4Peaks entries open on Friday

The picturesque Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Free State will once again be the playgrounds for hundreds of thrill-seekers in the 2019 Trappers Bloemfontein 4 Peaks Mountain Challenge, presented by Bloemfontein Courant. PHOTO: BRUCE VIAENE.

The entries for the 2019 Trappers Bloemfontein 4Peaks Mountain Challenge, presented by Bloemfontein Courant, will open on Friday morning.

Competitors and aspiring mountain runners will be able to book their entry for the extremely popular endurance race as from 8am on Friday morning at vastly reduced rate for a 24-hour period.

The event is known for is 24-km mountain run, which is considered to be the toughest in its distance in South Africa. This year the organisers, Pure Adventures, decided to spice things up at Moolmanshoek Private Nature Reserve by adding two additional events.

For the runners who are maybe still be beginners and feel that they are not quite ready to tackle the mountains, there will be a 10-km panoramic route, which will follow the base of the mountains instead of going over them. The abundance of wildlife will also be something that the 24 km runners don’t normally experience on the route.

Apart from the two running events, Pure Adventures have also reintroduced the mountain bike race, which will include both a 20- and 40-km ride.

The running events will take place on the Saturday, while the mountain biking events will be staged on Sunday.

Mike de Haast of Pure Adventures anticipates that that there will be some adrenalin junkies who will tackle both the running and biking events.

“Going back to round about 2012 or so we used to run a mountain bike adventure on the Sunday, which we’ve reintroduced.

“There will be a 20- and 40-km race, depending on that you want to do. In those days were about 30 or so people that ran the race and then did the mountain bike event with wives, family and friends.

“The mountain bike event is just an add-on; it’s just going to be a fun event. It is not going to be anything like the SkyRide which we had at Moolmanshoek. It is going to be hard, but is going to be a mountain bike adventure; it is not going to be a race as such.

“I’ve already had a quite a number of people saying that they are glad that the mountain bike event is back, and they’ve also already confirmed that they will be competing in both.” The events will take participants through the picturesque Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2019.

To get your early bird entries, make sure you go online at 8am on Friday 15 March 2019 to take advantage of the reduced rates http://4peaks.co.za/. – MORGAN PIEK