Over the past decade, trail running has taken the running world by storm. In the space of just over ten years, the pace has picked up from a gentle trot to a sprint and the international calendar is packed with events in every remote region of the globe.
One of the most beautiful and diverse of these events is the annual SOX 3-Day Stage Trail Race which takes place along the world-famous Garden Route in the Western Cape.
The event takes place for the seventh time from 10 to 12 August 2018 and treats participants to a unique triptych of forests, mountains and beach.
The RCS Group (RCS), South Africa’s most prominent and innovative financial services provider in the retail credit market, is the exclusive title sponsor of the race.
The majority of the 80 km race takes place on SANParks protected property in the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains and along the Cape coast surrounding Wilderness. The trail follows pristine hiking trails in the mountains and indigenous forests, and culminates along a stretch of unspoiled coastline and an exhilarating 60m run across a floating bridge on the Touw River.
The philosophy of RCS, which is owned by one of Europe’s largest banks, BNP Paribas, is to enable clients’ lifestyles by providing world-class credit solutions such as cards, loans and insurance. The convenience and peace of mind that these solutions afford its clients gives them the luxury of enjoying life’s adventures and pursuing their personal goals, not least their physical goals.
RCS has always had a strong connection with its community at large, but more specifically the running community.
“Running is a universal connector between all ages and cultures and RCS promotes running as a means to improving our customers’ lifestyles,” says RCS CEO Regan Adams, a keen runner who has completed the likes of the Two Oceans Ultra marathon.
Adams adds that RCS has a long-standing relationship with the Gugulethu Athletics Club in Cape Town, which encourages running in disadvantaged communities.
In line with their support of disadvantaged communities, RCS is sponsoring four members of the Gugulethu Athletics Club – Peter Tsawayo, Imran Paya, Tyshia Johannes and Phumeza Bobotyana – to participate in the event. Seasoned runners, Tsawayo and Paya, won last year’s team section in a total time of 7:14:15, leading the pack for most of the three day race.
RCS also sponsors the annual RCS Gugs Race, which takes place each year on the Day of Reconciliation on 16 December, and is organized by the Gugulethu Athletics Club. Aptly themed “Run for Unity”, the race aims to promote positive relations among the people of South Africa and encourage a running culture in communities on the outskirts of our cities.
The SOX 3-Day Trail starts on 10 August and concludes with a prize-giving ceremony on 12 August. The race includes a ‘lite’ option (20km, 15km and 20km) so that less experienced runners can also participate in the race.
To find out more about the race and to register, please visit: http://trisport.co.za/trievent/rcs-sox/
Caption: Imran Paya and Peter Tswayo