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23 Mar

A Mont Blanc Qualifier with 5 points!!

The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a spectacular trail and can be conquered as a series of day walks or over a full seven day period, starting at Beervlei in the upper reaches of the Park and ending at Harkerville in the East between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay or as the Outeniqua Quest Trail Run non stop.

This trail carves its way in the cool shade of undulating indigenous forest with rustic huts, a stop-over, for those endeavoring the seven day trek, or as an alternative starting point for those day walkers relative to the level of challenge you desire. The overnight cabins are regularly stocked with firewood.

As darkness falls, the once blue sky, through pockets of forest, fynbos and different vegetation types during the day; now exposes a brilliant black sky pitted with billions of stars, buffered with the sounds of surrounding nocturnal activity. Perfect whether you are a stargazing astrologist, star-crossed lovers just seeking a romantic getaway or simply bonding with friends.

For those who have love for the sea, this trail makes its way down to the coast where beautiful rock formations may be explored, photographs taken or picnics enjoyed. Sea caves are often visible along this portion of the trail and tell of the sheer landscaping power of the Indian Ocean. This trail offers an unforgettable experience sure to leave walkers reeling with euphoria.

The Outeniqua Quest is a non-stop 108 km Outeniqua Hiking Trail in the Garden Route National Park, Western Cape, South Africa.  More than 100km of pure trails will have you traversing sections of the Outeniqua Mountains and the indigenous Forests of Knysna and surroundings while you are exploring the full length of the Outeniqua hiking trail. It is well known that there are a few very shy Knysna Elephants along the 108km hiking trails, you might just spot them in the distances between the indigenous trees…


A pristine and very special Trail run in the Garden Route National Park of SANParks, South Africa. Run on the pristine 108 km (normally a 7 day hike) Outeniqua Hiking Trail.  No big gravel roads, only single track and jeep tracks for 108km.

Mont Blanc 5-point Qualifyer!

Mont Blanc

2 Options to choose from:

108km Non Stop
Ultra 59km (Starting at Millwood and Finish at Harkerville)

108km Non Stop – Beervlei Hut to Harkerville Hut
Date :
23 March 2019
Registration Venue :
Harkerville Forest Lodge
Event Format :
Solo’s, Limited to 100 runners
Total distance:
Total Elevation gain: 4235m

Ultra 59km – Millwood Hut to Harkerville Hut
Date :
23rd March 2019
Registration Venue :
Harkerville Forest Lodge
Event Format :
Solo’s, Limited to 100 runners
Total distance:
Total Elevation gain: 

Outeniqua Quest included in the pre-entry fee:
– Unforgettable trail running along the scenic Outeniqua Hiking Trail
– Permissions and permits from SanParks to run on the pristine 108km Trail
– Permission and permits from Cape Pine
– Events fees for each person to SanParks for using the full Outeniqua Hiking Trail
– Booking of the Hiking huts for each person along the Outeniqua hiking Trail
– Well marked and set out routes
– Well stocked Water tables at each of the 6 hiking huts along the way
– Water table at the finish
– Goodie Bag with a Technical garment
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Sweeper
– Finishers medal
– Generosity and great atmosphere of SanParks Nature Area
– Professional photographer
– Accommodation 23 March, when you finish at Harkerville.

Does not include:
– Taxi to the Start at Beerlvlei from Harkerville Forest Lodge, TBA
– Alcohol drinks
– Pre and Post Race Accom and meals
– SANParks Conservation Fees. Please bring your Wild card to registration to avoid paying the day Conservation fees of R40. Wild card or the R40 will be collected at Registration by SANParks. Please note, this is not the Event Fees that the Organiser is paying on your behalf

Entry Fees:
R2930 for the Non Stop Option (does not include any accommodation, only light meals at the huts)
R1920 for the Ultra (does not include any accommodation, only light meals at the huts), Ultra finish at Harkerville Forest Lodge, close to Knysna

Registration and late entries:
Pre-entries close 1 Feb 2019, no late entries will be allowed. Registration Friday 22April at Harkerville Forest Lodge,

Prizes and Categories:
Prizes to Overall winners

Compulsory Equipment  for all the Outeniqua Quest runners (for your own safety):
As a precaution, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during the race. It is for your own personal safety. There will be a Kit check before the Tour starts. Please adhere to the following:

-Cell phone (on roaming please), zip lock bag to keep phone dry
-Space blanket
-Long Thermal base layer (pants and top)
-Emergency food
-Headlamp with enough spare batteries
-Water bottles
-Sunscreen (factor 50)
-Outer shell jacket (waterproof)
-First aid kit

Please ensure that you have the compulsory equipment with you at all times during the race as conditions change quickly up in the mountains.

For all information contact Janine on janine.swart@csm.com

Enter / Register

Cancelation Policy

Athletes wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:

50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 31 December 2018.
No refunds will be done from 1 January 2019


Athletes cancelling may transfer their entry to another person, but that person will have to accept that changes to sizes etc. of clothing in the goody bag may not be able to be made if they are not available – when goody bags are applicable.
20% of Entry fee will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2020.

Contact Janine to finalise this: janine@trisport.co.za

Online Coaching / Training Programme


Wingman Multisport Athletics provides coaching services to athletes around the globe for an impressive array of events, from road running, open water swimming to road or mountain bike cycling. Based in South Africa, the team of coaches specialises in triathlon coaching, including the Ironman 70.3 and Ironman distances.

By capitalising on the intersection between individual ability, the science of athletic performance and the latest technology, Wingman Coaches work with each athlete to help them not only set, but also attain their personal sporting goals. Personal programmes are created for your unique level, fitness and available training time.

Slowest to fastest, biggest to smallest, beginner to pro –  there is a programme that is not only designed for you, but is responsive to your body as you train. Weekly feedback is provided using the leading online platform, Training Peaks, to design, deliver and adapt each athletes programme. The user-friendly nature of the application and its seamless integration with other training equipment and platforms ensures that going high tech with your training does not mean going high maintenance.

The value of this innovative, individually responsive approach is illustrated by the high levels of success attained by the Wingman athletes at events across the country – with multiple podium positions and countless personal bests smashed. Per illustration, a recent study on 70.3 Ironman (East London) athletes showed that Wingman male athletes performed significantly better than their non-Wingman counterparts in the event.

Visit Wingmansport or send an email to Stephan or Dave.

Car Trip


We have teamed up with CarTrip, a company that offers an internet-based platform that allows drivers and passengers to easily arrange lifts together.  We encourage you to visit their website www.cartrip.co.za and find out more about this exciting new service.  It provides a much-needed facility for our members to arrange lifts or offer lifts to various running events or even to and from our club.

Almost 70% of people that enter events drive to the venue on their own so it makes sense that our participants share their vehicles with other participants coming to the event.

The benefits of sharing rides to the event include:

  • You are able to meet fellow participants who share your passion for running.
  • If you are a driver you can recoup some or all of your petrol costs by offering a lift.
  • If you need a lift it will cost a fraction of the cost of travelling there with your own car.
  • Ladies can get lifts with lady drivers only if they prefer.
  • More parking and less congestion at the event as there will be fewer cars.
  • With fewer cars on the road, it helps our environment by reducing CO2 emissions.

So if you’re travelling alone to any of the running events or if you’re looking for a lift to an event then go to www.cartrip.co.za.  You will see a dropdown tab with all the events listed, just select your event and enter your ride details.  You can also email them with details of an event if it is not listed.  We do suggest that you read through their FAQ’s should you have any questions on how it works and we look forward to our members embracing this opportunity presented by CarTrip.



Please check out the Route Profiles here

Day 1 : Beervlei Hut to Windmeulnek Hut
Distance: 16.40 km

Outeniqua Quest Leg 1

Day 2 :  Windmeulnek Hut to Millwood
Distance: 32km

Outeniqua Quest Leg 2

Outeniqua Quest Leg 3

Day 3 : Millwood Hut to Diepwalle
Distance: 29km

Outeniqua Quest Leg4

Outeniqua Quest Leg 5

Day 4 : Diepwalle Hut to Harkerville
Distance: 29km

Outeniqua Quest Leg 6

Outeniqua Quest Leg7

Outeniqua Quest 2018 Route summary:
Total distance: 108,02km
Elevation gain: 4235m

Full Outeniqua Quest profile:

OQ 2014 Route Profile


Pre-Race Accommodation is not included in this race. The race village will be Harkerville Forest Lodge see www.harkerville.co.za

Accommodation can be booked with your entry, with the following options :









Schedule for Outeniqua Quest 108km non-stop and Ultra

22 March 2019
18:00 – 19:00: Registration at Harkerville Forest Lodge
19:00: Race briefing (compulsory for all Competitors). Snacks will be available.

23 March
Drive your own vehicle to Hakerville Forest Lodge,between Knysna and Pletterberg Bay, the Finish Venue
6:00 The bus pick up the Non Stop runners  and Ultra runners and take you to the Start of the Outeniqua Hiking Trail, at Beervlei hut for the Non Stop and at Milwood for the Ultra
7:30 Race start at Beervlei hut for the Non Stop 108km and at Milwood Hut for the Ultra
17:00 Cut off at Millwood house for the non stop 108km runners
10:00 Cut off at Hakerville Forest Lodge for the non stop 108km
11:00 Prize giving and Breakfast at the Harkerville Forest Lodge on 24 March


Having partners is always a must when doing an event so thank you to our sponsors:




Media involved in this race:

Do It Now
Runners World
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March 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am
March 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Outeniqua Hiking Trail
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
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