In the Western Cape province of South Africa, Rustenberg wine estate will be hosting its first two-day Mountain Warrior Trail Run outside Stellenbosch on September 3 and 4.
Catering for both the super-fit and lovers of trail running, the two-day stage trail run on the slopes of the Simonsberg and Stellenbosch mountains is split into a long-distance course covering a total of 66km, with 36km on day one and 30km on day two, and a short distance over 30km covering 15km a day.
In addition, participants will be able to take part in a 10km trail run night race starting at 6pm on the Saturday.
The two-day Mountain Warrior Trail Run winds through the Stellenbosch mountains, beneath the Two Peaks and over Botmaskop on day one. Day two takes trail runners through a major section of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy established with neighbouring wine farms.
A National Heritage Site, Rustenberg celebrates 70 years of Barlow ownership of the farm this year. Rustenberg was acquired by the Barlow family in 1941 and the current managing director is Simon Barlow.
While the farm was first proclaimed in 1682, with buildings dating back to the early 1700s, wine production only began in earnest after 1892. Today Rustenberg has just 127ha under vine leaving more than 1 000ha of unspoilt indigenous vegetation.
According to early diary entries, John X Merriman, politician and former owner between 1892 and the 1920s, is thought to be one of the first “Mountain Warriors” at Rustenberg. A keen hiker, preferring walking to running due to his height, he explored the length and breadth of the Simonsberg and surrounds.
The two-day Mountain Warrior Trail Run costs R950 for the 66km long-distance event and R675 for the 30km short course. The starting times are 9am on the Saturday and 8am on the Sunday.
Numbers will be limited, so be sure to get your entry in early.