Do I need to be a member of an athletics club and wear club colours?

No. Wear what you want. We prefer rhino suits.

Why is there no water on route?

There are a number of reasons why you won’t find a water station at the Trail Series®.

Trail running in its essence means runners need to be self-sufficient. While there is usually a water point on races of 20km or longer, runners need to always carry enough water to survive for a few hours if things go wrong on the route. On the normal long and short routes you need to bring your own water if you think you’re going to need it on route.

Furthermore, water points are notorious for creating rubbish along the route and that is something we want to avoid at all costs. Take only photographs and leave only footprints is a saying we take seriously and we pride ourselves on leaving our venues in the same (or a better) state than what we found them.

Is there water available at the start venue?

If there is not a tap available we will make sure there will be jerry cans with water but this could run out if it’s a really hot day or if people drink more than anticipated. Please bring your own supply of water to make sure you keep hydrated.

You will always have an ice cold BOS® Sport waiting for you at the finish line though…

Who gets a BOS® Sport?

All runners get one BOS® Sport when they cross the finish line. This stock is limited according to the number of entrants so please do not take more than one.

Why is trail running so expensive? You don’t even need road marshals.

In trail running events, there are many obvious costs – like entry and conservation fees for the areas that we run in – but also many hidden costs that participants aren’t aware of.

While we don’t always need assistance from the transport department the logistics are complicated and risks high when organising a trail run. We need marshals on route to direct traffic, communication specialists, mountain fit medics and environmental monitors to name but a few. We also need comprehensive insurance in case we need a helicopter to carry out a mountain rescue.

Unlike marshals at road races that usually volunteer as part of their club duties, almost none of these are volunteers and need to be paid for their time worked (which is usually not only a few hours in the morning but can take up a whole day for longer races).

Further to this, because the number of entries are limited in trail running, sponsors are extremely limited. The higher the number of participants in an event, the more sponsors want to become involved and the lower the cost per runner becomes. 

Why do you limit entries?

In many of the areas that we run in, we are told by authorities such as SANParks or property owners how many runners we are allowed to have on the routes. These numbers are determined by environmental factors such as erosion and rehabilitation and for the most part we cannot control these measures.

However, the beauty of trail running is running in wide open spaces and an awfully congested route won’t be fun for anyone, so we also take the amount of single track into consideration when deciding how many runners to apply for.

Is there a cut-off time?

The long and short courses do not have cut-off times. Some of the XL’s do though. Please check the specific event information to make sure.

Do I need a timing chip?

No. Our timing system works with your race number. Please ensure the timers capture it when you cross the finish line.

Why do we not get a medal for every race?

The Trail Series® has and always been in its essence, a Series. While you are more than welcome to just do one or two of the races at any time, you need to complete the Series to receive a medal. This means you have to run at least three of a particular distance (LONG or SHORT) in order to be placed on the Series results and receive a medal. Two LONG races and two SHORT races do not count.

Is this why I need to keep my number for the whole Series?

Yes! Whether you enter the whole Series in one go or if you enter one race at a time, you’re profile will be linked to the race number you received at your first race. Please make sure you keep this number so we can tie up all your results at the end of the Series and you can see where you ended up.

It also means you don’t have to queue at each race for a new number and we create less rubbish.

What do I do if I lose my race number?

Come to the registration table on race day and we’ll write your number on your arm. Make sure the timers capture it when you cross the finish line!
Alternatively, you can make your own race number so you can be entered into the lucky draw after the race. However, make sure it's the correct number by checking results from previous races in the current Series.

Why can’t I just get a new number when I lose my old one?

Your results are linked to your number and because of this your number needs to remain the same throughout the Series to calculate accurate Series results.

Why can’t I change my batch?

Your number is linked to your batch and you’ll therefore also require a new number if you change your batch. Unfortunately, the cost of numbers and the cost of crew, means it is inefficient to change batches and numbers at every race. Please make sure you select the right batch when you enter.

Where do I get my medal?

Medals will be available for collection from the Trail Store at races 3 and 4 of the Series.

Why do categories only get prizes for the Series and not for every race?

After discussions with regular winners and our sponsors we realised that the prizes were losing value as winners would receive four similar prizes in every Series. We decided to place the focus on Series winners instead and make these prizes much cooler than the usual race category prizes were.

We still recognise category winners at each race by calling them up to the podium but category winners will only receive a prize if they place in the top three in their particular category in the Series. The top three across the line at each race do still receive prizes in the form of gift vouchers from our sponsors.

Why do you not split junior categories into male and female?

The numbers do not justify having gender splits in kids’ categories like Minimee and Peewee. Though we realise girls don’t like racing against boys we do not want to create a situation where someone is receiving a prize only because they are the only person in their particular category. For this reason we have the overarching rule that a category will only receive prizes if there is at least five runners in that particular category. This rule is valid across the board, from Minimees to Masters.

Why do I need to be at the race so early if I haven’t pre-entered online?

The timing system we use is greatly dependent on valid runner information.

Your race number is linked to your personal information and if this is not correct you will not show up on the results. For this reason, we need to make sure that all runner data is correct before the race starts.

There are usually a number of on-the-day entries and we need to allow ourselves enough time to get all the relevant data onto our timing system. If all on-the-day entries arrive 10 minutes before the race starts we will not be able to do this so we need to make sure everyone is there early.

While you might have to sit around for 45 minutes if you get there early this is a much better option than getting to the race too late and being shown away because there won’t be enough time to get you on the system. If it happens that there is no queue and you arrive after the 45 minute cut-off we probably will take your entry but unfortunately nobody can predict how long the queue will be at any given race so we need to be consistent with this rule.

If you don't want to have any of these hassles, the best option is to enter online in the three to four months preceding the Series.

Why do you even allow on-the-day entries if it is such a hassle?

We allow on-the-day entries because we have learnt over the years that there is approximately a 10% drop-off rate in terms of online entries received and actual participants. Because Trail Series® races usually sell out and we need to cap entries we know there are runners who will miss out on the opportunity to take part even though there is actually space for them on the trail.

Do I need any compulsory gear?

No, but we recommend you carry at least a cell phone, 500ml water, a windbreaker and a whistle.

What is an XL?

Once or twice in every Series there will be a longer route on offer for those who are looking for a bigger challenge. These range from 20 to 46km and are stand-alone races. They do not form part of the Series and do contribute to the overall Series standings.

Where are my results?

Results will usually be online right here on the day after the race.

Can I upgrade to the long course if I entered the short course? Or vice versa?

Yes. Please email us up to four days before the race at info@wildrunner.co.za to inform us of this and we’ll help you through the process. Alternatively, you can do it on the day of the race but you need to do this 45 minutes before the start of the long course.

Do I need to change my number if I’ve changed from the short course to the long course or vice versa?

Yes! Please do so or your result will probably not show up. If you’re doing the long course make sure you’re running in a blue number and if you’re running the short course make sure you have a red number.

Why do you have the same venues every year?

Feedback from previous runners have indicated that people love comparing their times on the same course. Our venues at the moment have been selected specifically to include something of everything during the course of the Series – fast routes, technical routes, big hills and amazing views.

However, we’re always open for suggestions. If you know of an amazing secret location, please let us know!

What is the Refund Policy?

Due to the nature of the industry we are not required to refund entries other than for hospitalisation or death. However, refund requests will be dealt with on their own merits depending on length of notice of written cancellation received before the event and our ability to secure payment from another participant from the waiting list. Please note that we may charge a reasonable cancellation fee if the refund request is approved. Any refunds made will be paid within 30 calendar days.