Oldenburg a taste of adventure

Trail runner Justin Oelofsen taking part in the Oldenburg Trail Challenge.

Athletes and adventurers only have one more month to enter the Oldenburg Trail Challenge, which will be a true test of endurance that can only be offered in the beautiful yet mountainous Eastern Free State. Entries will close on 11 August 2019 in preparation for a fun filled weekend from 30 August to 1 September 2019 for runners, families and spectators alike.

The Oldenburg Trail Challenge on Saturday 31 August will be made up of four different distances including 5 km, 10 km, 21 km as well as 38 km, so everyone, from trail walkers to experienced runners, are welcome to join in. There will also be a 1-km Colour Run for kids.

This includes trekking through mountain terrain overlooking the beautiful Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. In order to maintain the environmental integrity of the area, the trails are changed each time a challenge is hosted. “A big thing for us is to preserve the environment, so we try to look after the trails as best we can. They are not commercialised trails that are used every week as there are game and wildlife that rely on grazing there,” expressed Oelofsen.

The experienced trail runner explained that the longest trail will be great challenge. “The 38-km trail is a very challenging run as we are looking at an elevation gain of about 1600 m. There will be grassland, rock shells that people will run on and some steep climbs. Some of the terrain is very technical but it is easy to navigate,” said Oelofsen.

The weekend will definitely be a family affair where spectators are also encouraged to make their way to Oldenburg Gamepark and Lodge near Ladybrand. There will be food stalls, craft beer and much more for participants and nature lovers. To enter, visit www.oldenburg.co.za or find the Oldenburg Trail Challenge page on Facebook.

Nomaqhawe Mtebele