The Brandberg FKT Challenge will take place on Friday 9 June, and the Rhino Run and Ride on Sunday 11 June. The race organisers will thus be at Brandberg on Friday and most of Thursday as well with not mobile signal.
Wednesday 7 June is the last day to change to change your race entry (upgrade or downgrade). Please do so by email if you need to.
Race number pick-up on Saturday 10 June 14:00 -16:00 at Daureb Isib Campsite.
Race chat, Auction in aid of Save the Rhino Trust and dinner Saturday 10 June 17:00 at Daureb Isib Campsite. Bruce Fordyce will give a talk while you enjoy a scruptious catered braai (by pre-booking only). You can also just come and have a beer and enjoy the evening’s entertainment with us. We will have a fire poi show by the very talented Janus ‘Firestorm’ Botes as well as a performance by the local choir. We promise to have you in bed early!
Late race number pickup for those arriving on Sunday morning only (please arrange by email) 05:00 to 05:30
Compulsory race briefing on Sunday 11 June at 05:45
Mountain bike event starts at 6:00
Trail runs starts at 6:15
Kiddies run, awards ceremony at 10:00 am, Daureb Isib Camp site.
RECOMMENDED GEAR FOR THE WEEKEND
For the braai on Saturday, please bring your own camping chair or picnic blanket and own cutlery. Think of our environment and help us to minimise single use plastics! Also bring a head torch or handheld torch (think camping!). Uis has been quite warm up to now, so don’t worry about bringing your warmest blankets or jackets. Days are usually pleasant although nights may get cold (typical desert climate).
For the race, please remember your own hydration pack or water bottle. We will only refill your own water systems at the emergency water table, there are no bottles or cups.
There is a convenience store in Uis that will be open until lunch time on Saturday, and a garage with a quick shop that will be open on Sunday for the bare essentials. Petrol and diesel is available. There are 3 restaurants where you can have breakfast and lunch. Dinner is served at one or two restaurants. Please inquire from your place of accommodation if you are not having dinner with us.
Cyclists: We will provide you with a race number and pins to stick the number to your race shirt, just like for the runners. If you would like to fix your number to your bike, please bring a piece of sturdy board and cable ties. Cyclists start at first light 6am, but it may still be darker than what some cyclists may be used to riding it. You are welcome to bring a torch for these first few dark moments.
We will have some route maps available but the race is in the bush, there is always a (slight) chance to get lost. Attached are the route maps as well as gps files (.GDB) and Google Earth files (.KMZ). These files won’t open on your computer without Google Earth or a gps program. If you don’t have one of these programs just study the jpg pictures.
Please carry a charged cell phone with you and save these numbers: Riana 081 3286 255, Nico 081 3286 253.
WE RACE GREEN
This race is self-supported trail race. This means there aren’t any aid stations where water will be available in bottles or cups. We are situated in a fragile desert ecosystem where natural environmental rehabilitation rates are far slower than in wetter climatic areas, so the impacts of littering and off-road driving remain for centuries to come.
We want to leave our trails in a better condition than what we found them in, and depend on our athletes to help us achieve this, please. In this light, please note the following:
- Athletes need to carry their own water and snacks. At least one emergency water table with water in a 5L bottle will be available on each route, but NO CUPS. So you can refill your own water bottle or carry your own cup.
- Please make sure what you take in, you take out. We know sometimes a snack wrapper slips from your pocket accidentally, but please try to make sure that all trash remains with you and is disposed of at the finish line.
- No off-road driving will be permitted. Spectators can support their athletes on the C35 (the main Khorixas road) or at the finish line, but please no driving on the routes.
You are running and riding at dawn in beautiful Damaraland, with a view of our very spectacular Brandberg Mountain! Bring your camera or take pictures with your mind because it simply doesn’t get more beautiful!
The routes for all 4 events comprise a fair blend of most available off-road terrains. Expect some sandy riverbeds, although this year you tackle the sand with fresh legs and a view of the mountain as we go anti-clockwise! … you are welcome 😉
The mountain bike route doesn’t follow riverbeds but have sandy patches at dry river crossings. Expect some hills, although even the longer routes don’t have more than 300m total altitude gain. Furthermore, have a lookout for the typical semi-desert vegetation splendour and grassy plains as an added bonus after our good rainy season.
Take your time and enjoy the day!
For those of you in a bit of a hurry, there will be cash prizes for breaking the course records as follows:
- 13km trail run male: Albertinus Goeieman 55min24s
- 13km trail run female: Bernice vd Westhuizen 1h10min
- 26km trail run male: Erich Goeieman 1h36min
- 26km trail run female: Risa Dryer 2h21min
- 31km mountain bike male: Luke Munting 1h15min
- 31km mountain bike female: Lelani Swart 1h31min