So you have taken the brave decision to race in the toughest ultra-marathon mountain run in Southern Africa – the Salomon SkyRun on Saturday the 18th of November in Lady Grey. Many of you will have done this race before, but for those of you that haven’t and if you’re not too sure what you have signed up for, we strongly recommend you book now for the either of the two SkyRun training camps taking place in September and October.
“We are hosting 2 Salomon SkyRun training camps in September and October, and strongly recommend that if you are a SkyRun Virgin you attend one of these camps,” says race organiser, Mike de Haast from Pure Adventures. “The camps will give you a real insight into the race, the route and what to realistically expect come race day!”
The camps will take place on the 9th & 10th of September and the 7th & 8th of October 2017 and can only accommodate a maximum of 80 runners per camp, so spaces are limited. Highly accomplished Salomon athletes, Steven Erasmus and Jock Green, will be attending the camps to lead talks and giving expert advice on the route and how to approach the race. Suunto representatives will also be present at the camps to educate runners on how best to use their devices to obtain maximum benefit during the race. .
So why is it really important for a first time runner to take part in one of the training camps? Salomon SkyRun is known world-wide as one of the toughest self-supported, self-navigation mountain races – this is not something to be taken lightly. The camp will equip runners with essential knowledge; from the best routes they can take for the race, to how best to use their compulsory equipment to ultimately save their lives if need be whilst up on the mountain. It will also assist runners in learning how to have a good race, and enjoy the 100km route. Each evening of the camp the athletes will get a chance to chat with one another about the days’ training, about the race and share knowledge so that everyone is able to have the best possible opportunity to enjoy their SkyRun.
“The camps are a great opportunity for virgin, intermediate and even experienced SkyRunners to interact and learn all there is to know about this incredible race,” explains Mike. “All of our major sponsors like Salomon and Suunto will be represented, giving advice on their gear and how to get the most out of the gear on race day. With SkyRun being a fully self-supported, self-navigational race it is of the utmost importance that runners understand the apparel available to them and how to make the best use of it up in the mountains.”
Runners at the camps will be split into groups – elite, intermediate and beginners – and will all be guided by a SkyRun “expert” who will operate at the pace of the individual groups and impart their vast knowledge of the race and route on to the participants.
The cost for the camps is R 1100 per person per training camp, to see what is included and excluded and to book your place please visit www.skyrun.co.za
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