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Rhodes Run

07-Jul-2018 Rhodes, Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Snow Race Race Terrain
52KM / 32Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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JBZA

07:21 06-10-17

2016
The Rhodes Run is a highlight on the ultra running calendar in South Africa and for most trailies, their best chance to see snow and run in sub-zero temperatures.

The race is made all that more special because it's limited to a number of runners, most of whom are returners each year. I was lucky enough to get a Wildcard entry in 2016 and prepared for an exciting adventure (and my first ultra!).

The race is really well organised with feed stations and water tables manned by the local townspeople along the way. Every delicious treat imaginable is available along the way. And after the huge climb up Mavis Bank, you reach a well-stocked feed station that even has Sherry for those suffering from the cold. The route traverses the border of South Africa and Lesotho with beautiful views to distract you from the quad-busting downhill from the Afriski resort.

This is a must-do for anyone keen on ultra distances in cold weather!

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