The Tortoise Tuff Race is a tough, undulating race, in and around Sedgefield, which rewards runners with spectacular scenery. Possibly the most challenging 30km on the Garden Route.
Distance & Entry Fee:
10km Road Run/Walk
30km Road Run/Walk
3km fun run
The Temp License fee is applicable to unlicensed participants of the 30km, 10km AND 21km Trail Run.
Venue: Sedgefield Primary School, Sedgefield
30km: Walk: 6am | Run: 7am
10km Run/Walk: 7:15am
21.1km Trail Run: 7:10am
3km Fun Run: 8am.
Prize Giving: 11:15am
30km: Run/Walk – 19 yrs
10km Run/Walk – 14 yrs
21.1km Trail Run – 16 yrs
3km Fun Run – 9 yrs
When was the last time you hiked through the beautiful Knysna Forests, swam in the magnificent Knysna Estuary or had Sunday Lunch at one of our great local restaurants?
The 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival is arranged and hosted by locals and we are proud to announce that it will be one of the best yet! We always say “support local”, so why not get out there and enjoy our beautiful area, with drinks at The Turbine Hotel (22 & 28 June), Burgers at the Burger Exchange (22 June), Forest Hikes with the family, Live music with friends (27 June) and a round of golf at the Pezula Golf Course (27, 28 & 29 June).
Get out your camera for the Woodcutter’s Trail (25 June) and River of Gold Forest Walk (27 June), tie your shoes laces for the FNB family hike or trail run (24, 26 & 28 June), hold your breath for the Lagoon Mile Swim (28 June) or get involved in one of the sport tournaments, many of these being hosted by the ever-friendly Hornlee community.
Not the outdoor type? Enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner (28 June), book a babysitter for the Not So Secret Something (adult only) Comedy Show (23 June) or attend the Flavours of Knysna (26 June) for some really good food!
We have something for everyone and invite, encourage and challenge you to make the most of this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival!
Visit the website www.KnysnaOysterFestival.co.za for more details of our fully packed programme and regularly updated eatery and activity specials.
Visit Knysna Information & Promotion Office
40 Main Road, Knysna
The Featherbed Company is bracing itself for an outbreak of Trail Running Fever as trail fanatics from across the country scramble for entries into one of South Africa’s most popular medium distance trail running events - the Featherbed Trail Run which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The family friendly event is the trail running event of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and is as famous for its festive atmosphere combined with the famous Ferry Ride across the Knysna Estuary as it is for its spectacular course.
"Feathers fly as Trail Fanatics Flock to the Featherbed Trail Run"
Additionally to the established distances of 11km, well-known as the SEAHORSE run and the 15km distance, known as the Coelacanth Run, organisers have added another longer distance event of 21km which will go into the Featherbed books as the GREAT WHITE.
This race promises to be a tough but exhilarating run. Not only will athletes be able to enjoy those exclusive trails on the privately owned Featherbed Nature Reserve with breath-taking views across the sheer cliffs of the Knysna Heads but they will also descent to the rugged beaches of the Indian Ocean east of Brenton on Sea and along the beautiful Fisherman’s Trail. This route is certainly one of the most spectacular trail running courses that South Africa has to offer – so if you are a proficient medium distance trail runner – this is the one to do.
The Featherbed Trail Run is also part of the BIG5 Sport Challenge with a strong field of MultiSport athletes who will be competing against Featherbed athletes on the15km Coelacanth course.
The all inclusive experience gained by an entry to the event includes a ferry trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, an experience in its own right, a Unimog trip up the mountain (For Seahorse Runners), a choice of one of the three running courses which differ slightly in technical challenge, distance and one beast of a climb, the well-deserved finisher medal and a post-race meal at Knysna’s exclusive Cruise Café. The event is organised into 3 departures; a morning, midday and afternoon run with breakfast, lunch or supper afterwards.
According to Christine Collins from event organisers Magnetic South, the demand for tickets is once again enormous and she is expecting another sell out run. She urged local runners to get their entries in early to avoid disappointment as entries are being snapped up by upcountry athletes. “Entry is stringently limited by the number of places on the ferries,” she said.
A very special mention must also go to the Featherbed Company, who once a year allows the organisers to present this exhilarating event within their pristine protected area. “It is a privilege for us to run here every year”, said Event Director Mark Collins, “and we pride ourselves on instilling an ethos of respect for nature in each of the runners at our event”.
The Featherbed Trail Run is part of the Trail Town Concept which offers a multitude of trail running events over the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and caters for all age groups, fitness levels and one can even choose the perfect time of the day to go out and enjoy the trails!
All info and booking on www.trailtown.net
Following the enormous global interest and recent success of the international adventure race, Expedition Africa held within the Garden Route, Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is proud to announce the inclusion of Trail Town in this year’s Festival, July 1 - 10.
Knysna tourism entity, Knysna & Partners’ CEO, Greg Vogt says: “Knysna Tourism conceptualised the slogan, #TrailTownSA when we recognised that Trail Towns are recognised in the USA and Europe as towns with leading trails to hike, run and cycle.
“This is an easily recognisable term referencing our town’s leadership in being a destination to explore our many trails, whether they be on the coast, in the forests or on the mountain’s edge. We are the #TrailTown of South Africa.” Trail Town showcases some of the most pristine trails in and around the Knysna area. One of these trails, the well-established Featherbed Trail Run offers participants the unique opportunity to enjoy the combination of a ferry trip across the Knysna Estuary; a run up Knysna’s Western Head, through the privately owned Featherbed Nature Reserve; a crossing of the old famous Railway bridge and finally the opportunity to indulge in a hot meal served at Knysna’s much-acclaimed Cruise Café. Magnetic South, organisers of this Festival Trail Town has added a range of new events to the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival calendar – this year the Simola Phantom Night Run, Casper Kids Adventure Run and the Free Range Events that allows participants the freedom to choose when they want to complete the trail.
The Simola Phantom Night Run guarantees to stimulate the senses of all trail runners. Besides running on a dark New Moon lit night with nothing but the illumination of Ledlenser Headlamps, participants will hear the Voices of the Forest performed by local opera singers scattered within the forest. These beautiful voices will be heard singing arias and songs from different operas and composers throughout the race. “Imagine running through a dark forest following the shine of your torch, your breath rising in visible puffs in the cool night air, your steps on the forest floor and in the distance the dramatic voice of the Phantom of the Opera intensifying as you push on,” said race organiser, Mark Collins. The Phantom Night Run is not only for seasoned trail runners but welcomes all active forest, night and classical music lovers of all ages. These 6 or 12 km Night Runs (or walks) take place on Saturday, July 2 at 17:00. Once safely back from this nocturnal experience, participants will be hosted in the warmth of Simola Club House where they will be spoilt with a steaming hot meal.
While the adults are out enjoying the musical, nocturnal forest experience of the Phantom Night Run, children between the ages of 6 and 12 years have their own adventure race to look forward to, The Casper Kids Adventure Run. These youngsters will race in their own age groups along the specially designed adventure and exploration trail at Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa. Once completed each child will receive a Busy Sprogs Activity Pack and kept busy in a safe and warm environment with loads of activities, including - face painting, storytelling and the viewing of the Casper the Friendly Ghost movie. All Casper Kids Adventure Run participants will also receive a hot snack while they wait for their parents to complete the Simola Phantom Night Run experience.
Trail Town offers a further three pristine trails, hosted by both SANParks and Cape Nature during the Festival and known as the Free Range events. These short distance trails vary between 6 and 8km and are open to the Free Range Competition on six consecutive days during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. Participants have the freedom to roam these three trails at their leisure on any day and at any time. They will however be timed and ranked against all other free roaming outdoor enthusiasts over the six days period. Their ranking and prizes will be published and awarded at the end of the week. “So watch the weather, consider your hangovers and be spontaneous to roam freely in Knysna’s forest haven,” said Collins. For further information or to enter any or all of these events, visit the Magnetic South Website www.magneticsouth.net / www.trailtown.net or phone Matty Smith on 044 382 2932. The Houtkapper Trail runs is another event that panders to the need for forest trail running. This event, organised by Knysna Marathon Club takes place in the heart of Rheenendal’s Goudveld indigenous forest on Sunday, 10 July. This event takes place at Quita Da Montanha that offers massive open fields where organisers aim to keep the entire family and supporters well entertained and taken care of while they enjoy the beauty of the Knysna forest before and after running the picturesque Houtkapper Trail Runs. These trail runs offer 9km, 15km and 27km routes that takes through the indigenous forests made famous by Dalene Matthee (the late authoress of Circles in the Forest, Fiela’s child, Moerbeibos to name but a few). Athletes will pass through Krisjan-se-nek (where Mathee’s ashes lie scattered), the Daleen Mathee memorial and the site of the 880 year old Yellowwod tree known as the Daleen Mathee Big Tree. The 15km and 27km routes have been chosen to challenge the intermediate to experienced trail runners and to provide them with an opportunity to experience the deepest secrets at the heart of the Knysna forest.
Although the 9km Houtkapper Trail Run traverses an easier route for the beginner trail runner, it still offers all the beauty of forest trail running. For further information or to enter any of the Houtkapper Trail Run routes, visit the Knysna Marathon Club Website www.knysnamarathonclub.com or call Mihan Roos on 082 537 6167. Details on the Festival’s full programme, event details, registration and ticket costs, can be obtained from www.pnpoysterfestival.co.za or follow the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival on Twitter @Oyster Festival or on Facebook/KnysnaOysterFestival for daily updates.
Trail running has become one of the most popular outdoor sporting activities in the past few years and it is easy to understand why. People are seeking respite in nature, using it as a restorative mind, body and soul enriching training ground for various physical and mental pursuits. Across the Garden Route people are trail running to their hearts’ content, and making the most of our varied topography! This week Knysna & Partners focuses on three trails that are highly recommended by locals:
Garden Route Trail Park
The Garden Route Trail Park, which lies at the base of the lofty Outeniqua Mountain range near the Karatara River Gorge, hums with activity, enticing not only avid MTB enthusiasts but also adventurous trail runners as well. Owner Rob Dormehl has blazed a sublime, fluid forest trail which takes runners along the banks of the upper reaches of the Karatara River, including waterfalls and massive rock pools. After the trail, you can chill out at their Trail Café and enjoy good amenities and refreshments.
For more information: www.gardenroutetrailpark.com/
Buffalo Bay Trail
This trail is designed to incorporate the best of the varied flora that flourishes here, which includes a rolling dune field rooted with an incredible mixture of coastal fynbos, thicket and forest. The trail starts directly opposite the parking lot of the old Wildside Backpackers and leads up into the dunes above. The 4,5km looped route leads through some really pristine vegetation and is enjoyed by local trail runners looking for a short, fast training session. This is because it has some fairly technical sections with several short climbs, twists and turns, gnarled roots emerging from the forest floor and the limbs of a fallen tree or two blocking the path. The trail leads you to the eastern side of Buffs above the beach. It then winds back down to sea level and onto the beach about 600m from Buffalo Bay's main beach area, where you can have a refreshing dip, weather permitting, and then it’s just a short walk along the main road back to the parking area.
Goukamma Nature Reserve
Most of this reserve’s trails are suitable for trail running but a favoured one among local, avid, super fit trail runners is the Blombos Trail, one of six beautiful trails from which to choose in the Goukamma Nature Reserve. When you step onto the sandy pathway of the Blombos Trail you will immediately notice the milkwoods (our national tree) that characterise this first section of the trail. Dense thickets of very old specimens grow on this vegetated dune, which is the highest in the country. You will step out of the forest and walk for a short time alongside the unique spring-fed Groenvlei Lake which has no inflowing rivers and only an underground link to the sea. The reeds that skirt this lake are filled with the activity of scarlet and indigo- coloured dragonflies and various butterfly species. The trail then starts its steep ascent over the dunes and eventually you will find yourself at the summit with the most incredible panoramic views of the lake and distant mountains on the one side and the sea views on the other. This is tough trail running terrain that will leave you breathless in more ways than one. Only for the super fit!