Race 4 of the Gauteng Summer Trail Series® is on 4 November! B'Sorah is your host of the grand finale, which features a brand new XL course. Get your entries in, and prepare to #unleashyourwildstride
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@raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm For race number 3 of the refreshed Gauteng Summer Trail Series® we welcome the first sunset run, on 7 November! The beautiful gardens of Walter Sisulu will be our host, and you will need to switch on a headlamp as the sun sets. We have partnered with @petzl_official so order your headlamp during the entry process or buy one from the team on the evening. 5 or 10.5km routes, and a truly magical experience awaits
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@raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm @eigerequipment Race 2 of the #GSTS2018 is at a brand new venue - Titan's Forest! 28 October. 14 or 7.4km routes. Wind your way through lush forests and tackle the technical, rocky hills on trails that are exclusively ours for the day! Online entries are open. Special rates for families of 4 with kids between 11 and 17. Kids 10 and under run FREE! #UnleashYourWildStride @raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm Race 1 of the 2018 Gauteng Summer Trail Series® is on 21 October - Hennops Beast! Choose between 12 or 7km. The course begins with a series of climbs before descending on technical single track through a valley alongside the roar of Hennops River #UnleashYourWildStride @raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm Marloth Mountain Challenge is on 7 October. Have you set your goals? Route info all up on the MCS website. Race day is coming in hot #MCS2018 #MMC2018 #GoAboveAndBeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Have you heard? Gauteng Summer Trail Series is comin BACK with new venues, new routes, bigger prizes and the best vibe. Entries are open - get in there! #GSTS2018 #UnleashYourWildStride 
@raidlightza @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm Marloth Mountain Challenge is on 7 October 2018. Are you joining us for one of the toughest, most rewarding mountain days of your life? Online entries are still available
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@bos_sport @jaybirdsport @raidlightza @steenberg_farm Out and about behind Franschhoek, great to see the rivers pumping again finally after the last few years of drought! #westerncapemountains #mountainrunning UTMB start, what a sight! Good luck to all our SAFAS running... #utmb2018 Out and about in the Cape Mountain wilderness yesterday, stocking up of food for the soul #mountainrunning #notkak Brave hearts, fierce minds, free spirits. These are the folk that go to the mountains. This is your tribe
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Marloth Mountain Challenge 7 October 2018
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#GoAboveAndBeyond @bos_sport @jaybirdsport @steenberg_farm @raidlightza @saggystone How can you not want to run this right? So many amazing trails in the Western Cape, get out and explore! #notkak

What is the Trail Series®

The Trail Series® was launched in January 2008 with the Cape Summer Trail Series® and only 252 runners. In 2014, 17 576 runners took part in the Spur Trail Series® across South Africa, making this one of the most popular trail running events and the only national, short course trail running series in the country.

If you’ve never run on a trail before, you’ve come to the right place and if you’re a qualified mountain goat you’re also welcome. This is a great place to be introduced to the sport of trail running and an even better place to do that all important speed training as you take on some of the most talented trail runners in South Africa.

How does it work?

Each Trail Series® consists of four long (Championship) and four short courses (Challenge) and runners only receive a medal if they complete the Series. To complete the Series, you have to run at least three long courses or three short courses. If you run all four, your three best times will be used when determining results. Click here for more information on the scoring system. If you run two long courses and two short courses, you do not qualify as a Series finisher and will not receive a medal.

However, if you only want to run one or two of the races and can’t complete the entire Series you’re welcome to enter on a race-by-race basis. Everyone’s welcome, but you won’t receive a medal if you do not complete the Series.

Series scoring system

  • Series results are determined by a scoring system where runners' get points according to the position they finish in each race.
  • First position gets one point, second position gets two points, third position gets three points etc. At the end of the Series the runner with the lowest number of points wins.
  • Only your three best results for the Series are taken into account, with the slowest time discarded.
  • When two runners end up on the same points total, we calculate your overall running time across races that both runners have run. I.e. if runner A ran races 1, 2 and 3 and runner B ran races 2, 3 and 4, we will only compare their finish times from races 2 and 3 as we can only compare head to head races on the same course. The reason for this is because no two trail races are the same and we have to compare apples with apples.

Prizes and prize money

Prize money is only awarded to the top three runners in each Championship (long course) category for the overall Series:

  • 1st Senior male and female (each) R700
  • 1st Veteran male and female (each) R600
  • 1st Master male and female (each) R500

Prizes will be given per race for the first three runners over the line and also for the first three junior, minimee and peewee runners. Other category winners in both the Championship and the Challenge, will only receive prizes for placing in the top three in the overall Series. You will be called up to the podium at every race though as a token of recognition. Prizes will be awarded to the series winners at the final event in the series.

No prizes will be posted or kept aside to be collected at another time unless arranged directly with the registration manager on the day of the race, or in the case of the overall Series ahead of the final race.