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Explore the running trails of the Simonsberg Conservancy

The Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Trail Run Stage Race on 10 and 11 February 2018 will give trail runners the opportunity to race in a unique conservation area right at the start of the annual stage race season.

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Starting and finishing from the Dirtopia Trail Centre at Delvera, the event runs over two days. Entry fees Entry fees vary according to route selection and whether runners opt for one or both days: 25km both days (R720), 15km both days (R550), 15km and 25km mixed (R600.00), 15km on either day (R300), 25km on either day (R380) or the 7km fun run on the Sunday (R200). The entry fee includes timing, breakfast, lunch, water points and a medal. The entry fee includes timing, breakfast, lunch, water points and a medal.


A total purse of R10 000 will be up for grabs for the overall winners with equal prize money for the ladies and men. Only runners, who complete both days of the same distance, qualify for prizes and trophies. No prizes will be awarded to those who mix their distances or complete one day.


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According to route developer Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, runners familiar with Delvera’s trail runs are in for a surprise and should not expect the same routes as normally used for the popular trail runs hosted at this venue. “For Day 1, routes have been swopped around completely and runners in the 25km do the entire ascent of the Klapmutskop - the only annual opportunity to do so in a trail run. This requires climbing a few steps towards the end of the first climb as we enter the hiking trail routes on the koppie. The reward is stunning views over the Boland from an elevation of 523m. The 15km runners do not complete the entire climb to the top, making for a slightly easier ascent, but they still top out at around 400m above sea level,” says Botha.


Based on feedback from the inaugural race, organisers have changed the route for Day 2 to make the exit and return to Delvera completely different to Day 1. Runners on both distances will head to Uitkyk Wine Estate with the 25km runners treated to Never Say Neverending Again - the 10km single track trail winding midway up the Simonsberg. The 25km route tops out at 640m above sea level, offering spectacular views of False Bay and the panorama continues all the way to Table Bay and north up the West Coast.


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For 2018, the prior repeat start loop has been eliminated from the 15km route to allow for more single track, while the 25km runners can look forward to over 17km of single track trail.


Entries are limited, so enter online www.dirtopia.co.za to avoid disappointment. Registration will take place at the Dirtopia Trail Centre on Friday, 9 February from 12h00 – 18h00, Saturday and Sunday from 06h00 -07h00.


Meal vouchers can also be booked for family members and friends, who would like to come and support participants at the finish carnival with loads of kids’ entertainment.


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Recovery massages can be booked with Olivia directly from Livvwell Therapy on [email protected] or 073 006 5215.


Prize-giving for both days will take place on Sunday at 11h30 and race starting times and route profiles are available online at www.fairtreecontour.co.za. Follow us on Twitter @FairtreeContour and Facebook on Fairtree Simonsberg Contour #FairtreeContour