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The Tusker


07 July 2021
https://tusker.run/ 072 293 4974 tusker@liveadventure.co.za

The Tusker is a 230 Mile, non stop, self navigated, semi-supported ultra trail run through the Eden To Addo Wildlife Corridor.

The roue connects tthe 3 mega reserves of tthe Addo Elephant National Park, the Baviaanskloof Reserve and the Garden Route National Park.

Runners will traverse 7 mountain ridges as they race through 5 of the 7 natural biomes in South Africa from the start in Addo to the finish at Diepwalle.

General Race Information

  • Distance: ~230 Mile Single Stage Race
  • Time allocated: 108 Hours
  • Elevation Gain: ~11500 Meters
  • Checkpoints: 15
  • Sleep Stations: 4

Runners will have a total of 108 hours to complete the race.

The route is UNMARKED, and must be navigated by means of the supplied GPX route.

All runners will carry trackers so that we can follow your progress and know where you are at all times.

Solo Entry

  • Drop bags allowed: 1
  • Race format: Single stage (non stop).

Solo athletes will be allowed 1 drop bag, but will have a choice of 2 locations at which to leave it - choose wisely!

They will traverse the route in a non-stop fashion until crossing the finish line.

They will be allowed to sleep only at designated Sleep Station Checkpoints, and for no longer than 5 hours at a time.

There will be cutoffs at each sleep station - these have not yet been finalised, and will be communicated to runners as soon as they have been.

Team Entry

  • Drop bags allowed: 0
  • Race format: Relay

Team runners will each run an ultra distance stage, approximate distances as follows:

Stage 1: ~79kms (Start to Sleep Station 1 / CP3)

Stage 2: ~88kms (Sleep Station 1 to Sleep Station 2 / CP7)

Stage 3: ~80kms (Sleep Station 2 to Sleep Station 3 / CP11)

Stage 4: ~65kms (Sleep Station 3 to Sleep Station 4 / CP14)

Stage 5: ~59kms (Sleep Station 4 to Finish)

About The Corridor

The Eden to Addo vision is to link three mega-reserves, the Garden Route National Park, The Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site and the Addo Elephant National Park by means of natural corridors to protect and restore the integrity of bio-diversity and eco-system functioning.

Climate change and rapidly accelerating loss of biodiversity is intrinsically linked. Fragmentation of the landscape is the greatest cause of loss of biodiversity.

Protecting and restoring natural corridors is the solution.

This race aims to assist the Eden To Addo Corridor Initiative through raising funds to assist them in carrying out their vision.

For more information, please visit the Eden To Addo website, or follow them on Facebook.

Become A Tusker Corridor Warrior

We wanted to make sure that this race was accessible to anyone, and we also wanted to make sure that we could meet our primary objective of raising funds for the Eden To Addo Corridor Initiative.

So we came up with the idea of the Tusker Corridor Warriors.

Corridor Warriors agree to become fundraisers for the Eden To Addo Corridor Initiative.

In return they are rewarded with a tiered discounted entry fee based on how much they raise.

Click here to see all the current warriors and their fundraising efforts to date

The way it works is as follows:

  1. You pay your deposit to secure your entry (R2500 - Solo / R5000 - Team). This is non-refundable UNLESS you hit the top tier of your fundraisinng target.
  2. We setup a BackABuddy.co.za profile for you that is linked to the special Tusker group under the Eden To Addo Corridor Initiative’s fundraising profile.
  3. You have until 16 June 2021 to raise the funds.
  4. For every tier you reach (from 1-7), you get a 20% discount on your entry.
  5. If you reach the top tier (Tier 7), then you get a FREE ENTRY, and your deposit can be refunded to you or you can elect to donate it to the corridor.
  6. We will do a recon on 16 June 2021 to see where you are, and depending on which tier you have reached, you will then have until 30 June to pay the difference in to secure your entry.

Here are some pactical examples of how this will work.

These examples are calculated on individual runner target tiers, but the same rules will apply to teams. Teams have a higher overall target as there are more people involved to help meet it.

Example #1

If you raise R2500 (ie. you reach Tier 1) by 16 June - your entry fee drops to R10k, of which you have already paid R2500, so you now only have to pay the balance of R7500 by June 30 to secure your entry. The R2500 you have raised is paid directly to the corridor project.

Example #2

If you raise R6250 (second tier) by 16 June - your entry fee drops from R10k (tier 1 discounted price you have already qualified for) to R8000, of which you have already paid R2500, so you then need to pay in the difference of R5500 by June 30.

Example #3

If you only raise R1000 by 16 June (ie. you don’t reach the minimum R2500 first tier threshold), then your entry fee stays at R12500, of which you already paid R2500, so you will then be liable for the R10k difference by June 30.

Example #4

If you raise R25000 by 16 June (ie. you reach the top tier), then your entry is 100% FREE!

We can then either refund you the initial R2500 deposit or you can opt to donate it to the corridor project.

The bottom line is that more you raise for the corridor, the less you have to pay to have an opportunity to run through this amazing landscape.