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Home >> News >> The Beast: Pre-race Info

The Beast: Pre-race Info

THE BEAST IS WAITING - ARE YOU READY?

At the foot of Table Mountain - in the shadow of the Rhodes Memorial lions - you will find the Old Zoo, a long-forgotten structure that was once home to some of Cape Town's most fearsome creatures.

And on Sunday, 24 May 2015, the Old Zoo will once again become the home of such a monster.

ARE YOU READY TO FACE THE BEAST?

Whether you have entered the 22km or 47km trail run, you are in for what promises to be the roughest, toughest, gnarliest one-day trail run of them all. So read the important info below to make sure you are fully prepped.

The hard part is over - see you at registration!

REGISTRATION
 


Date: Friday, 22 May 2015
Time: 17h00 - 19h00
Venue: Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA), Boundary Road, Newlands

Collect your Race Number, Goodie Bag & T-Shirt!

All 47km entrants must attend the Compulsory Briefing at 18h00, where the route, race rules and safety procedures will be discussed. 22km runners are welcome.

NOTE: No upgrades, downgrades, substitutions or refunds will be facilitated at registration, and there is no late registration at the start of the race on Sunday. 

START TIME ON 24 MAY


47km: 07h00
22km: 08h00

Batches set off at intervals. (Remember to confirm the details for your batch start at registration.) Please arrive early on race day (from 06h00) and book into your start pen 30 mins in advance. There will be a coffee vendor on site for a pre-race caffeine boost.

47KM COMPULSORY KIT


1. Water (carry at least 1.5 litres)
2. Food (energy bar/ sandwich/ banana - enough to sustain you for 4 to 10 hours)
3. A cell phone charged with the emergency number (072 924 2371) saved, in a Ziplock bag.
4. Waterproof rain jacket is compulsory. NO EXCUSES! (windbreaker recommended too)
5. Thermal Long Sleeve Base Layer
6. Space Blanket
7. Whistle
8. Route Map (will be supplied)
9. Recommended: Beanie, Buff, Gloves

22KM COMPULSORY KIT


1. Water (carry at least 1.5 litres)
2. Food (energy bar/ sandwich/ banana - enough to sustain you for 2 to 5 hours)
3. A cell phone charged with the emergency number (072 924 2371) saved, in a Ziplock bag.
4. Windbreaker is compulsory, rain jacket if rain is expected.
5. Space Blanket
6. Recommended: Beanie, Buff, Gloves and Thermal Long Sleeve Base Layer 

IMPORTANT NOTES


We are strict with the required equipment. There is a compulsory equipment check on entering the Start Pen. If you do not have the required equipment with you, you will not be allowed to start the race.  In addition, there will be a gear check on the route to ensure that you still have the right kit.
- Do not run with headphones or your dogs.
- Don't run if you are sick!
- DO NOT LITTER!
- You are welcome to take photos, but step out of the way of other runners when you do.

CUT-OFF TIMES


Fast Trail runners operate at an average of 10km/h. Hiking pace (mountain walking) is 5km/h. Try to maintain an average speed within those parameters. 

47km Cut-Offs:

1. Kloof Nek at 17km (3 hours after start).
2. Top of Kasteelspoort at 24,5km (5 hours after start). This is also a Gear Check and Medical ‘eyeball the doc’ point.
3. Overseers Cottage at 35km (8 hours after start).
4. Finish Line at 47km (at 17h00 - 10 hours after the start). 
Run times will slow down after Kasteelspoort. These cut-offs allow us to get everyone in before dark.

22km Cut-Offs:

22km athletes must complete the first 7km to Tafelberg Road within 90 minutes, and have approximately 2.5 hours to make it off the mountain to the Blockhouse (11km point). The finish line cut-off is at 15h00.

RETIRING FROM THE RACE


Please inform the race office – using cell number supplied on your race number, or by informing a marshal - if you withdraw from the event and do not intend to finish. If you don’t inform us, we may spend hours searching the mountain for you.

NB: Please do not start the race if you are sick (flu or any other illness). Be sensible; there will be many more races.

PRIZE GIVING


Times to be confirmed. There are no lucky draw prizes.

WEATHER CONDITIONS


Weather is temperamental this time of the year. Make sure to be prepared whatever the conditions. The route heads high up the mountain and becomes exposed to the elements. If the weather (rain, wind) comes in on the day, we will make a call on safety. In this event, runners will be deviated to a safer route to avoid any dangers.

COURSE ETIQUETTE


It is a competitive race, but we are all out to enjoy the mountain and the surroundings on the day. Please remember your trail etiquette when passing other runners on route. Manners on the trail are as imperative as winning. Save your toilet needs for the start or finish. DO NOT LITTER!

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