Strong performances from South African runners at IAU Trail World Champs

The Team South Africa athletes participating in the IAU Trail World Champs in France today can be proud of their results on this gruelling 85-kilometre mountain course. With 5,300-metres of vertical elevation gain, the runners knew going in that this race would be anything other than easy. Continue reading

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Trail running’s Lion King aims for the Sky

November is a running mixed bag for record-setting trail runner AJ Calitz. With the high-intensity Red Bull LionHeart event only a week before the ultra-distance Salomon SkyRun, he will be changing gears and attempting to stand on the podium at both events. On road, the equivalent would be a 5,000-metre champion aiming for Comrades glory. Can this K-Way athlete do it?
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Two runners under five hours at Three Peaks

This year’s edition of the Three Peaks Challenge, held in proud partnership with K-Way, saw perfect weather conditions and the very first sub-five-hour times; two of them! Race winner Andre Calitz took 17 minutes off the record he set last year and became the first runner to smash through the five-hour barrier to finish the grueling 50-kilometre course in 4 hours 50 minutes 21 seconds. Three-times winner Andrew Hagen clocked-in five-and-a-half minutes later to post an impressive sub-five time of 4 hours 56 minutes 5 seconds. Continue reading

K-Way athlete Andre Calitz sets a new PUFfeR record

Wind and rain were on the menu for the 16th running of the 80-kilometre Hi-Tec Peninsula Ultra Fun Run, PUFfeR, which was held in Cape Town on Saturday. As weather conditions deteriorated, only the three front runners ran the original route – up and over Table Mountain; the rest of the field was re-routed along the contour path to bypass foul weather on the mountain. Eventual race winner, K-Way athlete Andre ‘AJ’ Calitz, made the final break from Nic De Beer and Will Robinson at Constantia Nek – and he never looked back. Calitz reached the finish at the V&A Waterfront in a new record time of six hours, 59 minutes and 36 seconds and he is the first runner to set a sub-7 hour time on the original course. Continue reading

Ready for an adventure? Prepare [your mind] now.

Every adventure starts as an idea, one that arises from something you’ve seen or heard – an online video or presentation – or from a desire to visit a certain country. Like a snowball rolling down a hill this idea gathers momentum. It becomes tangible through planning and training until – BOOM – you’re on your adventure. A day of hiking, a local weekend mountain-bike tour with friends or paddle lessons… these adventures all begin upstairs – in your mind – with an inspired idea. Continue reading