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Windhoek Light Fish River Canyon Ultra

Quick facts

Location Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Distance Ultra marathon - 100km

About Windhoek Light Fish River Canyon Ultra

The Fish River Challenge (the largest Canyon in Africa) is a non-stop self-supporting race whereby runners will be expected to complete the course in 24 hours. Water will be supplied at designated checkpoints that will also serve to monitor progress of the various athletes and provide updates to the organizers. 

The race commence at the top of the world famous Fish River Canyon where the race village for the first evening will be positioned on the edge with magnificent views. From there, competitors follow animal tracks and paths heading cross-country until they reach the point where they descend into the Canyon. Once down in the Canyon, they follow the river, with an occasional detour across wide meandering bends in the river, and finish at the wonderfully soothing hot springs resort of Ai-Ais.

Distances

100 km

  • 100km

65 km

  • 65km

Practicalities

Accommodation

Night 1: Tents (2.5m x 2.5m x 1.8m) overlooking the beautiful Fish River Canyon. Night 2: Tents (2.5m x 2.5m x 1.8m) at the hot springs resort, Ai-Ais

Age Limit

No under 18's

Aid Stations

Self-supporting race, with a couple of check points, quantity of checkpoints is depended on the quality of the water in the canyon.

Award Medals

Medals for all finishers and winners of the 2 categories names are added to the floating trophies.

Maximum Time

24 hours

Transport

The Shuttle departs Ai-Ais after the prize giving at 08:30 and expected time of arrival in Windhoek is approximately 18:00

Windhoek Light Fish River Canyon Ultra Route Map

Windhoek Light Fish River Canyon Ultra Route Map

Start:

Race Village

Fish River Canyon,na

Finish:

Ai-Ais

Fish River Canyon,na

Highlights

Participants at the first night race village, situated at the edge of the canyon, are treated to one of the most majestic views in the world, standing on the edge of the plateau they get to see the Fish River Canyon in all its splendor.

Overview

For the 100km participants, they also commence their challenge from the race village, the difference being that they follow the edge of the canyon all the way to the hikers descent and view point (approx. 10km). At this point they will descend into the canyon, again at the bottom they will follow the Fish river all the way through to Ais Ais. It must be mentioned that the 100km option is an extremely demanding course, especially as the first 16km from the bottom of the descent to where the 100km meets the 60km route is extremely challenging and slow going. Much of the terrain is made up of clambering over large boulders, crossing the river over loose boulders and patches of dune sands.

Once down in the Canyon, they participants will follow the natural course of the river, occasional cutting away to negotiate their way across the vast bends that tend to get wider as they get further down stream. Depending on the amount of rain during the previous season and the water level in the river, competitors may be required to wade through water up to waist height at times. This will more than likely be an exception however and the general anticipated depth at any crossing should not be more than ankle deep.

When in the Canyon, competitors will be exposed to terrain varying from thick, soft river sand, to harder animal tracks in places and then the ever-present boulder fields that seem to go on forever. The memories of these boulder fields will however erode very quickly once Ai-Ais is reached and competitors get the chance to relax in the soothing water of the natural hot springs.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.