Dear BEAST Runner
With just over a month to go, to our planned event date, it is starting to look like we will not be allowed to operate the BEAST at this time, original date being 7th June.
The situation is fluid, for example New Zealand has eased lockdown, but it seems Sports will be last on the agenda for re-opening in SA.
Table Mountain National Park will discuss moving the date of events affected by Lockdown, so it is likely that we will be postponing the BEAST to a later date.
Of course, there are many dynamics to work on when moving an event, especially avoiding too many ‘lockdown’ events all featuring at the same time later in the year. As you know, we also host www.trailrunning.co.za, the calendar of all good trail running races in SA, and we are in contact with most trail running event organisers.
BEAST is about an awesome mountain adventure, with like-minded folk, and a good cold beer at the Forries finish, and this we can make happen !
Our communications with BEAST runners have been very understanding of this crazy situation, well outside of our control.
We hope you have created some ongoing fitness training within the confines of lockdown. Diving head first into a 35km or 50km tough route the day after lockdown, may not be the wisest restart, so we will look for a date that allows you to re-train to your former Olympian levels!
We will not be offering refunds, and for this I apologise unreservedly. Our Ts & Cs state that we do not pay refunds, but that is the small print that nobody likes in a stressed situation like this. Energy Events have never cancelled an event in 20 years of operating races on Table Mountain, so we are in new ground here. Our business has been hit hard by lockdown, with lost Sponsorship income and our Tourism revenue has ceased completely. We take heart that during lockdown we have received several entries for the Cederberg Traverse in October, Bastille Festival in July (we really hope that one comes off, but, maybe it moves to an Oktoberfest run!!) and the famous Table Mountain Challenge in September.
We will be in touch again soon,
Regards Trevor and Caeli