Eric Stewart 082 394 7363 or Esti Stewart 073 825 0835 chokkatrail@gmail.com

St Francis Sport is hosting the first ever Sand River Trail Run on Saturday 26 September 2020 to make up for all lost events of 2020.  The Sand River Trail Run, where walkers are welcome, will start and finish at the Dune Ridge Country House just outside St Francis Bay – enter here or read on for more info!

The long weekend in September is traditionally earmarked for the Calamari Festival, the Calamari Classic (golf and bowls) as well as the Nautical Half, organised by the St Francis Runners, but the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic forced the organisers of most of these events to cancel.  The Minister of Sport has announced that events limited to 50 participants are allowed, and the Kouga Municipality is happy to approve this event – so, it’s all systems go!

In order to stay within the law, races will be limited to 45 participants and 5 marshals.  Entries are already open on Entry Ninja and close on Friday 25 September.

Masks before and after the race is compulsory, hand sanitation stations will be available and social distancing must be kept during the race as far as possible.  No official prize giving will be held.

The route will start at the Dune Ridge Country House, and proceed towards the Sand River through the Eskom Conservation Reserve.  The 21km race includes 11km of dirt road, and 10km of dunefield, the 12km race includes 8km of dirt road and 4km of dunefield while the 5km distance stays on the dirt road.

There will be three water stations for the 21km race (although the 10km dunefield will be unassisted), two for the 12km race and 1 for the 5km race.  Walkers and runners must bring their own folding cups to ensure good hygiene.

Distances are:

Race 1:  21km (walking):  race briefing 7h15, starting time 7h30.  Entry fee:  R100 pp

Race 2:  21km (running):  race briefing 7h30, starting time 7h45.  Entry fee:  R100 pp

Race 3:  12km (walking):  race briefing 7h45, starting time 8h00.  Entry fee:  R60 pp

Race 4:  12km (running):  race briefing 8h00, starting time 8h10.  Entry fee:  R60 pp

Race 5:  5km (walking):  race briefing 8h10, starting time 8h20.  Entry fee:  R30 pp

Race 6:  5km (running):  race briefing 8h20, starting time 8h30.  Entry fee:  R30 pp.

A reserve date for the Sand River Trail Run is Saturday 19 December 2020.

For more information, please contact Esti Stewart on chokkatrail@gmail.com or 073 825 0835.