Golden Gate Challenge

Golden Mountains. Golden Reward!

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This is a one-day trial run through the most rugged yet scenic mountains of the Free State, situated in the magnificent Golden Gate Highlands National Park. This event allows runners to traverse through the park and explore breath-taking landscapes while raising funds for the conservation activities within the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.

This one-day run gives you the opportunity to run into wilderness areas that aren’t accessible to the general public and comprises a range of distances that will test your endurance. We have the ultimate 50km for the elite runners, 25km for those who like a good challenge but aren’t yet ready to explore the full 50km distance, followed by the easy looking but still tough 10km.

In collaboration with the official volunteer organisation of South African National Parks (SANParks) and the SANParks Honorary Rangers (SHR), this exciting event raises funds for the critically endangered Bearded Vulture and the conservation activities within the Golden Gate Highlands National.

The Golden Gate Challenge, home to the golden mountains, where the golden reward is earned!

 

If you live in an around Golden Gate Highlands National Park, you qualify for a discount on entry fees as part of our “locals” package.

Event Costs
Event Details
Local Entries

If you live in an around Golden Gate Highlands National Park, you qualify for a discount on entry fees as part of our “locals” package.

Local Entry Fees:

50km: R2 125
25km: R1 350
10km: R350

We will have a locals’ fun prize category at the event to showcase the Kings and Queens of your local running community!

If you qualify as a local, please email events@wildtrust.co.za with the subject line “Local entry Golden Gate”

Itinerary

This is what participants can expect for the full Golden Gate Challenge over the event weekend

  • 50km - 5:30 Start

  • 25km - 07:00 Start

  • 10km - 08:00 Start

R2500

R2100 + R400 conservation donation

Enquiries

Fundraising

All funds raised through this event will be used to enable the conservation work being done by WILDLANDS, a programme of the WILDTRUST, SANParks as well as the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

Your Routes in Detail

Starting before sunrise, runners will spend the first 10km running around the back of the hotel to the start. Here they will refuel and begin their Ribbok Trail experience with a little added surprise before meeting up with the 25km near Wilgenhof seconding station. After running the ridgeline to Wodehouse radio towers, the route will split and run down to Highlands Retreat onto Oribi loop and finish off with a lovely descent to the Glen Reenen finish line.

 

 

Termed the Ridgeline run, this is a beautiful yet challenging route that will take runners over Brandwag Buttress, through Holkrans Trail, and up to Wodehouse Radio towers via the Wilgenhof Educational Centre, runners will enjoy a magical descent to the Glen Reenen finish line.

A technical route incorporating the iconic Golden Gate attractions surrounding Glen Reenen and the Golden Gate Hotel. This will be a welcoming route for hikers and a technical run for trail runners.

 

Golden Gate Challenge Package Includes:
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Golden Mountains. Golden Reward!

Through your participation,
you enable us to do more for nature conservation

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