STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure Diary Note

 No. sharks1601

2 Nov 2016

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 Written by: Kyle Gilham

2016 Sharks Trail Adventure kick starts year-end holiday festivities

Durban – The fifth edition of the STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure takes place at the picturesque Summerveld Estate and surrounding Shongweni region on Sunday 4 December and the popular mountain biking and trail running event promises to be the perfect year-end trail adventure hit-out aimed at the whole family.

As many look to unwind at the end of another long year and ease into the festive season, the Sharks Trail Adventure’s versatile programme – which consists of 40km, 20km, 10km Family Ride and 2km Sharkie Ride events as well as 18km and 9km trail running options – ensures that the event caters for athletes of all abilities.

Pristine purpose-cut and natural trails, breath-taking views, beautiful scenery, river crossings and a vibrant festive season atmosphere have become synonymous with this event, which is the last off-road exploration for 2016 for many athletes.

After crossing the finish line and successfully conquering the day’s various trail activities, participants can look forward to joining their supporters, friends and family for the rest of the event’s many entertainment and lifestyle offerings.

The attendance of the full Cell C Sharks squad – who will be manning the trail events’ various water tables and handing out finishers medals before signing autographs, mingling with fans and posing for photographs – gives Sharks supporters a rare opportunity to come shoulder-to-shoulder with their rugby heroes.

The popular mascot Sharkie will also be there on the day and will even accompany the next generation of cycling stars on their mid-morning 2km Sharkie Kids Ride while also sure to be the cause of much his trademark mischief during the course of the day.

An exclusive Sunday staging of the renowned Shongweni Farmers Market, set against the magnificent backdrop of the Summerveld Estate, is another of the Sharks Trail Adventure’s many attractions with participants, spectators and members of the community welcome to explore the huge variety of stallholders offerings.

Numerous artisan food and beverage stalls will keep visitors well fed and watered as they browse local crafters’ various handmade crafts and Christmas offerings while soaking up the easy-listening strummings of some of the province’s top musical talent.

Once the race village’s attractions have all been discovered, attendees are encouraged to enjoy the rest of the day by laying out a blanket in the cool shade of Summerveld’s age-old trees, unpack a picnic lunch or light up a braai, and ease into the festive season with family and friends.

A Silverback Stride 20, courtesy of Cyclesphere Cycling, and various other giveaways will be up for grabs on the day as well.

The 2016 STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure takes place at Summverld Estate in Shongweni on Sunday 4 December. Entries can be submitted online via and more information can be found at


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Sharkie and the full Cell C Sharks squad will join mountain bikers and trail runners from throughout KZN at the 2016 STIHL Sharks Trail Adventure on Sunday 4 December for one last morning of trail adventure for 2016. Anthony Grote/
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