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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).


Race Rules


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 2018, same price, same experience, same goodie bag etc, but less the distance (your choice). After many requests, Day 2 for the SOX Sport will be 90% single track, but we had to change the distance slightly. So the distance for SOX Sport 2018 will now be 20, 18, 20 km. Only 400 Entries will be allowed in total, for SOX Sport and Full. 

Our Race Village for 2018, will be at the EBB and FLOW Camp, Garden Route National Park. All meals and the race briefings will be at the EBB and FLOW.  The finish of the event, will be at EBB and FLOW, with the floating bridge as highlight of Day 3.

RCS SOX 3 Day Trail Run

Date: 10-12 August 2018

Venue: Ebb & Flow, Garden Route National Park, Wilderness, Garden Route, Western Cape

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



Day 1: 32km (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: 18km (Both SOX and SOX Sport) (Wilderness Coast line): 6 km beach running, single track, hiking trail, river crossing by pond, jeep track, 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: 22km (Outeniqua Mountains), Only Jeep tracks on SANParks and MTO property. no single tracks on day 1
Day 2: 18km (Knysna Forest). 90% will be on single track in the Indigenous Forest
Day 3: 18km (Wilderness Coast line), 6 km beach running, jeep tracks, single track, hiking trail, river crossing with a pond and a floating bridge

Payment Plan available: Pay 50% when entering online and the other 50% anytime before 30 April 2018. 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 (20km for the Sport) route into the Outeniqua Mountains. Day 2 will be something completely different – 30km (18km 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
– First Ascent Official Race apparel
– 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 Race Village
– Professional Photographers and Videographer on route; slide and video shows in the evenings

Entry Fees Excludes:

– Accommodation
– SANParks Conservation Fees for those who do not have a Wild Card (will be collected at Registration). Please bring your Wild card along

Entry Fees per person (Please book your accommodation below)

Please note, all entries include a light lunch each day

RCS SOX and SOX Sport:

If you are a group of 10 or more people, please contact Janine at admin@trisport.co.za for a special discount for your group.

Entry fee  R3600 pp



Meal Package (3 Breakfast and 3 Dinners) R900 per person
Buss Transport to and from the Start of each day R300 per person (travelling distance day 1 and 2 is about 45km from Wilderness to the start)

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

International athletes

International guests can join us for any of our other fully catered Tours or Safaris after the event by going to our travel page

Registration and Late Entries:
Pre-entries for the event will close 24 July 2018. 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 Thursday, 9 August 2018 from 12:00 – 19:00 with a compulsory race briefing afterwards.

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



Listening Hands Sport Massage Therapists

Bookings will open on 1st January 2018 for the massaging, to book your massage from the 10th to 12th August 2018.  Massages are half an hour time slots for R250 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, EBB and FLOW.  Please email Caroline at cmoths@webmail.co.za  to book your slot.

Enter SOX

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 30 May 2018.
No refunds will be done from 1 June 2018.  No refunds of deposit, if the 50% payment plan is selected.


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 2019.

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



Training Programme

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




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.


Prize Money and Prize Categories

There will be a prize pocket of R20 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: R4000
Overall Female Team: R4000
Overall Mixed Team: R4000
Overall Solo Male: R2000
Overall Solo Female: R2000
Overall Sport Female: R2000
Overall Sport Male: R2000

RCS SOX Team Trophies for 1st 3

Open Male
Open Female
Vet Male
Vet Female
Master Male
Master Female

RCS SOX Solo Trophy Category Breakdown for 1st 3

Open Male
Open Female
Vet Male – Solo
Vet Female – Solo
Master Male – Solo
Master Female – Solo

RCS SOX Sport Trophy for 1st 3

Open Male
Open Female
Vet Male
Vet Female
Master Male
Master Female



Day 1: Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage: Farleigh Community Centre to Karatara. Pease note the change in direction in 2018 compare to the previous 6 years. The updated profile will be posted as soon as possible.

SOX Day1 Profile

Day 2: Forest Stage

Forest Stage: Circular route in Goudveld/Millwood State Forest

SOX Day2 Profile

Day 3 Coastal Stage:

Coastal Stage: Kleinkrantz Beach to Wilderness Hotel

SOX Day3 Profile

SOX Sport

Day 1 : Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage:  Farleigh Community Centre to Karatara. Pease note the change in direction in 2018 compare to the previous 6 years. The updated profile will be posted as soon as possible

SOX Lite Day1Profile

Day 2 : Forest Stage

Forest Stage: 18km Circular route in Goudveld/Millwood State Forest. An updates profile will be posted as soon as possible. It will now be 90% single tracks

SOX Sport Day2 ProfileLogo

Day 3 : Coastal Stage

Coastal Stage : Kleinkrantz Beach to Wilderness Hotel

SOX Day3 Profile


Our Race village and official accommodation will be Ebb & Flow National Parks, Wilderness  (our race village 2018). All evening meals and evening functions will be at Ebb and Flow


Please note that all the accommodation at Ebb and Flow are booked out for SOX from 9 to 12 Aug 2018 so you can not book via the Pretoria Central Reservation office. You can only book via the Ebb and Flow office and quote that it is for SOX.

Tarrifs for Ebb and Flow

Ebb and Flow Accommodation

Bookings can be done directly with Ebb &  Flow from 8 October 2017, by contacting Elsabe or Wendy at 044 8770046 or Elsabe.Harmse@sanparks.org or Wendy.Cyster@sanparks.org



Other Accommodation close by is the Fairy Knowe hotel, which is just across the river from Ebb and Flow. Please contact them directly at www.fairyknowe.co.za or on 044 8771100 and quote “SOX 2018” to qualify for the special price we negotiated for our athletes and their family competing.

Meals and Refreshments

Cooked meals served at Ebb and Flow, can be booked either as an option when entering the race, or by contacting Janine at janine@trisport.co.za before 24 July 2018.

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 Ebb & Flow during the day.


Please note:
Day 1: Start and Finish at different places, you will run from Farleigh Community Centre, 
close to Barrington to Karatara
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 Kleinkranz and you Finish with an exciting floating bridge across the Touw River at Ebb and Flow Camp, Garden Route National Park . Lunch served at Ebb and Flow


Thursday, 9 August:

12:00 – 18:00: Registration for RCS SOX 2018 is at Ebb & Flow (Race Village)
19:00: Welcoming and race briefing
19:30: Dinner

Friday, 10 August:

05:30 The Cock crows! …
06:00 Breakfast – yogurt, cereals; fruit; coffee & rusks.
06:30 Buses and own transport leaves from Ebb & Flow for the Starting venue of Day 1 at Farleigh Community Centre
07:45 Quick final briefing / recap before the Start
08:00 Race starts at Farleigh
10:00 Medical facility opens at Farleigh community centre
11:30 Light lunches at Finish venue at Karatara
12:00 Sport massage opens at race village, Ebb and Flow
12:00 Bar and Chill Zone opens at Ebb & Flow
15:00 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

Saturday, 11 August:

05:00 The Cock crows! …
05:30 Breakfast – yogurt, cereals; fruit; coffee & rusks. Race office opens at race village (RV)
06:00 Buses and own transport leaves from Ebb & Flow 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, The SOX Sport and Circles 18km will start at 8:15
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 RV
15:00 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, 12 August:

05:30 The Cock crows! …
06:00 Breakfast  – yogurt, cereals; fruit; coffee & rusks. Race office opens at race village (RV)
07:00 Buses and own transport leaves from Ebb & Flow for the Starting venue at Kleinkrantz Beach
07:15 Quick final briefing / recap before the Start
07:30 Race starts at Kleinkrantz Beach
07:30 Medical facility opens at race village
09:30 Sport massage opens at race village
10:00 Bar opens
10:00 Lunch is served at Finish
12:00 Thank you’s and prize giving
12:30 Race cut-off
13:30 Sport massages closes
14:00 Bar closes


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


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South African National Parks


First Ascent


Media involved in this race:

  • Do It Now
  • Runners World

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August 10 @ 8:00 am
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