Namaqua Quest | 3 Day Trail Running Stage Race

INDULGE IN NATURE’S MOST MAGICAL DISPLAY

OF COLOUR AND BEAUTY

Event Information

EVENT INFORMATION

The Namaqua Quest 3 day Trail Run and Mountain Bike events takes place in the famous Namakwa, Northern Cape, South Africa. Namakwa is known for flower covered valleys, rugged mountains, ancient canyons carved by the hands of time and plains with grazing Gemsbok, Zebra and Springbok. Experience natures’ magical show of colour and beauty during the world’s largest and most spectacular natural flower show in beginning September in Namakwa, Northern Cape.

You will cycle or run in 3 different areas over the 3 days, over private property, game reserves and communal farms. Day 1 will be amongst the Copper mountains, covered with flowers and along the copper trail outside the small town of Okiep, a town rich in history on the copper mines. The next day you will cycle or run inside Goegap Nature Reserve where you will be able to see some Gemsbok, Springbok, Eland, Ostriches and other smaller antelopes. The last day you will cycle or run over a private farm just outside Springbok and experience the famous granite koppies (small hills) of Namakwa with patches of various colour of flowers in between the koppies as if different colour of paints were dropped from the heavens.

The Race village is at the Okiep Country Hotel where we will have all our meals each evening with a slide show of the beauty and fun on the day’s run and bike. The vibe, food and hospitality of the Namaqua Quest trail run and MTB events are amazing as the whole town gets involved with the event in some way. Each day’s lunch will be included wherever you finish the event.

There are 2 distances to choose from at the Namaqua Quest events to make sure that everybody in the family can have FUN. The unique thing about the Namaqua Quest is that the Trail Run and the MTB events takes place over the same weekend, so if 1 person in the family don’t run, but cycle, both can have FUN over the same weekend, enjoy the race village and companionship of other riders and runners.

3-DAY TRAIL RUN EVENT INFORMATION

When: 13-15 September 2024
Where: Springbok, Namakwa
Race Village: Okiep Country Hotel, Main Road, OKIEP
What: South Africa’s most colourful 3 day trail running stage race
Format: Solo

EVENT LIMITED TO 200 ENTRIES ONLY – ENTRIES CLOSE 25 AUGUST 2024

ENTRY OPTIONS & COSTS

  • Substitutions will be allowed until 15  August 2024.
  • Payment plan available – One third deposit when entering and the rest in two installments.

ENTRY FEES :
3 Day Stage Race – R4,950.00

INCLUDED IN YOUR ENTRY

  • Route permissions and permits;
  • Gougap Entry Permits;
  • Well stocked waterpoints on route;
  • Bike Mechanic on route;
  • Cederberg Brewery Finishers beer every day;
  • Light Lunch at finish of Day 1 and Day 2;
  • Prize Giving Lunch Day 3;
  • Professional Photographs and slideshows in the evenings;
  • Medical Assistance;
  • Finishers medals;
  • Event Attire;  and
  • Goodie bag.

Additional (optional) packages and merchandise

  • Meals
  • Extra prize giving lunch for family and friends
  • Hotel Accommodation, double or twin – Okiep Country Hotel

REGISTRATIONS AND RACE BRIEFING

  • Registration will be from 17h00 to 20h00 on Thursday, 12 September 2024.
  • No registrations on race morning.
  • Race and stage briefing at 19h00 every evening at dinner as well as on the morning before the stage start.

SPORT MASSAGES

Studies show that massages increases recovery and improves performance in multi-stage events (and it feels great!) so you will be in good, experienced hands for your daily “fix”.

Motion Me is a bespoke Physiotherapy practice in Springbok in the Northern Cape, passionate about patient care and are excited to assist with the Namaqua Quest. They will be supplying sports massages, strapping and ice & heat packs in order for participants to reach their maximum performance.

Cost : R250 for 30min

Bookings can be done as follows :
Email  :  motionmephysiotherapy@gmail.com
Call     :  0847908167

Motion Me

RECOMMENDED GEAR

  • “Wind proof” jacket
  • Space blanket
  • Cell phone with the emergency number (082 579 7595) saved on it
  • Water (for long route)
  • Snacks
  • Whistle

Other useful items (not compulsory):

Sunblock, sun glasses, small camera, positive attitude and a sense of humour.

SAFETY / MEDICAL

  • Comprehensive EMS will be present at the event
  • A full medical team will be present at the start of each day to ensure every athlete is fit enough to take part.
  • The same medical staff will also be present at the finish of each stage to ensure assistance for any athletes in need.
  • Safety and route briefings will be held before the start of each stage.

RACE CATEGORIES

Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for male and female, in both distances.

GOODIE BAG

Each stage race participant will receive an event specific goodie bag including event attire.

WATER POINTS

There will be a total of 2 water stations per day placed at strategic points along the route each day.

CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY

  • No refunds is payable unless we have to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case your entry will be transferable.
  • Entries are not transferable.
  • NO EXCEPTIONS (INCLUDING MEDICAL).

This event will take place regardless of bad weather and will only be cancelled, re-routed or stopped for reasons of Safety, Act of Nature or by any reason out of our control. In this event, entry fees are NOT refundable, but will be transferable to a next event.

STAGE INFORMATION

 

DAY 1 : LEMMERHOEK TRAIL (Springbok Inn Hotel)
Full : 24km 
Sport : 12km 

DAY 2 : GOEGAP NATURE RESERVE (Goegap)
Full : 20km 
Lite : 10km 

DAY 3 : COPPER MOUNTAIN TRAIL (Okiep Country Hotel) 

Full : 25km
Lite : 14km

 Please note :  At the discretion of Event Organiser and Route Director, routes can be changed at any time due to Covid Regulations or for safety reason.

 

ROUTE PROFILES

MEALS

  • Breakfast Dinner included in Okiep Country Hotel rooms.
  • Light lunch at finish for all participants.

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

Race Village at Okiep Country Hotel, and has the following available :

HOTEL ROOMS
Single or Sharing Rooms – includes breakfast and dinner included

Contact hotel directly for bookings : info@okiep.co.za

CHECK IN 12 September 2024 14h00
CHECK OUT 15 September 2024 11:00

Rooms available :
Twin Rooms (two single beds)
Double Rooms (double bed)

OTHER ACCOMMODATION

SPRINGBOK INN COUNTRY HOTEL

For bookings at Springbok Inn Country Hotel, contact : 027 7181832

 

MOUNTAIN VIEW GUESTHOUSE

 

 

TRISPORT

Namaqua Quest MTB is organised by Trisport.

Trisport is a South African company based in the beautiful Cape Garden Route region of South Africa. Founded over 20 years ago by dynamic husband a wife duo, Hano and Sonja Otto, who combined their sporting passion and ability to create this exciting venture. Trisport specialises in designing and organising a range of multi-day Events and small Boutique Tours including Hiking, Mountain Biking, E Biking, Trail running,  Scuba Tours, Canyoneering and Abseiling.

Having competed Internationally for many years as professional endurance athletes, both Sonja and Hano know exactly how to design and run INCREDIBLE Adventure and Activity Holidays in SPECTACULARLY scenic regions of South Africa. You will always be met with a great smile, a warm heart and you will leave with a host of new friends.  Why not TriSport and sign up for one of our events!

Trisport also offer customised Boutique Events and Active Team building. Contact Sonja on sonja@trisport.co.za

 

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