The Tankwa Trail is a 2-day stage trail run and is back with a new approach after it was discontinued in 2017 due to a devastating fire in the area. The first reimagined event took place from 30 April until 2 May 2021 at Kaleo Guest Farm outside Ceres and was hosted by Dryland Event Management.
The new approach is less serious, with the routes just the right amount of effort required to be able to enjoy the festivities at the race village afterward.
On Friday, 30 April, the event kicked off with a fun evening run, where runners had to glow themselves up with something fun and bright to warm up for the cold of the Koue Bokkeveld.
Saturday and Sunday saw runners heading out to beautiful flowing single tracks through thousand-year rock formations, over dam walls, wooden bridges, gorges and natural trails winding up and down the hills with views making you long for people you don’t even know.
The Nedbank Running Club dominated the trails overall, Simthembile Swarts taking 1st and Siyabonga Sakwe 2nd place in the Solo Men’s Category and Madele du Plessis taking 1st place in the Solo Women’s Category.
Off the trails the weekend was filled with outstanding hospitality, scrumptious meals, lazy naps, walks on the farm and time spent with family and friends. Mr. Claus a local expert of the region presented a talk about interesting facts about the area and EPT Recovery helped runners stretch out sore muscles after the first stage. Saturday evening concluded live entertainment from the talented Pietman Geldenhuys.
The events industry was hit hard due to government restrictions on sporting events and Dryland Event Management are grateful for all the support from local farmers and participants. Visit www.tankwatrail.co.za and follow the official social media platforms for updates on next years’ event.
Thank you to our partners:
Kaleo Guest Farm
Rhodes Quality Food Group
The Western Cape Tourism Trade and Investment Promotion Agency
Klein Karoo Toyota