|Saturday, March 18, 2006
Today, 38 runners are competing in the Addo Elephant Trail Run. The event includes a 100-mile (160 km) and 50-mile (80 km) race through the Addo Elephant National Park.
The 100-mile race begins in the arid northern section of the Park at Darlington Dam while the 50-mile race begins in the town of Kirkwood.
Contestants will end the grueling trail run in the main camp of the Addo Elephant National Park.
The trail run has once again attracted international interest from France and Holland, as top South African trail runner, Bruce Arnett, defends his number one 100-mile position from last year.
The Addo Elephant National Park is sponsoring two local runners, Michael Hendricks, last year's 50-mile winner, and Chris Antonie, who took third place in the 50-miler. In addition the Park will sponsor entrance fees for Michael Ngunyana, another Kirkwood Local. Sponsorship will greatly assist these locals, who last year competed without the aid of proper running gear, impressing all with their success.
Issued by: South African National Parks
Enquiries: Megan Bradfield - Social Ecologist
Addo Elephant National Park - Tel. (042) 233-0556 or 083 6508649