The 16th Tortoise Tuff (Sponsors: Total Sedgefield and Sedgefield Tourism) takes place on Saturday, 09 March 2013 and for the 3rd year the host club, Sedgefield Striders, are offering four races:
All the races take place in and around Sedgefield, giving those taking part a grand tour of some of the village’s most beautiful areas.
The flat course of the 10km event has always been popular amongst the ‘speedsters’ of both the running and walking sectors, but the 1½ hrs allocated for the event also attracts those just looking for a gentle run - or stroll - through the Village, around the island, and back again. This race also serves as official ASWD Race Walking Trials to select a team for the SA Road Walking Champs later this year.
Those runners who are a looking for something longer and tougher the original ‘TUFF” 30km course is just what the doctor ordered. This race covers some of Sedgefield’s most spectacular climbs, drops and flats on both gravel and tar. It is an ideal training run for Two Oceans AND a great ‘target distance’ for those who normally stick to half marathons. Walkers are also welcome for this event, but should take note of the 4 hour cut off time.
The Trail Run is presented for the 3rd year, and presents a challenging course that includes sections along the beach, through the Goukamma Nature Reserve, and some serious ‘dune work’. Cape Nature‘s cooperation makes it possible for runners to enjoy stunning views and almost untouched trails as a reward for the hard work-out this event will provide for the ever-increasing market of adventure racers.
And of course the youngsters (and perhaps not-so-fit) haven’t been forgotten. The race conveners have linked up with the Sedgefield Primary School to once again set up the 2.5km fun run which always attracts great numbers of younger athletes.
The generosity of Total Sedgefield and co-sponsor Sedgefield Tourism has allowed for an extra marketing push, ensuring the event will once again attract large numbers of both South Western District athletes AND those from around the country.
Timing for the race will be electronic with the ‘IPICO SPORTS’ timing system– which in effect means the Athletes will have their time electronically recorded via a microchip as they cross the finishing mat. Please note that this means that the Tortoise Tuff is a pre-entry event – and athletes should note that the cut-off date is 10:00 on Monday, 4th March 2013.
All the races will start at the Sedgefield Primary School field. Starting times are:
Spectators are encouraged to come and support the runners, and there will be food on sale and bar facilities at the school.
Participants can enter as follows:
Registration will take place at Sedgefield Primary School from 17:00 to 19:00 on Friday, March the 9th and from 05:30 on race day.