what you should know about the run

Fast Facts

Distance: 50km Ultra, 25km, 12.5km and 7.5km

Date: 16 September 2017

Check-In and Start Times:

Ultra – Check in by 5:30am start at sunrise (5:45am)

25km –  Check in by 6:30am, start at 7am

12.5km – Check in by 7:15am start 7:30am

7.5km – Check in by 7:30am start 8am.

Cut-Off Times: 50km- 9:30am at 21.3km and 11am at 33.5km

25km – 9:30am latest at halfway

No cut-offs for the 7.5km and 12.5km

Race Format:  Individual

Recommended and Compulsory Kit:  All 25km runners need to carry at least 500ml hydration capacity.

Ultra Runners (50km) need at least 1.5litres of hydration capacity in a backpack or waistpack.  A compulsory kit list will be sent to each participant. A GPS is compulsory as well. We would recommend that the runners taking on the shorter distances also carry water. Compulsory kit will be checked at the start line.

The run will be hot and proper hydration is essential.  Water will be provided at several points on the route but carrying a bottle or wearing a hydration pack essential



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Entries for 2017 are now closed.  Please enter early for 2018 to avoid missing out.

Please note that there will be no refunds for entries but you will be able to sell/substitute your entry with someone else up until a week before the race.



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The Route

The Route

The Umfurudzi Trail Run has four different route options available.

For the hardcore, the inaugural Umfurudzi Ultra is a 50km loop, starting at sunrise, taking in views of the Mazowe River, Hippo Pools and the hills overlooking the Mazowe and Umfurudzi valleys as well as a number of dams, waterholes and points of interest.  The route will be run in an anticlockwise direction this year, the reverse of last years event.  The first 30km is in the Hills along the ridge and has a tough start but it is in the coolest part of the day.  A fantastic water point and swim awaits at Hippo Pools around 30km in and the last 20km is relatively flat back home.  This will be an experience not to be forgotten.

The 25km trail is figure of 8 that starts in the camp, returns at approximately halfway and then finishes in camp by the swimming pool.   The 12.5km route starts in camp and is the second half of the 25km route.  The first section climbs gradually to Dam 5 after which it descends down to the Umfurudzi River and through the riverine forest back home.  The 7.5km route goes along the same 25km track and runs from Dam 5 back to camp.  Because this option starts away from camp, participants are requested to be ready 30 minutes before the start time to be transferred to the start.

More information on each option will be available soon including the route profiles and descriptions by stage.

Spectators are also to watch sections of the course without having to go far from the start/finish area and the camp and swimming pool. A spectator map will be made available with routes, water points and spectator accessible areas.

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The Costs

Race Fees

Umfurudzi Ultra 50km – $40

25km  – $30

12.5km – $25

7km – $20

Park Fees

On entry to the park, a fee is payable directly to National Parks at the gate.  A receipt will be issued, please try and have correct change if possible?  It will be possible to swipe for this entry fee at the park office if you do not have cash.

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