For this last episode of 3rd season of Get Ready For. Seb bring us to the heart of the Tsitsikamma National Park, South Africa. The Otter African Trail Run is one of the most popular trail in South Africa, because of its difficulty, originality and location.
It is most certainly a race for the bucket list.
Magnetic South has been given permission to run the Otter in alternate directions on a yearly basis.
2012: from WEST to EAST, the “Up-Run” – the RETTO
2013: from EAST to WEST, the “Down-Run” – the OTTER
The OTTER – African Trail Run – the iconic and South Africa’s most popular 5 day hike, the Otter, has been walked from Storms River to Nature’s Valley right from its inception. Following this route the Otter – African Trail Run took place 3 years in a row from East to West.
The RETTO (Otter spelt backwards) – Two scouting runs have been done in the last month to ensure our Safety Management Plan has considered all the variables associated with running the trail in reverse. The 2012 ”Retto” as it has been nicknamed, will still include over 2600m of elevation in its 42km traversed, however the experience of running the route with the sea constantly on your right is going to give you a completely different thrill and perspective to this spectacular challenge.
The OTTER course record is held by Ryan Sandes 4:40:15 and Jeannie Bomford 5:17:12
The RETTO course record is held by Iain Don Wauchope 4:23:24 and Krissy Moehl 5:24:59