Chantel Nienaber is one of South Africa’s top female trail runners and a well known philanthropist. Chantel first fell in love with trail running during her first multi-day 250 km stage race – the Cape Odyssey (in 2007), as a complete novice. At the age of 37 (2011), she upped her game and realised that she had the potential to start running on a competitive level. Since then Chantel has had 34 podium finishes, 20 of those being 1st place titles. Recently, Chantel qualified to represent South Africa, in the Ultra Marathon Trail running World Champs in July, in Wales.
Chantel is a free-spirited, person that loves running wild and free – being one with nature. She’s likes “challenging the norm”; subsequently earning her the nick name: “Hot Pants Nienaber”. She is also passionate about using her talents to make a difference in peoples lives. The Sabrina Love charity is a cause very close to her heart, as her husband struggles with a disability too. In addition, considering she lives in the Garden Route, she felt the need to support a local charity, thus giving her the opportunity to get involved with events and fund raisers on a first hand basis.