Old Mutual Wild Series: Golden Gate Challenge – 2018

October 19, 2018

October 21, 2018

15:00 To 12:00

Glen Reenen, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State, South Africa


R3500 -R3800

Event Description

The Old Mutual Wild Series: Golden Gate Challenge takes place between 19 – 21 October 2018, from Glen Reenen Rest Camp (Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State).

The Golden Gate Challenge is a 3-day track and trail run through some of the most rugged yet scenic mountains of the Free State, situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The race will traverse through restricted parts of the reserve rarely seen by the public, like Little Serengeti, Cathedral Caves and many other hidden gems within the park. Participants will cover just over 70km in 3 days, staged out of a single base camp in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Please do not judge the race by its distances, as it is a true challenge offering great rewards, but that means conquering big mountains and high altitudes. You will pass by ancient rock paintings and relics of past civilisations as you run this race with the knowledge that you are running for the survival of a species – the Bearded Vulture.

A race village will be set up, and each participant will be accommodated in his or her own tent for the duration of the challenge – you can expect nice hot showers, clean ablutions and a great atmosphere. Full catering will be available to all participants for the duration of the Challenge, and will include a 24-hour snack and coffee bar. The run will incorporate mainly hiking trails and Jeep track – a true off-road experience. The last day will start off with an early morning night run, which will add a new dimension and promises to bring out the adventurer in you. By participating in this event you will set off on a journey – make sure to enjoy it with eyes wide open!

Distance: 27km, 29km, 17km (Please do not be fooled by these distances – there are some big mountains and the altitude to deal with)

Entry Fees:
Full Package  R3800 (includes a 50% conservation donation*).
Includes tented accommodation at race village and all catering.
Only 250 entries will be made available for this package.

Runner’s Package – R3500 (includes a 50% conservation donation*)
Includes catering but excludes accommodation.
Only 100 entries will be made available for this package.

*A Section 18A certificate on your 50% donation can be issued on request.

What is included in your entry package:

  • Pre-event registration dinner, 17 October 2018
  • Accommodation for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
  • Thursday night: dinner and accommodation
  • Friday: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Saturday: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sunday: champagne buffet breakfast
  • 24-hour snack and coffee bar will be available in the Chill Zone
  • Fully set-up at race village – 1 tent per runner
  • Full medical support and backup
  • Breakfast prize giving on Sunday morning
  • Route maps
  • Official race garment and a race pack

Note: Additional meals can be booked for family and friends for the duration of the event when entering online.

Family and friends will also be allowed to stay in the race village – please contact Zandi (ZandiM@wildlands.co.za) to arrange.

Registration: 18 October 2018
Format: 3-day staged trail run
Venue: Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State

Pre-Race Briefing:
A pre-race briefing that MUST be attended by all participants will take place at 18:30 during registration inside the marquee on Thursday evening. Final instructions regarding route changes (if necessary) and a weather report will be given every morning, 10 minutes before the start of the race. Race briefing dinner will take place at 18:30 at the race village on 22 October. All participants have to be present for this. A fully detailed description of the route will be given, and checkpoints, medical assistance, and map work will be discussed.

Make sure to book extra meals if your family and friends will be joining you


Wild Series SA

How to Enter?

Online entry at Wildseries

Contact Information

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