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Thursday, 10 March 2016
Breaking news from Augrabies re: The Klipspringer

The Organisers of the eagerly awaited inaugural Augrabies Falls Klipspringer Challenge, SANParks and the management of the Augrabies Falls National Park are pleased to announce, due to overwhelming demand, the introduction of the shorter Klipspringer Lite 17km Trail Run on Race Day 1 May 2016. Says Race Organiser Warren King, "Expanding the options and offering different distances was part of our planning, but it was a strategy that was only being considered for the 2017 Klipspringer Challenge Event. However due to the overwhelming demand we received, together with the incredible support from local runners in Upington, Kakamas, Kuruman, Springbok, Pofadder, Prieska, Kimberley etc, we decided to that we still had enough time to listen and add a fantastic 17km shorter race. We're calling it the Augrabies Falls Klipspringer Lite."

The Klipspringer Lite is described as a truly spectacular but properly challenging introduction to the world of extreme desert trail running, giving runners a chance to taste the desert before graduating to the monster Klipspringer Challenge. The Lite route covers much of the same tough and technical terrain as the Challenge, without going down into the canyon itself. Runners will be taken through the starkly beautiful Kalahari along the rim of one of the world's most dramatic granite gorges, over otherworldly moonscapes and through unforgiving soft sand. They will be treated to the incomparable desert landscape, the unmistakable silhouettes of indigenous Camelthorn and Quiver Trees, and the unforgettable site of Africa's legendary Orange River as it cuts through golden granite cliffs on its way to the cold Atlantic Ocean. This is trail running and nature at its most intense.

Entrants to the Klipspringer Lite can also look forward to receiving a great specially designed race t-shirt from Anatomic. Entries and enquiries at www.klipspringerchallenge.co.za. Entries will be limited.


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