those still needing to Register on Saturday or Sunday mornings to please be at the Start by 06h00.
Summary of important times for Saturday morning Ferry:
Park to Ferry Crossing Point – approx 25min (19km) (Directions from Park to Ferry Crossing Point / Upington to Khamkirri Getting to Khamkirri Day One Start )
Ferry Services will begin at 05h30
Budget on 5min to cross the river
Shuttles will pick you up at the Khamkirri Reception
Khamkirri to Start – approx 15min (7km)
For the return journey from the Finish back to Khamkirri the shuttle will be running approx every 45min.
See you all next weekend!
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!Continue reading Pre race briefing 2021 #2
Six weeks to go! On the Covid-19 front we are very optimistic. Medical consensus is that there will be a third wave, but it’s looking like arriving closer to June. Our message to Klipspringers and to all runners out there hoping to participate in races around the country over that weekend: have a quiet safe Easter at home, and tell your friends and family to do the same. To some extent it’s in our own hands. On the race front, hopefully all of your preparation and training is coming together. Keep healthy, eat your veg and vitamin C, and make sure you concentrate out on the trail – don’t sprain an ankle now. And remember – mask, sanitise and distance. Don’t let Covid cost you your Klipspringer!
For those new to the Klipspringer, we have found that even before the pandemic turned everything virtual, our electronic Pre-race Briefings were a very useful method of communication before the event. It’s a great way to provide news, updates, race requirements and changes. It is also a convenient place to put out some race tips, which many of you have asked for, and some training tips for those entrants who are relatively new to trail running. All of the important info will also be put up on the race website and Facebook Page. A change in format this year in compliance with Covid protocols is that there will now be a comprehensive VIRTUAL Race Briefing on the evening of Friday 27 April. More so than ever with the decreased personal interaction this year, please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any specific questions you may have.
Remember only Paid Entries are confirmed. If you have entered but not yet paid we cannot guarantee you a spot as we fill up. In terms of Lockdown Regulations governing numbers at sporting events as well as in terms of our agreement with SANParks our numbers are limited, so don’t dawdle! Similarly if you’ve entered but your friends have not yet, make sure you remind them ASAP to avoid them being disappointed.
Compulsory & Recommended Equipment
Being a desert run in winter, one of the upsides of being virtually guaranteed no rain is that it makes it easy to compile the compulsory equipment list – water, phone, whistle and space blanket and this year, mask! Every competitor in both the Challenge as well as the shorter Lite races will be required to carry a minimum of 1.5 litres of water from the Start. Why? The idea is that runners have sufficient water to get them from watering station to watering station. It is properly DRY and often very HOT out there. For most of us running in the desert, it is not even a thought that this 1.5 litres could last for the whole race. For you racing snakes used to running with very little water and then hydrating like mad at the Finish, this includes you! Regarding space blankets, remember that much of the precaution around the idea of having a Compulsory Kit requirement is not aimed at your perfect running day but rather that day where things go wrong. A missed step and a broken leg on an inaccessible stretch of trail, shock sets in and your core body temperature plummets – even in +30C that space blanket can literally save your (or somebody else’s) life. Please also note that I said that we are “virtually” guaranteed of a dry run. We are unfortunately suffering the unpredictable effects of climate change, so as we all know, anything could happen. Final kit requirements will thus only be confirmed closer to the time. See full Compulsory and Recommended Equipment List.
Klipspringer 2021 is very pleased to welcome local rehab legend Louise De Jonge as Race Physio for the weekend. Reward those Kalahari-tired muscles with 30 minutes of Louise’s magic healing hands for only R300/session (cash or card). Bookings advisable at email@example.com or via whatsapp on 0798945076
We are proud to tell you that the Klipspringer field of runners ranges from some of the most experienced and accomplished trail runners in the country to road runners who are completely new to the joys and demands of trail running. As such, some of you may know a lot of the training and race tips that we will be sharing from time to time, but hopefully some of you may find them useful. Check out our more comprehensive training tips.
Race Tip #1: Footwear and accessories
This is true Kalahari Desert trail running. It is hot, hard and technical. We do not prescribe specific footwear, and certainly would not want to impose on those hard-core barefoot runners, but we do ask that you take your footwear seriously for this race. Protect your feet! In addition, being the desert, expect to run through a fair amount of soft sand which can get into your shoes. It shouldn’t be a major problem, but it does cause some discomfort as it builds up. It is quite fine sand so it also tends to get into your socks, which wastes time having to stop to take off shoes & socks to get rid of it. Gators might help but we find that they add some discomfort and extra weight, and often don’t actually cover the parts of the shoe where the sand gets in. If you have a choice of shoes to wear, look for ones that are less likely to let sand in through the actual material.
Training Tip #1: Train with Weight
Train with your hydration pack. As any trail runner who has run for more than a couple of hours with their pack knows, it really helps to have your back, neck and shoulders conditioned to the extra weight. This is even becoming a thing for road runners as more and more road events go green and require participants to be more self-sufficient and less reliant on those awful plastic sachets. We recommend that you estimate how much weight you will be carrying on race day, and add a couple of kilograms for training runs. It is also important to get comfortable with your pack in terms of sizing, strapping, zips and pockets, and the actual hydration refill system – you don’t want to be finding stuff out on race day!
That’s it for now. Good luck with this important training period, and as always feel free to shout with any questions.
Looking forward to seeing you all in the Desert!
Warren & the Klipspringer Team
As you probably by now expect, we are sorry to inform you that the race will not be going ahead as scheduled on 2 & 3 May 2020.
Following in-depth consultation with the Park Management at the Augrabies Falls National Park, and in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic as well as South Africa’s State of Disaster and countermeasures as announced by President Ramaphosa last night, we are in absolute agreement that the correct decision is to postpone the race. The new Race Weekend will be 5 & 6 September 2020.
We apologise profusely for the disappointment and inconvenience this will surely cause, but we are also sure you will agree with us when we say that now is the time for us as a community and as a country to join hands, hearts and resources to come together to do whatever we can to protect those most vulnerable among us, and to make sure that this thing does not beat us!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to shout. In the meantime, stay safe, stay strong and stay Proudly South African. Wash your hands and stay home, it’s just for a while.