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Come and choose your Dirtopia trail at Muratie

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All routes will do a quick loop through the nearly ripe vineyards and morning views below Simonsberg, before climbing into the single-track above the cellar.Foto:
All routes will do a quick loop through the nearly ripe vineyards and morning views below Simonsberg, before climbing into the single-track above the cellar.Foto:

This Sunday, 22 January 2023, three distances start from Muratie Wine Estate, which caters for all levels of fitness as the year is in full swing. All routes will do a quick loop through the nearly ripe vineyards and morning views below Simonsberg, before climbing into the single-track above the cellar:

The 6 km route has wide easy trails on the ABC single-track, but go back to the Trail Centre via Exit trail.

The 9,5 km route will give runners more of a workout with more single-track and extra loops than the short route. There’s a refreshment station at the lookout point that you’ll hit twice. Then back to the finish via the famous Ho Chi Minh trail. A 13 km route is for fit runners, as the single-track will circle in the forests with various trails bringing you back to the finish. There’s a self-help water can about halfway and a refreshment station about 4 km from the finish.

All finishers will receive a medal and, of course, stand a chance to win prizes in the lucky draws, such as top-quality socks from FALKE, Sportsmans Warehouse vouchers and wine from the Muratie. The routes will have the Dirtopia signature single-track trails, fully stocked refreshment stations with Powerade and fruit plus Coke at the finish line.

Registration starts at 06:15 at Dirtopia Trail Centre and the longest distance starts at 07:10, with other distances following with 10-minute gaps. Walkers and children are welcome on the short distance, and prizes will be awarded to top male and female participants in each distance crossing the finish line. Coffee station will be open from early morning and grab’n’go breakfast wrap will be on offer here.

Make sure to book breakfast/lunch or even wine tasting at Muratie’s Farm Kitchen for sit-down meals.

Pre-entries can be done online at www.dirtpass.co.za until Thursday night, 19 January. Prices start at R130, while kids under 18 costs only R60 online. Please note that with all late entries there will be an additional fee. Timing for all events will be done with Amarider Trail Tags. No tag, no time. Tags can be rented or bought on race day.

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