Fedhealth Platinum Trail Run

Fedhealth Platinum Trail Run

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The Fedhealth Platinum Trail Run will celebrate its 8th anniversary in 2021.  Encompassing the best trail running routes on offer in the North West Province, the Fedhealth Platinum Trail Run will take in the might of the Magaliesberg and the majestic Buffelspoort Dam.  Trail runners will be treated to  magnificent views of the Buffelspoort Valley and terrain that is both varied and challenging. Held the day after the renowned Fedhealth Magalies Monster MTB Classic, the Fedhealth Platinum Trail Run is the perfect way to close off an active weekend.

EVENT FAST FACTS

 Date  Sunday, 29 August 2021
 Venue  ATKV, Buffelspoort
 Distances
 Long  +/- 24km
 Short  +/- 12km
 Fun Run  +/- 8km
 Kids Run  +/- 2,5km
 Prices
 Long  R350.00
 Short  R250.00
 Fun Run  R150.00
 Kids Run  R100.00
 Entries Close  Monday, 23 August 2021

JUNE REFUND OPTIONS 

1. Move your entry to the new date: 29 August 2021
2. Move your entry to the 2022 date (date TBC)
3. Obtain a 100% refund on your entry
4. Donate your entry fee to the event charity: The Kindness Collaboration

Entrants have until FRIDAY 25 JUNE 2021 to make the selection, after which date any available entries will be released to the public.

AUGUST REFUND POLICY

Should the 2021 Fedhealth Platinum Trail Run taking place on the 29th of August 2021 be cancelled or postponed as a result of any events beyond the event organizer’s control (i.e. due to force majeure, COVID-19 restrictions, or legislation introduced by the South African government, etc.), then the following refund policy will apply to entrants:

  • Runners will be refunded 80% of their paid for entry, should the event be cancelled or postponed by Monday 23 August 2021. Alternatively, riders will be able to roll their event entry to the Fedhealth Platinum Trail Run event in 2022.
  • Should the event be cancelled within five (5) days of the event (i.e. from Tuesday, 24 August 2021 to Saturday, 28 August 2021), or on the day of the event, runners will not be refunded any of their paid entry fees (0%).

It must also be noted that the riders who pay and enter automatically qualify for their event t-shirt and drawstring bag, and will receive their garment should any of the above scenarios apply.

For any queries please contact entries@stillwatersports.com

RIDE FOR A CAUSE

The Kindness Collaboration

The Kindness Collaboration is a joint initiative between Fedhealth and Operation Healing Hands (OHH). All medical professionals associated with OHH provide their time and skills for free; the funds raised will therefore go towards expenses such as consumables and random medical expenses.

Participant can donate any amount, but any donations over R 400 will receive a complimentary cycling jersey.

About Operation Healing Hands

Operation Healing Hands (OHH) was established in 2016 with the objective to provide life-changing surgeries to patients in need, while fulfilling the ethical responsibility of the private healthcare sector in closing the socioeconomic gap of patients in need of surgery. Together with many wonderful sponsors and service providers, the OHH team is responsible for changing the lives of many patients who would never have been able to afford the medical care they required.

Go to https://operationhealinghands.co.za/ to learn more.

Accommodation in the Area

Kloofwaters Farmhouse

The perfect place to relax before and after the Fedhealth Magalies Monster.
Enjoy the beautiful river you’ll pass on your route, or have an awesome
campfire in our boma. The Kloofwaters Farmhouse sleeps eight sharing or 4 in
separate rooms.
We also have 3 two-bed cabins and dormitory accommodation for up to 30
youngsters. Please like our Facebook Page: “Kloofwaters Camps and Events,”
or find us at www.kloofwaters.co.za or contact Lesley on 083 3803037

Magalies Meander

Fantastic accommodation, exciting adventure activities and great restaurants/breweries to visit!
There’s stacks to do and see – Events, arts, birding, ballooning, game farms, horse riding, cable car, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, historical sites, picnics, trail runs, restaurants, steam train trips, country shopping or just chilling out!
On your doorstep, just an hour away from Johannesburg & Pretoria.

Read more here: https://magaliesmeander.co.za/

LONG RUN / +-24km
Total Climb/Ascent: 526 m

The setting is in the Buffelspoort Valley, North-West Province of the country. The venue is just over an hour’s drive away from Gauteng and not many trail runs in and around Gauteng can offer such a variety of trails and unspoiled bushveld!

The route offers an exciting variety between farming jeep tracks, untouched Magaliesberg Mountain trails and indigenous bushveld. The terrain includes a mix of gravel roads, jeep track, bushveld single track and soft sand at some sections. Runners will also have to navigate one or two technical gully sections, but all in all the terrain is fun and challenging! 

The first 4 km of the trail run will be fast, mainly through Citrus Orchards before descending into a beautiful indigenous valley. One quick river crossing – your feet will get wet – and then the action starts! Within 1 km from the Sterk Spruit stream you will enter into a technical gully which descends down to the Buffelspoort Dam Wall. From there you will head straight back up a steep concrete climb, that will surely test all runners climbing legs. The climb is short, but long enough to get your Heart Rate up!

Once you have crossed the tar road you will enjoy a beautiful bushveld single track all the way down to an old ox-wagon trail. This part of the trail is a semi rocky single track for some parts and later on fast and free flowing. But take care, once you have reached the 10,5 km mark, you will turn sharp left and start climbing up to an indigenous bushveld plateau. You will climb for just over 5 km to the highest point and this is where the racing snakes will make or break their race. The route profile does not look bad, but the terrain is rocky with negative cambers and at times steep. It will surely test all trail runners on the day!

Once on top, the views and the scenery makes it all worthwhile, remember to stop at times and enjoy the view if you are not racing for a top position!

The descent down from the Plateau is fun and fast, easier than in previous years but you will need to pick your lines and concentrate all the way down. Once on the valley floor, it mostly jeep track all the way to the finish at ATKV and most importantly downhill!   

The 24 km route is designed for the top trail runners in the sport to race against each other on a moderate distance trail, but not cutting back on technical terrain. The route is a mix between technical sections and fast runnable jeep track, which will balance things out for fast inexperienced trail runners vs experienced trail runners. The route is suited for fit and well-conditioned road runners to give trail running a go. But they will lose time on the technical sections and will have to capitalise on the fast running sections of the route.

The 24 km trail is perfect for any type of trail runner that can cover such a distance on a road running surface. It is ideal for new trail runners building up to bigger and longer events later this year, especially for stage racing events. 

Some advice to runners: Take this first 4 km easy, enjoy the fantastic views and environment. The last 4 km of the race you can run at maximum effort! 

SHORT RUN/ +- 12km
Total Climb/Ascent: 218 M

The setting is in the Buffelspoort Valley, North-West Province of the country. The venue is just over an hour’s drive away from Gauteng and not many trail runs in and around Gauteng can offer such a variety of trails and unspoiled bushveld!
The route offers an exciting variety between farming jeep tracks, untouched Magaliesberg Mountain trails and indigenous bushveld. The terrain includes a mix of gravel roads, jeep track, bushveld single track and soft sand at some sections. Runners will also have to navigate one or two technical gully sections, but all in all the terrain is fun and challenging!

The first 4 km of the trail run will be fast, mainly through Citrus Orchards before descending into a beautiful indigenous valley. One quick river crossing – your feet will get wet – and then the action starts! Within 1 km from the Sterk Spruit stream you will enter into a technical gully which descends down to the Buffelspoort Dam Wall. From there you will head straight back up a steep concrete climb, that will surely test all runners climbing legs. The climb is short, but long enough to get your Heart Rate up!

Once you have crossed the tar road you will enjoy a beautiful bushveld single track all the way down back into Citrus Orchards. The last 2 km of the route is mostly downhill to the finish with one more river crossing just before you enter ATKV Buffelspoort Resort.

The 12 km route is designed for any adventurous runner who loves to be outdoors and spend a morning running in a beautiful natural environment! The route at times is technical, but safe especially if you don’t rush things down the gully. Any person who can run 10 km on road will have a blast on this route. The route will be perfect for runners new to trail running or the sport of running in general.

Some advice for runners: Take it slowly through the gully, once you have crossed the tar you can run like the wind!

FUN RUN / +-8km
Total Climb/Ascent: 143 m

The setting is in the Buffelspoort Valley, North-West Province of the country. The venue is just over an hour’s drive away from Gauteng and not many trail runs in and around Gauteng can offer such a variety of trails and unspoiled bushveld!

The route offers an exciting variety between farming jeep tracks and indigenous bushveld. The terrain includes a mix of gravel roads, jeep track, bushveld single track and soft sand at some sections. 

The first 4 km of the trail run will be fast, mainly through Citrus Orchards before descending into a beautiful indigenous valley. One quick river crossing – your feet will get wet – and then you will run for almost 1, 5km next to a canal until you reach the Buffelspoort Dam Wall. From here you will turn right up a steep concrete climb, it will not be easy, but safe. Anyone can walk up this section with ease!

Once you have crossed the tar road you will enjoy a beautiful bushveld single track all the way down towards the finish at the ATKV Buffelspoort Resort!

The 8km is perfect for the younger ages and whole family to have an exciting challenge to do together. You do not have to be super fit to complete this route, you can even walk the entire way and you will love it! The route is not technical, besides the two river crossings, that are ankle deep and easy to walk through and the steep concrete climb of about 100m

Some advice for runners: Have fun!

DIRECTIONS TO RACE VENUE
GPS coordinates:25º45’46.2″ S / 27º29’26.8″ E

Click here for more info on Buffelspoort ATKV

From Pretoria
Take either the R104, N4, R513 or R566(Through Rosslyn) in a western direction to reach either the N4 or the R104 (R514 over the dam wall) towards Rustenburg. On the N4 you will find the turnoff to Buffelspoort to the left opposite the turnoff to Marikana (about 7-10 km west of the first Mooinooi/Marikana off-ramp). The connecting road between the N4 and the R104 makes a T-junction with the R104 at a Caltex filling station. Turn right at the stop sign. The main entrance to the resort is on the left hand side of the R104 about 200m from the T-junction.

From the West through Rustenburg
Follow any roads towards Rustenburg. In Rustenburg, drive in a eastern direction towards Pretoria on the N4. You will pass through the town of Kroondal 10km east of Rustenburg. About 20km from Kroondal you will find the off-ramp to Buffelspoort and Marikana to the left. Turn right on top of the bridge toward Buffelspoort from the N4. The connecting road between the N4 and the R104 makes a T-junction with the R104 at the Caltex filling station. Turn right at the stop sign. The main entrance to the resort is on the left hand side of the R104 about 200m from the T-junction.

From the North through Brits
Drive though Brits in a southern direction towards Schoemansville/Meerhof. At the 4way crossing with the R513, turn right towards Rustenburg and the N4. Follow this road to the next4way crossing and turn left following the Rustenburg /N4 signs. You will turn off right onto the N4 about 500m from the 4way stop. On the N4 you will find the turnoff to Buffelspoort to the left opposite the turnoff to Marikana (about 7-10 km west of the first Mooinooi/Marikana off-ramp). The connecting road between the N4 and the R104 makes a T-junction with the R104 at a Caltex filling station. Turn right at the stop sign. The main entrance to the resort is on the left hand side of the R104 about 200m from the T-junction.