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Run wild and free with Origin of Trails

by Jacky McClean
Origin Of Trails Trail Run set to enhance any training regime

Stellenbosch based personal trainer, running coach and formidable trail runner, Chantel Nienaber is keeping things interesting by adding the Origin Of Trails Trail Run on Sunday, 25 November 2018 to the training schedule of her client base.


“I love being out in nature,” admits Nienaber.

“It allows me to feel wild and free.  The Origin Of Trails Trail Run will take place on the same trails that I run on every week with my running group, ‘Ladies Running Wild’.  I can’t think of a better way to start our year end party than to be running and/or walking the Origin Of Trails Trail Run.

“‘Afterwards we’ll have a pool party to celebrate another year of fitness and good health.  I am happy to say that this time round I won’t be racing, but will rather be enjoying the trails with like-minded people.”

Graeme Malcolm (Stellenbosch), Nick Spotswood (Stellenbosch) and Marisa Agnello (Cape Town) have eagerly accepted their coach’s challenge.

“Trail running allows me to explore the beautiful mountains around Stellenbosch with family and friends, while at the same time getting fit,” says Malcolm.

“I am looking forward to running the trails with my running group. We spend a lot of time training on these trails and it will be great to do the Origin Of Trails Trail Run together. The route looks awesome and it promises to be a great day out.”

“Being outdoors on the trails is far more diverse and interesting than road running,” says Spotswood.  “I am looking forward to the fun of being outdoors and running with mates.

“‘The scenery is amongst the best in the world.  Possessing local knowledge of the terrain will definitely count in my favor.  I can’t wait to experience the challenge of the race.”

“I used to be more of a roadie, before Chantel introduced me to the wonders of trail running,” admits Agnello.

“I have never looked back.  Trail running is always a challenging adventure, not knowing what mountain you have to climb next.  Also you get to see and experience the most beautiful scenery.

“‘Nothing beats the feeling of running as fast as you can down a single track!  I can’t wait to be part of the vibe at the Origin Of Trails Trail Run.  Our whole running group will be taking part as our official year end function, just adding to the fun!”

EVENT INFORMATIONOrigin Of Trails MTB Experience & Origin Of Trails Trail Run

Date:    Saturday, 24 November 2018

Venue: Coetzenburg Sports Fields (Stellenbosch)
Event: Stage One / Origin Of Trails MTB Experience
Start Time: 07:00 – Long Route / +- 55km
  07:40 – Short Route / +- 30km
  08:20 – Fun Ride / +- 10km

Date:  Sunday, 25 November 2018

Venue: Coetzenburg Sports Fields (Stellenbosch)
Event: Origin Of Trails Trail Run
  12km – 15km (Long) / R150
  5km (Short) / R100
Start Time: 06:45
Event: Stage Two / Origin Of Trails MTB Experience
Start Time: 07:00 – Long Route / +- 55km
  07:40 – Short Route / +- 30km

 EXCITING NEWS:  The 2018 Origin Of Trails MTB Experience, in association with Specialized Bicycles Africa, will boast a Turbo E-bike category.  Please Note:  This category will start in its own batch.

SPECIALIZED BIKE up for grabs:  One lucky Origin Of Trails MTB Experience rider will take home an awesome Specialized Stumpjumper FSR ST to the value of R30 000 the weekend of Saturday, 24 and Sunday, 25 November 2018 compliments of the event’s bicycle partner.  We will post a riddle to social media.  If correctly solved, riders will know where to take a photograph on route during Day 1.  These photographs need to be shared to Instagram.  Don’t forget to tag @specializedza.  The winner will be announced during prize giving after Day Two

WIN with Aramex SA:  Aramex SA, the courier partner of the 2018 event, will give away a prize to the whopping value of R5000.  To stand a chance to win, Origin Of Trails MTB Experience long and short route riders will receive an armband with perforated bike number when they November 2018 (between 12:00 – 18:00) and on Saturday, 24 November 2018 (between 05h30 – 06h00).  The perforated bike number needs to be placed in the Aramex box that will be stationed somewhere on the Stage One collect their race packs from the Coetzenburg Sports Field (opposite the netball courts) on Friday, 23 route.  Keep a look out!

FALKE Foot ZoneAll entrants (runners and mountain bikers) are invited to visit the Falke Foot Zone once they’ve crossed the finish line for a free Falke leg and foot massage.  All riders taking on the Origin Of Trails MTB Experience long and short route will receive a pair of Falke socks in their race packs.

RUNNERS RESTThe team from Runner’s Rest will be in action at the 2018 Origin Of Trails MTB Experience and Origin Of Trails Trail Run (Friday to Sunday).  Runners Rest is a Specialist Running store that focuses on catering for the individual needs of runners.  Services include performing a well-developed analysis routine through which numerous factors are considered including running form, balance characteristics, history of injuries, training terrain and personal distance goals.  Runner’s Rest strives to match the correct product to each client’s specific needs. Be sure to visit the Runner’s Rest Stand for a Free Foot Analysis!

Best Dressed CompetitionOne lucky rider will win his/her weight in beer with Flying Fish Chill Lite.  All that you need to do is “dress to impress” on Saturday, 24 November 2018.  The rider with the most memorable outfit will be announced during Prize Giving on Sunday, 25 November 2018. 

CHARITY SUPPORTThe Origin Of Trails proudly supports Aitsa and the Stellenbosch Trail Building Fund.  The Fund is committed to continuously developing the trails in Stellenbosch, further sealing the town’s reputation as a global mountain biking destination.

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