Look no further for the best Trail Running Race Calendar in South Africa 🙂

 

We’ve included only the best/most legit/hardcore trail races that captures the spirit of running in the beautiful mountains of our country. So go ahead and plan your year of bad-assed-ness:

 

Date
Race Type
Event
Distance (km)
Region
Cost per person (ZAR)
ZAR per km
Race Organiser
2019-01-20 Single Stage Cape Summer Trail Series: Lebanon Forest 13 Western Cape 195 15 Wildrunner
2019-01-27 Single Stage Van Stadens Mountain Marathon (10km) 10 Eastern Cape 140 14 Live Adventure
2019-01-27 Single Stage Van Stadens Mountain Marathon (21km) 21 Eastern Cape 280 13 Live Adventure
2019-01-27 Single Stage Van Stadens Mountain Marathon (42km) 42 Eastern Cape 460 11 Live Adventure
2019-01-30 Single Stage Cape Summer Trail Series: Meerendal 12 Western Cape 195 16 Wildrunner
2019-02-03 Single Stage Cape Summer Trail Series: Oak Valley 15 Western Cape 195 13 Wildrunner
2019-02-03 Single Stage Elgin Valley XL 25 Western Cape 365 15 Wildrunner
2019-02-09 Multi-day Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Trail Run (15km+15km) 30 Western Cape 600 20 Dirtopia
2019-02-09 Multi-day Fairtree Simonsberg Contour Trail Run (25km+25km) 50 Western Cape 800 16 Dirtopia
2019-02-22 Multi-day Three Cranes Challenge 92 KwaZulu-Natal 4500 49 Wild Series
2019-02-23 Single Stage Batrun 30 Western Cape 900 30 Summit Events
2019-03-16 Single Stage Addo Elephant Trail Run (44km) 44 Eastern Cape 900 20 Live Adventure
2019-03-16 Single Stage Addo Elephant Trail Run (76km) 76 Eastern Cape 1300 17 Live Adventure
2019-03-15 Single Stage Addo Elephant Trail Run (100 mile) 160 Eastern Cape 4000 25 Live Adventure
2019-03-21 Multi-day Outeniqua Quest (4 Day Stage Event) 108 Western Cape 5950 55 CSM
2019-03-23 Single Stage Outeniqua Quest (108km Non Stop) 108 Western Cape 2930 27 CSM
2019-03-30 Single Stage Hout Bay Trail Challenge (40km) 40 Western Cape 1075 27
2019-03-30 Single Stage Hout Bay Ultra Trail Challenge (60km) 60 Western Cape 1300 22
2019-04-06 Single Stage Cableway Charity Challenge 22 Western Cape TBC TBC JDI
2019-04-19 Single Stage Two Oceans Short Trail Run 12 Western Cape 795 66 TOM NPC
2019-04-19 Single Stage Two Oceans Long Trail Run 24 Western Cape 975 41 TOM NPC
2019-04-26 Single Stage Ultra Trail Drakensberg (160km) 160 KwaZulu-Natal 4950 31 Running Man Adventures
2019-04-26 Multi-day Merrell Hobbit Journey 90km 90 Eastern Cape 3700 41 Mountain Runner Events
2019-04-27 Single Stage Ultra Trail Drakensberg (30km) 30 KwaZulu-Natal 1150 38 Running Man Adventures
2019-04-27 Single Stage Ultra Trail Drakensberg (62km) 62 KwaZulu-Natal 2450 40 Running Man Adventures
2019-04-27 Single Stage Ultra Trail Drakensberg (100km) 100 KwaZulu-Natal 3450 35 Running Man Adventures
2019-04-27 Multi-day Klipspringer Lite (40km) 40 Northern Cape 1200 30 Traildogz
2019-04-27 Multi-day Klipspringer Challenge (65km) 65 Northern Cape 1850 28 Traildogz
2019-04-27 Single Stage Merrell Hobbit 5km 5 Eastern Cape 135 27 Mountain Runner Events
2019-04-27 Single Stage Merrell Hobbit 16km 16 Eastern Cape 205 13 Mountain Runner Events
2019-04-27 Single Stage Merrell Hobbit 38km 38 Eastern Cape 615 16 Mountain Runner Events
2019-05-08 Multi-day Safari on the Run: Mapungubwe Wild Run 92 Northern Cape 25850 281 Wildrun Africa
2019-05-18 Single Stage Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (11km) 11 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-05-18 Single Stage Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (24km) 24 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-05-18 Single Stage Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge (38km) 38 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-05-18 Multi-day Oxpecker Yellow-billed Trail Run (20km/16km) 36 KwaZulu-Natal 2150 60
2019-05-24 Single Stage Mac Mac Ultra (100 mile) 160 Mpumalanga 3800 24
2019-05-25 Multi-day Oxpecker Red-billed Trail Run (20km/16km) 36 KwaZulu-Natal 2150 60
2019-05-25 Single Stage Montagu Mountain Mania (19km) 19 Western Cape 500 26 Energy Events
2019-05-25 Single Stage Mac Mac Ultra (46km) 46 Mpumalanga 1500 33
2019-05-25 Single Stage Mac Mac Ultra (50 mile) 80 Mpumalanga 2500 31
2019-05-26 Single Stage Montagu Mountain Mania (12km) 12 Western Cape 350 29 Energy Events
2019-06-01 Multi-day Oxpecker African Trail Run (20km/16km) 36 KwaZulu-Natal 2150 60
2019-06-01 Single Stage The Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge 22 Western Cape TBC TBC
2019-06-09 Single Stage The 'Mini' Beast Trail 30 Western Cape 395 13 Energy Events
2019-06-09 Single Stage The Beast Trail 50 Western Cape 595 12 Energy Events
2019-06-16 Multi-day Namibia Crossing: /Ai/Ais-Richtersveld Transfrontier Park 200 Northern Cape 28800 144 Wildrun Africa
2019-06-29 Single Stage Rhodes Trail Run 52 Eastern Cape Invitation Only N/A
2019-07-06 Multi-day Kruger 2 Canyon Challenge Marathon 42 Limpopo 2850 68 KZN Trail Running
2019-07-06 Multi-day Kruger 2 Canyon Challenge Ultra 70 Limpopo 3300 47 KZN Trail Running
2019-07-06 Single Stage Grootvadersbosch Trail Run (15km) 15 Western Cape 550 37 Quantum Adventures
2019-07-06 Single Stage Grootvadersbosch Trail Run (34km) 34 Western Cape 980 29 Quantum Adventures
2019-07-13 Single Stage Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run (15km) 15 Western Cape 225 15 Energy Events
2019-07-13 Single Stage Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run (25km) 25 Western Cape 375 15 Energy Events
2019-07-13 Single Stage Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run (35km) 35 Western Cape 595 17 Energy Events
2019-07-13 Single Stage Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run (50km) 50 Western Cape 595 12 Energy Events
2019-07-20 Single Stage Alexandria Trail Run (7km) 7 Eastern Cape TBC TBC Live Adventure
2019-07-20 Single Stage Alexandria Trail Run (14km) 14 Eastern Cape TBC TBC Live Adventure
2019-07-20 Single Stage Alexandria Trail Run (39km) 39 Eastern Cape TBC TBC Live Adventure
2019-07-21 Single Stage Cape Winter Trail Series: Paul Cluver 16 Western Cape 195 13 Wildrunner
2019-07-28 Single Stage Cape Winter Trail Series: Tygerberg 12 Western Cape 195 16 Wildrunner
2019-08-03 Single Stage Merrell Whale of Trail 53 Western Cape 3600 68 Mountain Runner Events
2019-08-04 Single Stage Cape Winter Trail Series: Taal Monument 14 Western Cape 195 14 Wildrunner
2019-08-09 Multi-day SOX Sport 3 Day Trail Run 56 Western Cape 2500 45 CSM
2019-08-09 Multi-day SOX Full 3 Day Trail Run 75 Western Cape 2800 37 CSM
2019-08-10 Single Stage Cape Winter Trail Series: Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve 14 Western Cape 195 14 Wildrunner
2019-08-10 Single Stage Kleinmond XL 23 Western Cape 330 14 Wildrunner
2019-08-17 Single Stage Magaliesberg Challenge (12km) 12 North West 345 29 Energy Events
2019-08-17 Single Stage Magaliesberg Challenge (25km) 25 North West 445 18 Energy Events
2019-08-17 Single Stage Magaliesberg Challenge (36km) 36 North West 545 15 Energy Events
2019-08-17 Single Stage Magaliesberg Challenge (50km) 50 North West 645 13 Energy Events
2019-08-17 Single Stage PUFfeR 80 Western Cape TBC TBC Fish Hoek AC
2019-08-18 Single Stage Helderberg Mountain Challenge (11km) 11 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-08-18 Single Stage Helderberg Mountain Challenge (15km) 15 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-08-18 Single Stage Helderberg Mountain Challenge (24km) 24 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-08-31 Multi-day Run2Nowhere 38 Western Cape TBC TBC
2019-08-31 Multi-day A Wild Coast Paradise 112 Eastern Cape 15100 135 Wildrun Africa
2019-09-01 Single Stage Table Mountain Challenge 44 Western Cape 595 14 Energy Events
2019-09-07 Single Stage Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge 50 KwaZulu-Natal 2450 49 Wild Series
2019-09-14 Single Stage Sanlam Peace Trail (12km) 12 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-09-14 Single Stage Sanlam Peace Trail (22km) 22 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-09-21 Multi-day Oyster Catcher 3 Day Trail Run 52 Western Cape 2750 53 CSM
2019-09-28 Multi-day Run The Berg Challenge (30km) 30 KwaZulu-Natal 1550 52 Traildogz
2019-09-28 Multi-day Run The Berg Extreme (50km) 50 KwaZulu-Natal 1875 38 Traildogz
2019-10-05 Single Stage Hex SkyRun (18km) 18 Western Cape TBC TBC
2019-10-05 Single Stage Hex SkyRun (30km) 30 Western Cape TBC TBC
2019-10-05 Single Stage Marloth Mountain Challenge (24.5km) 25 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-10-05 Single Stage Marloth Mountain Challenge (35km) 35 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-10-05 Single Stage Marloth Mountain Challenge (55km) 55 Western Cape TBC TBC Wildrunner
2019-10-05 Single Stage The Cederberg Traverse 100 Western Cape 3500 35 Energy Events
2019-10-05 Single Stage MaXi Race Cape Winelands (40km) 40 Western Cape 1600 40 Pure Adventures
2019-10-05 Single Stage MaXi Race Cape Winelands (65km) 65 Western Cape 2400 37 Pure Adventures
2019-10-05 Single Stage MaXi Race Cape Winelands (100km) 100 Western Cape 2800 28 Pure Adventures
2019-10-06 Single Stage MaXi Race Cape Winelands (20km) 20 Western Cape 450 23 Pure Adventures
2019-10-09 Single Stage The Otter Trail Challenge 42 Eastern Cape 4800 114 Magnetic South
2019-10-10 Multi-day Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon 250 Northern Cape 27750 111
2019-10-11 Single Stage The Otter Trail Run 42 Eastern Cape 5100 121 Magnetic South
2019-10-12 Single Stage The Dassie 10 Eastern Cape TBC TBC Magnetic South
2019-10-19 Single Stage Berg & Beach (18km) 18 Western Cape 300 17 Quantum Adventures
2019-10-19 Single Stage Berg & Beach (30km) 30 Western Cape 450 15 Quantum Adventures
2019-10-31 Multi-day Dryland Traverse 69 Western Cape TBC TBC Dryland Event Management
2019-11-02 Single Stage Three Peaks Challenge 50 Western Cape TBC TBC
2019-11-16 Single Stage Skyrun (38km) 38 Eastern Cape 2200 58
2019-11-16 Single Stage Skyrun (65km) 65 Eastern Cape 3900 60
2019-11-16 Single Stage Skyrun (100km) 100 Eastern Cape 4400 44
2019-11-23 Single Stage Sani Stagger Trail (21km) 21 KwaZulu-Natal TBC TBC Running Man Adventures
2019-11-23 Single Stage Sani Stagger Trail (38km) 38 KwaZulu-Natal TBC TBC Running Man Adventures
2019-11-30 Single Stage Ultra-trail Cape Town (35km) 35 Western Cape TBC TBC Summit Events
2019-11-30 Single Stage Ultra-trail Cape Town (65km) 65 Western Cape TBC TBC Summit Events
2019-11-30 Single Stage Ultra-trail Cape Town (100km) 100 Western Cape TBC TBC Summit Events
2019-12-01 Single Stage Ultra-trail Cape Town (21km) 21 Western Cape TBC TBC Summit Events

 
 

If you have any events that you would like to add to this list feel free to send all the event details to fareed@leavethecouch.com

Please no vineyard runs… we’re in search of that pure mountain goodness and single track of course