Race Information

The 25km starts at 8:00 am at Franschhoek High School’s sports grounds, access from Reservoir Street. The race will finish at the High school’s sports grounds where there will be plenty of space and a great vibe for all runners and spectators to enjoy.

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25km Route

The Long Route is a 25km loop following the MRNR Perdekop Trail – marked by a large stone cairn (Perdekop is the highest point in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve – Elevation 1575m) , which crosses the Uitkyk Trail towards Du Toitskop Peak at 1407m with a single track descend all the way back to the finish in Franschhoek.

Once the trail starts, you will be immersed in nature as you follow an open single track to the Mont Rochelle nature reserve, from which point the Perdekop Trail branches off towards the east of the Uitkyk Trail, heading up the right hand side of the Du Toit’s river gorge crossing over a small bridge.

The footpath then swings into a north-easterly direction, and immediately embarks upon an mostly steep uphill climb, gaining +/-1300m in elevation before reaching the highest point of the Mont Rochelle nature reserve called Perdekop 1575m. Perdekop is marked by a large stone cairn and overlooks the breathtakingly beautiful Stettynskloof Dam. If you have a camera, now would be the time to reach for it.

The footpath then heads westward, crossing a small stream. Following a short climb, the trail continues along the footpath before reaching the second viewpoint with superb panoramic views of the Wemmershoek valley and surrounding cliffs. To the west Table Mountain is visible on a clear day. From here, the trail follows the view that will take you all the way down to the Uitkyk Trail Crossing. Here you will find the 18km runners joining your path from the left, linking a brand new exciting trail section (Manganese trail) of MRNR which links up towards the Du Toitskop Summit and 3rd prominent viewpoint of the day at 1407m.

Magnificent vistas of the Franschhoek & Berg River valley can be seen on the way down. You will be amazed by the beauty and view of this portion of the trail as you descend towards the Vista Trail.

From here its an 7+ km downhill.

Once you reach the MRNR gate there is only 4.5km left. At the finish, participants are rewarded with an aid station and a finisher’s medal.

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Start Time: 8:00am

Place: Franschhoek, Western Cape

INCLUDED

To make your run as safe as possible, we have the following in place.

  • Paramedics

  • Search and Rescue

  • Ambulance and Helicopter rescue on standby (for runners own account)

  • Check points

  • Marked route

  • Race Sweeper

  • Finisher Medal

  • Mobii Timing

NOT INCLUDED

Race entry does not include the following:

  • Personal medical, nutritional and hygiene requirements

  • Any snacks or performance nutrition during the event

  • Basic medical support is offered for emergencies but excludes helicopter evacuation, or any hospitalization transport, which will be at the athlete’s costs.

25km Route Profile

Start Time: 8:00am

No Littering. Ever

  • No seconding. Runners must be self-sufficient.

  • There are few places on the route to get water to refill bottles and bladders.

  • There will be cut off times along the way, after which emergency routes must be followed.

  • Runners must stay on the marked trail. No short cuts allowed.

  • There will be checkpoints.

  • There will be a sweeper.

Required Equipment

Please remember; It will be cold at the Peak. For this reason we recommend the following required equipment.

Even on a clear day, there might be a bit of wind at the top which could bring down the temperature quite bit.

Please be sensible. The equipment we recommend are just the basics to help protect you at the top of the mountain. You know your body so please prepare appropriately. It is for your safety.

There will be a kit check at the start of the race and anytime during or after the race.

Required gear:

Essentials:

  • Space blanket.

  • Buff / hat or both

  • Gloves

  • At least 1.5 L of water (there are a few places on the mountain to get water)

    – Only water on first half of race

    – No water on second half of race

Cell phone, charged.

Emergency numbers will be provided closer to the race date.

Running shoes – Preferably Trail running shoes
Outer shell jacket (windbreaker)

Backpack or hip belt that can carry the above gear:
Micro fleece (thin fleece)
Your own energy Food for the entire run (4 – 6 hours).
First aid kit. (use your discretion, these are items that you deem necessary.)

Recommended Gear for bad weather:

  • Waterproof rain jacket (not just a wind breaker)

  • Gloves

  • Cold weather running pants / long tights

  • Thermal base layer

  • Mohair socks – keeps your feet warmer in wet shoes

  • Grabber hand/toe warmers

Race Cancellation

Due to the extreme and often unpredictable high altitude conditions to be found in the Mont Rochelle mountains, organizers of the Trail du Mont Rochelle reserve the right to cancel the race in the event of severe weather or dangerous running conditions.

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