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Three Cranes

Three Cranes Challenge - February 2017

The Three Cranes Challenge - part of the Old Mutual sponsored Wild Series - is an annual three-day track & trail run that sees participants cover just over 100km in total. Three Cranes is staged out of a single base camp in the Karkloof area of KwaZulu-Natal.

Event Date: 24, 25 & 26 February 2017
Registration: 23 February 2017
Entries Open: 24 August 2016, 12 Noon
Distance: 32km, 42km and 25km
Format: 3-day staged trail run
Venue: Bushwillow Camp, Karkloof Valley, KwaZulu-Natal

A Race Village will be set up and each participant will be accommodated in his or her own tent for the duration of the challenge. You can expect nice hot showers, clean ablutions and a great atmosphere. Full catering will be available to all participants for the duration of the challenge, and will include a 24-hour snack and coffee bar.

The run will incorporate roads in and around the Karkloof Nature Reserve, and you can expect easy off-road tracks through forests and grasslands, some trail running through beautiful misty forests and magnificent views as you run along the Gilboa escarpment. The night run will add a new dimension and adventure to this challenge and promises to bring out the adventurer in you!

The beautiful Karkloof valley is the breeding ground of South Africa’s endangered Cranes. Sadly, all three of South Africa’s Crane species are in decline due to man’s relentless exploitation of their delicate habitat. By running the Old Mutual Three Cranes Challenge you will also assist these beautiful birds.

Entry Fees:

Full package: R3250.00
Runners package (excludes accommodation): R2950.00

Your entry package covers:

24hr snack and coffee bar
1 tent per runner
Medical support
Prize giving
Route maps
Official race garment and race pack


The Old Mutual sponsored Wild Series events include iMfolozi MTB ChallengeMont-Aux-Sources Challenge and the Golden Gate Challenge.