The Oyster Catcher Trail Run is the ideal breakaway weekend for the whole family.  Here you can escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a weekend of trail running, magnificent views, fresh air and freedom along the Southern Cape coastline.

 The Oyster Catcher trail run is primarily designed for trail runners looking to complete their first multi-day stage race. The distances covered are manageable and the terrain is made up mainly of single track (hiking trails) and beach running, with some technical areas to add variety. Due to the sensitivity of the area, a limited number of only 300 runners can enter each year, so don’t miss out!

 

Friday 25 September 2020 – Sunday 27 September 2020

 Sandpiper Sport Centre, BOGGOMSBAAI

RACE INFORMATION

Event Information

The Oyster Catcher stage trail run follows the famous Oyster Catcher hiking route, from the Gouritz River Mouth to Mossel Bay via the St Blaize hiking route along the Southern Cape coastline in the Garden Route of South Africa. The Oystercatcher trail is a world acclaimed experience, a lighthouse to lighthouse trail rated by National Geographic Traveller as “One of the Top 50 tours of a lifetime” with the BBC classing it as one of “30 Unforgettable hikes to do…” and the local Getaway Magazine rating it as one of the top 5 South African hiking routes.

Names like the Gourikwa Nature Reserve, Boggomsbaai, Vleesbaai and the St Blaize hiking trail are places you may never have heard of, while Mossel Bay, the Garden Route and Gouritz River Mouth are place names you are more likely to be familiar with on the South African map, running along breath-taking beaches, dunes, cliffs and fynbos (natural shrubland vegetation unique to South Africa). It is in this area that the 2018 Oyster Catcher trail run took place, over three days. The trail run took runners along some of the most spectacular coastlines the country has to offer with a variety of raptors, smaller birdlife and marine species as inhabitants, including the famous and vulnerable African Black Oyster Catcher.  These waders are found in the area, giving the route its name and was until recently on the endangered species list. Part of the initiative of this run is to re-kindle the runners with nature and create awareness to the plight of the species, as well as educate visitors to preserve the fragile ecosystem.

Day one took the runners along a 20km circular route into the Gourikwa Private Nature Reserve where they ran past the towering Ystervarkpunt (Porcupine point) lighthouse, on mainly coastal and jeep tracks. Day two brought some more technical areas over another 20km with runners starting at Gouritz River Mouth, on the opposite side of the river, ending in Boggemsbaai. On the final day, the route wrapped around the cliffs of the St Blaize hiking trail in Mossel Bay, starting at Dana Bay beach to The Point, Mossel Bay.  The route passes the Pinnacle Point Caves where recent Mitochondrial DNA research has shown that all humans alive today descend from a small population that lived here between 150,000 and 200,000 years ago. New archaeological research has revealed that at least some of those people lived in the area now known as Mossel Bay.

In 2020, the 2-day and 3-day events will once again, take place over the same weekend and follow a similar route, with a dedicated luxury tent race village, situated at Boggomsbaai. This is the ideal breakaway weekend for the whole family.  Here you can escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a weekend of trail running, magnificent views, fresh air and freedom along the Southern Cape coastline. The Oyster Catcher trail run is primarily designed for trail runners looking to complete their first multi-day stage race. The distances covered are manageable and the terrain is made up mainly of single track (hiking trails) and beach running, with some technical areas to add variety. Due to the sensitivity of the area, a limited number of only 500 runners can enter each year.  Don’t miss out!

EVENT INFORMATION AT A GLANCE:

EVENT TYPE: A 2 or 3-day stage race option
DATE: Friday, 25 September to Sunday, 27 September 2020
VENUE: Sandpiper Sports Centre, Boggomsbaai, Garden Route, South Africa
FORMAT: 2 or 3-day stage trail run
FOCUS: An opportunity to run magnificent trails along the coastline of the Southern Cape. Family friendly with kid’s zone. Ideal for trail runners looking to complete their first multi-day stage race.

WEBSITE: https://oyster-catcher.co.za/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/OysterCatcherTrailRun/

Entry Fee Information

Early Bird Entry Fees – valid until 31 January 2020 (on FULL PAYMENT option only)

All Entries qualify for goody bags and lunches.

3 Day Trail Run: R2950.00     (From 1 February – R3200.00)

2 Day Trail Run : R2550.00    (From 1 February – R2800.00)

 

Payment plan : 30% on entering, followed by two installments. Entries needs to be fully paid by 31 July 2020.

No refunds after 31 July 2020.

 

 

Included in your Entry

  • Absolutely magnificent trails along the coast line of the Southern Cape, between Gouritz and Mossel Bay
  • Permission to use the private property
  • Free coffee at race venue each morning
  • 1 well stocked water table per day on route with all the goodies
  • Water table at the finish
  • Goodie bag
  • Technical Garment
  • Event headband
  • Bus transport for each day from the finish line to the start line
  • Lunch every day and first beer free
  • Medical and emergency services on standby
  • Finishers medal
  • Prizes for winners
  • Professional photographer

 

FUNKY PANTS
We have designed  event Funky Pants and you can now order yours with your entry!  R450 per pair.

 

 

 

Daily Distances

3 DAY OPTION

  • Day 1 Gourikwa circular route, 23km
  • Day 2 Gouritz River Mouth to Sandpiper Sports Centre 20km
  • Day 3 Dana Bay to The Point, Mossel Bay 16km

2 DAY OPTION

  • Day 1 Gouritz River Mouth to Sandpiper Sports Centre 20km
  • Day 2 Dana Bay to The Point, Mossel Bay 16km

 

Route Profiles

Day 1 : Gourikwa Nature Reserve Circular Route

 

Day 2 : Gouritz to Sandpiper Sports Centre

Day 3 : Dana Bay 2nd Beach to The Point, Mossel Bay

Compulsory Equipment

As a precaution and depending on the weather condition, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during your run. It is for your own personal safety. Please adhere to the following:

  • Cell phone 
  • zip lock bag to keep phone dry
  • Space blanket
  • Backpack
  • Whistle
  • Hat
  • Emergency food
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen (factor 50)
  • Outer shell jacket (waterproof)

Please ensure that you have the compulsory equipment with you at all times during race as conditions change quickly.

Registration and Late Entries

Pre-entries will close 10 September 2020 or when the limit has been reached. Please note that this event fills up fast. No late entries will be accepted.

Registration for the 3-day event will be Thursday, 24 September 2020 from 17:00 – 19:30 with a compulsory race briefing afterwards at Sandpiper Sports Centre, Boggomsbaai.

Registration for the 2-day event will be Friday, 25 September 2020 from 17:00-19:30.

Accommodation, Meals and Race Village

Race Village

The Race Village will be Sandpiper Sports Centre, Boggomsbaai, Garden Route, Western Cape.
Boggoms Bay is the most central place on the Oyster Catcher Trail run, it is situated between Gouritz and Mossel Bay. There are no restaurants close by, so it is compulsory to book your meals with your entry.

Luxury Tents

 

R2400.00 for the duration of the event, from Thursday evening to Sunday lunch time.

Luxury tents, sleeping two people, will be available to book and includes the following :

– 3x3m Canvas Tent
– Battery Powered LED Camp Light
– Bedside Table
– 2x Canvas Fold-Up Directors Chair
– 2x Stretchers – Each with:

* Mattress
* Fitted Sheet
* Flat Sheet
* Comforter/Duvet
* Fleece Blanket
* Pillow with Case
* Bottle of Still Water

  

Meals

 

If you booked a tent, you should book meals as there are no kitchen facilities available.  No restaurants in the area.

The following meals can be booked:

2 DAY MEAL PACKAGE – R600.00
Friday Dinner SANDPIPER
Saturday Breakfast SANDPIPER
Saturday Lunch SANDPIPER (Included in your entry)
Saturday Dinner SANDPIPER
Sunday Breakfast SANDPIPER
Sunday Lunch BIG BLU (included in your entry)

3 DAY MEAL PACKAGE – R800.00
Thursday Dinner SANDPIPER
Friday Breakfast SANDPIPER
Friday Lunch GOURIKWA  (included in your entry)
Friday Supper SANDPIPER
Saturday Breakfast SANDPIPER
Saturday Lunch SANDPIPER (included in your entry)
Saturday Dinner SANDPIPER
Sunday Breakfast SANDPIPER
Sunday Lunch BIG BLU (included in your entry)

ADDITIONAL LUNCHES FOR SUPPORTERS
R120 per day 

Note that meals can only be pre-booked.

 

 

Other Accommodation in the area

Only 50 tents available in the Race Village.

More accommodation is available as below, please contact venues directly:

LAMONT BOERDERY
SANDPIPER GUEST COTTAGES
CAPE VACCA COTTAGES
GOURIKWA NATURE RESERVE

Event Schedule

Thursday, 24 September 2020:
17:00 – 20:00: Registration for 3-day Trail Run at Sandpiper Sports Centre, Boggomsbaai
19:00: Race briefing for 3-day Trail Run – compulsory
19:15 Dinner at Sandpiper, Boggomsbaai

Friday, 25 September 2020:
07:30: Meet at  Gourikwa Nature Reserve, plenty parking available.
08:00: Start of Day 1, run a circular route at Gourikwa Nature Reserve.
11:00 onwards: Lunch at Gourikwa Nature Reserve
12:00 onwards: Bar opens at Sandpiper
17:00 Registration for 2-day event, Sandpiper
18:00 Race Briefing and Slide Show at Sandpiper, Boggomsbaai
18:30: Dinner at Sandpiper

Saturday, 26 September 2020:
07:00: Meet at Sandpiper, where you will leave your vehicle and be transported to the start. Your friends/family can also take you to the start. No cars to be left at the start line.
08:00: Start of the Race. Run from Gouritz River Mouth to Sandpiper
11:00 onwards: Lunch at Sandpiper.
12:00 onwards: Bar opens
18:00: Race Briefing and Slide Show at Sandpiper, Boggomsbaai
18.30: Dinner at Sandpiper

Sunday, 27 September 2020:
06:00: Meet at Big Blu Restaurant, Mossel Bay Point, where you will leave your
vehicle and be transported to the start. Your friends/family can also take you to the start.
07:00 Start of the race. Run from Dana Bay 2nd Beach to The Point.
10:30 onwards: Lunch at Big Blu Restaurants
11:00 Prize Giving

 

Contact us

janine@oyster-catcher.co.za  |  call +27 (0) 836 622 022

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