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THE HI-TEC MAGOEBAS ULTRA TRAIL RUN... A Celebration of Community and Adventure

Taking place in the heart of South Africa's Limpopo province, the Hi-Tec Magoebas Ultra trail run entices adventure enthusiasts from across the country to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of Magoebaskloof. This annual event is not just a race, it's a celebration of community, a tribute to nature's wonders, and an opportunity to embrace the spirit of adventure.

Magoebaskloof, the backdrop for this event, is an awe-inspiring destination in itself. The indigenous forests which the trail winds through are a haven for biodiversity. As you traverse these ancient woods on foot, you'll encounter towering trees, lush ferns, and the calls of many of the special bird species of the Woodbush Forest. This race is not just a physical challenge but an opportunity to connect with a natural ecosystem which evokes a sense of wonder and reverence for the environment. Debengeni Waterfall is also a highlight of the trail and the start and finishing point for the race. Fed by the clear waters of the Politsi River, the waterfall cascades over massive rocks creating a picture-perfect setting which offers a serene and refreshing oasis at the end of a demanding race. Here, runners can catch their breath, share stories of their adventures and cool off in the crystal-clear water.

The Hi-Tec Magoebas Ultra offers participants a range of distances, ensuring that trail-running enthusiasts of all skill levels can join in on the adventure. The 50KM Ultra is a gruelling challenge, testing the limits of even the most seasoned runners, so for those looking for a slightly less demanding race, the 36km route is a better option. The 20km and 10km distances are perfect for beginners or runners wanting a less strenuous trail run. The variety of distances ensures that everyone, from elite athletes to those just starting their trail running journey can participate.

While the Hi-Tec Magoebas Ultra trail run may be a physical challenge, it's also a reminder of the importance of preserving our natural heritage. The event organisers work diligently to minimise their environmental impact, emphasising the need to protect the indigenous forests and their inhabitants. Through their efforts, they hope to inspire a sense of responsibility for the ecosystems that make this race so special. But one of the most striking aspects of the Hi-Tec Magoebas Ultra is the sense of community it fosters. Runners from all walks of life gather here, united by their passion for trail running and the camaraderie among participants, volunteers, and spectators is truly heartwarming. Whether you're an elite athlete or a first-time trail runner, you'll find a supportive network of like-minded individuals, ready to encourage and share the journey with you. Join the community of trail runners, embrace the spirit of adventure of this unforgettable experience and let the magic of Magoebaskloof inspire you.

For more information, check out the website | Magoebas Ultra Trail on Facebook or contact the organiser, Handré Hay on 083 262 1153

COME AND SUPPORT! The third weekend of March will be a busy one in Magoebaskloof as runners and their families from all over South Africa will arrive in the area to get a taste of the Magoebas magic. This is a weekend where every local business owner has the opportunity to display true Magoebaskloof hospitality to visitors that will make them come back year after year. We want to invite everyone in the community to be part of the Magoebas Ultra experience. Come and support the runners on the route on race day and join in the excitement. Where can you follow the race on Saturday, 23 March? • Woodbush Aid Station at Woodbush Hut (06:00 – 12:00) • Dap Naude Picnic Site (08:00 – 13:00) • Rakwadu Ridge near Schnellskop (09:00- 14:00) • Debengeni Falls (12:00 – 17:30)

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