Imfolozo Outrun Media Release
23 July 2019
: Dave Macleod
Imfolozi Outrun sells out
Durban - After the entries sold out in a matter of days,
organisers of the new STIHL iMfolozi Outrun on 31 August and 1
September are hoping that the innovative run through the
province's premier game park will serve its purpose of awareness
Each of the runners is expected to weigh in with personal
fund-raising as the event hopes to generate around R300 000,
which will go towards two projects that the park management has
"First and foremost we want people to come and experience what
this very special park has to offer, so it is about awareness
and stimulating the tourism economy of the park," explained
iMfolozi Park Manager Richard Penn-Sawyer.
"The money raised will be spent on two areas that we are
passionate about, upgrading our staff quarters and the support
we offer the local community that is integrally involved with
"The welfare and quality of life of the local community is
directly connected to the welfare of Imfolozi, and we are
continually working at ways to enhance and improve their quality
of life," he explained.
He added that it was no surprise that the 300 entries had sold
out as fast as they did, as the unique opportunity to run
through the famous Big Five park would have immediate appeal to
avid trail runners.
"The mountain bike event we host here generates a very similar
response, so we were not that surprised that the limited number
of places available went as quickly as they did," said
"I have no doubt that this event will sell out fast every year
it is run, so anyone keen to be part of it will have to respond
quickly when entries open.”
He added that those that missed out can still get involved by
supporting an individual runner. Each runner has been allocated
an online pledge platform to encourage donations and
sponsorships The event has arranged numerous prizes for
participants that raise the most money.
Penn-Sawyer added that the team that manages the park was
looking forward to hosting the runners and their supporters for
the weekend at the end of August and added that they would not
compromise on the safety of every person visiting the park for
the Imfolozi Outrun.
The 19 kilometre first stage will be in the centre of the park
where the rhino and elephant track along the spur line of the
southern Hluhluwe grasslands into the Masinda section of
iMfolozi could lead to sightings of Elephant, White Rhino,
Giraffe, Buffalo, Kudu, Impala, Nyala and Warthog.
The second day is something of a secret but will range between
16km and 19 kilometres in length in the Masinda section of the
iMfolozi Game Reserve, renowned for its White Rhino, Giraffe,
Buffalo, Wild Dog and Elephant sightings.
Stihl Imfolozi Outrun takes place on 31 August and 1 September.
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"The mountain bike
event we host here generates a very similar response, so we were
not that surprised that the limited number of places available
for the STIHL Imfolozi Outrun went as quickly as they did," said
Imfolozi Park manager Penn-Sawyer.
Funds raised at the
STIHL Imfolozi Outrun on 31 August and 1 September will go
towards improving staff quarters for the rangers and to
community upliftment projects.
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