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The Magaliesberg Challenge. Spend the whole day at Van Gaalen Cheese Farm, relaxing after your run on the Veranda and huge lawns.

Online entries are now closed. Late entries on the day for 25km and 12km race only – payment by cash!

The restaurant and farm stall will keep your eating and drinks needs happily quenched.

Driving directions to Van Gaalen Restaurant: From Randburg (N1 Western Bypass)

Driving directions to Van Gaalen Restaurant: From Pretoria (N4)

 All trail runners should be self sufficient with carrying your own water and food. The longer routes also require you to carry compulsory kit.

The 50km is a UTMB qualifier!

Evaluation Criteria
Endurance points: 3 points
Mountain level: 4
Finisher level: 330
CLICK HERE to register for UTMB

See the route HERE

The 36km is a UTMB qualifier!

Evaluation Criteria
Endurance points: 2 points
Mountain level: 3
Finisher level: 180
CLICK HERE to register

See the route HERE

Arrive for registration from 6am. Coffee and rusks included.

Entry Fees:

50km – R695
36km – R595
25km – R295
12km – R195
This event uses Timing Chips with LiveTime. The chip is compulsory. You will not be allowed to start the event without a chip.
Rent: R10
Permanent: R50
You will find these options on your entry form.

Race registration for 36km and 50km starts at 5:45am. This is where you collect your race numbers.
Registration for 12km and 25km starts at 7:15am.
NOTE – If you are running for podium positions and prize money you must be in A batch!


6:30am – 50km runners board buses, donkey carts and segways to transfer to the start.
6:45am – 36km runners board buses to the start.
7:00am – 50km race starts.
7:15am – Registration for 12km and 25km starts
7:30am – 36km race starts
7:45am – 25km runners board buses in order of batches.
8:15am – 25km batches start.
9.15am – 12km batches start from base camp.
10am – Free kiddies run
11am – Lunch starts.
12pm – Prize giving for 12km and 25km begins with lots of lucky draws, event entries. Includes Cheese Rolling Derby!
NOTE: Medals are “green”, flowers for you to plant and enjoy.

Compulsory Kit (not negotiable):

1. You must carry all your own nutrition and hydration for the entirety of the run.
2.  50km & 36km runners must carry a minimum of 2 litres, (25km runners MUST carry 1 litre), and some solid food such as energy bars, biltong, dried fruit, roast chicken.
3. 50km & 36km route traverses remote areas, you must carry a wind breaker, a space blanket, a whistle and charged cell phone. Add the emergency number 072 924 2371.

Cut Off’s Apply:

36km route: Runners will be redirected to a shorter course from 12pm directly to Greek Church.
36km and 50km route: Runners will be redirected to a shorter course from 1pm at Greek Church.

You should be fit & healthy to complete these events, it is not a walk.

General Information:

  • 12km 1 water table
  • 25km 2 water tables
  • 36km 1 emergency water point at approx 18km and feed station at the Greek Church.
  • 50km 3 emergency water points at approx 18km, 27km & 42km and feed station at the Greek Church .
  • Race numbers to be worn on the front of your running shirt, club numbers are not required.
  • There is a kiddies jungle gym and big grassy area in front of the restaurant at Van Gaalens race venue. Bring your family along and enjoy a relaxed morning out, whilst waiting for sweaty Mom and Dad.  Hot showers  and restaurant on site.
  • DO NOT leave valuables in your car, lock anything like wallets, cellphones, IPads in the boot. We have Security patrolling.