VWS Race for Water - ELSENBURG

Sun Apr 23, 07:30 - Sun Apr 23, 10:00
Race for Water 2017 Edition - NEW VENUE!

This year we are proud to be supported by the Department of Agriculture at Elsenburg who have graciously offered the use of their facilities to host our event this year, for which we are most grateful!  A huge shout out to Meurant Botha at Dirtopia Trail Centre for extending the use of his awesome trails to make the 14km a neat challenge to the racing snakes!

We offer a 6km race which follows farm tracks on the slopes of Klapmutskop, and a tougher 14km which adds a network of flowing singletracks and vineyard trails on Klapmutskop. The routes are circular, starting and finishing at Elsenburg, and both courses offer stunning views from the Simonsberg to Cape Town.

Distance: 14km – start time 07h30 – entry fee R190
Registration – 06h15 to 07h15
Race briefing – 07h20
Prize giving – 09h30
One water table on route

Distance: 6km – start time 08h00 – entry fee R90
Registration – 06h15 to 07h45
Race briefing – 07h50
Prize giving – 09h30
Runners should be self sufficient

Why the Race for Water?
One of the main objectives of Volunteer Wildfire Services is the protection and preservation of the Western Cape’s fresh water supply.  The backbone of this system is the remote mountain water catchment areas, and the diverse Fynbos ecosystem that is critical in managing the run-off for a sustainable, year-round water supply.  The future of this life-giving resource is under serious threat each summer, as unnatural wildfires are increasing in frequency and intensity, destroying the natural ecosystem before it has time to recover.

Our volunteer firefighting crews are dispatched throughout the fire season to form part of the human barrier that stands between the devastating fires and our incredible natural resources.  Each fire season we are in a Race for Water as we make our way into the remote mountain areas to assist CapeNature in bringing runaway fires under control.  Our men and women are dedicated and driven, spending countless hours in extreme heat and difficult terrain to achieve our goals, and we NEED your support!

Our challenge to you – put on your trail shoes and join our men and women in their Race for Water! 100% of all proceeds go directly to VWS Firefighting Operations, which provides firefighting resources to CapeNature on a voluntary, unpaid, basis.  VWS relies entirely on sponsorship and fund-raising initiatives to be able to operate.

Bring your family!
Race for Water is part of our Fire & Fynbos Awareness Day, an exciting day out for the whole family…from toddlers to grandparents! There are non-stop fun activities for the children as they learn about wildfire and it’s impact on the water crisis, meet the volunteers and other emergency agencies involved when there are fires on the urban fringe. Fire Truck rides, a Climbing Wall, Pumps and Hoses, Snake Shows, as interesting exhibitions are all part of Fire & Fynbos Awareness Day Our volunteers and Friends of VWS Jonkershoek will provide a bustling food court and a tea garden which will satisfy your hunger or sweet tooth.

The Race for Water routes...


  • It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that he/she is medically fit and healthy to participate in this event.
  • All participants must be in possession of a race number issued by the Organisers.
  • All participants must adhere to the instructions of the Organisers and Marshals.
  • All participants are obliged to acknowledge their acceptance of the Indemnity and Legal Liability Waiver clause below. A parent/guardian is required to acknowledge their acceptance in respect of participants under the age of 18.
  • Participants in the 14km race must be 16 years or older.
  • No littering, picking flowers or destruction of vegetation, nor tampering with Elsenburg farm property along the route will be tolerated.
  • No pets allowed either on the course or in the Elsenburg grounds (please ensure your supporters are aware of this)
  • All participants must adhere to the marked route and not venture off route at any stage.
  • The Organisers reserve the right to accept or reject any entry.
  • The decision of the Organisers shall be final.

Trail runs and fun runs / walks are potentially dangerous. By submitting your entry and payment, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and accepted this Legal Liability Waiver, you participate in this event entirely at your own risk, have read, understood and accepted all rules and regulations regarding the event, declare that you are medically fit and healthy, accept that that neither you nor your Estate, dependents, family or any other person will have any claim whatsoever in respect of any illness, injury, death or loss of or damage to property arising in any way from or connected in any way to the event, whether such claim is against Volunteer Wildfire Services, CapeNature, Elsenburg, the relevant landowners, organisers, other participants, sponsors, individuals, officials, marshals, assistants, helpers, agents, contractors, landowners, local authorities or employees of such persons or any person howsoever otherwise associated with the event, whether the circumstances giving rise to the claim were caused through negligence of any sort or howsoever otherwise, and whether they occurred before, during or after this event. You accordingly hereby indemnify all the aforesaid institutions, entities and persons and hold them harmless from all liability. If you are submitting this form for or as a guardian of a minor, you hereby consent that such minor is bound by the a foregoing and you hereby further indemnify the aforementioned parties to the extent, if any, that such minor may not be bound.

VWS Trail Run Series 2017

Come join us for the second event in our VWS Trail Run Series our much anticipated VWS Trail Challenge held annually at Deer Park, hosted by our sister station at Newlands. 

The race starts and finishes are located in Deer Park, Vredehoek, with new routes of the VWS Trail Challenge 2017 is designed to test the mettle of avid trail runners and causal runners (and walkers) alike. Take in the beautiful Deer Park, the lower slopes of Devils Peak and Table Mountain, the single track contour above Tafelberg road and experience the majesty of early morning Cape Town. The challenge offers runners a chance to do two routes: 20km or 10km.

There will be lucky draw prizes for participants and special give-a-ways for runners taking part in both the Race for Water AND the Trail Challenge.

Book your entry today https://www.quicket.co.za/events/27072-vws-trail-challenge-deer-park/#/

Additional information

Refund policy Refunds allowed (view policy)


VWS Race for Water - ELSENBURG
Muldersvlei Street, Stellenbosch, 7600, South Africa
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