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