The 40KM run route will start on Thesen Island next to Sirocco at 06H00.
WP #1 - Simola golf Course (8KM)
WP #2 - Terblans Nature walk (17KM)
WP #3 - Diepwalle Forest Station (28KM)
The 40KM run is a mix between tar, gravel and trail routes with the majority being gravel road.
The initial 8km is all tar from Thesen Island, through the Knysna Quays and up Old Cape Road to Simola. The Simola climb is a tough climb but not the hardest of the day by any means.
The first water / check point is at Simola Golf Course.
Participants then turn onto Gounda road and descend the steep 2.8km into the Knysna Forest. Athletes will then cross over the Gouna River where you can jump into the water to cool yourself down. This is then followed by a steep climb out of the valley with spectacular views of the Steenbras River below.
The 2nd water / check point is at Terblans Nature walk.
If they are feeling strong, athletes then have an option of doing the Terblans 4.6km Nature walk run route through the forest. A beautiful section and well worth the effort. After Terblans Nature walk check point, the route takes participants along Kom Se Pad until they are diverted into the forest on a 2km section along the Elephant hiking trail to Diepwalle Forest Station - the 2nd water / check point.
After a brief rest stop, the route then joins Prince Alfreds pass and takes runners the final 9km to bottom of the climb up to the Forest Tower which overlooks the surrounding area. This is a 2km stretch where participants need to dig deep to complete the Sea 2 Tower race.