Merrell Whale of Trail

, South Africa

05 Aug 2023 (Sat)


Ultra marathon - 53km, 35km

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Join Merrell Whale of Trail 2023

Treat yourself to a premier race event this year

South Africa’s iconic five day Whale Trail hiking route is offered as a challenge to runners capable of embracing all 53km and 1900m elevation as a TRAIL RUNNING ULTRA, packed with spectacular mountain fynbos, technical rocky ridgelines, sandy beach stretches and endless, mind blowing, beautiful vistas all in one day.

It has become a must-do for those who have already tackled the more conventional runs out there and bragging rights on this one are substantial!

The Merrell Whale of Trail event is the only opportunity each year for a limited number of nature loving athletes to run hard on this trail while treading lightly on the earth.

Just a 3 hour drive from Cape Town or George along the Southern Cape coast, close to Cape Agulhas, the route takes runners on a journey from the base of the Potberg mountain to the beach at Koppie Alleen in CapeNature’s flagship De Hoop Nature Reserve. The first half winds up and along fynbos covered peaks, past the Cape Vulture colony, with spectacular views of the Breede River Valley, and then descends to the enchanting Noetsie Bay, turning west and winding along the rocky shores of the Indian Ocean, with a mix of beach and coasteering trails.

If this is just a few steps too far, there’s now also a 35km route starting and ending in the same glorious places, with a well designed cut through that still gives you a taste of everything that the area has to offer. Perfect for those not quite ready for an ultra distance but wanting to be a part of the incredible race atmosphere.

Chaperoned by Whales

Bang on the peak of whale season, runners are left wondering who is watching who as scores of the annual migratory Southern Right Whales and their calves continually breach out the water, spy hopping and waving their fins at the passers-by, making for the best and most enthusiastic cheerleaders.

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The route will follow the well-established CapeNature 5-day hiking Whale Trail and is 53km with approximately 1900m ascent. The route will be marked only where necessary. Deviations from the established hiking trail will not be allowed and it is mandatory to stay on the paths at all times. There will be two water tables along the route and various checkpoints.
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Start address: Potberg, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Overberg DC, South Africa

Finish address: Koppie Alleen Beach Parking, Overberg DC, South Africa


Registration closes on 29 July (55 days left)

Whale of Trail 35km

35.00 Km

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199 EUR

Whale of Trail 53km

53.00 Km

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235 EUR

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You can, within 24 hours after your registration, get a full refund if you change your mind.

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What’s included

These are included in your entry
  • done Finisher medal

  • done Post-race meal info

  • done Massage info

  • done Shuttle to Start Line info

  • done Drink Stations info

  • done Medical Assistance info

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What is the cancelation/refund policy for this event?


Refunds: 70% refund possible up until 5 May 2023 (3 months before event). Substitutions are possible up to 12h00 Friday 28 Jul 2023 (8 days before event) with a fee of R800. Substitutions will be offered to the wait list first. Covid: Should the event scheduled for the 5 August 2023 be postponed due to National Restrictions, entries will be transferred to the rescheduled event or the 2024 Whale of Trail.

Merrell Whale of Trail

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