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The SOX 3 Day Trail run is known as the most Diverse 3 Day Trail run In South Africa and take place in an area called the Garden Route. 90% of the event take place on South Africa National Park’s protected property. You will run on pristine hiking trails in the mountain and forest and experience the big trees of the indigenous forest. You will experience the Mountains, the Forest and the stunning Coastline of the Garden Route.

The Garden Route (Afrikaans: Tuinroete) is a stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley; with George, the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative centre.

It has an oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world, after Hawaii, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Temperatures rarely fall below 10°C in winter and rarely climb beyond 28°C in summer. Rain occurs year-round, with a slight peak in the spring months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean rising and releasing their precipitation along the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains just inland of the coast.

The Route is sandwiched between the aforementioned mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest and offer hiking trails and eco-tourism activities. Nearly 300 species of bird life are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.

Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right Whale which go there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).

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Race Rules

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Take on 3 unforgettable days in the Garden Route of South Africa; 3 unique routes starting with a Mountain stage on Day 1 in the Outeniqua Mountains, beautiful trails through indigenous Forest on Day 2 and finishing off with a rugged “on-the-edge” Coastline run, indigenous forest trails and an exciting 60m floating bridge across the Touw River on Day 3.

Everything will be the same whether you run SOX full or SOX Sport in 2017, same price, same experience, same goodie bag etc, but less the distance (your choice). After many requests, we add another 5km on Day Day 2 for SOX Sport so the distance for SOX Sport is 20, 15, 20 km. Only 400 Entries allowed in total, for SOX Sport and Full. 

More Exciting News! Our Race Village for the 2017 SOX, will be at the Wilderness Hotel.  The whole hotel will be booked out for the SOX athletes. All meals and the race briefings will be at the Wilderness Hotel.  The finish of the event, will be at Fairy Knowe hotel, with the floating bridge as highlight of Day 3.

RCS SOX 3 Day Trail Run

Date: 05-07 August 2017

Venue: The Wilderness Hotel, Wilderness, Garden Route, Western Cape

Event Format: Solo’s and Pairs, but only Solo for SOX Sport

Distances:

RCS SOX

Day 1: 30km (Outeniqua Mountains): about 50/50 Jeep track and single track, on the Outeniqua Hiking trail and on MTO property
Day 2: 30km  (Knysna Forest), mainly single track in the indigenous forest of SANParks
Day 3: 20km (Both SOX and SOX Sport) (Wilderness Coast line): single track, hiking trail, jeep track, less than 2km beach running, boardwalk running and a floating bridge

RCS SOX Sport (You will receive exactly the same Experience. Goody bag etc as SOX, but less the distance, it is your choice)

Day 1: 20km (Outeniqua Mountains), Jeep tracks on SANParks and MTO property
Day 2: 15km (Knysna Forest). Jeep tracks and single track in the Indigenous Forest
Day 3: 20km (Wilderness Coast line), jeep tracks, single track, hiking trail, jeep track, less than 2km beach running, boardwalk running and a floating bridge

Payment Plan available: Pay 50% when entering online and the other 50% anytime before 30 April 2017. No refund of the deposit will be done.

RCS SOX and SOX Sport Trail run, included in the entry fee:

– 3 day challenge in the unspoilt beauty of the Garden Route. Each day will be unique in that Day 1 will take competitors on a challenging 30km (18km for the Sport) route into the Outeniqua Mountains. Day 2 will be something completely different – 30km (10km for the LITE) of spectacular trails through beautiful Indigenous Forests. Day 3 will conclude with a 18km trail on our spectacular coast line.
– 3 Stages of pure trail running on well-marked routes in pristine areas that are usually not accessible to runners
– Unforgettable trail running along the scenic Outeniqua Hiking Trail and Knysna Forest
– Permission from Sanparks and Cape Pine to use their area
– Events fees to Sanparks and Cape Pine for using their areas each day
– Light lunch at the finish each day
– Official Race apparel TBA
– Great Goodie bag
– Cooking facility available for preparing your own meals at Ebb and Flow
– Breakfast and dinner available for your own cost (pre booked)
– Setup of Race village which will include massages (for booking on your own account) & entertainment
– Sweeper each day
– Well stocked water tables each day
– Chill zone at Race village from 11am every day where you will be serve drinks and snacks
– Well stocked Bar where you can buy drinks
– Lunch also for sale at finish for non competitors each day
– 24 hour medical & emergency services on standby
– 24 hour security in the Race village
– Free Prize giving lunch
– Decent Finishers medal – Pairs & Solo runners
– Trophies and prizes for winners; Lucky draws
– Generosity and the great atmosphere at the Wilderness Hotel
– Professional Photographers and Videographer on route; slide and video shows in the evenings

Entry Fees per person (Please book your accommodation below)

Please note, all entries include a light lunch each day
SOX

SOX Option 1: Entry only, R3600
SOX Option 2: Includes Dinner only: R4050
SOX Option 3: Includes Breakfast and Dinner,  R4350

SOX Sport, all options include a light lunch each day
SOX Sport: Option 1: Entry only, NO meals  R3600
SOX Sport Option 2: Includes Dinner only:  R4050
SOX Sport Option 3: Includes Breakfast and Dinner,  R4350

*Please note that the entry fees are per person and not per team

This will also include a chill zone from 11am at the finish where athletes can relax and have a drink.
International guests can join for a fully catered tour by going to our travel page

Registration and Late Entries:
Pre-entries for the event will close 24 July 2017. Extra Garment (except what you will receive in your Goodie bag) order will close 1st July to allow for the printing and correct orders. No late entries or entries on the day will be accepted.
Registration for the event will be Friday, 04 August 2017 from 12:00 – 19:00 with a compulsory race briefing afterwards.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL OF THE SOX SPORT HAS END !!

Compulsory Equipment (for your own safety):

As a precaution, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during your run. It is for your own personal safety. Please adhere to the following:

  • Cell phone (on roaming please)
  • zip lock bag to keep phone dry
  • Space blanket
  • Backpack
  • Long Thermal base layer (pants and top)
  • Whistle
  • Hat
  • Emergency food
  • 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 race as conditions change quickly.

How to get there:

The Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park is situated close to the N2 highway, 15km from George, 2km from Wilderness village, 410km from Port Elizabeth and 450km from Cape Town. The closest airport is at George, where car hire facilities are available. Guests visiting Wilderness’ Ebb & Flow Rest Camp, please note the road sign on the N2 to the Park reads Wilderness National Park and not Ebb & Flow. Guests can also use the western access through the town of Wilderness across the rail road bridge and turn right for the reception.
For all information contact Janine on janine@trisport.co.za

 

Massages

Listening Hands Sport Massage Therapists

Bookings are open for the RCS SOX Trail Run, to book your massage from the 5th to 7th August 2017.  Massages are half an hour time slots for R230 per person.  We have times available from 12:00 until 17:00, and then 18:00 until 21:00.  The massages will be at the RCSSOX race village, Wilderness Hotel, Wilderness.  Please email Caroline at cmoths@webmail.co.za  to book your slot.

Enter SOX : 30km/30km/20km


Cancelation Policy

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

25% of the entry fee will be retained for admin costs, the balance refunded if written notice is received before 1 April 2017.
50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received from 1 April to 1 June 2017.
25% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received from 1 June  to 1 July 2017.
0% will be refunded after 18 July 2017, if a goody bag is applicable it will still be available the athlete

Transfers

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.
25% of Entry fee will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2018.

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

Enter RCS SOX Sport : 20km/15km/20km


Cancelation Policy

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

25% of the entry fee will be retained for admin costs, the balance refunded if written notice is received before 1 April 2017.
50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received from 1 April to 1 June 2017.
25% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received from 1 June  to 1 July 2017.
0% will be refunded after 18 July 2017, if a goody bag is applicable it will still be available the athlete

Transfers

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.
25% of Entry fee will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2018.

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

Training Programme

Now that you have entered, it is a good idea to start preparing yourself for the event!

We are providing a  Free Training Programme, 12 weeks prior to the event, available here.     If you would like a customised programme for your training, you can contact Mauritz Jansen van Rensburg at info@soulrunning.co.za  or visit Soul Running.

 

 

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CarTrip

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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.

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Prize Money and Prize Categories

There will be a prize pocket of R32 000 for the 2017 edition of RCS SOX. See below. Other Team and Solo category winners will receive trophies. Only the Teams below and Overall Male and Overall Female will receive Prize Money. Please note, NO Prize money for the RCS SOX LITE, only a Trophy

Prize Money Breakdown:

Overall Male Team: R8000
Overall Female Team: R8000
Overall Mixed Team: R8000
Overall Solo Male: R4000
Overall Solo Female: R4000

RCS SOX Solo Trophy Category Breakdown

Vet Male Pair
Vet Female Pair
Vet Mixed Pair
Master Male Pair
Master Female Pair
Master Mixed Pair
Vet Male – Solo
Vet Female – Solo
Master Male – Solo
Master Female – Solo

RCS SOX Sport Trophy 

Overall Male
Overall Female
Vet Male Pair
Vet Female Pair
Vet Mixed Pair
Master Male Pair
Master Female Pair
Master Mixed Pair
Vet Male – Solo
Vet Female – Solo
Master Male – Solo
Master Female – Solo

Route

FULL SOX

Day 1: Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage: Karatara Forest Gate to Farleigh Community Centre

SOX Day1 Profile

Day 2: Forest Stage

Forest Stage: Circular route in Goudveld/Millwood State Forest

SOX Day2 Profile

Day 3 Coastal Stage:

Coastal/River Stage: Carmel caravan park to Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp

SOX Day3 Profile

SOX Sport

Day 1 : Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage: 20km Karatara Forest Gate to Farleigh Community Centre

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Day 2 : Forest Stage

Forest Stage: 15km Circular route in Goudveld/Millwood State Forest

SOX Lite Day2Profile

Day 3 : Coastal Stage

Coastal/River Stage: Carmel caravan park to Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp

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Accommodation

Our official accommodation is this year at The Wilderness Hotel  (our race village 2017)  and you can also book at the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp.

Rooms at Wilderness Hotel, is sold out. Please book accommodation at Ebb and Flow, follow the link below. There are still unit available.

To book your accommodation at Ebb and Flow, please click here

We want to encourage all Runners to book accommodation at The Wilderness Hotel.
The vibe will be vibrant and exciting. Bookings must be done through the RCS SOX Race Office – the whole Ebb and Flow and Wilderness Hotel is booked out for this Event.

There are limited Rooms at The Wilderness Hotel and at the Chalets and Cottages available at Ebb and Flow National Park and bookings will work on a first paid, first serve basis. Lots of Camping space – we can provide you with a tent. Each team member will receive his/her own tent, this will also include a mattress. You can also bring your own tent.

Cancellation policy

80% of the accommodation fee will be refunded up to the 1st January 2017
50% of the accommodation fee will be refunded if written notice is received from 1st January to 15 April 2017.
25% of the accommodation fee will be refunded if written notice is received from 15 April to 18 July 2017.
No refunds after 18 July

Unfortunately, no refunds will be made if cancellation is done after 18 July 2017.

There is an additional Daily Conservation Fee of R32 per day, per person that must be paid to Sanparks. Valid Wild Card Holders do not pay. This will be collected at Race Registration by Sanparks personnel on Thursday, 10 August 2017.

Quoted prices below are for the whole Unit and for 3 nights – Friday, Saturday & Sunday evenings. You can add extra people to your Chalet at an extra fee.

To check out what the Ebb-and-Flow Rest Camp looks like, please click here

units type people rooms price
5 Family Cottage,      2 Bathrooms. 4 Bedroom 1 : Double bed.  Bedroom 2 : Single beds R4380
5 Log Cottage with DSTV – 1 Bathroom 4 Bedroom 1 : Double bed    Bedroom 2 : Single beds R4200
2 Log Cottage – 1 Bathroom 4 2 with 2 single beds each R4200
10 Forest Cabin – 1 Bathroom 4 1 open room; 4 single beds R3000
9 Forest Cabin – 1 Bathroom 2 1 open room; 2 single beds R2280
10 Rondavel – 1 Bathroom 2 1 round room; 2 single beds R1380
5 Rondavel – Communal bathroom 2 1 round room; 2 bunk beds each R1230

Meals and Refreshments

Cooked meals served at Wilderness Hotel, can be booked either as an option when entering the race, or by contacting Janine at janine@trisport.co.za before 24 July 2016.

Unfortunately, no bookings for meals, can be made after this date, or during the event. Menu for the event TBA. Snacks and light meals will be for sale at FWilderness Hotel during the day.

Schedule

Please note:
Day 1: Start and Finish at different places, you will run from Karatara to Farleigh Community Centre, close to Barrington
Day 2: Start and finish same place – Circular Route from Mother Holy Tearoom in Millwood forest, close to Rheenendal
Day 3: Start and finish at different places. The Start is at Carmel by the Sea and you Finish with an exciting floating bridge across the Touw River at Fairy Knowe Hotel and finish at The Wilderness Hotel.  Lunch served at The Wilderness Hotel.

Schedule:

Friday, 4 August:

12:00 – 18:00: Registration for RCS SOX 2017 at Wilderness Hotel (Race Village)
19:00: Welcoming and race briefing
19:30: Dinner

Saturday, 5 August:

05:30 The Cock crows! …
06:00 Breakfast at Wilderness Hotel- yogurt, cereals; fruit; coffee & rusks. Race office opens at race village (RV) at Wilderness Hotel
06:30 Buses and own transport leaves from Wilderness Hotel only for the Starting venue of Day 1 at Karatara
07:45 Quick final briefing / recap before the Start
08:00 Race starts at Karatara
10:00 Medical facility opens at Farleigh community centre
11:30 Light lunches at Finish venue
12:00 Sport massage opens at race village
12:00 Bar and Chill Zone opens at Wilderness Hotel
16:00 Race cut-off; last Buses leave for RV
18:00 Slide show of the day’s stage
18:30 Race briefing for day 2 of SOX; Results and prize giving of daily winners
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Medical facility and race office closes at RV
21:00 Sport massage closes
22:00 Bar closes

Sunday, 6 August:

05:00 The Cock crows! …
05:30 Breakfast at Wilderness Hotel – yogurt, cereals; fruit; coffee & rusks. Race office opens at race village (RV)
06:00 Buses and own transport leaves from Wilderness Hotel only for the Starting venue of Day 2 at Millwood/Mother HollyTea room
07:45 Quick final briefing / recap before the Start
08:00 Race starts at Mother Holly Tea Gardens, Millwood
10:00 Medical facility opens at Mother Holly Tea Gardens, Millwood
11:30 Light lunches at Finish venue
12:00 Sport massage opens at race village
12:00 Bar and Chill Zone opens at Wilderness Hotel
16:00 Race cut-off; last Buses leave for RV
18:00 Slide show of the day’s stage
18:30 Race briefing for day 2 of SOX; Results and prize giving of daily winners
19:00 Dinner, entertainment and party time!
20:00 Medical facility and race office closes at RV
21:00 Sport massage closes
22:00 Bar closes

Monday, 7 August:

05:30 The Cock crows! …
06:00 Breakfast at Wilderness Hotel – yogurt, cereals; fruit; coffee & rusks. Race office opens at race village (RV)
07:00 Buses and own transport leaves from the Wilderness Hotel for the Starting venue at Carmel by the Sea, close to Victoria Bay
07:45 Quick final briefing / recap before the Start
08:00 Race starts at Carmel by the Sea, Victoria Bay
08:00 Medical facility opens at race village
09:30 Sport massage opens at race village
10:00 Bar opens at The Wilderness Hotel
12:00 Thank you’s and prize giving
12:30 Race cut-off at The Wilderness Hotel
13:00 Lunch is served at The Wilderness Hotel
13:30 Sport massages closes
15:00 Bar closes

Partners

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

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South African National Parks

 

 

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Media

Media involved in this race:

  • Do It Now
  • Runners World

Follow the race on Social Media:

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Details

Start:
August 5 @ 8:00 am
End:
August 7 @ 1:00 pm
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Organizer

TriSport
Phone:
0836622022
Email:
admin@trisport.co.za
Website:
trisport.co.za

Venue

Wilderness Hotel
Wilderness
Wilderness, Western Cape South Africa
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Phone:
Tel +27 (0) 44 877 1197
Website:
www.thewildernesshotel.co.za

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Email:     admin@trisport.co.za
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