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Hilton College Trail, KZNTR’s cupless campaign and Andrew goes wild

Immerse yourself at Hilton College

Nature is a powerful healer (read more on that from Andrew below) and the nature reserve at Hilton College provides the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in a wild space.

Having organically grown in popularity over the years, the Hilton College Trail Run brings a flurry of enthusiastic runners, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts eager to experience the beauty of this space.

Offering three courses – 7km, 12km and 20km that will move through quiet plantations, acacia thornveld and indigenous forest, with views of the uMngeni River. Participants are granted unique access to the otherwise private Hilton College Nature Reserve, something not to be missed!

Keeping with the family vibe of our events, entries for under 18s are heavily discounted (more than 50% off). The KZNTR KidZone will be available to keep your children safe and entertained with the popular visit to the school Wildlife Centre while you run!

There will be plenty to do back at the race village, so spectators need not worry! Set adjacent to the Ducasse Pool Centre, you can expect a vibrant atmosphere with access to the school pool and clean showers. Catering will be sorted with quality meals, delicious brews and refreshing cordials.
TrailShed and Esjay Sportswear will be around so you can shop for any of your trail gear needs.

Event Information

  • Date: Sunday, 02 February 2020
  • Venue: Ducasse Pool Centre, Hilton College
  • Distances: 7km | 12km | 20km
  • Start time: 7:00am | 7:30am | 7:45am
  • Cost: R110 | R150 | R190

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iMfolozi Wilderness Experience

4 days in the wilderness at the outset of FAGA SA

Much has been said about the benefits of spending time in nature, but sometimes it’s hard to gauge these benefits and actually “feel” them. A quick walk through nature may help to refresh and renew one’s spirit, but they are often not tangible right away.

Enter the iMfolozi Wilderness Trail, run by the Wilderness Leadership School based in the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve. It consists of four nights out in the Wilderness section of the Hluhluwe / iMfolozi Park, sleeping on rock ledges above the Black iMflozi River.

The word “trail” is a misleading description as the pace is slow, distances short and tempo super-easy. It takes a day or so to adapt to this new way and pace of life, but once you are settled in the benefits start to kick in. Often these are only noticed after the trip by drawing on the experience and mind set it exposes. Being out there can be tough for some – collecting water, rationing food and doing night watch alone for an hour each night strips you down to the basics and reveals a stark perspective on the crazy, manic modern life.

On leaving this tranquil place, the “real” and online world bit me hard immediately, revealing its often hostile and spiteful ways. So I leant back on the power of nature, the experience and perspective gained while pondering life in an ancient and wonderful place. I was able to place the “real” world attack in perspective.

That is the power of nature, it heals and gives back what the modern world has or tries, to rob us of. It also provides tools and protection we can use to neutralise the poison. So seek nature wherever you can and soak up its medicine!

See you in the wild,
Andrew

Cupless KZNTR...but why??

KZNTR races are cupless. Yes, cupless.

This means that runners are required to have a collapsible cup or bottle to fill and drink from at aid stations while on course. This decision came from the realisation that more than 50% of the waste produced from our events was polystyrene or plastic cups!

If you want to know more about why this is bad, CLICK HERE for the facts.

People do forget, so we do have a few enamel mugs at the tables, but please note that these are shared. So the main reason is reducing waste generated by our events, but the improved hygiene is a benefit too! 😉

Vinny from Exploring Coffee estimates that about 8-10% of his customers bring their own mugs to races, and kudos to you guys! But we think we can do better than that!

So we challenge runners to increase that percentage – bring your own mug to the Hilton College Trail Run on Sunday and KZNTR will pay R5 of the price of your coffee / tea…depending on the brew you choose, that’s up to 30% off!!

Come on people, help us to ditch single-use!!

All the gear you’ll need for your next trail expedition. Available online from Trail Shed.

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