20 October 2018 – A very exciting international event will be taking place along the Otter Trail in October this year.
The Golden Trail Series combines iconic races across the world into a single, revolutionary concept: a simple format where trail runners’ best three results from each of the following races count towards qualifying for the Grand Final: the “Grail of Trail” – the Otter Trail Run.
The top ten men and women will be invited to the final in South Africa and each will receive €5000 for competing in the final. Trail running is a unique and challenging sport, with strong human values and concern for the environment. This series aims to defend these values while encouraging the world’s elite runners to compete for the podium and for a worthy cause, NGO or association of their choice. The series exists to celebrate and grow the sport of trail running and races have been chosen to highlight the most iconic events around the world:
- ZEGAMA, SPAIN: A unique atmosphere with the best supporters: an entire valley passionately supporting the competitors every step of the way.
- MONT BLANC MARATHON, FRANCE: Chamonix, the heart of the European mountains, offers the best scenery on the majestic Mont Blanc.
- SIERRE-ZINAL, SWITZERLAND: The fastest race of the series, attracting a really high level of athlete. A race that consistently goes down to the wire in a final-kilometre sprint for victory.
- PIKES PEAK, USA: The summit of the race is 4302m, making it the highest of the series. It’s also one of the two races, along with the Sierre-Zinal, with seemingly unbreakable course records!
- RING OF STEALL SKYRACE, SCOTLAND: The “short” version of the Glen Coe Skyline, chosen as the 2018 Skyrunning World Championship course and the most technical of the series.
- GRAND FINAL – THE OTTER TRAIL RUN, SOUTH AFRICA: One of the most popular trail runs (and hikes) in the world, the Otter Trail is located within the Garden Route National Park and Africa’s oldest Marine Protected Area and, as such, is a near-pristine stretch of coastline. The trail includes river crossings and a dramatic coastline covered in indigenous forest and coastal Fynbos. The region was recently declared a UNICEF Biosphere Reserve.
For those of us not in the Top Ten in the world, entries for this year’s Otter Trail Run are sold out, but you can Register for the Waiting List here or plan for the 2019 run!