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Molweni Trail Run, 2-day trail run in Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, 3rd & 4th May 2014.
Following a very successful Operational Workshop last week, all role players, partners and service providers are growing in excitement building towards the inaugural Molweni Trail Run, to be held in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve and the neighbouring township of Molweni, in early May next year.
All event partners and service providers came together to bring their insight and experience to ensure the success of the event. Topics from security and safety, to environmental management and the route were considered and discussed. Event Director, Graham Daniel, was complimentary of all the role players input and commented, “We are blessed to have such a positive, enthusiastic team of partners who are wanting to make this a truly memorable event. It’s very motivational to our team to put all their efforts into the event. The energy is tangible and the excitement is something very special.”
The event’s presenting sponsors Salomon welcomed delegates. Marketing Manager Jackie Moore opened by saying, “We have been waiting for a KZN event of this nature to come along and we believe that the Molweni Trail Run will become the premier trail run in the greater Durban area, hence our involvement.” Salomon partner with multiple trail events around the country and are a leading supplier of footwear and apparel to the outdoor market.
There is a major commitment and connection with the various communities that the race route covers. There is a partnership with the Molweni Trail Run and the Kloof Conservancy to assist and support projects which are related to the race. One of these is the Molweni River Community Park, along the banks of the Molweni River, connecting the Reserve with the Umgeni River. The trails to be constructed through the Park will form part of the run itself and will bring the participants in direct contact with the residents and their environment. The local school children will be on hand to assist at a water point and cheer the athletes on as they complete their 32km journey.
Emergency medical care is a major consideration for the event and the team from RescueTech will be on hand to ensure immediate attention to any incidents during the event. Mark Easton was reassuring to all delegates at the Workshop, that this will be taken care of by his team who have an excellent working knowledge of the Reserve and that they have planned accordingly to cover all possibilities.
TRAIL magazine, the official media partner for the event, presented the channels of communication to be used to share information regarding the event. Included is an extensive social media campaign, web event pages, print ads and a photo-essay of the event, showcasing the beauty of the Reserve. Founder Deon Braun commented, “We all love the outdoors, being fit and healthy and now we have a national-interest event sponsored by some of the leading lights in trail running on Durban's doorstep. I have no doubt this will grow awareness of the sport locally and nationally.” More at www.gomulti.co.za and www.trailmag.co.za.
There are entries available online at www.molwenitrailrun.co.za along with other event information for all interested parties. Entries are limited to 250 based on the stipulations of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. There will be other events on the weekend of the 3rd & 4th May 2014, such as the Mini-Molweni for Kids. Spectators are welcome and will be directed to specific ideal viewing points for both safety and logistical reasons.