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In anticipation of hosting the tenth edition of the Rhodes Dryland Traverse in November 2020, Rhodes Quality and Dryland have taken the difficult decision to postpone this event. The four-day stage trail run would have celebrated a decade of unique trails and a race village filled with festivities. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty that surrounds it, hosting the event will unfortunately no longer be possible.
This event carries the reputation of SA’s trail run with the best vibe. Not only has it become famous for the run through the Cango Caves, but also for those legendary Saturday evening theme parties. “This was a tough decision and was not taken lightly along with input from Rhodes Quality, the title sponsor, Dryland Event Management and the relevant authorities.” says Dryland director Bernard le Roux.
“After communication with all relevant parties, we’ve had to weigh up Covid-19 policies and guidelines from the venue and land owners, ASA the federation governing trail running, the event sponsors and other authorities. We came to the conclusion that we cannot guarantee that all approvals will be in place by the end of October, therefore the only reasonable conclusion is to postpone the event.
This decision was made with heavy hearts, but the possible financial risk and inconvenience potentially placed on athletes booking flights and accommodation is not acceptable and reasonable, therefor the decision – we simply cannot control the outcome…” Le Roux said.
Rhodes Quality, the event title sponsor supports this decision “As a business and brand we believe it is important to look out for the well-being of all involved in this event, and to be as responsible as possible in these challenging times. While we will miss the event this year, we look forward to a successful run and what we’re sure will be another memorable event, next year” says Tamara Patel – Brand Manager: Rhodes Quality.
The Dryland team will be in touch with each entrant to the 2020 Rhodes Dryland Traverse over the coming days to discuss the best solution for each runner. Le Roux concluded with, “The tenth edition will most definitely be a celebration of all the ups and downs of the last decade. We cannot wait to share this special milestone with everyone!”.