XTERRA Trail Run – Buffelspoort

The XTERRA Trail Run events were introduced to XTERRA weekends to enable trail run enthusiasts to be part of the XTERRA atmosphere.

Trail running continues to grow at pace in South Africa, with the XTERRA Trail Run events providing the ideal opportunity for curious runners to experience this soulful pursuit of happiness.

Offering short and long course options, the XTERRA Trail Run follows the same run route as the XTERRA Lite and Full respectively, ensuring an adventurous and spirited run.


XTERRA Trail Run – Buffelspoort
Event Date Start time
6km Trail run Sunday, 22 January 2017 07h00
12km Trail run Sunday, 22 January 2017 07h00
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Route maps, profiles and descriptions

After proceeding out of the dam’s entrance both the routes follow the descent to the famous dam wall crossing before the lung busting climb out of the crossing. A short traverse along a canal takes runners to a technical, shady gully that leads through a tunnel underneath the tar road and leads to the split of the Lite and Full routes.

6 km Route Specific:

About 3 km from the start, the route splits. The “Lite” 6 km route follows a jeep track section before linking up with a new single track trail along a Mango plantation from where the trail continues through a shady downhill section of indigenous trees leading towards the dam and across the tar road to the finish.

12 km Route Specific:

After the split from the 6 km, the 12km route follows a gradual climb on a 4 x 4 jeep track heading up the mountain slope before meeting some steeper sections before levelling out onto a plateau. The runners can now enjoy some well deserved respite on a gentle downhill section along undulating jeep track before crossing the wall of a farm dam.

The route continues along a gravel road past another small dam and then makes a steep climb towards the highest point of the route which is reached at the 7 km mark after an ascent of 405 m. The views at this stage are simply spectacular!

This also marks the turning point, and after a downhill section on gravel the route comes past the other side of the same farm dam that was crossed earlier and leads on to a trail under shady trees. This links up with a gravel track leading towards the descent down to the Buffelspoort Dam.
On the way down the runners will be rewarded with more awesome views over the dam with the Magaliesberg in the background, before joining up with the 6 km running loop that carries on towards the tar road crossing and the finish at the dam.