Festival of Trail Running Taking Place This Long Weekend

The 2022 Discovery George MUT is more than just a trail run. Taking place from the 16th to the 19th of June it is a true festival of trail running.

The Discovery George MUT trail running festival will once again include a screening of Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival films. The screening will take place at 19:00 on Thursday, 16 June, at Witfontein Forest Station. Tickets are R100 per person.

Starting with a Vertical Kilometre competition on Thursday morning and ending with prize giving, for the longer distance 42-, 60- and 100-kilometre events, on Sunday it offers a full weekend of mountain adventures.

19-year-old George resident, Rebecca Köhne is seeking to add the Discovery George MUT 25km title to her growing palmarès, which already includes the George 6 Peaks women’s course record. Photo Supplied.

George locals will be integrally involved throughout; with Robyn de Groot and Rebecca Köhne leading the charge on the trails. The, recently retired, multiple South African mountain biking marathon champion, de Groot, faces off against the George 6 Peaks record holder, Köhne, in the 25-kilometre race. While locals, Bruce Arnett and Lodelia Odendaal, headline the inaugural edition of the 100-kilometre race. In the 60-kilometre event South Africa’s top trail runner, Kane Reilly, is aiming to better his course record of 6 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds.

Bruce Arnett is among the 39 intrepid trail runners who are set to take on the inaugural 100km distance at the Discovery George MUT. Photo by Zane Schmahl.

While entries to the longer distances are closed, local outdoors enthusiasts can still take part in the Discovery George MUT excitement. Line entries to the 10-kilometre race are available at registration on Friday. There is fun for the whole family on Thursday evening too, thanks to a screening of 6 films from the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Tickets to the screening are R100 each. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and non-alcoholic drinks will be on sale at the Witfontein Forestry Station venue too. Tickets can be purchased via the race website, www.georgemut.run, or on Computicket. The show starts at 19:00.

Discovery George MUT Schedule
Day Time Event
Thursday, 16 June 08:00 Discovery MUT VK Challenge, from Ground Zero Bike Park
  17:00 George Trail Running Time Trial, at Camphersdrift Street
  19:00 VIMFF Screening, at Witfontein Forest Station
Friday, 17 June 13:00 Registration Opens, at Witfontein Forest Station
  19:00 Race Briefing, at Witfontein Forest Station
Saturday, 18 June 05:00 60km & 100km Races Start, at Witfontein Forest Station
  06:00 42km Race Start, at Witfontein Forest Station
  07:00 25km Race Start, at Sputnik on the Outeniqua Pass
  08:30 10km Race Start, at Witfontein Forest Station
Sunday, 19 June 10:00 60km & 100 Prize Giving, at Witfontein Forest Station

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