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Dryland Event Management’s only event to bear the Dryland name, the Dryland Traverse Adventure Trail Run, has garnered a reputation as a challenging but highly enjoyable event – both on and off the trails. In 2017 the Dryland Traverse will take place from the 2nd to the 5th of November and entries for the race open on Thursday the 16th of March at 12:00.
The Dryland Traverse is a four day, three stage and a prologue, trail run in the Swartberg Mountains and its foothills. The event provides a challenging mix of technical mountain trail running, scenic kilometres of rural jeep track – which offer trail runners the opportunity to raise their eyes from the trails and take in the beauty of the area – and the unique experience of running through the Cango Caves during the prologue. Route highlights include running up the Swartberg Pass, descending along an old trail from the heights of the Swartberg back to the race village at De Hoek, and of course the two kilometre long section through the Precambrian limestone caverns of the Cango Caves.
While the trail running is undoubtedly fantastic the event is equally famous for its festive spirit. With the sprawling De Hoek Mountain Resort providing the race village, trail runners can choose to stay in Dryland’s famous red tents, upgrade to luxury tents – complete with beds, white linen, power points and camp chairs – or book their own accommodation in De Hoek. With the option to camp, caravan or stay in one of the De Hoek chalets the Dryland Traverse is the perfect event to bring the whole family too. Non-trail runners can explore the Cango Caves, visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn, hike up to the Rust-en-Vrede Waterfall – near the start of Stage 2 – or simply relax at De Hoek’s swimming pool with a book.
The Saturday night Dryland Traverse fancy dress party has also become one of the key attractions to the race. The theme changes annually and the 80’s theme of 2015 and the Beach theme of 2016 were both exceptionally well received. With the final stage’s start time being pushed back to 09:30 and with only 11 kilometres to negotiate virtually the entire field of trail, runners party well into the night. In 2016 even the race leaders joined in the festivities.
The Dryland Traverse is not just special to the event entrants however, it holds a special place in the hearts of the Dryland Event Management team too; as Race Director Bernard le Roux explains: “the entire Dryland crew looks forward to the Dryland Traverse every year. It’s such a fun event to organise and work at. Plus trail runners are just so relaxed and fun loving that they make the entire event a pleasure. It helps that the Saturday night party also doubles as my birthday party too I guess.”
Entries to the 2017 Dryland Traverse open on the 16th of March at 12:00 and early bird entrants will be rewarded with a 10% discount if they enter before the 31st of May. Entry options include solo and team, with a choice of camping, luxury camping or own accommodation available. Please visit www.drylandtraverse.co.za for more information or follow @DrylandTraverse on Twitter and like the Dryland Traverse Facebook page to stay updated.
|Fast Facts: 2017 Dryland Traverse|
|Dates||2 – 5 November 2017|
|Venue||De Hoek Mountain Resort | www.dehoekmountainresort.co.za|
|Distances||Prologue: 8km | Stage 1: 27km | Stage 2: 23km | Stage 3: 11km|
|Solo Entry||R4 450 | Early bird: R4 200 (until 31/05/2017)|
|Team Entry||R8 600 | Early Bird: R7 900 (until 31/05/2017)|
|Luxury Camping||R2 500 (for two)|
|Non-Runners||R1 600 (Supporter package inc. all meals & standard camping)|