Distell proudly backs the restoration of the Jonkershoek Trails!

Seen here during a Corporate Ride at Jonkershoek on Saturday 08 May 2021 (from left to right):  Kavir Gangiah, Media, Sponsorship and Events Manager Distell Southern Africa hands over the R50 000 cheque to Marshall Borchards, MTO Jonkershoek Plantation Manager, with Bobby Behan, Director, Specialized Bicycles, Africa.  Photo Credit:  Ami Hoatson

Distell, the producers and marketers of a diverse portfolio of award-winning brands including Savanna, has made a donation of R50 000 towards the restoration of the Jonkershoek Trails, the home of the iconic Savanna Origin of Trails MTB and Trail Run Experience.

“Jonkershoek has affectionately been dubbed the home of the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB and Trail Run Experience,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and founder of the events.  “Earlier this year the Jonkershoek Valley was hard hit by a Boland fire that devastated the forests and severely damaged the magnificent trail network.  When they heard about the extent of the fire damage, Distell immediately asked how they could get involved.  We could not ask for a better title sponsor, their passion for the sport and love of the surrounding area is truly inspiring.”

Kavir Gangiah, Media, Sponsorship and Events Manager Distell Southern Africa, said: “We fell in love with the Jonkershoek trails in 2019 when Savanna signed as the title sponsor of the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB and Trail Run Experience.  We knew that Jonkershoek was special, but only realized how special when we got to experience the trails firsthand.  It truly is an adventure seeker’s paradise.  The news of the fire and the damage that it caused shocked us.  As a Stellenbosch based company and the title sponsor of the Savanna Origin of Trails, we are proud to be able to contribute towards the renewal of this amazing trail network and ultimately help ensure that the home of the Savanna Origin of Trails is restored to its former glory.”

EVENT INFORMATION:  Savanna Origin of Trails Trail Run Experience

Launched in 2018, the Savanna Origin of Trails Trail Run Experience will treat runners to the best trails on offer in Stellenbosch.  Entrants can look forward to challenging, yet fun and rewarding routes with spectacular views.

Date:Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June 2021
Festival Village:Blaauwklippen Wine Estate
Format:Two-Day Stage Race for individual entrants
Age Category:18+
Distance:Day 1:  between 22 – 25km
 Day 2:  between 15 – 17 km
Entry Fee:R950.00 per entrant

   All trail runners will receive an official event technical t-shirt as well as a finisher’s t-shirt.

EVENT INFORMATION:  Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience 

The Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience is an individual 2-day MTB Stage Race.  The routes highlight the beauty and splendor of Stellenbosch, and mountain bikers can look forward to experiencing a vast network of world-class trails while celebrating the origin of SA mountain biking.  

Date:Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November 2021
Festival Village:Stellenbosch High School
Format:Two-Day Stage Race for individual entrants
Categories, Distances & Entry Fee:Full Marathon Age:  18+
 Entry Fee:  R1600.00
 Distance Day 1:  +-45km
 Distance Day 2:  +-40km
  
 Half Marathon Age:  18+
 Entry Fee:  R1400.00
 Distance Day 1:  +-27km
 Distance Day 2:  +-22km

OFFICIAL RIDER JERSEY:  Mountain bikers that enter (and pay) the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB Experience by 30 September 2021 will receive an official rider jersey.

   CHARITY SUPPORT:  The Savanna Origin of Trails proudly supports the Stellenbosch Trail Fund (STF).  Trail runners and mountain bikers can show their support by making a donation during the Savanna Origin of Trails online entry process.

   PLEASE NOTE:  The event organisers will at all times adhere to Government Regulations regarding COVID-19.

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For more information on the Savanna Origin of Trails MTB and Trail Run Experience email entries@stillwatersports.comor visit www.stillwatersports.com.