STIHL Imfolozo Outrun Media Release

 No: Imf1902

29 Aug 2019

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Written By : Dave Macleod

All systems go for inaugural iMfolozi Outrun

Durban - A sell-out field of three hundred trail runners will converge on the iconic Hluhluwe/iMfolozi game reserve this weekend for the inaugural STIHL iMfolozi Outrun intent on enjoying the task of raising awareness of the challenges facing the reserve and fundraising.

The ground-breaking event has been boosted by welcome rains in the days leading up to the race and a weather forecast pointing to ideal weather for the two days of trail running through the reserve.

The event, which sold out shortly after entries opened, has attracted runners from across South Africa, and appropriately for Women's Month, has a 62% skew towards female runners.

The race is encouraging each individual runner to raise funds for the iMfolozi game reserve, and specifically the iMfolozi Ranger Upliftment Project and the iMfolozi Community Upliftment and Education Project, with five handsome prizes on offer for the top fundraisers.

The organisers have stressed that the event is not competitive and instead they are encouraging all the runners to spend time with friends on one of the most unique trail running routes in the world.

Buses will transport the runners to the starting point of the first stage, and the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife rangers will be on hand throughout to ensure the safety of every runner taking part.

The Saturday evening will include a special presentation on the iMfolozi park and it's significance, as part of a sundowner function at the iMfolozi Airstrip, close to the race race venue.

The evening will include live music and the inevitable 'bokdrolspoegkompetisie'.

A large number of family member and supporters have also bought packages to be part of the event.

The 18,4 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 will range of 13,2 kilometre movers through the Masinda section of the iMfolozi Game Reserve, renowned for its white rhino, giraffe, buffalo, wild dog and elephant sightings.

The Stihl iMfolozi Outrun takes place on 31 August and 1 September.

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Trail run preparation - Imfolozi style. Race organiser Andrew van Rensberg (left) clears track for the trail runners in this weekend's STIHL Imfolozi Outrun under the watchful eye of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife ranger John. Supplied/
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