Pre Race Briefing #4

Hi Runthebergers!

Two more sleeps!! (for most of you!)

1. Weather

Karmically, and wonderfully, exactly what happened last year, the whole Berg has just experienced a fantastic cold snap with temperatures plunging in the mountains. Happily for your Race Weekend it’s already receding and all the different sites are forecasting spectacular running weather for Saturday and Sunday! Clear but not nearly as hot as we feared it would be! You guys must have been doing something right to be rewarded by the weather dragons like this! However please make sure you pack ALL potential Compulsory Kit items. In the mountains it always pays to not take things for granted and the weather changes faster than you can say globalwarming.

2. Compulsory Equipment

Compulsory Equipment List: Remember Zero Tolerance for any runner found in violation. We will make a final weather & kit call on Friday.

3. Community Shoe Drive

Don’t forget!

4. Road Conditions

Great to report this, but nothing significant to report from points in Gauteng, Free State or KZN. The roadworks out of Harrismith towards the R74 and the mountains are now long finished and it’s a joy to drive, as is the Sterkfontein Dam piece that used to be so bad. The final stretch after turning right from Tower of Pizza to the Race Village at All Out Adventures is a bit pot-holey after the winter so just drive those last few km slowly.

5. Registration & Race Briefing

Registration: Friday 27 September 15H00 – 20H00 at All Out Adventures

For those who absolutely can’t make Friday evening: Saturday 28 September 05H30 – 07H00 at All Out Adventures

Race Briefing: Friday 27 September 18H00 (approximately 30min) at All Out Adventures

Craft Beer on sale courtesy Nottingham Road Brewery. Snacks provided.

6. 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.

7. 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. For the first year ever we will also be making the incredible All Out Quad Biking Experience available on Saturday (only) – do not miss this if you’re spending any time at the Race Village. 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.

8. 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.

9. Previous Pre-Race Briefings

10. Training Tip #6

Hydrate, Stretch and Drive Safely!

See you soon in the beautiful Berg!

The Runtheberg Team

Runtheberg News August 2019

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