Perfect weather conditions saw for an incredible race atmosphere at the inaugural MaXiRace Cape Winelands event in Stellenbosch this past weekend. South African runner, Simon Tshabalala took top honors in the gruelling 100km route, winning in a time of 14hrs06min08sec, with German runner, Guido Tagge in 2nd place and South African Lyndon Nash in 3rd. The ladies race was a South African white wash with first place going to Anlize Enslin in 17hrs23min00sec, and joint 2nd taken by Elizabeth Vogts and Catharina Calitz.

“With over 500 entrants at the inaugural MaXiRace Cape Winelands, we were very blessed to have had incredible weather to complement our amazing routes,” says race director, Nicola Collins from MaXiRace.  “The 100km route was definitely tougher than most people expected, but they all thoroughly enjoyed it, and of course the setting of the Cape Winelands meant the scenery at all times was amazing!”

The race, which is hosted by trail running power couple, Christiaan and Landie Greyling, and organised by Pure Adventures and Amoija Events, also included a 68km, 40km and 20km race, making sure there was something for everyone. Initially launched in 2011 in Annecy, France, the MaXiRace concept has since grown to now include races in France, Sicily, Ecuador, China, Madeira and now South Africa. In order to give back to the communities living along the race route, MaXiRace Cape Winelands has entered into a partnership with MaXi-Race World, Pure Adventures, MTO and the charity Edunova with the aim of ensuring that the event will have maximum positive impact on the local communities.

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