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Fairview Dryland Traverse unveils exciting trail run route

It's not all dry and desert-like at the Fairview Dryland Traverse. There's a lot of interaction with water, including stream and river crossings and passing waterfalls and dams.  Photo credit: www.oakpics.com

It’s not all dry and desert-like at the Fairview Dryland Traverse. There’s a lot of interaction with water, including stream and river crossings and passing waterfalls and dams.
Photo credit: www.oakpics.com

The 2015 Fairview Dryland Traverse route has been unveiled. The fourth edition of the four-stage trail-running race from 5–8 November, will cover a total of 75km and includes two National Heritage sites, offering participants a challenging route with dramatic scenery.

The 8km Prologue will start underground in the Cango Caves, South Africa’s oldest tourist attraction and a National Heritage Site. The organisers have obtained special permission for this privilege, which will add to the excitement at the start of the prestigious event. The finish will be at De Hoek, via the Swartberg Hiking Trail.
At 27km, Stage 1 on Friday 6 November is the longest of the four stages and incorporates the Swartberg Pass, a national monument, which connects the Groot Karoo with the Klein Karoo via one of the most majestic mountain gateways in the country. Runners will reach the highest point of the route on this stage via a brand new section of trail that’s never been run on before.
Stage 2 will offer a more aquatic theme with the 26km, starting at the Rust en Vrede waterfall and passing alongside the isolated Raubenheimer Dam on the way to the finish. The final stage over 14km is two laps of a spectator-friendly 7km loop, starting and finishing at De Hoek Mountain Resort.
“We have such varied and interesting landscapes in the area. It makes complete sense to make the most of these when designing a route for the Fairview Dryland Traverse,” said Henco Rademeyer of Dryland Event Management, the organising company.
“Besides attractive surroundings, we’ve also sought a good variation of surfaces and gradients in order to offer participants a complete challenge. Trail-running routes need to have a good balance of challenges and rewards. Judging by the praise the Fairview Dryland Traverse receives from participants and the number of returning runners, we’re striking a good balance,” added Rademeyer.
The Fairview Dryland Traverse has been voted ‘Race With The Best Atmosphere’ on the Runner’s World annual race survey for the past two years. In keeping with that theme, there will be an 80s-themed party on the Saturday night this year.
“While we acknowledge the top finishers for their fitness, skill and commitment, we also like to make sure those at the middle and the back aren’t marginalised. We have a ‘Dryland Reverse’ prize for the slowest runner in the event and a Mafuta Category aimed at those weighing 90kg or more,” smiled Rademeyer.
The event caters for teams of two and solo entrants. The Mixed team category was the largest at the 2014 event. Entry includes three meals a day, clean, ample ablution facilities and tented accommodation. There’s also an ‘own accommodation’ option for those not wanting to stay in the tented race village. To enter or to find out more, visit www.drylandtraverse.co.za.