This Saturday sees the fourth staging of what’s become affectionately known in skyrunning circles as “the green mamba” of trail running, with the Ingeli SkyMarathon®.
The 42km race is the second event in the 2017 Skyrunner® Series, and offers the best of what skyrunning is all about: solid lung-busting challenge with several sections that bite hard, and almost 2 000m of vertical gain – more than half of which is achieved in the first seven kilometres.
With an exciting route profile like the Ingeli Skymarathon’s, race director Dave Dixon always recommends that skyrunners would be wise to scrutinise the route profile in advance to plan their energy expenditure during the race.
Described as a challenging mix of forest, single track, mountain paths, jeep track and grass paths, the route will take runners through the best scenery in the area, with waterfalls, streams and spectacular views.
“The route remains one of the most scenic trail runs in South Africa, with the most breathtaking views. It encapsulates the magnificent Ingeli Natural Forests which are home to the most magnificent yellowwood trees and the critically endangered Cape parrot,” says Dixon.
Race favourite this year is winner of the 2016 Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100km, Prodigal Khumalo, whose speed and technical prowess will no doubt stand him in good stead to target the course record of 3:37:19 set by Lucky Miya in 2014.
The weather this weekend is predicted to bring perfect race conditions, with clear and sunny skies and ideal temperatures.
“The Ingeli Sky Marathon offers everything that a sky runner could wish for in terms of altitude and terrain, together with the most magnificent scenery, offering with personal challenges for any athlete,” says Dixon.
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