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Marloth Mountain Challenge 2018

09 October 2018
Words by Kim Stephens The last in the 2018 Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird, and Wildrunner is not underplaying the “we saved the beast for last” line. Sunday 7 October saw the culmination of intense preparation and training roll out in to a two-day mountain festival in the beautiful, sleepy town of Swellendam. Runners joined the crew from 12 noon on Saturday, going...

Marloth Mountain Challenge 2018

27 August 2018
With little more than a month until we hit the road to Swellendam for the grand finale of the Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, Amplified by Jaybird, it is time to cast our collective gaze towards the brutally beautiful event that lies ahead. The Marloth Mountain Challenge takes place on 7 October 2018, on the hallowed wilderness trails of the former Swellendam Hiking Trail.  If you like an...

Marloth Mountain Challenge 2017

26 September 2017
26 September 2017 On Sunday 24 September 2017, the Swellendam trails were bursting with spring blooms, and big mountain racing. The grand finale of the 3-part Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series® delivered on all the promised vertical ascent, technical descents, breath-taking views and challenging single track pleasure that has earned the Marloth Mountain Challenge its notoriety. The three race...

Record breaking Marloth Mountain Challenge

05 October 2016
Records crashed on the extreme, technical skyrunning trails of the Marloth Mountain Challenge (MMC) held in Swellendam on 24 September, with top runners Bernard Rukadza and AJ Calitz jointly breaking the 55km record by 11:57, setting a new record of 7:05:41. Calitz commented: “Magnificent, gruelling, but stunningly beautiful, and running with my brother Bernie was great.” In near perfect weather...

Pack Right - Marloth Mountain Challenge

19 September 2016
Regardless of which distance you’ve entered at the Marloth Mountain Challenge, you need to arrive at the start line both physically prepared as well as adequately prepared in terms of kit and nutrition. It’s is a challenging event, and even the shortest route has trail runners reaching altitudes of higher than 1000m, which means unpredictable weather that may change without any warning and cooler...

Run the Marloth Mountain Challenge like a pro

25 August 2016
Prepare, train and run the Marloth Mountain Challenge like a pro! 2015 women’s winner, Katya Soggot, tells you how! When last year’s Marloth Mountain Challenge Ultra Skymarathon® women’s winner, Katya Soggot, comments that “the full 55km is a monster; mentally and physically it was one of the toughest trail runs I’ve done,” you know you’re in for a big day out. Don’t be afraid though, instead...

What goes up must come down | Tips for coming down a mountain

18 August 2016
With close to 3500m of elevation gain, the Marloth Mountain Challenge Ultra Skymarathon® is no small feat. Mountainous, technical terrain over a grueling 55km will challenge even the fittest and most experienced of runners. If you’re running it for the first time, your training plan no doubt includes a fair amount of uphill climbing, but it’s important not to neglect the fact that you need to...

How to Climb

02 August 2016
The Marloth Mountain Challenge Ultra Skymarathon® is no small feat. 55km of technical, challenging terrain and around 3500m of elevation gain. Bet your glutes tweaked at the thought of that! Top South African pro, Ryno Griesel, is no stranger to mountains, in fact, he relishes in them.  Griesel co-holds the men’s and overall 220km Drakensberg Grand Traverse record with Ryan Sandes (they did it in...

Getting to know the Swellendam Hiking Trail

28 July 2016
The Marloth Mountain Challenge Ultra Skymarathon® (MMC) is a 55km grueling trail race, with roughly 3494m of elevation gain and 3493m of descent over the course. Starting and finishing in the small, quaint and historical town of Swellendam, trail runners spend roughly 90% of the race inside the Marloth Nature Reserve following the paths and trails of the Swellendam Hiking Trail, a tough, six-day...

'Aint no Mountain High Enough - Marloth Mountain Challenge

08 June 2016
With June already upon us, it’s a great time to take stock of your trail achievements thus far, and plan your calendar for the second half of the year. There are loads of incredible races to choose from, but if a unique wilderness, pure trail and authentic high mountain experience is what you’re after, then it’s time for you to consider the Marloth Mountain Challenge. Whether you want to attempt...