Merrell Hobbit Trail Runs – 2020

April 26, 2020

April 26, 2020

8:00 To 18:00

Arminel Hotel, Hogsback, South Africa

https://mountainrunner.co.za/

5km - R140
16km - R220
38km - R650

083 449 0760

April 24, 2020

For the Big One, its just you amongst thirty brave journeymen and women sharing the adventure covering 90km of varied and magical terrain. From Maden Dam explore the enchanted indigenous forests and intriguing Amathole mountains up to Cata mountain hut to pass the night with good food, good cheer and tired company. The next morning forge onward past cascading waterfalls and across crystal clear streams while enveloped in glorious vistas (and no small amount of sweat) as you make your way over the Hog’s back to finally descend into the town with the same name.

It’s Bucket List stuff for those who have already ticked off other tough trail marathons and applicants must qualify to be offered a place.

Event Description

The Merrell Hobbit Trail Runs takes place on the 26th of April 2020, from Arminel Hotel, Hogsback, Eastern Cape. Distance options: 38km, 16km & 5km fun run.

The 38km run on Sunday may be referred to as the short one at the Hobbit Trail Run weekend,  but this phenomenal route is consistently noted as the ‘most value per kilometre’ trail run in the country. Showcasing an immense variety of terrain and challenges, the course has determined runners building a very special relationship with the ups and downs of mountain running. The 16km and 5km routes are neither flat nor easy, but very doable and see a mixture of racers and casual runners all loving the magical vibe of the forest along well marked routes.

Distances & Entry Fee:
Merrell Hobbit 38km – R650
Merrell Hobbit 16km – R220
Merrell Hobbit 5km – R140

Venue: Arminel Hotel, Hogsback, Eastern Cape

Start Time:

Merrell Hobbit 38km – 08h00
Merrell Hobbit 16km – 09h00
Merrell Hobbit 5km – 09h00

Accomodation

The Arminel has been our race venue of choice for five years, offering excellent accommodation and restaurant facilities and a perfect social finish area where you can promptly collapse on a lounger by the pool. All chalets at the hotel have been reserved for the race and bookings are managed by Mountain Runner. BOOKING FORM HERE

  • Self Catering Family Cottage – 3 bedroom house (1 double bed, 2 singles, and 2 bunk beds) fully equipped – R2200 per night
  • Arminel Hotel – Double / Twin Room – 2 persons
    • inclusive of Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast – R1950 per room per night for 2 persons
    • room only – no meals – R1300 per room per night for 2 person
  • Arminel Hotel – Single Room – 1 person
    • inclusive of Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast – R1050 per room per night for 1 person
    • room only – no meals – R725 per room per night for 1 person
  • Arminel Hotel – Double / Twin Room – 3-night package – Suits one 90km athlete plus partner (no single supplement for Friday night, keep the same room) –  3 nights / 2 persons. ie 2 people for Thursday night, 1 person Friday night, 2 people for Saturday Night – inclusive of Dinner, Bed and Breakfast – R4800 for package

Getting to Venue

Flights to East London and then 120km (1hr30) drive. Transfers available from www.awaywiththefairies.co.za

Other Accommodation Options www.hogsback.co.za/

Comprehensive driving directions from all over the country

Info for Non-Competitors

Family and friends of those running have no fear of being bored in this mystical fairy tale land, reportedly the inspiration behind J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.”

The area is a haven of creativity with many arts and crafts studios to visit and workshops to attend. Horse riding, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Birding and Abseiling and plenty of coffee shops.

www.hogsback.co.za for more info.

The shorter 16km and 5km run on Sunday 26th April are also suitable for those wanting to explore and experience the excitement of the trails, finishing in the same place and just before the first 90km runners return.

  • Entrants for the 38km must be 18 years or older on race day
  • No refunds, but substitutions are allowed up to three days before the event (for a substitution fee of R75)
  • Entries will be available on the day with a late entry fee.

Entry does not include:

  • Personal medical and nutritional requirements
  • Any snacks or performance nutrition during the event
  • Basic medical support is offered for emergencies but excludes helicopter evacuation, or any hospitalization transport, which will be for the participant’s cost.

Registration and start times

  • Registration at Arminel Hotel from 07h00 on Sunday, 26th April 2020
  • Race Briefing 38km – 7h55
  • Race start 38km – 8h00
  • Prize-giving when the majority of runners are finished

Runners Info 38km

  • Runners must be self-sufficient for the day, no seconding, and no feeding stations
  • There are no water stations on the 38km route. There is adequate water at the many streams along the trail to refill bottles and bladders
  • There will be cut off times along the way, after which emergency routes must be followed
  • Times per day range between 4 and 10 hours
  • Runners must be fit and should have completed at least a 20km trail (not just a dirt road) run recently
  • Runners must stick to the marked trail. No short cuts are allowed.
  • There will be a sweeper
  • There will be checkpoints
  • Smile and take in the scenery – that is why you are there!

Medical

  • There will be emergency services on standby but participants must be fit, healthy and, under normal circumstances, be able to complete the event safely without aid.
  • Should the race medic declare any participant unfit to continue, he or she must withdraw from the event.
  • Helicopter evacuation, or any hospitalization transport or hospitalization, which will be at the athlete’s cost.
  • EACH PARTICIPANT MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY.

Compulsory Running Equipment 38km

  • Backpack
  • Water container min 2l.
  • WATERPROOF rain jacket (NOT just a windbreaker)
  • Base layer/fleece top
  • Base layer – legs/pants
  • Buff / Beanie
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket
  • Food/drink for the day
  • Basic First aid kit
  • Cell phone – emergency numbers will be on your race number.

Entries will be available on the day with a late entry fee.

Entry does not include:

  • Personal medical and nutritional requirements
  • Any snacks or performance nutrition during the event – there will be one water table on the 16km route.
  • Basic medical support is offered for emergencies but excludes helicopter evacuation, or any hospitalization transport, which will be at the participant’s cost.

Registration and start times

  • Registration at Arminel Hotel from 7h45
  • Race Briefing 16km – 8h55
  • Race start 16km – 9h00
  • Prize giving when the majority of runners are finished.

Runners Info 16km

The route will be marked
Times for the 16km vary from 1h15 to 3h00
Runners must be self-sufficient for the day; there will be one water point on the 16km
Runners must stick to the marked trail. No short cuts are allowed.
There will be a sweeper
Smile – this is a great trail run

Optional Running Equipment 16km

  • Wind breaker
  • Water bottle / bladder
  • Food/drink for the run
  • Cell phone – emergency numbers will be on the race number.

Recommended Equipment

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Camera
  • Water

Entries will be available on the day with a late entry fee.

Entry does not include:

  • Personal medical and nutritional requirements
  • Any snacks or performance nutrition during the event – there is no water table on the 5km route
  • Basic medical support is offered for emergencies but excludes helicopter evacuation, or any hospitalization transport, which will be at the participant’s cost.

Registration and start times

  • Registration at Arminel Hotel from 8h30
  • Race Briefing 5km – 9h25
  • Race start 5km – 9h30
  • Prize giving when the majority of runners are finished.

Runners Info 5km

  • The route will be marked
  • Times for the 5km vary from 23min to 1h15
  • Runners must be self-sufficient, there are no water points
  • Runners must stick to the marked trail. No short cuts are allowed
  • There will be a sweeper
  • Smile – this is a great trail run!

Optional Running Equipment 5km

  • Windbreaker
  • Water bottle / bladder
  • Cell phone – emergency numbers will be on the race number.

Recommended Equipment

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock
  • Camera
  • Water

More specific event information here 

Organizers

Mountain Runner Events

How to Enter?

Online entries at EntryTickets

Entries accepted on race day.

Contact Information

Tatum Prins

entries@mountainrunner.co.za

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