Keep your blood flowing this Easter with a fun-filled day on the trail

2014-04-10 00:00

WHILE most folks will be putting up their feet and chilling over the Easter weekend, there will be those restless souls keen to keep the blood flowing with some exercise of sorts.

They need look no further than the Umhlanga Easter Trail Run and Walk on Easter Sunday (April 20), which offers three routes meandering through bush, beach and cane fields. Gravel roads plus river and lagoon crossings also add to the experience.

For the hard-core athletes, the 16 km route should do the trick. This route sees athletes wading through two river crossings and a bridge crossing. For those somewhat daunted by this prospect, there’s the 10 km run/walk, with the feet getting wet on just one river crossing.

The gentlest option of all is a 5 km run/walk that takes place in a spectacular forest.

All three events start at 6 am, from the Millennium stage on the Umhlanga Promenade. Registration is on the day from 5 am, at the start, or at

“This Easter run should have something for everyone involved. The shorter distance has been added to encourage entry level runners and those who are keen to maintain their fitness to have a go, while also enjoying a family atmosphere,” said race director Buzz Bolton.

He added that the 10 km run is non-technical and fast. “This will offer comfort to Comrades runners who fear a twisted ankle will thwart their preparations for this year’s race on June 1. The longer route will take runners overs the spectacular N2 footbridge and through a refreshing bush section,” he said.

The run is part of the Umhlanga Easter Festival, and chairperson of Umhlanga Tourism, Peter Rose, expressed his satisfaction with the event. “This race gets better and better,” he said.

“It encourages hundreds of runners to our town and more keep arriving each year.

“We hope the trend continues this time around as well,” Rose said.

There is an entry fee for all three distances and prizes for each category winner. Visit for more information.

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