Event Date: 20 – 22 October 2017

Registration: 19 October 2017
Distance: 27km, 29km, 17km (Please do not be fooled by these distances – there are some big mountains and the altitude to deal with)
Format: 3-day staged trail run
Venue: Glen Reenen Rest Camp, Golden Gate Highlands National Park, Free State

The Golden Gate Challenge is a 3-day track and trail run through some of the most rugged yet scenic mountains of the Free State, situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. The race will traverse through restricted parts of the reserve rarely seen by the public, like Little Serengeti, Cathedral Caves and many other hidden gems within the park. Participants will cover just over 70km in 3 days, staged out of a single base camp in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Please do not judge the race by its distances, as it is a true challenge offering great rewards, but that means conquering big mountains and high altitudes. You will pass by ancient rock paintings and relics of past civilizations as you run this race with the knowledge that you are running for the survival of a species – the Bearded Vulture.

A race village will be set up, and each participant will be accommodated in his or her own tent for the duration of the challenge – you can expect nice hot showers, clean ablutions and a great atmosphere. Full catering will be available to all participants for the duration of the Challenge, and will include a 24-hour snack and coffee bar. The run will incorporate mainly hiking trails and Jeep track – a true off-road experience. The last day will start off with an early morning night run, which will add a new dimension and promises to bring out the adventurer in you. By participating in this event you will set off on a journey – make sure to enjoy it with eyes wide open!


Entry Fees:

Full Package – R3 250 (includes R300 conservation donation).
Includes tented accommodation at race village and all catering.
Only 250 entries will be made available for this package.

Runner’s Package – R2 950 (includes R300 conservation donation)
Includes catering but excludes accommodation.
Only 100 entries will be made available for this package.


What is included in your entry package:

  • Pre-event registration dinner, 19 October 2017
  • Accommodation for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
  • Thursday night: dinner and accommodation
  • Friday: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Saturday: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sunday: champagne buffet breakfast
  • 24-hour snack and coffee bar will be available in the Chill Zone
  • Fully set-up at race village – 1 tent per runner
  • Full medical support and backup
  • Breakfast prize giving on Sunday morning
  • Route maps
  • Official race garment and a race pack

Note: Additional meals can be booked for family and friends for the duration of the event when entering online.

Family and friends will also be allowed to stay in the race village – please contact Zandile (zandim@wildlands.co.za) to arrange.


Pre-Race Briefing:

A pre-race briefing that MUST be attended by all participants will take place at 18:30 during registration inside the marquee on Thursday evening. Final instructions regarding route changes (if necessary) and a weather report will be given every morning, 10 minutes before the start of the race. Race briefing dinner will take place at 18:30 at the race village on 22 October. All participants have to be present for this. A fully detailed description of the route will be given, and checkpoints, medical assistance, and map work will be discussed.

Make sure to book extra meals if your family and friends will be joining you

Please note that our “no refunds” policy applies to all entries – unless a substitution can be found at least two weeks before the event. It is the participant’s responsibility to find a substitution, not the organizers’. If a participant intends to withdraw, he or she must inform the organizers immediately and check if there is a waiting list in place – if there is, their entry will be offered to the next athlete in line. If not, the participant must find someone to take their place. Please note that a refund will only be given once a substitute is found and they have paid for their entry. Under no circumstances may someone take part under another athlete’s name. Please be aware that failure to appear at an event for which you are registered means that your entry fee will neither be refunded nor transferred to the following year’s event.


Race Results

Click to download race results:

2011 Old Mutual Golden Gate Challenge Race Results

2012 Old Mutual Golden Gate Challenge Race Results

2013 Old Mutual Golden Gate Challenge Race Results

2014 Old Mutual Golden Gate Challenge Race Results

2015 Old Mutual Golden Gate Challenge Race Results

2016 Old Mutual Golden Gate Challenge Race Results

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