The Karkloof 100 is set to reach new heights


The Karkloof 100 – a 100-mile endurance foot race through the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is set to reach new heights in its second year. Officially set to take place over the weekend, 21-23 September 2018, details of a bigger, better and more exciting race were revealed at the launch event which saw organisers, sponsors, media and athletes gather at the Farmer’s Daughter in Howick on Wednesday, 29th November 2017.
Such was the success of the inaugural event in 2017 – the first of its kind in KZN and only one of three 100-mile trail races in South Africa – that the 2018 event looks set to attract even more interest from a bigger field of athletes, support crews and specialist sponsors.

Speaking at the launch, race co-director and founder, Andrew Booth, from KZN Trail Running was excited to announce that the number of entries available for the 2018 race has been increased to from 100 to 150 and that entries will be open from 30th November 2017 at 6am.

The 50-mile race distance is also back for a second year and will appeal to those athletes who were inspired by this year’s event, those who are looking to test their limits and those building up to tackle the 100-mile event in the future.

At the official launch, Booth announced a new major sponsor of the event, the Southern Lodestar Foundation. Established by three of this year’s Karkloof100 participants and passionate ultra-distance runners, Andre Redinger, Matt Dove and Rob Graham, the Southern Lodestar Foundation aims to provide education and nutritional support to disadvantaged children throughout Southern Africa using running as a tool to inspire change and deliver hope.
Karkloof100 was borne out of collaboration between KZN Trail Running and TrailLab, who together have an in-depth knowledge of both the local South African trail running scene and international endurance trail races.
The Karkloof100 is an out and back race starting and finishing at Yard41 in Howick
“The Karkloof100 aims to be South Africa’s leading 100-mile trail race incorporating elements of world-renowned 100-milers, whilst adding our own local flavor and we are delighted to have the Southern Lodestar Foundation on board as we work towards that goal,” said Booth.
Entries opened on 30 November 2017 and are limited to 150 for the 100-mile event and 75 for the 50-mile event. Details of the event can be found on