Oyster Catcher trail upgrade completed - Mossel Bay Advertiser

Posted on Thu May 26, 2016 in Sandpiper News.

The Oyster Catcher Trail Run in the Western Cape is going to far exceed expectations. Having already had two very successful years, the 2014 race has taken into account runners’ feedback, with Race Director Hano Otto adding a third day to the previous two stages on offer. Thus, the new and improved version allows even the most discerning or unfit trail runner a suitable option to choose from, according to their preference and fitness.

The route takes runners along some of the best-kept secrets along the coastline of Mossel Bay and its surrounds. Starting beside the lighthouse at Reins Nature Reserve, the journey passes well-known landmarks such as Gourits River, Boggom’s Bay and Dana Bay, finally delivering you to the lighthouse at Mossel Bay and the finish line.

The famous Oyster Catcher hiking trail makes up part of the route, as well as the St Blaze hiking trail on the final day. Anyone who enjoys the coast is in for a treat, as the terrain includes rocky sections with big boulders, expansive white beaches bordered by the ocean on one side and towering white dunes on the other and, for the more adventurous - and those not scared of heights - a single track more suitable for mountain goats with sheer cliff drop-offs and pounding waves below.

Apart from the stark beauty of the run, it is also appealing as it can be entered as a three, two or one-day stage run with very manageable distances of anything between 16 and 20km.

The ‘shorter’ distances and less technical terrain compared to the hard multi-stage races like afb SOX makes it enticing to the more casual trail runners. Having ample time to complete the distance each day and steaming meals prepared each lunch, it is the ideal opportunity to find out what multi-stage trail events involve.

Fred Orban, your venue host for the weekend and founder of the Oyster Catcher hiking trail, has partnered with TriSport, allowing competitors this great opportunity. Creating awareness for the African Oyster Catcher along the coastline of South Africa and its fight to survive against habitat loss is part of the event initiative.

The area has a number of alternative attractions that will keep the whole family entertained if running is not your thing. Numbers are capped due to the fragile ecosystem, so make sure you enter before the closing date on 5 September.

Available options:

3 day Trail Run: Day 1: 24km, Day 2: 20km and Day 3: 16km.
2 day Trail Run: Day 1: 20km and Day 2: 16km.
1 day Trail Run: 16km (St Blaize Trail).
For more information email [email protected] or go to www.trisport.co.za.