MAGOEBAS FOREST MARATHON

50KM | 34KM | 20KM | 10KM

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4 RACES THROUGH THE MAGICAL MAGOEBASKLOOF FORESTS - A DISTANCE FOR EVERYONE

The Magoebaskloof Forest Marathon offers 4 races through the magical forests of Magoebaskloof. Runners can choose between the 50km, 34km, 20km or 10KM distance races according to their ability and goals. All four distances are run in the magical forests of Magoebaskloof. Routes are predominantly run on exhilirating single track through indigenous forests and man-made plantations. The routes also passes beautiful waterfalls and pristine mountain streams. All 4 races of the Magoebaskloof Forest Marathon are trail running at its best.

All 4 races are run on SAFCOL property and on SAFCOL trails. The routes traverse some of the most beautiful forests that South Africa has to offer and it is truly unique to experience these pristine trails in a race format.

Entries include the following for all 3 races:

Not included in entry fee:

MAGOEBASKLOOF FOREST MARATHON

THE RACES

50 KM ULTRA

Route Description

The 50 KM route of the Magoebas Forest Marathon will literally blow your mind. With 90% single track heaven through breathtaking forests, epic fast descends and some seriously steep climbs. 

This route has it all and is guaranteed to become one of South Africa's iconic 50 KM trail races.

  • Runners will start and finish at Debengeni Falls in Magoebaskloof. The route starts with a very steep and long climb to the top of the escarpment at Woodbush Hut. This steep start should be approached conservatively - you will need your quads later on. First aid station is at Woodbush Hut after kilometer 9.
  • When you've reached the top of your first big climb at Woodbush Hut, the route flows through some stunning plantations and forests. You'll run through some Redwood Forests and past the tallest planted tree in the Southern Hemisphere. The section to Waterfall Hut is undulating with lots of climbing to be done. Your 2nd aid station will be at Waterfall Hut after 20kms of running.
  • From Waterfall Hut runners will make their way towards the bottom of the Valley again. The descent down into the valley is probably one of the best pieces of singletrack you will ever run - guaranteed. We've called the section "Magoebas Magic". At the bottom of the descent, you will find your 3rd aid station at 34kms.
  • From the bottom of the valley, runners will climb back up to the towards Woodbush. This climb is serious, 600 meters of vert in about 9km. Your last aid station is at the top of the climb after 41km.
  • From your last aid station it is all downhill towards the finish at Debengeni Falls.

Key Info

  • Total Distance: 52KM
  • Total Ascent: 2 200m
  • Cost: R 1 350 per person
  • Date: Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Start Time: 05:00 AM
  • 4 Aid Stations: 

Aid Station 1: KM 9

Aid Station 2: KM 20

Aid Station 3: KM 34

Aid Station 4: KM 41

Route Profile

Starting and Finishing at Debengeni Falls | Total Ascent: 2 200 m | Total Descend: 2 200m

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34 KM

Route Description

The 34 KM route of the Magoebas Forest Marathon is a fantastic option for those runners wanting to transition to ultra distance events. It is mostly single track through breathtaking forests, epic fast descends and some seriously steep climbs. 

This route has it all. Epic views, beautiful forests,  fast descends and one epic climb to finish it all.

  • Runners will start and finish at Debengeni Falls in Magoebaskloof.
  • The route starts with the section that is called "The Wall of Magoebas". A section that starts out with a beautiful flowing singletrack with a very gentle gradient. But just as you are getting comfortable, things will take a turn for the worst, when the gradient starts kicking and the lungs start burning, you will know you are now on the business side of the Wall of Magoebas. This section climbs about 400 meters in 6kms. At the top of the Wall of Magoebas you will reach your first aid station at Woodbush Hut at KM 8.
  • The second section towards Waterfall hut is an undulating section. This section meanders through Redwood forests, beautiful indigenous forests and past the tallest planted trees in the Southern hemisphere. Here you will be able to make up some good time as the terrain is very runnable. Don't go too fast though, the climbing adds up in this section. Waterfall Hut is your second aid station at KM 19.
  • From Waterfall Hut runners will make their way towards the bottom of the Valley. The descent down into the valley is probably one of the best pieces of singletrack you will ever run - guaranteed. We've called the section "Magoebas Magic". At the bottom of the descent, you will find your last aid station at 31kms.
  • From there it is all downhill to the finish at Debengeni Falls.

Key Info

  • Total Distance: 34KM
  • Total Ascent: 1 200m
  • Cost: R 950 per person
  • Date: Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Start Time: 07:00 AM
  • 2 Aid Stations: 

Aid Station 1: KM 8

Aid Station 2: KM 19

Route Profile

Starting and Finishing Point: Debengeni Falls | Total Ascent: 1 200 m | Total Descent: 1 200m

20 KM

Route Description

The 20 KM route of the Magoebas Forest Marathon promises to be extremely fun and fast, but still a proper challenge. It is the perfect route for any trail runner that is transitioning into the longer distances. 95% of the route is on singletrack through breathtaking forests, with an epic fast descent into. Debengeni and the "Wall of Magoebas" to start with.

  • Runners will start and finish at Debengeni Falls in Magoebaskloof. The route starts with the epic "Wall of Magoebas". A section that starts out with a beautiful flowing singletrack with a very gentle gradient. But just as you are getting comfortable, things will take a turn for the worst, when the gradient starts kicking and the lungs start burning, you will know you are now on the business side of the Wall of Magoebas. This section climbs about 400 meters in 6kms. You wiill reach your first aid station at the top of the climb at Woodbush Hut.
  • The second section will be fast and furious. It is a singletrack descent back to Debengeni Falls. This is going to be fast and it will blow your mind. Empty your tank as you head for an epic finish.

Key Info

  • Total Distance: 20KM
  • Total Ascent: 793m
  • Cost: R 750 per person
  • Date: Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Start Time: 09:00 AM
  • 1 Aid Stations 
  • Aid Station 1: KM 9

Route Profile

Starting and Finishing Point: Debengeni Falls | Total Ascent: 832 m | Total Descent: 832 m

FOREST FUN RUN, 10 KM

Route Description

The Magoebas Forest Fun Run is aimed at anyone that wants to come and experience the magical Magoebaskloof with all the excitement and energy that comes with a race atmosphere. It is also the perfect distance for anyone that is new to running and new to trail running.

Although the shortest in distance, the 10KM fun run route will still challenge you in a fun and exciting way. The route starts and finishes at Debengeni Falls. 

It has quite some climbing to do in the first half, with some technical single track running, before coming back on easier forestry roads. The perfect mixture between fun and challenging.

The 10KM comes without a race medal, but participants are still welcome to purchase a race shirt with their entry.

Key Info

  • Total Distance: 10KM
  • Total Ascent: 250m
  • Cost: R 550 per person
  • Date: Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Start Time: 10:00 AM
  • 1 Aid Station
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