Race Info

The Swellendam Hiking Trail was revered in South Africa's as the number one wilderness mountain trail, a true six-day mountain wilderness experience through the magnificent Swellendam Mountains. The hallowed ground is now the setting for this iconic and brutally tough trail run. This is your chance to experience pure mountain running nirvana.  87% of the epic 55km race is on remote mountain hiking trail and, with 3 494m of vertical height gain over the entire distance, is not for the inexperienced solo mountain runner.

 

The 55km Marloth Mountain Challenge Ultra Mountain Marathon is a qualifying race for The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® and will give you four points toward qualification. 

 
EVENT DATE: Sunday, 24 September 2017
ENTRIES OPEN: Enter MMC
ENTRY FEES: Click here
EVENT VENUE: Marloth Nature Reserve, Swellendam   
Click here for overview and directions
DISTANCES:

55km MMC Ultra Mountain Marathon  
35km MMC Extreme 
24.5km MMC Lite

START TIMES: 55km Ultra | 06:00
35km Extreme | 08:00
24.5km Lite | 06:00
CUT OFFS: Click here for the pacing chart
Click here for cut off times

QUALIFICATION

MMC Ultra runners need to have completed one of the following events to qualify to run the MMC Ultra. This does not apply to MMC Extreme or MMC Lite runners.

 MMC ULTRA QUALIFYING EVENTS
Addo Elephant Ultra
Bat Run (sub 6:00)
Baviaanskloof Trail Run
Drylands Traverse
Four Peaks Challenge
Helderberg Mountain Challenge 24km
Hout Bay Trail Challenge
Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 38km
Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon
Marloth Mountain Challenge 55km
Mont aux Sources
Otter Trail (or Retto)
PUFfeR
Richtersveld Wildrun®
Spur GLB46 Ultra
Spur Silvermine Mountain XL SOLO (sub 5:30)
Skyrun (Lite & Full)
Table Mountain Challenge SOLO
Three Peaks
Laugavegur Ultra Marathon
Whale of Trail
Rhodes Trail Run
Ingeli Sky Marathon
Ultra Trail Drakensberg
Bastille 50km
Fish River Canyon Ultra 65km
Drakensberg Northern Trail (SA CHAMPS)

THE SWELLENDAM HIKING TRAIL IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND THUS NOT OPEN FOR PRE-RUNS, SCOUTING ETC. 

 

 Wildrunner is a proud member of the International Trail Running Association. 

 

Directions to MMC:

MMC

Race Info

Race Info

The Swellendam Hiking Trail was revered in South Africa's as the number one wilderness mountain trail, a true six-day mountain wilderness experience through the magnificent Swellendam Mountains. The hallowed ground is now the setting for this iconic and brutally tough trail run. This is your chance to experience pure mountain running nirvana.  87% of the epic 55km race is on remote mountain hiking trail and, with 3 494m of vertical height gain over the entire distance, is not for the inexperienced solo mountain runner.

 

The 55km Marloth Mountain Challenge Ultra Mountain Marathon is a qualifying race for The Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® and will give you four points toward qualification. 

 
EVENT DATE: Sunday, 24 September 2017
ENTRIES OPEN: Enter MMC
ENTRY FEES: Click here
EVENT VENUE: Marloth Nature Reserve, Swellendam   
Click here for overview and directions
DISTANCES:

55km MMC Ultra Mountain Marathon  
35km MMC Extreme 
24.5km MMC Lite

START TIMES: 55km Ultra | 06:00
35km Extreme | 08:00
24.5km Lite | 06:00
CUT OFFS: Click here for the pacing chart
Click here for cut off times

QUALIFICATION

MMC Ultra runners need to have completed one of the following events to qualify to run the MMC Ultra. This does not apply to MMC Extreme or MMC Lite runners.

 MMC ULTRA QUALIFYING EVENTS
Addo Elephant Ultra
Bat Run (sub 6:00)
Baviaanskloof Trail Run
Drylands Traverse
Four Peaks Challenge
Helderberg Mountain Challenge 24km
Hout Bay Trail Challenge
Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge 38km
Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon
Marloth Mountain Challenge 55km
Mont aux Sources
Otter Trail (or Retto)
PUFfeR
Richtersveld Wildrun®
Spur GLB46 Ultra
Spur Silvermine Mountain XL SOLO (sub 5:30)
Skyrun (Lite & Full)
Table Mountain Challenge SOLO
Three Peaks
Laugavegur Ultra Marathon
Whale of Trail
Rhodes Trail Run
Ingeli Sky Marathon
Ultra Trail Drakensberg
Bastille 50km
Fish River Canyon Ultra 65km
Drakensberg Northern Trail (SA CHAMPS)

THE SWELLENDAM HIKING TRAIL IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND THUS NOT OPEN FOR PRE-RUNS, SCOUTING ETC. 

 

 Wildrunner is a proud member of the International Trail Running Association. 

 

Directions to MMC:

Routes & profiles

Routes & profiles

All routes will be fully marked with signboards at any junctions and marker tags/flags between, but runners should familiarise themselves with the route beforehand as unforeseen circumstances may cause the markers to be damaged (extreme weather) or hard to see (fog, rain).

MMC Ultra Mountain Marathon
Start: Old Drostdy Musuem 06:00
55km
3 494m of ascent
3 494m of descent

WTG: GREEN 8B (What's this?)

MMC Extreme
Start: Goedgeloof 08:00 - Transfer leaves Old Drosdty Musuem at 06:30 Sharp.
Goedgeloof to Swellendam

35km
1 675m of ascent
2 243m of descent

WTG: GREEN 9B (What's this?)

Leaving the beautiful Goedgeloof hiking trail hut, one descends gently initially before making the 300m ascent to Warmwaternek.  Thereafter the route follows a spectacular traverse into the Proteavallei, ringed by magnificent peaks like Misty Point at 1 710m. 10km into the stage you will arrive at the Proteavallei hiking hut and checkpoint 3. From here the route turns onto the Kruispad heading south towards Wolfkloof. Using the natural features of the Kruispad ridge, the route very soon begins to drop rapidly towards the valley below and the trail brings you into Wolfkloof hiking trail hut (as well as checkpoint 4). This is also the location of the King & Queen of the Mountain hot spot.

From here here you are on a 300m hiding up towards Eenuurkop before traversing along in an easterly direction. Kliprivier and Hermitage Kloof force the first 300m descent, before another 350m ascent over three tiers takes you back up and behind Doktersbos, Koloniesbos and Duiwelsbos, before descending the Koloniesbos ridgeline and running the final 4km into the finish. For those who have given the whole 60km a go, running back into a busy town will be quite the change from the peace and tranquility of the Swellendam mountains!
 

MMC LITE
Start: Old Drostdy Musuem 06:00
Finish: Goegeloof, transfer takes runners back to start.
Swellendam to Goedgeloof
24.5km
1 668m of ascent
987m of descent

WTG: GREEN 8B (What's this?)

Starting at dawn in the town of Swellendam, where the South African Free Republic was declared in 1795, runners will make their way through the sleepy streets initially, before starting the slow and steady ascent towards the towers of Tienuur and Elfuurkoppe and up between the forests of Duiwelsbos and Wamakersbos. An easterly traverse follows before the climb up onto the ‘Hoek’ ridgeline and ‘Hoekrus’. An easy traverse takes you north towards Boskloof River, before making the ascent to the first checkpoint at the site of the former Boskloof hiking trail hut. Leaving here, the path gets steep quickly before once again traversing east along Drosterspas to Vulture rock. Lastly, the route turns back into the Zuurplats valley before the final ascent up and past Knuckle Rock and the steep technical rocky descent to Goedgeloof Hiking hut at checkpoint 2 and the end of the stage.

 

Registration & Entry fee

Registration & Entry fee

ENTRY & REGISTRATION

  • Entries will open at Midday on 21 June 2017
  • You do not need to be a member of an athletics club to compete in MMC.
  • Runners need to adhere to the minimum age limit as indicated in the Event Details.
  • To enter the MMC Ultra you have to complete one of the listed qualifying events below.
  • Online entries will close on 20 September 2017, or when capacity is reached.
  • Once all entries have been sold you will be placed on a waiting list and receive an automated email as and when space becomes available because of cancellation.
  • Upgrades and downgrades are allowed as long as the race to which you want to move has not sold out yet. I.e. if you entered the MMC Ultra and want to downgrade to the MMC Extreme or MMC Lite but this race has sold out already, you will not be able to downgrade.
  • Entries on the day will be accepted ONLY IF the maximum number of entries have not been reached by pre-entries and only runners who pre-entered will receive finishers' medals and finishers' prizes.
  • If late entries are available they will incur a R50 late entry fee on top of the normal fee.

ENTRY FEES & AVAILABILITY

  • The entry fee INCLUDES the following:
    • All Cape Nature permits and associated fees
    • Your transfer to the start of the 35km MMC Extreme.
    • Your transfers back from the finish of the 24.5km MMC Lite
    • A pre-event dinner on Saturday 23 September
    • MMC 2017 Multifunctional Headwear (Only for 55km Ultra) - to guarantee you receive multifunctional headwear on the day of the race you need to enter before 1 August 2017
Race Entry fee 2017 Early bird entry fee 2017
55km MMC Ultra R1535 R1455
35km MMC Extreme  R920 R875
24.5km MMC Lite  R700 R665

 

For full series entry fees click here.

PRE-RACE REGISTRATION

Compulsory pre-event registration and number collection 

  • Compulsory pre-registration will take place on Saturday, 23 September 2017 from 12h00 - 18h00 at the Drostdy Museum in Swellendam (directions).
  • All runners must have their kit ready for checking when they register on Saturday afternoon.
  • The compulsory kit check will be for all participants. There will also be spot kit checks during the event once en-route for the runners. 
  • There will be a compulsory race introduction and briefing at 19h00 on Saturday. 
  • It is your responsibility to arrive in time to find parking and complete registration/kit check.
  • Race briefing will include a dinner, this is included in your entry.

Up/Downgrades, substitutes & refunds

Up/Downgrades, substitutes & refunds

UP/DOWNGRADES

  • Upgrades and downgrades are allowed within the timeline described below as long as the individual race to which you want to move has not sold out yet. For example: if you entered the 55km MMC Ultra and want to downgrade to the 35km MMC Extreme will depend on the availability.  
  • Runners who wish to upgrade or downgrade to a different distance need to email the organisers on info@wildrunner.co.za to request this change NO LATER THAN 10h00 on Wednesday, 20 September 2017. 

SUBSTITUTES:

  • No upgrades, downgrades or substitutions will be allowed on the day of the race. 
  • In the event a confirmed entrant is not able to make the race and they have their own substitute and wish to transfer their entry, they will need to log into their online entry (via the link on the original entrant's confirmation email) and transfer their entry to their substitute, NO LATER THAN 10h00 on Wednesday, 20 September 2017.
  • The confirmed entrant will be responsible to collect the entry fee from the substitute and the substitute will need to log into quicket, NO LATER THAN 10h00 on Wednesday, 20 September 2017, before the substitute will be allowed to participate. This is for the substitute’s own safety and Wildrunner can not be held liable in the event of any damages that may occur directly or indirectly because of the substitute’s failure to register on our online system.
  • The substitute will need to pay a R50 substitution fee at registration. 

REFUNDS:

  • Due to the nature of the industry we are not required to refund entries other than for hospitalisation or death. However, refund requests will be dealt with on their own merits depending on length of notice of written cancellation received before the event and our ability to secure payment from another participant from the waiting list. Please note that we may charge a reasonable cancellation fee if the refund request is approved. 
  • Any refunds made will be paid within 30 calendar days.