The LED Lenser Wartrail Challenge presented by Fluid

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Pic credit – Bruce Viaene

This weekend sees the start of the LED Lenser Wartrail Challenge presented by Fluid Kayaks in the iconic Witteberg Mountains in Lady Grey, Eastern Cape. The event starts on Saturday 18 March and promises a non-stop long weekend of fun and adventure.

“This event is a true test of your adventurous spirit with day 1 featuring a 65km wilderness run following the SkyRun Lite Route, day 2 a 120km mountain bike ride with 2600m of climbing, and day 3 a quick 70km paddle down the Orange River,” says event organiser, Michael de Haast from Pure Adventures. “Every year we hope that everyone taking part 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!”

If the 3 day stage option doesn’t sound tough enough for you, you can always choose the Wartrail Non-Stop version, a 144km MTB ride, a 65km mountain run and a 70km paddle one after the other. The event does also cater for those slighter tamer souls who are keen to get into the spirit of the race but would only like to take on individual legs of the route.

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. This year’s SkyRun champion, Christiaan Greyling, will be going back to his roots and taking part in the 3 day challenge. “Having an adventure racing background has meant that for me Wartrail has always been on my bucket list, so it’s great to be going back to my roots and having bit of an “adventure” again,” says Christiaan. “Finding time to train for all three disciplines has been tough, but I will focus on a strong trail run and then hope the cycling and paddle go well!”

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