Calling all maverick, crazy, brave-hearted, extreme multi-sport athletes – you have just under 2 weeks left to enter the 2019 LEDLenser Wartrail Challenge presented by Fluid Kayaks, but only if you are brave enough! This heroic race takes place in the iconic Witteberg Mountain range in Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape from the 16th to 18th of February 2019.
“This event is a true test of your adventurous spirit with day 1 featuring a 56km wilderness run following parts of the legendary SkyRun route, day 2 a 118km mountain bike ride with 2600m of climbing, and day 3 a quick 65km paddle down the Orange River,” says event organiser, Michael de Haast from Pure Adventures. “Every year we hope that everyone competing discovers their reasons for loving what they do, to reaffirm the suffering, the dedication and the discipline to have the ability to test themselves against extreme wilderness conditions and come out better, richer individuals. Results are not important, there isn’t even a medal – the reward is the journey!”
Various entries are on offer for the Wartrail Challenge; a single leg option or as a relay event of three members, with one member for each Stage OR as pairs, paddling a K2. However, the SOLO challenge is the ultimate challenge, with one discipline per day in a totally self-sustainable event, meaning that each athlete or team will have to provide own back up, with vehicle, logistics and support crew.
If that all sounds too easy for you, you can always take part in the Wartrail Non-Stop version, a 150km MTB ride, a 60km mountain run and a 65km paddle one after the other as part of a team of 2, 3 or 4 athletes. “Our only entry requirement for competitors is that they must be 100% fit and healthy, with a keen respect and knowledge of the outdoors, including navigational skills. Temporary sports insanity is a bonus,” laughs Mike.
The event, which started in 2000, attracts some of the biggest names in the sport with past winners including Tim Deane, Mark Preen and Tatum Prins. 2018’s extreme conditions saw the event being shortened for safety reasons – so this is definitely the year to prove if you have what it takes! Fluid Kayaks will be hiring Synergies for the event for anyone unsure about their paddling skills or for those who do not want to transport boats to the race.
To track the event and athletes live please follow wartrail.sportraxs.com
For more information please visit www.wartrailchallenge.co.za
Facebook – @LEDlenserwartrailchallenge
Twitter – @pureadventures