Yep, it is now close enough to start worrying about the Race Weekend weather! According to an aggregation of such wonderfully accurate sources as AccuWeather, Wunderground and WindGuru, we can expect anything from bright sunshine to raging storms! Seriously though, whatever Donald Trump says, climate change is a thing and the weather is quite unpredictable and potentially quite extreme at the moment. It does look like there is a fair chance of some rain next weekend, so make sure you have (and remember to pack) all of your Compulsory & Recommended Kit https://www.runtheberg.co.za/race-info/equipment-list/ We will keep you updated as we get closer to the time.
1. Entries and Substitutions
As most of you will have seen, Runtheberg 2017 is full, the Waiting List is closed and no further substitutions are allowed between now and the Race.
Registration will take place at the Race Village at All Out Adventures on Friday afternoon from 15h00 – 18h00, where you will register and receive your race pack and race number. There will be a small Registration facility at All Out Adventures on Saturday morning for those people who absolutely cannot make it the day before – times for this will be communicated closer to the time. The main Race Briefing will be held at All Out Adventures on Friday at 18h00 until about 18h30, whereafter you will all be free to go back to your hotels and carbo/banting/beer load.
3. Start / Finish Logistics
As most of you will have already seen from the website, the Race Village is centered at the All Out Adventures Adventure Centre. This will be where we will have Registration and Race Briefings (see above), the Start for Day Two, and the Finish on both days. The one exception is the Start on Day One – this will take place at The Cavern. HOWEVER PLEASE NOTE that we will be providing a shuttle transfer service from the Race Village to The Cavern for the Start on Day One, so as with everything else, you just need to get yourself to All Out Adventures. For those driving themselves, there is parking at the Race Village, so you will be finishing at your car. For those being dropped off, there is absolutely NO parking at or near The Cavern, and we strongly recommend that all drop-offs happen at All Out Adventures. For those of you lucky enough to be staying at The Cavern, you can literally roll out of bed to the Start. Similarly for those staying on the doorstep of The Cavern at Sungubala and The Ledges. You guys will in fact end up at the Finish without your cars, so please be aware of that. There will NOT be an official shuttle from the Finish back to The Cavern, but as has been the case in previous years, it should not be difficult to source a lift if needed. Please note that exact Start times will be communicated closer to the time.
4. Batched Starts
As always we will have batching at the Start for both races and on both days. Batching will be done on a purely self-seeding basis, so racing snakes and anybody looking for a podium finish, it is your responsibility to be at the Start early enough to ensure that you are in Batch A. Race Times will be adjusted to reflect Batch Start Times. The Race Organisers reserve the right to control the sizes of the Batches at the Start and to move runners from one Batch to another as may be deemed necessary. Faster finishers on Day One will also have preferential access to Batch A on Day Two but speedsters please note it is still YOUR responsibility to be at the Start on time.
5. Nutrition Partner – Racefood
Continuing a relationship that started with the very first Runtheberg event, we are proud to once again have Racefood as our official Nutrition Partner. Anybody who has ever had to dig deep on a tough trail will know how important it is to have the right food, and anybody who has been able to pull a FASTbar or FARbar out of their pack also knows that Racefood is the right food. Made entirely from natural ingredients with no additives, colourants or flavouring, the FASTbar provides the perfect mix of simple and complex carbs for sustained energy with no sugar spike, while the FARbar is a prolonged energy release for when you need longer lasting energy, ideal for demanding endurance events. For those of you who have not yet had the chance to enjoy one of their new Salted Apricot or Apple, Pear & Cinnamon flavours, you’re in for a treat!
6. Spectator Activities at the Race Village
For spectators and non-running family, Runtheberg is the event with a difference! Most of the activities offered by the brilliant All Out Adventures Adventure Centre will be available over the course of the Race Weekend, including the kingswing, ziplines, and paintball. There will also be access to All Out’s legendary MTB trails, perfect for your friends and partners who are not yet brave enough to run while they wait for you to finish. Rental bikes will be available.
7. Kids’ Facilities
The Race Village and the entire area is heaven for active kids and we love seeing them there with you. However, to answer some of your questions, we do not have any dedicated child-care facilities or any controlled area at the Race Village where you will be able to Drop & Go.
8. Training Tip #2
In our last Training Tip we spoke about training with weight on your back. Now take that weight and climb! Those of you lucky enough to have hills serious enough for hill training in close proximity, hit them. For probably the majority of you who don’t, stair-training is a great alternative. Climbing is probably the feature of trail running that most destroys even the quickest roadies. Get used the knee-action, the quad-burn, and what it feels like to be busting a gut while you’re not even running. There is still enough time to benefit from some good hill work, BUT take care at this stage not to overdo anything.
For those of you who did not get Pre-Race Briefing #1, you can find it at https://www.runtheberg.co.za/pre-race-communications-1/. As ever, feel free to give us a shout, and in the meantime keep running, climbing and getting dirty!
The Runtheberg Team