Athletics

R100k for OTTER record

Ricky Lightfoot (Jacques Marais)
Ricky Lightfoot (Jacques Marais)
Cape Town - Organisers and sponsors of the OTTER African Trail Run, to be held on September 22 this year, have put up a bonus prize of R100 000 to the first individual to finish the 2014 OTTER in less than four hours.

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:

Men

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)

Women

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)

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