On 11 March 2017 in temperatures over 40 degrees and in a time of 6hrs53min, Ryan Sandes won the Addo Elephant Trail Run 76km route as part of his training for the 2017 Western States 100miler later this year.
Ryan had this to say about his race.
“I really enjoyed the Addo Elephant Trail Run, it was magical this morning to run with all of the wild animals. The first 40km were absolutely phenomenal and I felt really good and strong. After that I battled a little bit when it started to get hotter, but I think everyone did! And I made life very difficult for myself in the last 5km as I ran out of water so it was really tough going toward the end, but I am really happy with my result and how I felt. I think it was great prep for Western States especially the 43degree temperatures! It was really great to have my family at the race and to be able to finish with Max! I am really chuffed and it’s always awesome to race at home.
Thanks to the race organisers for an amazing race, and to everyone for their support. Massive well done to all of the other runners and huge respect to those runners still out there in these extreme temperatures.”
Experience The Addo Elephant Trail Run™, presented by Raidlight®
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run wild and free through true African wilderness? Imagine being surrounded by the animals, sights and sounds of the African bush as you test yourself against the distance & challenges of an ultra trail run? If you are looking for a truly wild trail running adventure, then we invite you to take on the 100 Mile, 76km or 44km ultra-trail runs through the vast and beautiful Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.
Come and feel the excitement and thrill of running wild through the African bush!
Addo is the ONLY national park in the world that can lay claim to having the Big 7 (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, southern right whale and the great white shark). With race routes designed to test you both mentally and physically, the trails track the rugged Zuurberg mountains and beautiful valleys of the park.
You will be challenged to run on a wide range of terrain including single track trails, 4×4 tracks and old jeep tracks within the park itself, as well as some stretches of dirt road. You will encounter a large number of river crossings, and will also face some challenging climbs, with expansive views at the top that are simply amazing! You will be running in areas of the park that are home to a variety of wild animals, and you stand a chance of seeing animals such as kudu, impala, baboons, ostriches, bushbuck, black backed jackals, mountain reedbuck, red hartebeest, mountain zebra, warthogs and the largest antelope in the world – the eland! These have all been spotted on our route recces.
For safety purposes you are kept away from those areas of the park with lions, elephant, rhino or buffalo, but you are free to explore these areas before or after the race. We are exceptionally privileged to be able to present an ultra trail event in this amazing location, and to provide our athletes with the opportunity to see and experience it from such a unique perspective.