The route profile resembles, a gnarly crocodiles back. You start with a short 800m warm up from the Start to the Base of a Mean climb. You realise that you are not on a Green belt Park run, as you ascend the rough trail.
Topping out after 1,8km, you swing Right on the Skerpheuwel Contour (left will take you on the 50km route!)
These 4kms are enjoyable trail running. Forget avoiding the puddles, just charge on through, your feet are going to be wet. Marvel at the panoramic views of the Groot Drakenstein Berge.
If you have been training hard and need to pass running tourists, be polite, don’t use elbows or curses – karma here is really quick to bite!
Just after 6km you start the plunge down to river level. The next km is all down, to a certain dunking in the Keerweerders River, a safe and simple crossing.
From 7km to 10km, you are on a ‘defrost the toes’ tour of the Amphitheatre, enjoy dramatic scenes of the Franschhoek Peaks. These old forestry roads allow for good running, until at 10km there is no more road……
10km! Berg River. An infamous, frozen kilometre of no definite trail, just follow the course of the river.
It is bouldery, rocky and requiring a sense of humour!
Wild animals have been seen on this stretch. Near the 11km mark, is Hot Chocolate Café!
Thus warmed, you are on Lower Snake Alley, a mud wallow sort of trail, to Concrete Road Crossing at 12km. You get 5 easy metres and then drop back to purpose built single track, following the Berg River.
Just after 13km you can hear the finish line music, and enter the ‘Jacuzzi’, a less than warm, often waist deep crossing of the Source of the Berg River – dramatic stuff. Photographers record your enjoyment of these special moments! Swearing is encouraged.
Just 1,5km home run to Celebrations, drinks and Party time!
(There are hot showers, recovery tent and Craft beer)