For the past few years the Greyt Run, by GraySwan, has offered trail runners the opportunity to explore the mountain trails around Greyton, in the Sonderend Mountains as a fun run held in parallel to the famed Greyt Escape mountain bike race. For 2018 though, the trail run is going solo. As a stand-alone event it is expanded to a two day stage race on the 17th and 18th of March and a selection of single day distances too.
Organised by Freebody-Sports, who have been hosting events in the Greyton and Genadendal region for a decade, the Greyt Run is sponsored by GraySwan Investments – an investment consulting and wealth management company – in order to raise awareness of their “Walk with a Purpose” shoe donation charitable initiative. Trail runners are encouraged to donate their worn trail shoes (or any of their kids shoes they have at home) to Walk with a Purpose after the race. More importantly, kids participating are encouraged to donate shoes like school shoes, tekkies or other casual shoes which they have outgrown to assist the GraySwan “Walk with a Purpose” initiative in reaching its goal of 6 000 pairs of shoes for children from less privileged schools.
A fundamental part of the charitable initiative is for more affluent schools to host shoe drives during the school year. These shoes are sorted and distributed by Walk with a Purpose to schools in nearby areas. The family orientation of the Greyt Run makes it the perfect occasion to link trail runners, their families and the schools their children attend, not only to have healthy fun but also provide a practical way to assist individuals in need.
On the trail running front the Greyt Run offers two race options, a 58 kilometre long stage race – with 28 and 30 kilometre distances on day one and two respectively – and three single stage distances on Sunday the 18th. The Sunday trail runs offer 21, 12 and 5 kilometre trail running distances for runners of various fitness levels to experience the amazing trails of Greyton along with the serious trail running stage racers. After the race, runners are invited to relax in the pristine beauty of Greyton. Soaking up the fresh air, clean water, stunning surroundings, and indulging in the cultural and culinary attractions which make the village one of the Western Cape’s most sought after destinations for a long weekend away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The date in March, just over a month out from the AfricanX, presented by Asics, provides those serious trail runners with the perfect tune-up for AfricanX which takes place on the final weekend in April. The technical nature of the routes at the Greyt Run will provide trail runners with a thrilling running experience and the chance to sharpen their skills in the mountains.
The stage race entry options provide trail runners with a camping, luxury camping or a non-accommodation package which allows runners to book themselves into one of the many fantastic bed and breakfasts in Greyton. All the entry packages include lunches on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and dinner on Saturday evening. The Greyt Run entries start at R1 600 per trail runner, for the non-accommodation package, and runners can enter online at www.greytrun.co.za or www.entryninja.com.