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  • Amy Taylor-Bennett

IRON CROWN TRAIL RUN

“That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.”  Kara Goucher 


I first entered the Iron Crown Trail Run in 2016, after I had been a member of The Rotary Club of Haenertsburg for about a year. I had always wanted to run the route because it is such a unique experience to have both a road and a trail run so that runners from both fields are challenged. No matter how fit one is, it is a tough race; the first half of the route is, quite literally, uphill and the second part almost completely downhill.


Running this event is an unparalleled experience. Some participants are racing competitively but others are trail runners who have entered with their friends mostly to enjoy the socialising en-route. There are dogs and owners bonding on the trail, as well entrants who prefer the slow and steady pace of a run-walker. Every person is catered for as the ‘cut-off’ time is rather generous.


Training for an event like this can be tough but the view from the top of the Iron Crown is a marvel all of its own.  So if you are considering running this challenging trail run for the first time, I would advise you to enter, if only to stand at the highest point in Limpopo and look out at our beautiful province - it makes you realise how wonderful being here really is. 


What you need to know:

The Iron Crown Trail Run on 13 July 2024 is an annual event organised by Rotary Haenertsburg, attracting runners from all over the country and is known for its challenging but scenic route with its steep climbs and descents, technical sections and river crossings, which provide a true test of a runner's skills and endurance. The race, which starts and finishes in the heart of Haenertsburg, ‘follows village streets, dirt roads, firebreaks and single-track footpaths’ up to the summit with spectacular views. 


The 22km race will climb 687m from 1439m to 2126m, the highest point in Limpopo, the Iron Crown, peak which is a distinctive landmark for the runners.  The 10km route is less strenuous and only reaches an elevation of 1600m, while the 5km fun run is perfect for the less energetic.  Runners can expect a challenging but rewarding experience, as they navigate through the beautiful and rugged terrain of the Magoebaskloof Mountains.

The Iron Crown Trail Run: 13 July 2024.  Contact Ann from Haenertsburg Rotary: 082 808 2539.

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