Meiringspoort Half Marathon – De Rust – 15th October 2011

Cut-off  Date for entries in the Meiringspoort Half Marathon in De Rust is 16th September 2011 

As of last week more than double the number of entries had been received compared to last year the same time so there will be no more entries accepted after 16th September. 

The organisers have made this decision for for two main reasons. Firstly there is concern over the safety of the runners and secondly the logistics of transporting the entrants to the starting point at the northern entrance to Meiringspoort. There are no parking facilities available at the starting point and so the runners have to be transported there. 

When it comes to accommodation the little village of De Rust is going to be bursting at the seams. Once again this year the locals, both in town and on the surrounding farms, are opening their homes to accommodate the runners and their families. Experience country hospitality at its best. The local B&B and self catering establishments will all be fully booked. 

So, if you want to participate you should get your race entry in before the 16th September. 

Enquiries regarding the Marathon can be made at 

For accommodation enquiries you can contact the De Rust Tourism Office at telephone 044 241 2109 or email 

Take a few extra days leave and spend some time in and around De Rust. Visit the water fall in Meiringspoort. If you have not done it before, a drive over the Swartberg pass is a must. Pack a picnic lunch and stop at any of the scenic spots and enjoy the fynbos and proteas. Or, you could stop in at the Ou Tolhuis near the top  of the pass and enjoy a delicious home made meal. Venture out on a short hiking trail or better still you can book a chalet and stay the night and do a longer trail… maybe not after the 21kms  

Friday nights are the big “kuier” nights at the Kaalgat Kudu where you can enjoy the best wood fired pizzas… made on the premises from organic ingredients. Henno makes his own thin, crispy bases from stone ground flour. 

The local restaurants can satisfy any taste with their own unique menus and atmosphere. Just a stroll around the village enjoying the old architecture and magnificent views of the Swartberg and Kammanassie mountains is rest for the city weary soul. 

Come and recharge you batteries in the Little Karoo. 

Don’t forget to get those entries in before 16th September.

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