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Making history in the Veld

23-May-16

Last updated: 01-Sep-16

By Alice Morrison

The brilliant Richtersveld Wildrun is making history this year by adding a frontier crossing to an already epic race. Runners will cross from South Africa to Namibia.

The Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun race has become known as one of the toughest and most scenic trail running stage race events on the calendar with 200km in five days from South Africa to Namibia through the heart of the /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park.

The new route will maintain the best of the first three days of the original edition, including the Vyf Susters, Hellskloof Pass, Armmanshoek, the Tswayisberge, Springbokvlakte and the iconic Tatasberg boulders. On day 4, the route will veer off its original course and cross the Orange River at De Hoop into Namibia and the untouched southern section of the Fish River Canyon. I’ve cycled up this canyon and it is both stunningly beautiful and appropriately leg-busting.

This 50km day will take runners into a wilderness that is completely inaccessible by vehicle and rich in wildlife such as Hartmann’s mountain zebra, kudu, gemsbok, springbok, Namibian wild horses and giraffe.

If it tickles your fancy then start thinking about 2018 as 2017 is already sold out.

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