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ORIGIN50

ULTRA TRAIL

ORIGINS

ULTRA TRAIL

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ORIGIN50 runners will start their journey at Wetlands Game Lodge at 05H00 on Saturday 1st of October. After an initial short downhill warm-up, the route will take participants up to the plateaus overlooking Wetlands and the surrounding lands. This is a fast-undulating section which follows the boundary fence and then descending into Wetlands Forest before climbing back up to the furthest point of Wetlands, over the fence and into the neighbouring 15,000-hectare Donkerhoek section of the run.

After a brief run along the ridge line, runners will head down into the valley below and the first water point at the Buffalos Bedroom. After a brief stop, its a quick climb back to the ridge line via Christmas Tree path and up to Repeater Hill - the highest point (2,136m) on the route and with great views of Donkerhoek and the surrounding areas. 

Participants will then make their way to the aid station at Donkerhoek Lodge via Donkerhoek Ridge, down Bummer, through Dory's Meander and past Donkerhoek Forest. Once at Donkerhoek Lodge, runners can top up with water, snacks, warm soup and other items before an epic run to Holbak Gorge. This section is a wide variety of terrain including forests, fast flat trail, rolling hills and jeep track before climb up Holbak Wall to the checkpoint at Repeater Hill.

Runners now prepare for the final fast and flat 25KM back into Wetlands and down Horse Hill. The final descent is down an easy and winding jeep track before emerging next to Wetlands trout dam and the last few hundred meters to the finish line.

 

Checkpoint #1: The Corner (water point)

Checkpoint #2: Buffalos Bedroom (water point)

Checkpoint #3: Donkerhoek Lodge (Water point) - Medical Support - Bag Drop - Medical Support

Checkpoint #4: Holbak Wall (water point)

Checkpoint #5: The Corner (water point)

50KM

SATURDAY

1ST OCT

05H00

2,287m ELEVATION

12HRS

CUTT-OFF

17H00 SAT

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WATER POINTS

LIVE TRACKING

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50KM ROUTE AND WATER POINTS

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ENTRY FEE

R1,550

ENTRY INCLUDES

  • GPS tracker for live monitoring

  • Light buffet style breakfast on Saturday morning

  • Prepared route with guidance markers on exceptional trails

  • Access to full medical support during the event

  • Nutrition and marshals at checkpoints along the route and a 'sweeper' on the route.

  • Bag-drop service

  • Finisher drink / beer and light meal

  • Award ceremony ticket

  • Race shirt and finisher medal

  • Athlete bag

  • Sundowner ticket

ENTRY EXCLUDES

  • Accommodation

  • Personal nutritional items

  • Meals purchased at Wetlands - excluding Saturday breakfast and the light finisher meal

  • Personal drinks and beverages