MTO Trails Jonkershoek set to host AfricanX Training Run #3

Seen here (front to back):  Anele Mnukwa and Francois Groenewald of Team Big Box in action during the 2017 AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS.  Photo Credit:  Tobias Ginsberg

“Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”

The AfricanX Training Run #3 will take place at the picturesque MTO Trails’Jonkershoek plantation (Stellenbosch) this coming Saturday, 03 February 2018.

The AfricanX Training Runs are open to the public and hosted under the guidance of former AfricanX winners Dawid Visser and Rohan Kennedy.  The goal is to prepare runners for the 10th annual AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS that will take place at the picturesque Boschendal Wine Estate (Stellenbosch/Franschhoek) in April 2018.

“The trails in Jonkershoek are similar to that of the AfricanX Trailrun,” says Visser.  “The athlete’s running strength is sure to be tested as there is a lot of climbing, while the terrain is mostly Jeep Track with rocky and hilly sections.  The focus of this Training Run will be on stamina and getting runners ready and familiar with long climbs.  Once the climbs have been conquered, runners will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Jonkershoek Mountains and MTO Group’s Pine Forests.   A hydration pack is a must for this run as it gets quite hot and dry on the Stellenbosch trails.”

“MTO Trails is proud to be an official partner of the Western Cape’s premier three day stage trail run,” says Lawrence Polkinghorne, MTO Group CEO.  “We’re excited to host an AfricanX Training Run in our Jonkershoek plantation.  Trail running is never boring and is always breathtaking.  Every view is truly spectacular.  We are proud to be able to share the brilliance of Jonkershoek with each and every AfricanX entrant.”

Interesting FactThe MTO Trails offers 7300km of forest roads and 250km of purposely built trails, built and maintained in MTO’s working plantations. 

EVENT INFORMATIONAfricanX Training Run 3

DATE: Saturday, 03 February 2018
TIME: Be ready to start at 07:30
VENUE: MTO Trails Jonkershoek – meet at the Jonkershoek Gate
DISTANCE: 12 – 13km
WHAT TO BRING: Wear trail shoes, bring enough fluid (handheld or hydration packs) and pack energy gels and/or bars.

Remaining Training Run Dates:

  • Training Run 4: Saturday, 24 February 2018 / XTERRA Trail Run in Grabouw (Grabouw Country Club)
  • Training Run 5: Saturday, 17 March 2018 / Boschendal Wine Farm
  • Training Run 6: Saturday, 07 April 2018 / Silvermine

For further information or to confirm attendance please email

EVENT INFORMATION:  2018 AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS

Teams of two (male/female/mixed) will be seen putting teamwork and endurance to the test when they battle it out on a route that will vary in distance between 22 – 34km each day.  The three routes have been planned in such a way that the runners will have the opportunity to tackle a different breath-taking scenic route each day.

DATE:                                            27 – 29 April 2018

FORMAT:                                     Three-day stage race / teams of two (male/female/mixed)

VENUE:                                         Boschendal Wine Estate (Stellenbosch/Franschhoek)

DISTANCE:                                  Between +- 22km – +- 34km each day

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For additional information on the AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email


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