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WILDSERIES Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge

15 August 2020

Course Details

The WildSERIES Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge is a tough mountain ultra, but it’s definitely worth the blood, sweat and tears, and will certainly be an experience of a lifetime. Expect to run through some of our country’s most rugged and beautiful scenery. The route is largely an out & back format, traversing through the Mahai valley to tackle chain ladders to get to the top of the Drakensberg escarpment for a 3km loop via the top of the Tugela Falls before scrambling down the Gulley. This race is a spectacular adventure, and worth every ache you will suffer afterwards!

Start time(s): 5:30 – 6:00am | Batch Dependent

Course Route and Profile:

The following equipment will be required for participation in the event.

  • 1L Hydration Pack
  • Rain Jacket
  • Thermal Layer
  • Gloves
  • Buff or Beanie
  • Space Blanket
  • Small Medical Kit

Runners will be allocated into batches based on the marathon time that is provided upon entry into the event. The number of batches and start times thereof will be dependent on the number of participants that enter the race. Participants will be informed as to which batch they fall into at registration along with their respective start times.

First cut-off will take place at 12:00 pm at the bottom of the chain ladders (24km). Final cut-off will take place at Witsieshoek (40km) at 16:30 pm. Please note that all runners arriving at Witsies between 15:30 and 16:30 will proceed down to the finish as a group.

Friday, 14 August 2020:

  • 15:00 – Registration opens
  • 17:00 – Dinner opens
  • 18:30 – Welcome, race briefing & dinner closes

Saturday, 15 August 2020

  • 04:30 – Registration & breakfast opens
  • 05:30 – 06:00 – Race batch starts
  • 10:30 – Lunch opens
  • 17:30 – Dinner opens
  • 18:30 – Prize-giving & photo presentation

Sunday, 16 August 2020

  • 07:00 – Breakfast opens
  • 09:00 – Breakfast closes

World
Heritage
Site

Family Friendly
Event

The prestigious WILDSERIES Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge traverses 50km of the Royal Natal National Reserve, part of the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site. This region serves home to the endangered Bearded Vulture, a species which once ranged from the Cape of Good Hope, along the eastern mountain spine of Africa and into northwest Africa. With less than 100 breeding pairs left, this species is now believed to be isolated to the rugged Maluti-Drakensberg highlands within the Southern Hemisphere. WILDSERIES aims to support the conservation of these birds as well as many other conservation and community development projects. For more information about these projects and other WILDSERIES events, click Here. 

Online Entries and Registration

Online entries open on Thursday, 12 December 2019 at 10:00 am with the 48 hour special where runners can purchase entries at a discounted price. Race and full packages will open thereafter with entries closing Friday, 07 August 2020 at 12:00 pm. Substitutions are available until one week before the event. Both parties must email our administrator (info@kzntrailrunning.com) to process the substitution.

The Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge us a partnership between Wildlands, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife & KZN Trail Running and a portion of every race entry is donated to the Royal Natal Nature Reserve for their internal projects.

Gate entry fees are included in all runners entries. All spectators entering the reserve will have to pay the gate fee each day they attend with exception of spectators that are staying at either the Mahai or Thendele Campsites where the fee is already included. This fee includes a rescue levy which contributes to emergency helicopter evacuations in the event that a runner/spectator sustains an  injury and requires to be airlifted.

Online Entries and Registration Continued

Registration will open at 15:00 pm on Friday, 14 August and at 04:30 am on Saturday, 15 August 2020. Please note that there will be no on-the-day entries available at this event. 

WILDSERIES Challenge

Be sure to keep an eye out for the other events under the WILDSERIES banner. The WILDSERIES Three Cranes Challenge entries are open – click Here  for more information. To enter all three WILDSERIES events at a discounted rate, click Here.

Pre-Race Briefing

A mandatory pre-race briefing must be attended by all runners at 18:30pm under the Marquee on Friday, 14 August 2020. Additional information on routes (if neccessary) will be given  on Saturday morning, 10min before the race commences.

Cupless Water Tables

As KZNTR is moving toward the more ecologically friendly cupless water tables, we ask you to please ensure that you bring your own trail cup, water bottles and/or hydration packs for on-course hydration and refills!

KZNTR KidZone

KZNTR KidZone will be available for Children (2yrs+). Experienced childminders will allow parents to get out and enjoy exhilarating trails by distracting (and watching over) the little ones with stimulating and fun activities at the Race Village.

Directions

Venue: Royal Natal National Park, Bergville.

From Durban (ETA 3 h 05 min):

  • Travel northbound on the N3.
  • Take exit 194 and turn left onto R74.
  • Continue straight for ~72km and turn left at the “Royal Natal” signpost.
  • Continue straight until you reach the Royal Natal National Nature Reserve. 

From Johannesburg (ETA 3 h 32 min):

  • Travel southbound on the N3.
  • Take exit 103 and turn right onto the N5 toward Harrismith/Bethlehem.
  • Follow N5 for appr. 4.8km and turn left onto R74.
  • Continue on the R74 for 8.6km and turn left to stay on the R74 (signposted Bergville).
  • Continue straight on the R74 for 6.8km and turn right at the Royal Natal signpost.
  • Follow until you reach the Royal Natal Nature Reserve.
Click Here for a Google Maps Link.

In Association With

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Entries to Open
10:00 am on 12 December 2020

Race Entries

This entry includes:

  • Entry into the WILDSERIES Mont-Aux-Sources 2020 race
  • Race garment
  • Gate entry

Please note that this entry does not include meal tickets and/or accommodation for the event.

This entry includes:

  • Entry into the WILDSERIES Mont-Aux-Sources 2020 race
  • Race garment
  • Gate entry
  • Tented accommodation (mattress included) for one for Friday and Saturday night during the event
  • Meals for one from Friday dinner through to Sunday breakfast

Please note that this entry does not include meal tickets and/or accommodation for the event. Tickets for the runners package will open on 05 December 2020.

Details Price Qty
Runners Entryshow details + R1,700.00 (ZAR)  
Runners Full Packageshow details + R3,000.00 (ZAR)  

*To view our T’s & C’s, refund and substitution policies and FAQ, please click HERE.

Accommodation

These tickets include:

  • Tented accommodation (incl. mattress) and are sold on a per person basis. Tickets can be purchased for Friday or both nights.

Please note that minors who are sharing tents with adults qualify for a 50% discount for the minor’s ticket. Contact info@kzntrailrunning for more information. This entry does not include meal tickets.

These tickets include:

  • Self-camping accommodation. These are sold on a per person basis and can be purchased for Friday or Both nights.

Please note that minors who are sharing tents with adults qualify for a 50% discount for the minor’s ticket. Contact info@kzntrailrunning for more information. This entry does not include meal tickets.

Details Price Qty
Tented Accommodation (per person, Friday night)show details + R400.00 (ZAR)  
Tented Accommodation (per person, both nights)show details + R800.00 (ZAR)  
Self-camping (per person, Friday night)show details + R150.00 (ZAR)  
Self-camping (per person, both nights)show details + R300.00 (ZAR)  

*To view our T’s & C’s, refund and substitution policies and FAQ, please click HERE.

Meals

The followings meal tickets that are available:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Supper

Please note that the event caters for Friday dinner, Saturday, breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast. All tickets are to be purchased separately.

Details Price Qty
Breakfast Meal Ticketshow details + R75.00 (ZAR)  
Breakfast Meal Ticket (Saturday)show details + R75.00 (ZAR)  
Kiddies Breakfast Meal Ticket (Saturday)show details + R45.00 (ZAR)  
Breakfast Meal Ticket (Sunday)show details + R75.00 (ZAR)  
Kiddies Breakfast Meal Ticket (Sundayshow details + R45.00 (ZAR)  
Lunch Meal Ticketshow details + R120.00 (ZAR)  
Kiddies Lunch Meal Ticketshow details + R60.00 (ZAR)  
Supper Meal Ticketshow details + R150.00 (ZAR)  
Supper Meal Ticket (Friday)show details + R150.00 (ZAR)  
Kiddies Supper Meal Ticket (Friday)show details + R75.00 (ZAR)  
Supper Meal Ticket (Saturday)show details + R150.00 (ZAR)  
Kiddies Supper Meal Ticket (Saturday)show details + R75.00 (ZAR)  

*To view our T’s & C’s, refund and substitution policies and FAQ, please click HERE.

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