The most punishingly picturesque mountain terrain of the Cape Winelands will host South Africa’s premium 3-day trail running event in its 10th year.
Challenging each runner to their core as the trails of variety will put teamwork and self-endurance to the test. Planning, strategy and digging deep are words our AfricanX Warriors strive on!
Nicknamed the “Beauty and a Beast” the AfricanX will be the ultimate journey of defiance complemented by the most mesmerising, untouched grandeur South Africa has to offer.
Not for the faint hearted, but for the brave…
Do you have it?
Born in 2009, the event has become an iconic and must-do for all trail runners. From a modest 120 teams in the inaugural event, the AfricanX has grown rapidly and today capped at 350 teams of two runners. After spending 9 fantastic years exploring the beauties and beasts of Kleinmond and the historic Houw Hoek Inn, runners will be taken on a completely new adventure for the 10th year celebration of this prestigious 3 day staged trail run. Join us in the Cape Winelands at our new race village, Boschendal, to celebrate the AfricanX, to celebrate personal achievements, to celebrate each other and to make new memories finding the 2018 beauties and beasts running the unspoilt new trails!
EVENT FAST FACTS
27-29 April 2018
Boschendal Wine Estate, Cape Winelands
Start Times & Venues:
*Please note participants will be transported by bus to the various venues.
Stage 1: 08h00
Stage 2: 08h00
Stage 3: 08h00
19 July 2017
12 April 2018
OFFICIAL AFRICANX BENEFICIARY
THE TIMOTHY JAMES HARLOW FOUNDATION
“The Timothy James Harlow Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded by the Harlow family to continue the selfless giving legacy of their beloved son Timothy who passed away on the 27th of April 2013.
The Timothy James Harlow Foundation strives to honour and to carry on Tim’s generous spirit of helping people in need and other worthy causes. In order to do this the trustees have established a framework comprising of three categories to guide them in choosing applicable candidates. This does not, however, limit the foundations reach nor confine it to a set of rules when it comes to deciding who needs assistance.
In the words of Tim’s father Gary Harlow, “Please support it and grow from it, as the act of giving, like loving, is one of life’s most beautiful and rewarding attributes”
OPTION 1: INCLUDES breakfast and lunch, NO accommodation, NO dinner
OPTION 2: INCLUDES breakfast, lunch AND dinner, NO accommodation
OPTION 3: INCLUDES breakfast, lunch, dinner AND tented accommodation at Boschendal Wine Estate
*Please note that the entry fees are per team.
LUXURY ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE AT THE RACE VILLAGE ON BOSCHENDAL: Unit Sleeps 4 Adults (2 rooms with doubles or singles) fully furnished @ R 14 400 per unit – 4 adults/3 nights – R1200/pp/night – ONLY 12 UNITS AVAILABLE to secure your unit please choose this on your entry process make payment when entering the event. (These units will be on a first come and pay first serve).
Other Stellenbosch Accommodation Options;
Stellenbosch is renowned for its superb hospitality and offers accommodation ranging from Fam-packers to Five-star. Stellenbosch 360, the local tourism and information centre, is open 7 days a week and will gladly assist in accommodation, general inquiries, exciting things to do and must-visit attractions. Call Veronica Menze at 021 8833584, visit www.stellenbosch.travel or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the below compulsory equipment to be carried at all times. Random checks will be done throughout the 3 days:
EACH RUNNER must at all times have on their person;
A space blanket per person
A windbreaker/rain jacket per person
At least 300ml water or other liquid refreshment
Personal medications eg asthma pumps
ONE PER TEAM must have the below items at all times;
A cell phone loaded with event emergency number
Emergency food such as energy bars, gels etc
WHERE DOES YOUR ENTRY FEE GO?:
The AfricanX is designed to be much more than just a running race where you arrive, run and go home. The AfricanX is an experience which begins the moment you enter and lasts forever. It is an experience that rewards your body, mind and soul as you run for three days through one of the most beautiful, pristine areas of South Africa. The innovative and highly experienced AfricanX team dedicate their time and energy to ensure that the AfricanX is of the highest standard with the runners’ safety and needs at the forefront of all decisions. It is this, along with our high standard of excellence and professionalism, which guides us to set the entry fees as they are. Even though the AfricanX is the biggest multi day running stage race in the country, we have done our best to keep entry fees as low as possible and are still below the cost of similar mountain biking, and other adventure sports, events. We can assure you that the value you receive from the experience is far greater than the cost! We are completely transparent with the breakdown of the entry fee, which includes, amongst others, the following:
Entry into the most innovative, and most exciting 3 day staged running event in South Africa
A unique and beautiful running experience in pristine areas that are usually not accessible to runners
Land access and route rehabilitation
Set up of the race village, including entertainment, bar, meals area, massage, and more!
Delicious meals per day, from Thursday supper to Sunday lunch
24hr medical and emergency services on standby
24hr security in the race village
A hoody (proven to be a favourite amongst participants)
Directions TO BOSCHENDAL FROM CAPE TOWN FROM THE N1
Take the N1 towards Paarl from Cape Town. Pass the R304 for Stellenbosch. Take the next exit, No. 47 for Stellenbosch, Wellington and Klapmuts. Turn right at the bottom of the slip road onto the R44 and pass under the N1. At the 4-way stop street, cross straight over and take the next left to Franschhoek/ Simondium. After 8,5 km, at the T-Junction, turn right for Franschhoek. After 3,6 km, turn right onto the R310 to Stellenbosch. Boschendal is 1,5 km further along
on the left hand side.
TO BOSCHENDAL FROM CAPE TOWN FROM THE N2
Take the N2 towards Somerset West from Cape Town, then take the R310 – Baden Powell Drive turnoff and turn left at the top of the slip road. Travel towards Stellenbosch, past Spier and Van Rijn Brandy Cellar. At the T-Junction, turn right for Stellenbosch. Travel towards Stellenbosch past Gilbey’s, keeping to the left and filter left onto the R44. Travel through the bottom of Stellenbosch past Simonsberg Cheese Factory on the left. At the fourth robot, turn right onto the R310 to Franschhoek and follow this road for about 16 km. You will pass over the Helshoogte pass, through villages called Kylemore, Johannesdal and Pniel. Boschendal is on the right hand side, about 1 km after the Pniel Primary School.
TO BOSCHENDAL FROM MUIZENBERG ALONG THE COASTAL ROAD (R310)
Take the coastal road (R310) out of Muizenberg heading towards Stellenbosch. Follow this road, you will cross the N2, pass Spier on your right and the Van Rijn Brandy Cellar, also on the right. At the T-junction, turn right for Stellenbosch (you will be able to see Neethlingshof Estate to the left). Travel towards Stellenbosch past Gilbey’s keeping to the left and filter left onto the R44. Travel through the bottom of Stellenbosch past Simonsberg Cheese factory on the left. You will come to a robot with used car dealers on the left and right hand corners – cross straight over. At the next robot, turn right (still the R310) to Franschhoek and follow this road for +-16 km. You will pass over the Helshoogte pass, through villages called Kylemore, Johannesdal and Pniel. Boschendal is on the right hand side, about 1 km after the Pniel Primary School.
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18° 58′ 2.39”
Seen here: Runners in action during the 2014 ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance. Photo Credit ~ Cherie Vale / NEWSPORT MEDIA