Training Runs set to prepare entrants for the 2022 THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 3-Day Stage Race!

“Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”


Trail runners that have entered the 2022 THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN that will take place at the Houw Hoek Hotel (Western Cape) from 19 – 21 March are invited to enjoy a fun-filled Training Run on Sunday 06 February at Constantia Nek in preparation for South Africa’s premium 3-Day Stage Race.

“The THIRSTI AFRICANX Training Run is a fun way for event entrants to experience routes that are similar to that of the event, while getting to know trail runners that will be lining up with them on the start line in March,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the event. “The December Training Run was so well supported that we decided to host three more Training Runs in the build up to event day. Training Run #2 will be at Constantia Nek this coming Sunday (06 February), Training Run #3 will be in Gauteng in February (details to be released soon) and Training Run #4 will be in Grabouw in early March.  The Training Runs are free of charge to all 2022 THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN entrants.”

“Training Run #2 will consist of a +-17.5km route,” confirms Meyer. “It will start with a 7km road section just to warm up the legs, before treating runners to magnificent single track. There will be some easy climbs to the tar road on Vlakkenberg through Bokkemans Saddle up Vlakkenberg Peak and back to Constantia Nek. Not only are the Training Runs the perfect opportunity to get a sneak peek at what to expect from the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN, they’re also a great opportunity to run with our AFRICANX ambassadors while getting to know some of our hard core AFRICANX supporters.”

“AFRICANX regulars are always keen to share their experiences and advice with first time entrants,” adds Meyer. “By the time that event day arrives you are guaranteed to be ready to #RunTheAFRICANX. We look forward to welcoming trail runners of all fitness levels and technical skill to the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN Training Run #2 on Sunday. Be prepared to ‘Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money’.”



Date: Sunday 06 February 2022
Time: 06:30 – Please arrive early to ensure you get parking!
Venue: Meet in the Constantia Nek parking lot
Distance: +-17.5km
Entry Fee: FREE OF CHARGE to all 2022 THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 3-Day Stage Race entrants
What to bring with to the run: Any equipment that runners will take with them on a training run of this distance i.e. trail shoes, cap, hydration pack with nutrition and hydration for at least 3 hours, medic kit etc.
What runners can look forward to receiving: THIRSTI water and/or THIRSTI ISOFIT+ and a complimentary coffee
To sign up: CLICK HERE




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.  Each stage will feature a different route that is guaranteed to keep things challenging, yet exciting while leaving runners in awe.

Date Saturday 19 – Monday 21 March 2022
Venue Houw Hoek Hotel (Western Cape)
Event Format 3-Day Stage Trail Run
Entry Format Teams of Two Runners (male / female / mixed)
Stage Distance:


Stage 1: +- 24 km

Stage 2: +- 32 km

Stage 3: +- 18 km

Entry Fees:


OPTION 1R3600 per runner

OPTION 2R4200 per runner

OPTION 3R4600 per runner

Entries Close: Friday 11 March 2022


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


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.


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


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. 

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