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Entries to the 2017 PiA Solar Baviaanskloof Trail Run closed at noon on 19 August.

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Salute Our Rangers on World Ranger Day

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"World Ranger Day is observed on the 31st of July each year. It is the day to commemorate the many Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty. It is also the day to celebrate Rangers and the work they do to protect the world's natural and cultural treasures."

On behalf of our runners and Event Partners we applaud and give thanks to the team of Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency Rangers and the Honorary Conservators of the Baviaanskloof who preserve and protect the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve.

Rangers such as the ever cheerful Sebenzile Rwexu who was presented with his 'Legend of the Baviaanskloof' award in 2013 having completed three Baviaanskloof Trail Runs.

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Who will wear the spekboom crown in 2017?

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Spekboom is part and parcel of the PiA Solar Baviaanskloof Trail Run.

We run through it, around it, sometimes above it and every runner receives a spekboom tree to take home, plant, and showcase as not only a memory of the Baviaanskloof but also a visible sign of their personal eco war. 

Our first runners home each receive a spekboom crown to wear and then plant.

Previous winners of the spekboom crown and the Alan Ainslie bronze black rhino sculpture:

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Warren Pettersen SanMari Woithe (6th overall)
2010  
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 Hylton Dunn SanMari Woithe (12th overall) 
 2011 
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Christo Muller SanMari Woithe (13th Overall)
2012  
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 Grant Wolff Julie Truter (4th overall) 
  2013
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 Jacques Mouton Olivia Read (4th overall) 
2014  
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 Zolile Mhlahlo Marilyn Zimmermann (17th overall) 
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 Emil Hougaard Jessica Trollip (2nd overall) 
 2016
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Hanno Smit Marieke Roux (4th overall)

 Images: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures, Baviaans Run archives & Mariska Spoormaker

 

The perfect match

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Environmental awareness, the perfect match.

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The original 'No cup, no run' event.

Referred to by Trail magazine as "one of SA's greenest events, the originator of 'No cup, no run' and champion of spekboom. Green for the win"

... and PiA Solar the leading African-borne Solar PV Mounting Systems supplier and installer 

“The Baviaans Run is soundly eco-focussed from its no-cup-no-run rule to giving every participant a spekboom tree to take home. It’s a natural fit for PiA Solar which is a major player in providing solar solutions” said Colin Muller, Chief Executive Officer of PiA Solar. “We believe that the healthy lifestyle choices made by trail runners is an important part of eco-awareness, and of course being out in the spectacular Baviaanskloof wilderness is an added bonus not only for the runners but also for those PiA Solar staff who will be assisting as crew at the event. We are very excited about our involvement and extremely pleased to be partnering with the Baviaanskloof Trail Run. PiA's slogan is “your innovative solution partner”
 
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Legend of Legends Award

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The first 'Legend of Legends' Awards will be presented this year at the PiA Solar Baviaanskloof Trail Run.

On successfully completing three Baviaans Runs the 'Legend of the Baviaanskloof' Award is presented. This is a limited-edition, signed, framed artwork by world renowned wilderness sculptor and artist Alan Ainslie. Now in its third edition, the 'Legend' Award has traditionally been a drawing of a black rhino.

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The current 'Legend' Award

The 'Legend of Legends' Award will be presented to those who complete nine Baviaans Runs.

This award is a limited-edition print, framed and signed by the artist Alan Ainslie.

Only 30 prints have been made of the 'Legend of Legends' Award, fewer than are made of each edition of the 'Legend' Award.

While a black rhino sighting in the Baviaanskloof wilderness is a rare thing, as rare as the membership of the 'Legends', a sighting of a leopard in the Baviaanskloof is a very special thing. Rare to a high degree. For this reason, the subject chosen by the organisers for the 'Legend of Legends' Award is a leopard.

Alan Ainslie has captured an absolutely stunning image of a leopard for this very special and rather exclusive award. Fitting recognition for those who complete nine Baviaans Runs.

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The 'Legend of Legends' Award

The Baviaanskloof Trail Run is privileged to be in a position to provide our runners with such beautiful, relevant and tangible recognition of their efforts thanks to the generosity of Alan Ainslie and his unbridled passion for wildlife and wilderness.

 

Raw, unfenced wilderness

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It's raw

It's unfenced

It's wilderness

It's not manicured

It's bumpy, very bumpy!

It's the PiA Solar Baviaanskloof Trail Run

Add to the mix the large to extra-large four-legged local residents, maybe a few belly-slithering hissing viper-type inhabitants, the notorious skin-ripping scree and the much-treasured Alan Ainslie artwork and your very own spekboom tree to take home, makes for a combination that meets pretty much every trail running sensory and memory upload need.

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Every runner who completes three Baviaanskloof Trail Runs receives a framed, signed, limited edition art work by world renowned wilderness sculptor and painter Alan Ainslie

Did we mention our environmentally friendly world-first 'No Cup. No Run' Rule? *

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Images: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures & Baviaanskloof Trail Run archives

* A world-first, so we have been informed

 

Entries are open...

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Entries for the 2017 PiA Solar Baviaanskloof Trail Run are open

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Thank You ...

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As we prepare to bid 2016 farewell, thank you everyone who contributed to the 8th edition of the Baviaanskloof Trail Run

Thanks to

... our terrific Sponsors and Event Partners

... Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency for the huge privilege to run through their wilderness area

... the rhino, buffalo and others who kindly tolerated us intruding in their space for a day

... our runners, and their families, who joined us in the rugged Baviaanskloof

... the Baviaanskloof community for their warm hospitality, looking after our runners

... Alan Ainslie for the magnificent 'Legend' awards

... our energetic enthusiastic crew, and the rangers and staff of the Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency

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Powered by PiA Solar

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We are very proud to confirm that PiA Solar is partnering with the Baviaanskloof Trail Run as our Title Sponsor.

PiA Solar is the leading African-borne Solar PV Mounting Systems supplier and Installer of plant sizes ranging from commercial to utility scale.
 
Announcing the partnership, Colin Muller, Chief Executive Officer of PiA Solar said
 
“The Baviaans Run is soundly eco-focussed from its no-cup-no-run rule to giving every participant a spekboom tree to take home. It’s a natural fit for PiA Solar which is a major player in providing solar solutions. We believe that the healthy lifestyle choices made by trail runners is an important part of eco-awareness, and of course being out in the spectacular Baviaanskloof wilderness is an added bonus not only for the runners but also for those PiA Solar staff who will be assisting as crew at the event. We are very excited about our involvement”
 
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Overview 2016

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The headline summary for the 8th Baviaanskloof Trail Run would read -

  • Ideal running conditions, overcast with light rain 'up top' and misty rain at Start/Finish throughout the day
  • Runners enjoyed the hospitality at the PiA Solar 'picnic spot'
  • Hanno Smit took the win on a count-back, with Alan Mildenhall & Gavin Gresse taking the other podium spots
  • Marieke Roux took the ladies title following her 2nd position in 2015
  • Katherine van der Walt (2nd overall) was first 40+, and Hanno Smit took home two leopard spoor trophies (1st overall and 1st 40+)
  • Youngsters waiting at the finish for Mom/Dad/Oupa/Ouma enjoyed playing in the fresh air while drinking First Choice flavoured milk (toffee flavour was the hands down winner) 
  • Ford Ranger 4x4's worked hard all weekend supporting the event; with Eastern Cape Motors providing local support
  • A new group joined the 'Legends of the Baviaanskloof'
  • 'Legend of Legends' awards will start from 2017
  • The pristine remote roughness of the Baviaanskloof Nature Reserve wilderness area remains a stunning trail run area which the ECP & TA generously share and permit us to 'run with legends'
 
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