AFRICANX TRAILRUN launches National Series of events!

AFRICANX TRAILRUN launches National Series of events!

By Jacky McClean

“Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”

Stillwater Sports, the organizers of South Africa’s premier 3-Day Stage Trail Run, are excited to announce that the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN will expand into a National Series of events with three events taking place in 2021 and five events taking place in 2022.

“SA’s trail running community welcomed the return of the iconic THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN that was hosted at the Houw Hoek Hotel in March this year,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director of Stillwater Sports and Founder of the event. 

THIRSTI_AFRICANX_TRAILRUN by Tobias Ginsberg

“It’s the combination of sensational routes, passionate runners and amazing sponsors that makes the AFRICANX experience so special.  The vibe at this event is unparalleled.  As the new title sponsor of the AFRICANX TRAILRUN, THIRSTI has injected a new ‘thirst for life’ into the event. 

Stillwater Sports together with THIRSTI (as the title sponsor) and First Ascent (as the apparel partner) are proud to announce that the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN will expand into a National Series of sensational trail running events with three events taking place in 2021 and five events taking place in 2022.”

“The 3-Day event that took place in March falls under the 2021 list of events,” clarifies Meyer. 

“The two remaining events that will take place in 2021 will be the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN XPLORE (North West Province) which consists of a 2-Day stage race where runners can compete individually, as well as the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN XPERIENCE (Western Cape) which will be a 1-Day event for individual runners. 

In 2022 the THIRSTI AFRICANX National Series of events will include the traditional 3-Day event (Western Cape), with two THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN XPLORE races (KZN and North West Province) and two THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN XPERIENCE races (Gauteng and Western Cape).  We are excited to extend the footprint of the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN and can’t wait to introduce more runners to a trail running experience like no other.” 

“After sponsoring the flagship event early this year we immediately knew that we wanted to partner with Stillwater Sports to grow this extraordinary event into a series,” says Rob Hoatson, Managing Director of THIRSTI Water. 

“The sport of trail running is growing in popularity and attracts a loyal and dedicated community that has shown huge support for our brand and our products. In return, we want to back their passion for life, health and wellness which fits well with our brand values.”

More about THIRSTI:  THIRSTI started production at the end of 2015 with its iconic Still and Sparkling ranges of natural spring water sourced from the midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, with its unique taste and a pH level of 8.  In 2019,

THIRSTI launched the ultimate sports drink, ISOFIT+ and in 2020 a bold THIRSTI Flavours range was added.

EVENT INFORMATION2021 THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN Series of Events

THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 2-Day XPLOREDateSaturday 21 and Sunday 22 August 2021
 VenueVan Gaalens Kaasmakerij, Hartbeespoort (North West Province)
 Format2-Day Stage Trail Run
 Entry Format:  Individual Entry
 Entry Fees OPTION 1R2300OPTION 2R2650OPTION 3R2950
 Entries OpenTuesday 01 June 2021
  
THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCEDateSaturday 18 September 2021
 VenuePaul Cluver Wines, Grabouw (Western Cape)
 Format1-Day Trail Run
 Entry Format:  Individual Entry
 Entry Fees OPTION 16km / R100OPTION 212km / R350OPTION 324km / R600OPTION 442km / R950
 Entries Open:  Tuesday 01 June 2021

EVENT INFORMATION2022 THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN Series of Events

Event 1:  THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 3-DayDate:  Saturday 19 – Monday 21 March 2022
 VenueHouw Hoek Hotel (Western Cape)
 Format3-Day Stage Trail Run
 Entry FormatTeams of Two Runners (male / female / mixed)
 Entry Fees: OPTION 1R3600 per runner        OPTION 2R4200 per runner OPTION 3R4600 per runner
 Entries OpenThursday 01 July 2021
  
Event 2:  THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 2-Day XPLOREDateSaturday 09 – Sunday 10 April 2022 
 VenueNormandien Farms (Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal)
 Format2-Day Stage Trail Run
 Entry FormatIndividual Entry
 Entry Fees:  R2950 per runner
 Entries OpenThursday 01 July 2021
  
Event 3:  THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCEGauteng – Date and Venue to be Announced
Event 4:  THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 2-Day XPLORENorth West Province – Date and Venue to be Announced
Event 5:  THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 1-Day XPERIENCEWestern Cape – Date and Venue to be Announced

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Hashtag:  #MyAFRICANX #RunTheAFRICANX

For additional information on the THIRSTI AFRICANX TRAILRUN 3-Day, 2-Day and/or 1-Day events please visit www.stillwatersports.com, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email entries@stillwatersports.com

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