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Next year, the Richtersveld Wildrun™ will be the first cross-border trail running event in the world; a challenging five-days from South Africa to Namibia in the heart of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
After two years the Richtersveld Wildrun™ has become known as one of the toughest, most scenic and unique trail running stage race events on the South African trail running calendar. In 2016 however, this iconic event takes on a new shape to become a cross-border trail running event; extending to a linear 200 km, five-day crossing from South Africa to Namibia through the heart of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have unlocked a truly unique opportunity to experience both sides of such a unique and powerful place – and to finish a long day at a natural hot springs in the middle of the wilderness is unbelievable!” said Owen Middleton, MD of Wildrunner, the events company behind the Wildrun™ events.
The new route will maintain the best of the first three days of the original edition, including the Vyf Susters, Hellskloof Pass, Armmanshoek, the Tswayisberge, Springbokvlakte and the iconic Tatasberg boulders. On day four, the route will veer off its original course and cross the Orange River at De Hoop into Namibia and the untouched southern section of the Fish River Canyon. This 50 km day will take runners into a wilderness that is completely inaccessible by vehicle and rich in wildlife such as Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, gemsbok, springbok, Namibian wild horses and giraffe.
After a long, tough day, runners will spend the evening in the canyon at a natural hot spring, before taking on the final day of roughly 25 km to finish at the Ai-Ais Hot Springs Resort and wrap up a powerful and truly unique experience.
The Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun™ will take place from 13-17 June 2016 and entries will open 21 October 2015 on www.wildrun.com.
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