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Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run 2012
Saturday, 14 July 2012

Bonjour Trail Blazers

The waiting is over, as the training should be. The Salomon Bastille Day Trail run is around the corner. Here is everything you need to know to survive the day.

Registration:           Starts on Saturday at 6am at the race venue for all route options. Pre                                 entries only. Everyone who ordered Salomon running tees can collect                                 them at registration. All kiddies can enter and register for the kiddies dash                                 at 8am.

Start Times:            35km route: 7:30am

                                22km route: 8am

                                12km: 8:30am

                                Kiddies dash: 9am

All regular trailrun rules apply. There is compulsory gear for you to carry and this applies to all routes. This consists of: Waterproof shell cover/top. At least 1.5 litres of water. A cell phone in case of emergencies. Some sort of snack to keep your engines running.There are no official water points on route, but there is plenty of fresh water on the mountain.

Be prepared to get your feet wet. You will be crossing some rivers, this is trailrunning after all.

There are photographers and french maids on route, smile, flash, do whatever it takes to be famous.

Race Venue:          The start finish zone is located at the "Old Bells Lodge" on the edge of the                               Berg River dam, ( 33°56'12.83"S, 19° 4'27.14"E). Coming from Paarl side,                                 head through Franschhoek on the main road (R45) until you hit the                                 T-Junction at the Franschhoek Monument. Turn right and then right again                                 onto the Robertsvlei road. Carry on for 5km and marshals will direct you                                     to the parking.

Route info: 10km:         Beginner trail run, mostly on forest tracks and gravel roads, with                                         some singletrack and short technical (loose rocks, bushy) section.                                         Moderate inclines. Your feet may get wet at river crossings. All rocks                                         are slippery!

                20km:               Not for beginners. Open gravel road start with a hill to spread the                                           field, takes you to a vertical firebreak climb, and on to a gnarly and                                           exposed single track - with amazing views. This is a 'no                                           passing' zone, as a tumble will go on for a while. Over the neck and                                         on to forest tracks and wooded river-side singletrack. That's halfway!                                         This is not a sprint, but an adventure.

                35km:                For the hardcore mountain goats. Follows the same route as the                                         20km, then vears off to circumnavigate the Berg river dam.

Cut-off :                         Sweep runners are armed with Tazers and a mean attitude. There is                                         no 'walking' category. Please return to your car by nightfall.

Bastille Day Festival:         All runners have been set aside entries into the Bastille day                                                       festival marquee. Tickets at a discounted price of R125 and are                                             available to runners at the tourism office on presentation of                                             runners coupon that you receive after the race. 

Good luck


Route maps:
Click here for full size 12km
Click here for full size 22km
Click here for full size 35km

2km Kiddies jog kicks off at 9am. Entries at the race venue.

Type Selection For Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run 2012

Kiddies Adventure Jog (2 - 5km) R50
Short Course 12km+ R175 (incl R50 donation)
Long Course 22km+ R245 (incl R50 donation)
Hardcore Trail Stars 35km + R395 (incl R100 donation)

Age Category

Kiddies (ages 6 - 15) (Adventure Jog, not a race)
Juniors (16 - 19) - 12km only (Young Guns)
Open - fit and fanatical (20 - 39) (Fit, trained, loaded with humour)
Vets 40+ (Experienced, wise old campaigners)

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