"I'd rather be seen on my bicycle than on a park run" - Quote from the dark side

Monday, 1 November 2010

Exciting Start to 2011

Today I entered the Odyssey Ultra Trail Run. This is a 100km trail run on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa.


Date: 8 January 2011
Time: 03h00, yes, that's 3 AM!

Some details:

The route is unmarked bar the start and finish areas. Simply follow the coastline until you reach the finish.

Runners/Walkers must carry water and nutrition for the duration of the day. There will be one water-table/checkpoint en route only. Local communities may provide drinks (for sale) at various accessible venues en route, but this is unreliable.

A race sweeper will follow the last runner and will be in radio contact with the organizers.

There will be a dedicated event medic on standby in the event of an emergency.

Race cut-off is at a predetermined 20h00 Saturday 8th January 2010, and is only enforced for your own safety.

If you withdraw from the race it is your responsibility to inform the organizers as soon as possible, failure to do so could result in an extensive and costly man hunt.

I'm really looking forward to this one!

Have a great week everyone!

38 comments:

Black Knight said...

I know that you are smart and clever, but that is a crazy race!
However I am sure that you will do well. Good luck.

The Runner said...

Sounds like quite an adventure. Looking forward to reading about it.

Jill said...

100K with those conditions?? Wow, you are so awesome!! Can't wait to hear all about it, it's going to be so much fun, right? Right!!

Emz said...

OMGosh I am the biggest wuss ever.
Unmarked? Loved the "simply follow the coastline" - ha!

3AM?
1 water table?
Then, they want to . . .
Charge [me] to find [my] dead body on the course?

You amaze me.
Simply amazing.
Cannot wait to hear about this.

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

Wow! This race isn't for the faint of heart! 3AM? Unmarked Course? My hat is off to you...You're a warrior!!!

Marlene said...

Wow, sounds like a pretty serious race! Running on the coast will be amazing.

Indi said...

Can I say a big WOW!!! I've heard about Natal...would love to visit someday for sure!!

misszippy said...

Wow, that's hardcore! I'll bet it will be an adventure! Can't wait to hear about it.

Jennifer said...

That's a lot of water to carry! Actually this race sounds kind of interesting. Mmmm. Cheers!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Good luck, btw I love disclaimer like the race org ones, makes you feel just a little bit more hard core while doing it.

DRog said...

Love the 3am start! Over the last two years I did a lot of super early runs...incredible 100K !!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

What a fantastic way to start the New Year! Sounds like an amazing race.

Teamarcia said...

That sounds so exotic and challenging! I'll live vicariously thru you.

Karen said...

Sounds absolutely fantastic! Suddenly, my race with 4 water stops seems quite luxurious. Can't wait to hear more about your adventure.

Julie @ Hotlegs Runner said...

100KM? oh my Lord! Can't wait to hear all about it. =)

lindsay said...

Wow!! Sounds like quite the adventurous race!!

Julie said...

Hi Johann,
Congrats on signing up for the big one:) Holy cow, it sounds like a tough one! You better make sure to carry enough H20 and fuel. OMG....failure to inform the organizers of a withdraw could result in an extensive and costly man hunt!!!

Take care and have a wonderful week Johann!

Molly said...

how do you keep topping yourself??? Very cool!

BTW, I like your new layout!

ajh said...

Wow! A costly manhunt! Don't withdraw but of course you won't! Impressive race!

P said...

Holy moly, that sounds like an incredible race!! What an adventure!

Running Through Life said...

Johann you are a crazy man! This sounds intense. Good luck to you.

HappyTrails said...

Sounds awesome - where is that in relation to Johannesburg? Time for ultra training!!!

Anne said...

That sounds like a seriously hardcore race :) ...you are a machine Johann!

Zaneta said...

A W E S O M E!! :D

marmot said...

wow..."Odyssey Trail Run" sounds interesting...Awesome.

Char said...

I'm wondering about the predetermined cut-off time and what safety issues are involved - Local wildlife? Falling off cliffs in the dark? Sounds like a tough race.

Ewa said...

Now that is one crazy race and you are one crazy runner (that was a compliment). Can't wait for the report. What an adventure.

Quinton J said...
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Quinton J said...

"South Coast of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa"...you are talking in words that excite my soul. This is going to be one incredible journey.
What would it cost us (your followers) to pay for a photographer to capture you in action along the way?

Bethany + Ryan said...

WOW!!! That is so cool!!!!! I look forward to hearing more about this race! Seems like you guys have lots of fun/crazy races like that out in SA. I reallllly hope to be there in 2013! It might take some convincing to get Ryan there tho...

Giorgio said...

That's great Johann! 100km trail is an adventurous race.
I'm sure that you're planning a good training.

Post scriptum: I read your post about your model railroads. Let me know when you'll expand some areas.

Rad Runner said...

This is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will do great, and your year will rule!!!!!!!!!!!

Natalia said...

What a great start to 2011! It sounds like an exciting challenge, and I look forward to seeing the pics!

Amy said...

Whoa, that sounds seriously hardcore! I will be excited to hear how you do!

Liz said...

Wowzers! That sounds fantastic and horrific at the same time! You are a brave man...

Cindy said...

What a great way to celebrate a new year! You are awesome!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

Holy craziness. I can't imagine a 3am start!! This is one race report I seriously can't wait to read!

The Green Girl said...

Wow. I am so excited for you, Johann!