Its back!! The most hauntingly beautiful experience of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, The Simola Phantom makes its ghostly appearance again this year and it promises to be more evocative than ever. This avant-garde blend of Trail Running and Opera music was a runaway success in its inaugural year as more than triple the anticipated entries materialized for the after dark wisp through the forests in 2016.
Hosted out of the cozy luxury of the Simola Hotel, Trail Running wild spirits will be set free at dusk on one of two carefully woven combinations of hand picked single trails, in their preferred distance 6 or 12km courses. En route their souls will be lifted by bewitching tones of the acclaimed Knysna Tenors whose apparitions they will encounter in the forest. This year’s selection of enticing trails reflects course designer John Collins’s aberration for junk miles and promises to leave runners memorized and enthralled. A hot meal, a hot shower and the warm aura of the Golf Club House awaits participants at the finish line. Plan to linger.
The younger runners are included with a slightly less spooky pre-dusk ramble around a specially made adventure trail crafted to enthrall young minds and bodies. The looped course is an achievable 2 or 4 km in length and does not leave the security of the estate. It traverses a series of themed adventure passages before returning to the hotel.
As trail fever grips the Garden Route organizers are encouraging participants to secure entries to avoid disappointment.