Cape Town – 14 December 2016: Trail event organisers Wildunner have announced a first-time cash prize of

R 25 000 each, to the first male and female to break their respective records, for the 9th Wildcoast Wildrun® to be held from 7 – 9 September 2017.

“We expect to attract some serious competition – the event is already very popular and the prize money challenges the elite runners to push themselves harder,” says race organizer Owen Middleton.

The current record holders for the 112km event are Cas van Aardenne 10:06 and Chantel Nienaber 11:31.

To be able to qualify for the cash prize, runners would need to adhere to the following rules:

1) Only runners whose entries are fully paid for will be eligible for the cash prize

2) In the case of a draw, the prize money will be shared between the record breakers

3) If more than one person breaks the current record, the fastest time will be awarded the prize money in full, and set the new record.

4) There is no prize money for daily records. The cash prize applies only to the overall records broken.

“2017 is going to be a cracker – We have also integrated the two departure dates for the race and journey into one iconic event for 2017.”

The Experience

The Wildcoast Wildrun is as much a trail race as a boutique running holiday along South Africa’s beautiful Wild Coast, a slice of unfenced coastal paradise that traverses the rural homeland of the isiXhosa people. Runners traverse remote beaches alongside the Indian Ocean, multiple river mouths, rolling grass headlands and indigenous coastal forests between Kei Mouth and the Hole in the Wall near Coffee Bay. The race is split over three days covering daily distances of 44km, 35km and 34km.

The race is fully supported and participants sleep in the local seaside hotels every night, enjoying the legendary Wild Coast buffets, and the option of daily massages.

The Wild Coast is a section of coast in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, stretching from East London in the south to Port St Johns in the north. Set in an extremely remote and rural area of South Africa, the rugged coastline is largely untouched and unspoiled by modern civilization. It is a breathtaking natural environment, comprising of long white beaches, crystal waters, rolling grassy hills, indigenous forests and deep-cut ravines typical of the east coast of South Africa.


The Wildcoast Wildrun® experience is limited to 80 participants only. Entries open over three dates, giving previous Wildcoast Wildrun finishers priority:

  • Wednesday, 14 December: Entries open for runners who completed TWO or more Wildcoast Wildrun®’s previously
  • Monday, 16 January: Entries open for runners who completed ONE Wildcoast Wildrun®
  • Wednesday, 18 January: Entries open to the general public

To enter and to find out more about this awesome running experience, please visit:

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