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Salomon Bastille Day Trail Run 2015

July 11, 2015 @ 6:30 am - 5:00 pm


NOTE – The Franschhoek Mountains in July can be covered in snow. The rivers are scenic yet cold. These runs are a wilderness adventure, for which you need to be prepared – you have been warned!

Online Entries Closed: Late entries can be done at registration.

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This festival of adventure trail running sold out last year, numbers are limited. You are assured of a wild time, wet feet and rewarding OBs, served by French Maids. The Bastille Festival in the Main Street is a vibrant mix of good food and wine, to celebrate with, after your run. If staying over (highly recommended), book accommodation now – chat to Franschhoek Tourism ASAP

Start Times:

If you wish to compete for Podium positions, request the Elite batch at Registration. Batches are divided as indicated upon entering.

50km – 06:30
35km – 07:00
25km – from 08:00 (10min Batch Starts)
15km – from 09:00 (10min Batch Starts)

Venue open from 6:00am on race day!

Race Venue:

The start finish zone is located at the ‘Old Bells Lodge’ on the edge of the Berg River dam, (33’56’12.83’S, 19′ 4’27.14’E). Coming from Paarl side, head through Franschhoek on the main road (R45) until you hit the T-Junction at the Franschhoek Monument. Turn right and then right again onto the Robertsvlei road. Carry on for 5km and marshals will direct you to the parking.

CLICK HERE: Google maps from Franschhoek

 Toilets and  warm showers will be available. Lockers will be rented out at R50, see details here.

Registration details:

Pre-Registration is from 8th -9th of July at Salomon Concept Store, Canal Walk – 11am to 7pm.
(Upper level, to the LEFT of Centre Court. A friend may collect your Race Number.)


We will be using the MySOS app for this event – click here to download instructions on how to use it.

Route info:

15km (R225): Not such a beginner trail run, mostly on forest tracks and gravel roads, with some single-track and short technical (loose rocks, bushy) section. Moderate inclines. Your feet will get wet at river crossings. All rocks are slippery!



25km (R325): Not for beginners. Open gravel road start with a hill to spread the field, takes you to a vertical firebreak climb, and on to a gnarly and exposed single track – with amazing views. This is a ‘no passing’ zone, as a tumble will go on for a while. Over the neck and on to forest tracks and wooded river-side single-track. That’s halfway! This is not a sprint, but an adventure. Compulsory kit.


35km (R425): For the hard-core mountain goats. Follows the same route as the 24km, then veers off to circumnavigate the Berg river dam.


50km (R525): Two extra mountain summits and two beautiful valleys. Take lots of food (expected time 5-8 hours)


Compulsory Equipment:

Compulsory Equipment for 25km, 35km, 50km categories.

1) Rain Jacket (waterproof, not just wind breaker, which you may have as well);
2) Sensible Clothing for the conditions, eg. compulsory thermal base layer;
3) Charged cell phone in waterproof bag eg. Ziplock (organizers – for emergencies only – 072 924 2371);
4) Food – sarmie, fruit, energy bars – for 4 to 10 hours!
5) Water – hydration pack, with bladder. You will be crossing several fresh water rivers.
6) Space Blanket & Whistle
7) Headlamp/Torch and Race Map – provided

Compulsory Equipment for 15km

1) Rain Jacket (waterproof, not just wind breaker, which you may have as well);
2) Sensible Clothing for the conditions;
3) Water – hydration pack, with bladder. You will be crossing several fresh water rivers.

Recommended Equipment:
Beanie, Buff, Gloves. Ladies, add a couple of layers. Toes, fingers freeze. Lips go blue.

Trail Gear available in Salomon Concept Store. Sale starts 7th July



T-Shirts: Cotton – R250


MEns  Ladies



July 11, 2015
6:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Berg River Dam
Franschhoek, Western Cape South Africa


Energy Events – Caeli Manuel
021 424 4579