Imfolozo Outrun Media Release
29 Aug 2019
: Dave Macleod
All systems go for inaugural
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
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.
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.
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