The OTTER is a marathon distance trail event set in the backdrop of the Tsitsikamma forest on South Africa’s most renowned hiking trail, and is the only opportunity in which this famous trail is opened up to runners. Commonly known as ‘the Grail of Trail, the OTTER has established itself as South Africa’s premium trail running event.
The OTTER is run in alternating directions every year, creating two differing runs known as the OTTER Classic and the OTTER Retto (Otter spelled backwards). This year will see the Retto edition (West to East) of the race being run, which was first introduced in 2012 and is running its second edition this year.
Race director Mark Collins explained the thinking behind the incentive: “Over the past few years, the record winning time in the OTTER run has been steadily making its way towards the four-hour mark. This year, the R100 000 bonus aims to push athletes to achieve what was previously inconceivable. To witness an athlete run either the race in less than four hours would be something truly special and we’re more than happy to reward that effort.”
Previous OTTER Winners:
2009 - Iain Don
Wauchope 4:59:02 (Classic)
2010 - Andre Gie 4:48:23 (Classic)
2011 - Ryan Sandes 4:40:15 (Classic)
2012 - Iain Don Wauchope 4:23:24 (Retto)
2013 - Ricky Lightfoot (UK) 4:15:27 (Classic)
2009 - Sue Don
Wauchope 5:58:07 (Classic)
2010 - Jeannie Dreyer (Bomford) 5:17:12 (Classic)
2011 - Sue Don Wauchope 5:49:32 (Classic)
2012 - Krissy Moehl (USA) 5:25:59 (Retto)
2013 - Ruby Muir (NZ) 4:55:48 (Classic)