Bestmed Chokka Trail Run route descriptions and elevations
The route follows the shoreline from the Resort to Mostertshoek past the Seal Point Lighthouse. From the last house in Mostertshoek turn up the road (away from the shoreline) and into the Eskom Nature Reserve, where the 62km and 30km runners will continue through the coastal thicket and forest to Dune Ridge Country House.
At Duneridge Country House the 62km runners continue through the Eskom Nature Reserve to Thysbaai and Oyster Bay. The Eskom sliding gate, at around 30km, will serve as a cut off point (time to be decided by the Race Director on race day, taking weather conditions into account). They then will tackle the 16km dunes of the Sand River back to Dune Ridge Country House, and down to the Mostertshoek Road.
However, at Duneridge Country House the 30km runners will turn right and back to the Mostershoek Road, and meet the 23km and 18km runners at the sliding gate on the R330 into St Francis Field.
The 18km runners will use the beach gate to get back to the Resort, while the 30km and 23km runners will still have to check in at the Dirk Ellis Waterpoint before they can continue via Shark Point back to the Resort.
There will be well stocked water points at each 5km interval although the 62km runners will have to prepare themselves for two unsupported 15km stretches – between Dune Ridge Country House and the waterpoint at the Oyster Bay Beach Lodge, and again between the sliding gate and Dune Ridge Country House, this time on the Sand River section. The route will be well marked and 62km and 30km runners will receive Strava data for a large portion of the race.
Although there will be well stocked waterpoints, each runner must carry at least 1l water, a head lamp, space blanket and whissle.
The event is organised by St Francis Sport and 3 fun races will be in aid of the Aurora Rehabilitation Centre in Port Elizabeth.