“Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”
Trail running extraordinaires Warren Petterson and Dawid Visser have two things in common, their love for the sport of trail running and the fact that they’ve both at some point won the coveted title of men’s team champion at South Africa’s most exciting three day stage trail run, the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance. The weekend of 14 – 16 March 2014 will see these two former champions team up with the goal of a top ten finish at the 2014 ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance.
“The best part of team racing is sharing the pain,” says Petterson. “I’ve competed at the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun twice. The toughest part of team racing is if one of the two team members blows. This year my goal is just to finish. The ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun is a social event that features lovely scenery, while being a real challenge. My advice to first timers is to enjoy it,” says Petterson, who claimed the men’s team title with Michael Bailey in 2010.
According to Visser, this will be his 6th time on the start line. “The ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun is my first stage race and I would really like to be one of the first guys to have competed at this event ten times in a row. I was injured last year, so I took part socially with my wife. This showed me a new side to the event as I got to look at the scenery and chat to people. This year I would like to be a bit more competitive though. We will probably not be first team over the line, but I would like to mix it up a bit at the spear end of the race,” says Visser.
“My previous racing partner has other race commitments over the AfricanX weekend, so Warren agreed to run with me as a “retirement” race,” continues Visser. “I think with Warren getting a bit slower with age I might be able to keep up with him now. Warren is a very strong and consistent runner. I don’t think I have ever met a person that can push as hard as he can and not complain about it. Strong as nails, he has a very strong pedigree of running with a few international road race wins in his professional career. Our strength as a team will be steady pacing and experience. The ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun is a new challenge to trail running, three stages on which to test your trail running skills. You can even use the event as a big base training block for races to come”. Visser placed first in the men’s team category of the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun in 2011 with team member Rohan Kennedy.
Teamwork forms an essential part of this much loved event, with participants having to rely on each other’s experience, strength and expertise in order to complete the route. Teams of two (male/female/mixed) will be seen battling it out on a route varying in distance between 25-38km each day.
DATE: 14 – 16 March 2014
FORMAT: Three-day stage race / teams of two (male/female/mixed)
VENUE: Festival Village on the grounds of the Houw Hoek Inn
DISTANCE: Between 25km – 38km each day
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