Exceptional men’s field to run The Otter

Rarely are there more than a handful of trail runners at any one event with the ability to take line honours. To put this into perspective, most events are a bit like a 100-metre final with Usain Bolt running against seven runners who didn’t qualify for the final. Now, for the first time, a local race will have 10 men with the ability to win the race, at the start. All eyes will be on these runners and the 4:48:53 race record when The Otter – African Trail Run presented by Hi-Tec starts on 30 September. Continue reading

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Hi-Tec joins fight against crime on Table Mountain

Hi-Tec has joined the fight against crime on Table Mountain by donating their hiking boots to the team of rangers dispatched to arrest criminals and protect visitors. Every year Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) welcomes 3.7-million visitors. Where there is an abundance of mobile phones, cameras, wallets and bicycles, there are criminals who want in. Although incidents are proportionally few, even one mugging is too many and with this in mind TMNP has stepped up security by posting armed rangers throughout the Park.

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Dreyer changes lives with x-country running

When seven-time Dusi Canoe Marathon winner, Martin Dreyer, started his Change a Life (CAL) Academy in 2009, his focus was on the discipline of paddling and preparing athletes from the Dusi Valley for competitive kayak racing. Now, with multiple gold and silver medals to their credit, CAL has expanded to include a schools’ running programme. Continue reading

South African trail running team in Ireland for 70km IAU Trail World Championships

For the first time, a team of South African ultradistance trail runners will participate in the Trail World Championships presented by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU). This third annual edition of the Trail World Championships, takes place in the beautiful Connemara region of northern Galway in Ireland, an area of breathtaking scenery, a rugged coastline, dramatic mountains, numerous lakes and rivers and woodlands. Continue reading

Hi-Tec dangles a R5,000 carrot ahead of The Otter

Booked a year in advance, the Otter Hiking Trail was the only way to do this coastal trail within the Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park. Then, three years ago – in consultation with SANParks, The Otter African Run was created. Here the winning runners complete the five-day, 42-kilometre hiking trail in just under five hours! This year, presenting sponsor Hi-Tec is offering a R5,000 reward to runners breaking 04h30 and 05h00 in the men’s and women’s races respectively. Continue reading

Hi-Tec brings winter apparel range to South Africa

Outdoor brand Hi-Tec has been an established hiking shoe brand in South Africa for decades. Yet the company’s product offering extends far beyond just hiking boots with their sandals, shoes for golf, tennis and watersports, trail running shoes, clothing and accessories. This winter, Hi-Tec brings casual and technical apparel to South Africa. Continue reading