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Golden Gate Challenge

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South Africa - Free State
Event type:
Run Stage
Entries open:
Entries open: 9 Jun 2016
Event dates:
18 Oct 2018 - 3 day event
± 29 weeks until event
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The Golden Gate Challenge is a three-day track and trail run through some of the most rugged yet scenic mountains of the Free State, situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The race will traverse through restricted parts of the reserve rarely seen by the public, like Little Serengeti, Cathedral Caves and many other hidden gems within the park. Participants will cover just over 70km in 3 days, staged out of a single base camp in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Please do not judge the race by its distances, as it is a true challenge offering great rewards, but that means conquering big mountains and high altitudes. Running among these historic mountains is a humbling experience and you will find yourself contemplating both your past and the future. Ancient rock paintings and relics of past civilizations will pass you by as you run this race with the knowledge that you are running for the survival of a species – the Bearded Vulture…. [read more]


Weather conditions

Season: Spring

Route Information



Difficult Mountains

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Stage details

Ribbok Hiking Trail - the Race Village
the Race Village - the Highlands Mountain Retrea
the Highlands Mountain Retreat - the Highlands Mountain Retreat Bottom

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R3500 to 3800

Entry Fees: Full package - R3 800 (Includes a 50% conservation donation*). Includes tented accommodation at race village and all catering. Only 250 entries will be made available for this package. Runner’s package – R3 500 (Includes a 50% conservation donation*) Includes catering but excludes accommodation. Only 100 entries will be made available for this package. What is included in your entry package: Pre-event registration dinner, Thursday 17 October 2018 Accommodation for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights Thursday night: dinner and accommodation Friday: breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday: breakfast, lunch and dinner Sunday: champagne buffet breakfast 24-hr snack & coffee bar will be available in the Chill Zone Fully set-up Race Village – 1 tent per runner Full medical support & back-up Breakfast prize giving on Sunday morning Route maps Official race garment and a Race Pack  

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