VWS Trail Challenge 2020 - Table Mountain

calendar Postponed
location
Gardens Tech Rugby Club

The original VWS Trail Challenge on the slopes of Table Mountain is back for its 16th year in 2020, and now with a brand new start location - Gardens Tech Rugby Club.


This race is designed as a trail run with stunning views over the city of Cape Town while enjoying invigorating trails on one of the 7 Wonders of Nature - Table Mountain. The start of the route has changed slightly to accommodate the new start venue at Gardens Tech Rugby Club but otherwise remains the same iconic route that you have grown to love. It presents a great running (or walking) experience to all who dare to partake in this great event.


Take in the beauty of the lower slopes of Table Mountain and Devils Peak, the rambling tracks of Deer Park, the glorious single track contour above Tafelberg Road and experience the majesty of early morning Cape Town.


Organised and run entirely by us, wildland firefighters of the Newlands Station of the VWS, all proceeds go towards our organisation, an entirely volunteer-run, non-profit entity dedicated to the protection of biodiversity and the preservation of our natural heritage. We receive no official or municipal funding and all funds (raised by our volunteers, via donations or events like this) are used for operational and logistical expenses when fighting devastating wildfires in the Western Cape.


The original VWS Trail Challenge offers runners a chance to do two routes: 20km or 10km (runners and walkers), with the race start and finish NEWLY located at Gardens Tech Rugby Club, Oranjezicht, Cape Town. Any donations are welcome and would be greatly appreciated.


You can also purchase awesome Limited Edition VWS Trail Challenge merchandise including 3 different 'tubular bandanas' to wear on the day, or as a reminder of a great day out! We really love the 2020 race design.... so get it now before the members buy them all :) All merchandise bought can be collected at the number collections.

=======================================


Distance: 20km ROUTE

  • Price: R340 (Early Bird Special, 100 tickets – R320)
  • Start: 07h15 (Mandatory Briefing at 07h05)
  • Cut off at 8km mark after 02:00 hours (09h15)
  • Final Cut off: 11h45
  • Runners should be self-sufficient.
  • See Routes and Profiles tab for maps


Compulsory Kit

  • Cell phone stored in a Ziplock bag (emergency number will be provided at Number Collections)
  • Limited water on route. Hydration Pack essential.
  • Race Number
  • Weather dependent, windbreaker/waterproof jacket
  • Space blanket


Recommended kit

  • Foldable / Running cup
  • Food / Snacks
  • Sun protection
  • Limited Edition VWS Trail Challenge Tubular Bandana :)


=======================================


Distance: 10km ROUTE

  • Price: R230 (Early Bird Special, 100 tickets – R210)
  • Start: 08h00 (Briefing at 07h50)
  • Cut off: 11h15
  • See Routes and Profiles tab for maps


Compulsory Kit

  • Cell phone stored in a Ziplock bag (emergency number will be provided at Number Collections)
  • Race Number


Recommended kit

  • Foldable / Running cup
  • Limited water on route. Hydration Pack recommended.
  • Weather dependent, windbreaker/waterproof jacket
  • Food / Snacks
  • Sun protection
  • Limited Edition VWS Trail Challenge Tubular Bandana :) 


=======================================


Race Number (and merchandise) Collections


Race numbers can be collected in the days leading up to the race. These collections will take place at Newlands Fire Base, Newlands Forest (along the M3 / Union Avenue) at the following dates and times:

  • Friday, 8th May, 14:00 - 19:00
  • Saturday, 9th May, 09:00 - 13:00


Event Prizes


There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each race, for both male and female runners and a King and Queen of the Mountain for the 20km Race.


There will also be awesome random spot prizes for any runners and walkers (especially the amazing mothers running on the day) at the prize givings. Spot prizes will be awarded in two different time slots based on when runners / walkers are finishing. Everyone will stand a chance to win!

Indemnity
Please note that by submitting your entry form you declare that you are physically and medically fit and able to participate in this event and assume all risks of such participation upon yourself. 

You participate in the race at your own risk and hereby indemnify the organising committee, officials, all race helpers, all sponsors, the national and provincial race bodies, local authorities, City of Cape Town, SANParks, Table Mountain National Park and the Volunteer Wildfire Services (including its director and members) against any injuries or any other claim whatsoever which may arise as a result of your participation.

Volunteer Wildfire Services reserves the right to cancel the race (without refund) if the conditions on the day do not allow for the race to be run safely or should there be a large wildfire at the time of, or just before, the race. If cancelled due to the event permits being revoked or cancelled (for whatever reason), or if considering the health / safety of all runners, walkers and VWS members it is felt cancelling is the only option, please consider your entry fee as a donation, as we are not able to reschedule the race this year.

Race Rules
  • All entrants must be in possession of a race number, issued by the organisers, which must be worn on the front of the runner’s shirt.
  • Participants must keep to the designated race routes (as indicated in the race maps) at all times. 
  • Marshals and traffic officials must be obeyed at all times. Failure to comply with these instructions may lead to immediate disqualification.
  • No seconding shall be allowed on the route. Some refreshment stations will be provided however each runner is required to have sufficient water for their own needs.
  • No littering permitted at any stage. Failure to comply will lead to immediate disqualification.
  • Damage to Flora/Fauna or any historical site will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • No unauthorised cyclists, vehicles, rollerblades or scooters will be permitted on the route.
  • It is the responsibility of each participant that he/she is medically fit and healthy to participate in the event.
  • The Volunteer Wildfire Services reserves the right to accept or reject any entry.
  • Minimum age of 16 for the 20km race. Minimum age of 12 for the 10km race. Between 12 and 14 year olds allowed if accompanied by guardian.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • While the Volunteer Wildfire Services places participant and member safely above any other priority or obligation, Volunteer Wildfire Services will not be held liable for any injuries.
20km ROUTE

The route starts at Gardens Tech Rugby Club. The runners head up from the rugby club, via a short road section, onto the mountain through Deer Park. From there the route heads up the hill along the undulating jeep track and towards the S-bends on Tafelberg Road below the cable station. At the S-bends runners will head along the tar road for a very short sections, and re-join a single track above the Mocke Reservoir. The runners will continue up Kloof Corner until they reach the contour path above Tafelberg Road. At this point, they turn to the east and run in the direction of Devils Peak. Runners will cross over the Platteklip Gorge path and continue on the upper contour ascending the route up onto the saddle between Devils Peak and  Macclears  Beacon.

Runners will head over the saddle, where King and Queen of the Mountain is located, and descend via Newlands Ravine. Upon descending this ravine, the route heads back east and travels around Devils peak on the contour path. This Route is a combination of single track and boardwalk. Runners will ascend past the Kings Blockhouse (with a quick drinks break) and re-join the Contour path travelling back in the direction of Deer Park below Oppelskop. Runners will continue along this route until reaching the Devils Peak Path, at which point they descend to Tafelberg Road again. From the road, the runner will travel approximately 500m before descending down the jeep track and making their way back to the start / finish line passed the Platteklip Washhouses 



10km ROUTE

The route starts at Gardens Tech Rugby Club. The runners head up from the rugby club, via a short road section, onto the mountain through Deer Park. From there the route heads up the hill along the undulating jeep track and towards the S-bends on Tafelberg Road below the cable station. At the S-bends runners will head along the tar road for a very short sections, and re-join a single track above the Mocke Reservoir. The runners will continue up Kloof Corner until they reach the contour path above Tafelberg Road. 

At this point, runners turn to the east and run in the direction of Devils Peak. Just before the Platteklip Gorge path they descend to Tafelberg Road again. On the road, the runners will travel approximately 350m before descending down the jeep track and making their way back to the  start / finish line.


Limited Edition 'Fiery Sunset' VWS TC Tubular Bandana (R90)

VWS members see many sunsets while working on firelines deep in the mountains. This design was inspired by their passions for fighting wildfires.

This high-quality bandana is great to wearto during the race, to remember your run by and then to have and use for years to come... but you might want to get one before all the VWS members snap them up. 

 

VWS Trail Challenge 2019 Tubular Bandana (R80)

In celebration of the 15th running of the Original VWS Trail Challenge last year, we fashioned this tubular bandana.

It's still as stunning this year as last and this is one last chance to get one (or a second one).



 

VWS Proud Supporter Tubular Bandana (R70)

Volunteer Wildfire Services would not be where we are today without your amazing support.

Wear this tubular bandana to show off that great support and help share the word about the VWS. 




 

VWS 'Wildland Firefighter' T-Shirt (R160)

Recently designed by our volunteers, this cotton T-shirt is a celebration of volunteer firefighters. See table below for a sizing table if you are not sure. 

There are limited number in each size so get yours early to avoid disappointment. If you love the design, there will be an opportunity to get them in kids sizes at Number Collections / Race Day.

Additional information

Refund policy No refunds

Location

VWS Trail Challenge 2020 - Table Mountain
Gardens Tech Rugby Club
Montreal Ave, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, 8001
Get Directions Get Directions

Organiser

How can we help?