Cradle Mayhem - 3 Day Trail Run

When: Fri, 4 May 2012 0:00 AM to 0:00 AM
Where: Van Gaalens Cheese Farm
Main Activity: Trail Running

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Ladies' Trail Tee
R 239.00  
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R 349.00  
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3 Day Multi Stage Trail Race & Single Day event

Stage 1: Friday 4 May. 10km night prologue – 18:30 start
Stage 2: Saturday 5 May. 35km challenging route through cradle of humankind - 7:30am start
Stage 3: Sunday 6 May. 20km challenging yet fast route – 7:30am start

Single Day 7km run: Fun, fast, adventurous and social run - 8:30am start
Single Day 20km run: Fun, fast and adventurous. Bring your endurance. 9same route as 20km stage 3. – 8:00am start.Single Day 7km Run: R100
Single Day 20km Run: R150

3 Day Run non camp: R1200
3 Day Run camping option: R1600

Single Day 7km Run: R100
Single Day 20km Run: R150

Entries Open: 15 February

Entries Close for 3 Day Race: 12:00am Thursday 20 April 2012
Pre-entries for single day 7km & 20km open: 15 February 2012
Pre-entries for single day 7km & 20km close (space limited): 12:00am Mon 30 April 2012 (late entries on the day extra R25 and space limited.)

Number and Race Pack Collection
Multi Day Athletes Collection (NO LATE ENTRIES)
The Sports Basement Showroom - 28/04 (9am - 2pm), 30/04 - 03/05 (9am - 6pm)
The Race Venue - 04/05 (3pm - 6pm)

Single Day Athletes Collection (LATE ENTRIES Additional R25 avaliable at Collection)
The Sports Basement - 04/05 - 05/05 (9am - 2pm)
The Race Venue - (6am - 7:30am)


As Trail running grows rapidly on a globally, and  in South Africa the time has definitely come to introduce a major multi-day Trail Running race on the Highveld and  Greater Joburg area.
Single and multiday races have experienced much success in other areas of the country. However, there is no reason why  Gauteng  cannot stage  such an event.
The majority of runners and multi sport athletes  with the means to take part in such an event are based in Joburg and surrounding areas. Many athletes are forced to travel to coastal areas to race epic  events set as their goal races.
Creating an event  such as this will make it more accessible to these athletes and rule out extra costs and ensure  the Magalies Mayhem has a sizeable field.
This event will  be SA’s premier Multi Day Stage Trail Running race that offers the best value and experience to the most experienced professional athlete to the single day novice.
The event will be marketed nationally and attract endurance athletes from all  provinces and internationally.
Set  in the Hartbeespoort  area and Magaliesburg Mountain Range the race stretches over 20-odd farms and enters the Picture for article Cradle of Human Kind.
The  base for the event  will be set up at Van Gaalens Cheese Farm equipped with  parking, ablutions,  restaurant facilities , electricity camp sites and basic amenities.
The farm is located just 45 minute drive from the Johannesburg Nothern Suburbs, 60 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport and just 30 minutes from Lanseria Airport

The Race
The race will consist of 3 different trail routes  for each of the 3 stages held over 3 days.
Athletes will cross and see just 1 tar road in the three days and some stages be completely in the bush with not a sound but that of animals and wildlife.

Each stage will start  and finish at Van Gaalen’s.
Stage 1: ght run prologue with 6:30 start time. This allows for athletes to take less time off work but also the excitement and extreme element of running in the dark equipped with headlamps etc. The run is flat, fast and is run close to the venue. But still on a dedicated trail with will test the athlete.  Stage 1 also acts as a seeding  process  in order to set runners off from fastest to slowest the next morning. This stage includes a magnificent  run through  completely covered canopyies along the  river that can be drunk from, naming this as the “unofficial water point.”  Athletes are also taken along  original Ox wagon tracks used to access the Lime mines more than 100 years ago.  The old “Dagga Pad” has been cut and cleaned up and added to the trail. This is the old  dagga Smuggling route used  up until  70 years ago. This is one of the race’s most technical and exhilarating stretches.

Stage 2: 35km day run with  a  7:30 am start. This route is  very tough with  3 big climbs thrown in to challenge athletes to their limits.

Stage 3: a 20km trail that is challenging and scenic but with  a flatter profile than  the day before to encourage fast times  and a  greater race among the contenders. This stage will also be a single day event allowing other runners to enter for the day doing a lighter 20km and 7km route. This encourages the more recreational runners with all abilities to take part in the sport and also increases the size of the field and reach of the event.

The main event field will be limited to 500 athletes taking part in the 3 day event.
The single day event staged on the Saturday Picture for article (Stage 3) will be limited to 800 athletes.
The Multi  Day Event athletes will be given preference  via a 20 minute head  start on day  3.
There will be camping facilities for all athletes taking part in the 3 day event as well as sufficient ablutions.
All meals will also be catered for in an optional package including the camping and meals option.
Comprehensive EMS will be present at the event with emergency and evacuation plans in place.
A comprehensive travel package and list of well-equipped accommodation options will be provided to athletes via website and marketing.  Local dining options will also be provided.
Water/Nutrition Points: There will be Aid stations placed at strategic points along the route each day. Sufficient water, nutrition and electrolyte products will be catered at these points. Sufficient water, nutrition and electrolyte products will be catered at these points. There will be compulsory water points for all  athletes taking part in the multi day race.
All athletes wishing to make use of the fully inclusive camping option will be provided with a designated camping site . Each athlete is to bring their own tent that fits into the demarcated area.
Meals will be provided for athletes  on the fully inclusive option.
A Bon Fire will be provided in the camp site for warmth and to provide atmosphere.
Start Finish Area: A Doctor and medical team will be present at the start of each day  to ensure every athlete is fit enough to take part.  taff will also be present at the finish of each stage to ensure assistance for any athletes in need after and through the rest of the day and night. Safety and route briefings will be held before the start of each stage. An MC with latest up to date English songs will be present and commentating and playing music before the start of a stage, during and after to ensure and awesome party vibe and atmosphere that ensures athletes have a fun time and hang around after. Each athlete will receive a high quality nutritional sports drink as they cross the finish line as well as a meal.  Drinks such as beers etc. will be available at the venue for spectators and athletes.
Goodie Bags: Every athlete will receive a high value Goodie Bag worth  more than half the  entry fee. Containing  technical run Tee with Major sponsors branded on garment.

Multi Day Camp: (Entry fee - R1600) – 65km
Sufficient nutrition provided  on course each day (



Disclaimer: This info is accurate at time of posting. Please confirm in good time prior to the event.
Contact Mark Dickson on (082) 469-5586 if you have any questions or need additional help with this activity.