Race Information

The Challenge (32km)

The Challenge starts at Golden Pools within the Rhodes Nyanga National Park. Race participants immediately face a 7km climb up the magnificent Mt Nyangani 2593m (800m elevation gain).

Distance 32KM

Elevation Change: 3800M

Elevation Gain: 1400M

Elevation Loss: 2400M

Difficulty: Difficult 7/10

Summit Zimbabwe’s highest mountain, Mt Nyangani (2593M)

20 KM’s of Downhill to the finish

100% Single Track on The Turaco Trail,  through Nyanga National Park

Cut off at Finish Line 13 hrs 30 min (22:00)

Route Description The Challenge 32km race starts at Golden Pools in Rhodes Nyanga National Park. The race begins with a climb up Mt Nyangani. From the base to the summit is a distance of 7km with a height gain of 800 metres. Summit Zimbabwe’s highest mountain Mt Nyangani (2593 m) and then run along the top for 5km to begin a small climb of Little Nyangani (there is a slight decent along this section). Once you reach the top of Little Nyangani you begin your 20km 1700m descent, starting with the never ending forest. Eventually, and we mean eventually you come out into the grassland where the Muruwi Nutrition Station will be. From here, keep winding your way down over Nyawamba river and then face The Wall, a very tough 220m climb over 1.5km to the summit of Dzunzwa. After this, descend past a few more rivers and waterfalls and into the spice garden. Follow the last river down and finally out onto the Aberfoyle golf course. The last 200 metres will feel like the longest part of this race but it is worth the beating drums and cold beer with your family and friends at the end. NB : CUT OFF TIME at the finish is 22:00.

The Ultra (56km)

Start your race day bright and early with a hearty breakfast at 03:00 am. Make sure you have all of your compulsory kit as it will be checked before you start. The run starts at 03:45 am after you are given your Sportraxs tracker.

Distance 56KM

Elevation Change: 6700M

Elevation Gain: 2850M

Elevation Loss: 3850M

Difficulty: Very difficult to extreme 8/10

Summit Zimbabwe’s highest mountain, Mt Nyangani (2593M)

20 KM’s of Downhill to the finish

100% Single Track on The Turaco Trail, through Nyanga National Park

Cut off times – Golden Pools (23km) 7 hrs (11:00) ; Finish Line 18 hrs (22:00)

Route Description

The Ultra 56km starts at the Far and Wide Camp in Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands. Begin by making your way down to the first valley and then your first mountain (the fun starts). Reach the top, turn right and along Chikorokoto. Start heading down again into the beautiful Pungwe Gorge. Reach the bottom and start heading upstream through the forests until you reach the confluence where you will be checked before you cross the mighty Pungwe.

The hardest climb faces you (just over 700 metres of height gain in a distance of 3,5km) as you make your way out of the Gorge. Just when you think you are almost at Golden Pools there are a couple more ups and downs as you contour and eventually get to the stunning Nyazengu Ridge. This section from the Pungwe crossing to Golden Pools is just over 8km in total but it is a gruelling 8km.

At Golden Pools you will find a nutrition/aid station and lots of supporters (23km). You will be checked before you begin the next stage. Cut off time here is 11:00 am. If you don’t make it you will be asked to come off the trail.

Next half starts, first a small downhill past Golden Pools (beautiful streams and pools) and then start heading up to the base of the Mount Nyangani. Look up, take a deep breath and start the climb. From the base to the summit is a distance of 7km with a height gain of 800 metres. Summit Zimbabwe’s highest mountain Mt Nyangani and then run along the top for 5km to Little Nyangani (there is a slight decent along this section). Once you reach the top of Little Nyangani you begin your decent through the never ending forest. Eventually, and we mean eventually you come out into the grassland where the Muruwi Nutrition Station will be. From here keep winding your way down over Nyawamba river, and then face The Wall, a very tough 220m climb over 1.5km to the summit of Dzunzwa. Follow the last river down and finally out onto Aberfoyle golf course. The last 200 metres will feel like the longest part of this race but it is worth the beating drums and cold beer with your family and friends at the end. NB: Cut off times Golden Pools (23km) 7 hrs (11:00) ; Finish Line 18 hrs (22:00).

The Epic (75km)

You will need plenty of experience and training to participate in this race. You will need to submit a running CV with your registration form.

Distance: 75KM

Elevation Change: 8100M

Elevation Gain: 3550M

Elevation Loss: 4550M

Difficulty: Extreme 9/10

Summit Zimbabwe’s highest mountain, Mt Nyangani (2593M)

Run below and above Africa’s 2nd highest waterfall, The Mutarazi Falls (762M) and cross the SkyWalk suspension bridge

20 KM’s of Downhill to the finish

100% Single Track on the Turaco Trail,  through Nyanga National Park 

Cut off times – Far and Wide (23km) 5hrs (9:00) ; Golden Pools (44km) 10hrs (14:00) ; Finish Line 20 hrs (24:00)

Route Description

 The SkyRun Epic 75km starts at the Far and Wide Camp in Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands. You begin by making your way down a steep descent to the Honde Valley floor. Begin the technical route around to, and then below Zimbabwe’s highest, and Africa’s second highest Waterfall, The Mutarazi Falls as well as Muchururu Falls. Then begin a tough and technical climb of 700m over 6km up to the escarpment. Run along this incredible escarpment to above the Muatarazi Falls where you will cross on the famous SkyWalk. From the other side of the gorge you will run up to Far and Wide and then begin the descent into Buwu valley and start the climb of Chikorokoto. Reach the top turn right and along Chikorokoto then down again into the beautiful Pungwe Gorge.

The hardest climb faces you (just over 700 metres of height gain in a distance of 3,5km) as you make your way out of the gorge. Just when you think you are almost at golden pools there are a couple more ups and downs as you contour and eventually get to the stunning Nyazengu ridge. This section from the Pungwe crossing to Golden Pools is just over 8km in total but it is a gruelling 8km.

At Golden Pools you will find a nutrition/aid station and lots of supporters. You will be checked before you begin the next stage. 

You are now into the last 32km of the race. This section starts with a small downhill past Golden Pools (beautiful streams and pools) and then start heading up to the base of Mount Nyangani. Look up, take a deep breath and start the climb. From the base to the summit is a distance of 7km with a height gain of 800 metres. Summit Zimbabwe’s highest mountain Mt Nyangani and then run along the top for 5km to Little Nyangani (there is a slight descent along this section). Once you reach the top of Little Nyangani you begin your descent through the never-ending forest. Eventually, and we mean eventually you come out into the grassland where the Muruwi Nutrition Station will be. From here keep winding your way down over Nyawamba river, and then face The Wall, a very tough 220m climb over 1.5km to the summit of Dzunzwa. Follow the last river down and finally out onto Aberfoyle golf course. The last 200 metres will feel like the longest part of this race but it is worth the beating drums and cold beer with your family and friends at the end. NB: Cut off times Golden Pools (44km) 9 hrs (13:00) ; Finish Line 20 hrs (24:00).

 

The GOAT 100 (110km)

This is one of the most epic ultra-marathon mountain races on the calendar. You will need to have a lot of experience and training behind you to complete this race. If you are thinking of entering The GOAT 100 then you will need to have a running CV and submit this with your registration form. 

Distance: 110KM

Elevation Change: 13000M

Elevation Gain: 6000M

Elevation Loss: 7000M

Difficulty: Extreme 10/10

Summit Zimbabwe’s highest mountain, Mt Nyangani (2593M)

Run below and above Africa’s 2nd highest waterfall, The Mutarazi Falls (762M) and cross the SkyWalk suspension bridge

20 KM’s of Downhill to the finish

100% Single Track on the Turaco Trail,  through Nyanga National Park 

Cut off times – Far and Wide (23km) 7hrs (18:00); Golden Pools (44km) 15 hrs (02:00); Golden Pools 2 (82km) 22 hrs (09:00); Finish Line 35 hrs (22:00).

Route Description

The race will start on Friday morning at 11:00 from Far and Wide. Make sure you have all of your compulsory kit as it will be checked before you start. You will have an unsupported night out in the mountains so need to be completely self-sufficient.

You begin by making your way down a steep descent to the Honde Valley floor. Begin the technical route around to, and then below Zimbabwe’s highest, and Africa’s second highest Waterfall, The Mutarazi Falls as well as Muchururu Falls. Then begin a tough and technical climb of 700m over 6km up to the escarpment. Run along this incredible escarpment to above the Muatarazi Falls where you will cross on the famous SkyWalk. From the other side of the gorge you will run up to Far and Wide and then begin the descent into Buwu valley and start the climb of Chikorokoto. Reach the top turn right and along Chikorokoto then down again into the beautiful Pungwe Gorge. 

Cross the Pungwe river and then the hardest climb faces you (just over 700 metres of height gain in a distance of 3,5km) as you make your way out of the gorge. Just when you think you are almost at golden pools there are a couple more ups and downs as you contour and eventually get to the stunning Nyazengu ridge. This section from the Pungwe crossing to Golden Pools is just over 8km in total but it is a gruelling 8km.

At Golden Pools you will find a nutrition/aid station and lots of supporters. You will be checked before you begin the next stage. Start heading towards Mt Nyangani and then turn right and down again into the Pungwe Gorge. You will then run all the way up the Pungwe Gorge along the magnificent Pungwe river.

Start the climb out of the Gorge and up above the Pungwe Falls. From here you will cross the Pungwe River above the Falls and then begin making your way up the Pungwe grasslands straddling the Pungwe River. At the confluence of the Pungwe and the Mutenderera rivers you will begin the climb of the three peaks. Once you have completed this challenge wind your way down to the Golden Pools Nutrition Station.

You are now into the last 32km of the race. This section starts with a small downhill past Golden Pools (beautiful streams and pools) and then start heading up to the base of Mount Nyangani. Look up, take a deep breath and start the climb. From the base to the summit is a distance of 7km with a height gain of 800 metres. Summit Zimbabwe’s highest mountain Mt Nyangani and then run along the top for 5km to Little Nyangani (there is a slight descent along this section). Once you reach the top of Little Nyangani you begin your descent through the never-ending forest. Eventually, and we mean eventually you come out into the grassland where the Muruwi Nutrition Station will be. From here keep winding your way down over Nyawamba river, and then face The Wall, a very tough 220m climb over 1.5km to the summit of Dzunzwa. Follow the last river down and finally out onto Aberfoyle golf course. The last 200 metres will feel like the longest part of this race but it is worth the beating drums and cold beer with your family and friends at the end. NB: Cut off times – Far and Wide (23km) 7hrs (20:00); Golden Pools (44km) 14 hrs (03:00); Golden Pools 2 (82km) 22 hrs (11:00); Finish Line 33 hrs (22:00).

CV Entry requirements :
One 100km ultra trail run with a finishing time of 36 hours or less.
OR
One SkyRun Zim Ultra, or equivalent with a finishing time of 14 hours or less.
OR
Three 56km plus ultra trail runs with an elevation change of +3,500m.
AND
Your planned training programme through 2024 to the GOAT.