The Southern Cross – Berg; Bush & Beach Challenge

Experience the untouched beauty of the Garden Route. The Southern Cross Trail will take you through lush indigenous forests, up challenging mountain climbs and conclude on day 3 with an unforgettable trail on our stunning coast line.

Begin: Friday, April 27, 2012 at 07:00AM
End: Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 12:00PM
Closing date: Friday, April 20, 2012 at 12:00PM
Location: Garden Route; Southern Cape.

Location: Sedgefield, Southern Cape

Race Village: Pine Lake Marina, Sedgefield, Southern Cape

Race Format: Pairs – males; females; mixed. Only 300 pairs can be accommodated.

Categories for Pairs:

 Open Men:  18+  Both males
 Vet Men:  Both 40+  Both males
 Open Women:  18+  Both females
 Vet Women:  Both 40+  Both females
 Open Mixed:  18+  1 male, 1 female
 Vet Mixed:  Both 40+  1 male, 1 female

No categories for Solo runners.

Distances: 25/30/20 km

Pairs Pre-Entry Fee: R1980 per Team (R990 per person). Racers must pay entry fee as a Team to secure booking. Entry fee must be paid within 3 days of entering, otherwise your Booking will be cancelled and your spot given to the next paying Pair. International athletes entry fee: USD 500.

Solo runners Entry fee: R1500 per person.

Pre-entries close: 15 April 2012 (or when 300 Pairs reached). In the event of less than 300 Pairs, Late Entries will be accepted until 20 April at R2280 per Team (no race apparel).

Please note: Entry fees do not include accommodation & meals (see below for accommodation bookings) but does include the following:

  • 3 day challenge in the unspoilt beauty of the Garden Route. Each day will be unique in that Day 1 will take competitors on a challenging 25km route into the Outeniqua Mountains. Day 2 will be something completely different – 30km of spectacular trails through beautiful Indigenous Forests. Day 3 will conclude with a 20km trail on our spectacular coast line. The gauntlet has been thrown – Berg; Bush & Beach… are you up for the Challenge? …
  • 3 Stages of pure trail running
  • Official Race apparel
  • Goodie bag from our various Sponsors
  • National Park fees for 3 days and other land access
  • Setup of Race village including massages & entertainment
  • 24 hour medical & emergency services
  • 24 hour security in the Race village
  • Transport to and from Start/Finish venues each day
  • Prize Giving lunch on the final day
  • Decent Finishers medal – Pairs & Solo runners
  • Generosity and the great atmosphere of Pine Lake Marina and De Vette Mossel Seafood Restaurant


To view YouTube Promo video Click here

To complete the online Entry form Click here

Accommodation: Please book at Pine Lake Marina (Click here). Fully catered or self catering options are available for athletes. It is important to book accommodation ASAP as this Event takes place over a long weekend, and other guests will also be booking ahead of time. When booking your accommodation, please quote the following booking no: trisport2012

Meals: Self catering. Or book at the Pine Lake restaurants: De Vette Mossel / Cutty Sark

Race Registration: Thursday 26 April from 17h00 – 20h00 at Pine Lake Marina. All racers must register in this time.

On Registration Day, all runners will complete the registration process, which includes completing and submitting the Participant Waiver & disclaimer forms. Before registration, review important race documents, including the Participant Waiver. During registration, you will receive your race package. Please check that all items are enclosed – you will sign receipt of this.

Runners must please remember to present some sort of photo identification document (driver’s license, passport or ID book) as proof of identity. Runners have to register together, and no late registrations will be allowed. If a team has not registered, they will not be allowed to start.

How to get there:

Pine Lake Marina is situated in one of the most beautiful spots in The Garden Route National Reserve, surrounded by mountains and the Swartvlei Lake. Swimming-beaches are close by and the area offers an abundance of activities to enjoy from Mountain Biking to Paragliding. There are amazing views all the way around and the resort provides the perfect location for a family holiday and we offer a widest range of activities to cater for every taste!

How to get there from Airport:

Road and air transfers can be arranged on request.
The George Airport is approximately 50 minutes drive (45kms):
• Follow the N2 towards Wilderness and then Sedgefield
• Continue for approx 35kms until you reach the Swartvlei Turnoff on your left
• Travel for 1kms on the tarred road to the Pinelake Marina gates on your right.

Race Briefing: Thursday 26 April at 20h00 in Cutty Sark restaurant; Pine Lake Marina. Attendance is compulsory, as vital information regarding the race, will be given.

Race starting times: On race day from 08h00. Athletes will be transported to starting venues each day (short driving distance)

Compulsory Equipment: (per person)

  • Backpack / hip pouch
  • Thermal base layer
  • Outer shell jacket
  • Space blanket
  • Whistle
  • Emergency food
  • Water bottles
  • First aid kit
  • Cellphone
  • Buff / hat

Please ensure that you have the compulsory equipment with you at all times during Race conditions – it is for your own safety. Equipment will be checked, and Teams risk time penalties or disqualification if they do not adhere to these precautions. Decisions of the Race Director will be final.

Start/Finish venues: Each day will have different start & finishing venues. Day 1 will be a Berg/Mountainous run; Day 2 a Bush run (Indigenous Forest) and the final day will be a Beach (Coastline) run. At the end of each day we will come together at Cutty Sark (PLM) for the daily Prize Giving; Slide Show; meal and sharing of war stories.

Route Profile: We are busy putting finishing touches on this great Route. Profile of the various stages will be uploaded in the new year.

Daily schedule:

05:30 Waky waky
06:00 Breakfast starts
06:00 Race office opens
07:30 Breakfast finishes
07:30 Race briefing
08:00 Race starts
10:00 Race medical facility opens
10:00 Sports massage opens
11:30 Lunch starts
14:30 Lunch finishes
16:00 Race cut off
17:00 Relax
18:00 Race results
18:00 Dinner starts
18:45 Prize giving
19:00 Dinner finishes
19:05 Race briefing
20:00 Race medical facility closes
20:00 Race office closes
20:00 Sports massage close

Prize Giving: There will be a festive prize giving at end of each day for Stage winners and other categories. Final prize giving Function with lunch on Sunday at 13h00.

Prize Money: Total prize purse of R20 000 to be divided for  various Pairs Categories. Lots of other prizes; spot prizes and other goodies from our great Sponsors. No prize money for the Solo runners.

TV coverage: Confirmed for SuperSport

Airport shuttle available for Runners at an additional cost. Please email us if you are in need of this service.

For enquiries, contact:

Sonja Otto – 082 579 7595


Source:  More information, pictures and online entries here

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