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1000 Hills Challenge

16 July 2023

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About 1000 Hills Challenge

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure at Shongweni Dam, nestled in the breathtaking Valley of 1000 Hills! With its striking red cliff faces, sparkling dam, and lush bushveld, this rural gem is just waiting to be explored on foot – the ultimate way to experience its beauty.

Our longer courses will take you on a thrilling journey around the entire dam, with rugged riverine sections and challenging climbs that will test your limits. For a shorter but equally exhilarating experience, the course cuts through an exciting tunnel and runs around the bottom half of the dam. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like zebra and impala in the Shongweni Reserve!

But that’s not all – this event is a beloved favorite among the trail community for good reason. Our race village is buzzing with energy, featuring delicious food and drinks, massage therapists, trail gear, and more. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss, offering a unique perspective of KZN that only those willing to explore on foot can truly appreciate.

Online Entries Close Friday, 14 July at Midday


Marathon Course

Start Time: 07:00am | Walkers Welcome
Distance: 40km
Elevation gain: 1562m
Aid Stations: 3 stations

Download file: KZNTR 1000 Hills Challenge Apr 2023 - 40km Course.gpx

Short Course

Start Time: 08:15am | Walkers Welcome
Distance: 5km
Elevation gain: 341m
Aid Stations: 1 station

Download file: KZNTR 1000 Hills Challenge Apr 2023 - 5km Course.gpx

Medium Course

Start Time: 08:00am | Walkers Welcome
Distance: 12km
Elevation gain: 623m
Aid Stations: 2 stations

Download file: KZNTR 1000 Hills Challenge Apr 2023 - 12km Course.gpx

Long Course

Start Time: 07:30am
Distance: 23km
Elevation gain: 952m
Aid Stations: 3 station

Download file: KZNTR 1000 Hills Challenge 2023 Jul 2023 - 24km Course 2023-07-14 V1.gpx

In Association With


Shongweni Dam and Nature Reserve
Outer West Durban