“Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”


Taking place at the Houw Hoek Hotel (Western Cape) from Saturday 19 to Monday 21 March 2022, the 12th annual THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN Three-Day Stage Race promises to be SA’s most memorable “PARTY ON FOOT” with trail running enthusiasts being treated to the Overberg Region’s most iconic trails.

Launched in 2009, the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN is synonymous with magnificent trails, spectacular views, mouth-watering food, a relaxed atmosphere, great vibe and most importantly, teamwork! Teams of two trail running enthusiasts (male/female/mixed) will be seen battling it out on a route varying in distances each day.

“The 2022 THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN will once again boast three different routes that are guaranteed to keep things challenging, yet exciting while leaving trail runners in awe,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN. “Stage One will start at the Houw Hoek Hotel on Saturday (19 March) and will finish at the iconic Paul Cluver Wine Estate. The perfect start to a weekend of trail running, the route distance will be +-24km with a total ascent of 800m. Expect some hills, fynbos, jeep track next to a river and some seriously fun single track. This route is special as trail runners will get to experience smooth single track that are usually used for mountain biking only. Be sure to stop at the water points and enjoy the views. Remember this is a Three-Day event. Don’t make the general mistake of going out too hard.”

“Stage Two is the longest stage, but it’s also the stage where quite often the event is won in the Elite Race, so expect some action on the trails,” continues Meyer. “Starting at Cape Canopy Tours and finishing at the Houw Hoek Hotel, this stage boasts a +-32km route with a 920m ascent. There will be a good mix of jeep track and single track, with some rocky climbs and rolling hills. All-in-all it’s a very runnable route but be sure to keep something in the tank for the last 5km. It’ll be a tough, but fun finish.”

“Stage Three aka ‘Dress Up Day’ will start and finish at Houw Hoek Hotel,” confirms Meyer. “The shortest of the three routes, runners will close off the event with a +-18km run that boasts a 720m ascent. This route is by no means flat but boasts a very fast start and then some magnificent single and jeep track. Expect some spectacular trail in the mountain, which is technical under foot – this is a trail running event after all. Don’t forget to get your outfits ready for ‘Dress Up Day’. We’re looking for creativity and gees. There are awesome sponsor prizes up for grabs. We can’t wait to welcome trail runners to the start line on Saturday ready to #RunTheAfricanX in 2022.”


A uniquely sourced natural spring water that is rich in minerals, THIRSTI, a proudly South African brand, became the proud Title Sponsor of the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN in 2021.



DATE Saturday 19 – Monday 21 March 2022
VENUE Houw Hoek Hotel (Western Cape)
EVENT FORMAT Three-Day Stage Trail Run
ENTRY FORMAT Teams of Two Runners (male / female / mixed)
Stage One: Start Venue: Houw Hoek Hotel

Finish Venue: Paul Cluver Wines

Distance:  +-24km

Total Ascent: 800m

Stage Two: Start Venue: Cape Canopy Tours

Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Hotel

Distance: +-32km

Total Ascent: 920m

Stage Three: Start Venue: Wildekrans Wine Estate

Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Hotel

Distance: +-18km

Total Ascent: 720m



Date: Friday 18 March 2022
Venue: Houw Hoek Hotel (Western Cape)
Time: 12:00 – 19:00


Entry Fee Includes:

  • First Ascent AFRICANX Garment
  • Finisher Tshirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • THIRSTI Refreshment Zone
  • Well stocked water points and spectacular route Experiences
  • Evening Prize Giving and Entertainment


‘Sanet Wentzel Spirit Award’: The event organisers are calling on all entrants to send through their nominations for the event’s cherished ‘Sanet Wentzel Spirit Award’. Founded in 2010 in memory of fallen athlete Sanet Wentzel, the award honours AFRICANX entrants who persevere irrespective of the adversity that they face.  Trail runners that have entered the 2022 THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN Three-Day Stage Race are encouraged to send their nominations to entries@stillwatersports.com by Friday 18 March.


Dress up Day: One of the many highlights of the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 3-Day Stage Race is “Dress Up Day” which will be celebrated on the third and final stage, on Monday 21 March. The rule is very simple, both runners need to wear their outfits for the duration of the stage, from start to finish. There are awesome sponsor prizes up for grabs as well as bragging rights for a year.


Entertainment: South Africa’s favourite Reggae band, The Rivertones, will bring great vibes to South Africa’s premier Three Day Stage Trail Run. Trail runners can look forward to jamming to a range of commercial covers set to a reggae beat, great Bob Marley, UB40 covers and a smattering of our own originals. Other fun activities will include a Marimba Band performance, Wine Tastings, a Pasta Party, Bingo and Popcorn, Fire Drums and S’mores, a Slippery Slide, Bavaria Beer Mile, Pool Party, Dress Up Day, Bavaria Beer Garden, a Gordon’s Gin Bar and a Putt Putt Competition.


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For additional information on the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 3-Day, 2-Day and/or 1-Day events please visit www.stillwatersports.com, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email entries@stillwatersports.com.


More about THIRSTI:

THIRSTI is a uniquely sourced natural spring water that is rich in minerals and sourced from two extraordinary locations. Its primary bottling plant was founded in 2015 at a Normandien farm in the foothills of the Klein Drakensberg mountains. In 2021, THIRSTI expanded operations into the mountain basin of Tulbagh, surrounded by exquisite mountains and drained by the Klein Berg River and its tributaries. Each source has its own state-of-the-art bottling plant where the water is filtered, tested and bottled, ready to be enjoyed by consumers. The THIRSTI product range includes Natural Spring Water, Sparkling Water, Sparkling Flavoured Water and an iconic sports drink, THIRSTI ISOFIT+. The South African brand proudly partners with the Springboks, Absa Cape Epic, Comrades Marathon, Blue Bulls Company, Sharks Rugby, THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN series of events and the Nedbank Running Club. 

For more information about THIRSTI, please visit www.thirsti.co.za


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