Windhoek Light Fish River Ultra 2019

Short review

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, surpassed only by the famous Grand Canyon in Colorado, USA. The Canyon is stark, rugged, magnificently desolate and harshly unforgiving.

On the 13th of July 1990, two South Africans, Bruce Mathews and Ronnie Muhl attempted to run the Fish River Canyon hiking trail in under a day. They managed to achieve their goal, eventually finishing in a total time of 11hrs 42min.

On the 16th of August 2003, four Namibians decided to better this record. They were Russell Paschke, Charlie du Toit, Coenraad Pool and Tommy van Wyk. They succeeded in their quest, finally finishing in a total time of 10hrs 54min.

On the 1st August 2012, the world renowned Ultra Trail athlete, Ryan Sandes, made his second attempt at this record. In 2011 he had to abandon his attempt as heavy rains resulted in dangerously high river levels and the threat of flash flooding. Ryan showed his class by smashing the previous record in a time of 6hrs 57min, shedding an amazing 4 hours off the previous time.

The Fish River Challenge is a non-stop self-supporting race whereby runners will be expected to complete the course in 24 hours. Water will be supplied at designated checkpoints that will also serve to monitor progress of the various athletes and provide updates to the organizers. The race will commence at the top of the world famous Fish River Canyon where the race village for the first evening will be positioned on the edge with magnificent views. From there, competitors will follow animal tracks and paths heading cross-country until they reach the point where they will descend into the Canyon. Once down in the Canyon, they will follow the river, with an occasional detour across wide meandering bends in the river, and will eventually finish at the wonderfully soothing hot springs resort of Ai-Ais.

2 reasons to go
  • The only Ultra Marathon that takes place in the Fish River Canyon
  • Bucket List event
1 reason not to go
  • Not for the faint hearted
Planned

Trail Running

Distance:

Ultramarathon

Type of Surface:

ground

Type of Terrain:

mountains

Charity

Organized since 2011

Short review

The Fish River Canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, surpassed only by the famous Grand Canyon in Colorado, USA. The Canyon is stark, rugged, magnificently desolate and harshly unforgiving.

On the 13th of July 1990, two South Africans, Bruce Mathews and Ronnie Muhl attempted to run the Fish River Canyon hiking trail in under a day. They managed to achieve their goal, eventually finishing in a total time of 11hrs 42min.

On the 16th of August 2003, four Namibians decided to better this record. They were Russell Paschke, Charlie du Toit, Coenraad Pool and Tommy van Wyk. They succeeded in their quest, finally finishing in a total time of 10hrs 54min.

On the 1st August 2012, the world renowned Ultra Trail athlete, Ryan Sandes, made his second attempt at this record. In 2011 he had to abandon his attempt as heavy rains resulted in dangerously high river levels and the threat of flash flooding. Ryan showed his class by smashing the previous record in a time of 6hrs 57min, shedding an amazing 4 hours off the previous time.

The Fish River Challenge is a non-stop self-supporting race whereby runners will be expected to complete the course in 24 hours. Water will be supplied at designated checkpoints that will also serve to monitor progress of the various athletes and provide updates to the organizers. The race will commence at the top of the world famous Fish River Canyon where the race village for the first evening will be positioned on the edge with magnificent views. From there, competitors will follow animal tracks and paths heading cross-country until they reach the point where they will descend into the Canyon. Once down in the Canyon, they will follow the river, with an occasional detour across wide meandering bends in the river, and will eventually finish at the wonderfully soothing hot springs resort of Ai-Ais.

2 reasons to go
  • The only Ultra Marathon that takes place in the Fish River Canyon
  • Bucket List event
1 reasons not to go
  • Not for the faint hearted

2 Trail Running races on 15 — 16 June 2019 in Fish River Canyon

100 km

June 15, 2019

100 km

from $

75 runners

usually take part in the race

100 km run course map

100 km

65 km

June 15, 2018

65 km

from $

Weather for Jun 15, 2019

72.22 °F

Wind: 4.28 m/s.

Clear throughout the day..

Very Good for running

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