KZNTrail Running partnering with LIV village

LIV Village children take to the trails at Summer Series Hilton College

KZNTrail Running has recently partnered with LIV village, who place orphaned and vulnerable children into secure family environments under the care of trained foster mothers and provide education and spiritual nurturing. Lindi Meyer from LIV village has recently started the LIV Run Club and with trails on their doorstep, the club trains exclusively off-road around the Liv Village. Eager to expose them to trail running events, KZNTR sponsors entries to the LIV Village children.

: Emily Yeo (19yrs) stormed across the finish line to win the ladies 22km event in a competitive field, showing hers is a name to watch!  Pic: Julian Schroeder

: Emily Yeo (19yrs) stormed across the finish line to win the ladies 22km event in a competitive field, showing hers is a name to watch! Pic: Julian Schroeder

One of our philosophies is that sport has the power to change a child and thereby a nation, KZNTR has offered an opportunity for our kids to take part in some of the amazing events around KZN, which will impact on them immensely” says Lindi Meyer of LIV Village. LIV Village exists to care and protect orphan & vulnerable children in South Africa and their mission is to rescue a child, restore a life, raise a leader and release a star.

“KZNTR is building a sustainable development programme that can assist in breaking that barrier to entry. Trail running is a form of emotional outlet to many people, giving them freedom to explore their surrounds, as well as their personal limitations. We are very excited to welcome the LIV Village children to our events,” says Andrew Booth, director of KZN Trail Running. For more information about LIV Village, visit www.liv-village.com.

KZNTR played host to 24 young athletes from the LIV Village at this weekends’ final event in the KZNTR Summer Series, held at the prestigious Hilton College School. With 7km, 12km and 22km courses on offer, it was fun, but challenging with clear weather. It was a great way to explore the Hilton College Nature Reserve, normally closed to the public.

The 22km trail saw youngster Emily Yeo (19yrs) take the honours in 2:07:28, ahead of series stalwarts Kim Westbrook (2:09:14) and Jess Kew (2:12:08). The men’s race saw Nomore Mandivengerei run a great race in a time of 1:37:56 to finish 1st again, ahead of Muzi Madikwa (1:45:53) & Mitch Dufourq (1:52:13). Full results are available on the KZNTR website: www.kzntrailrunning.co.za/results

KZNTR’s final race for the year is a night race on the world-renowned Cascades MTB Trails in PMB, 9th December at 6:30pm, with 10km, 5km & 1km Santa Dash (under 5s) event options. An exciting Christmas event, runners are encouraged to embrace the festive spirit by dressing up, prizes for most festive attire, great lucky draws and podium prizes sponsored by Kauai Cascades.

Info and entries on www.kzntrailrunning.co.za.