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New look for Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo Trail Run

The ever-popular Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run in KwaZulu-Natal will have a new look in 2019, including a new race venue and some revamped routes.

This year’s event on April 28 will be based at the Gwahumbe Game Lodge and Spa which will provide an idyllic and spectator-friendly venue for supporters, while also ensuring a more relaxed setting for riders and runners after they have completed their events.


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The trail runners will have exciting new routes starting at the Gwahumbe Game Lodge on top of the plateau before finishing at a beautiful waterfall setting in the valley, where shuttles will transport runners back to the start/finish area and prizegiving.


“The event has now outgrown the Mid Illovo Club, which hosted the Husqvarna Classic for 10 years,” said race organiser Shanon MacKenzie this week. “We made the decision to move the start and finish venue to Gwahumbe Game Lodge that lends itself to an ideal area for relaxation and chilling after the competitors have completed their runs.


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“More people will be able to enjoy the vibe and atmosphere that will make for a wonderful family atmosphere.


“We have also changed the routes a little. The trail runs will have new routes starting at Gwahumbe and dropping down into the valley which should make for some fun, fast running in spectacular scenery.


“The Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run was the first ever ROAG event all those years ago. This year will be our 11th event and we have built tremendous credibility and people know that we host a superb event. The routes are always well thought out and the track is well prepared and marked,” MacKenzie added.


There are two trails runs, the 16km Farmer’s Agri-Care Trail Run for the fit and experienced runners and the 8km Gwahumbe Trail Run for those who are looking for something a little less strenuous.


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There are 800 Uzwelo shopper bags and 600 Quick Dry, Microfibre towels for the first entrants.


Each year, the Mid-Illovo community benefits from hosting the Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run, as proceeds from the event go towards community upliftment.


Every entrant also has the opportunity to give back and help a child in this Midlands community by purchasing an Uzwelo School Bag, with a built-in raincoat poncho, for R150.


Enter online at www.roag.co.za or contact ROAG on [email protected] or 086 100 ROAG/7624.


Entry Fees (early entry prices – entries close 24 April):


16km Farmers Agri-Care Trail Run: R140
9km Gwahumbe Trail Run: R100


For more information, visit www.husqvarnaclassic.co.za