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Merrell JHB Summer Trail Run

By Voets Toets Hiking


Team Voets Toets Hiking headed off on another beautiful day to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden South Africa. A trail running event headed up by Mountain Runner Events,
sponsored by Merrell was the order of the day.

The event had 15, 10 and 5.5 km routes on offer


The route was well-maintained and well-marked

Merrell shoes, walking stick (optional), water and fruit/snacks


The route was well-maintained and well-marked. The gardens and trail were absolutely beautiful with the lawns looking so lush and green! Despite us doing the shorter distance of 5.5 km, it was still a good cardio and whole-body muscle workout. The route is slightly technical with a lot of negotiating around rocks and loose stones. The marshals were amazing, always having a word of encouragement and cheering everyone on. Our route waterpoint was situated at the 3 km mark and was a welcoming site to see. It was well stocked with water, cool drinks, and an assortment of snacks ranging from watermelon, bananas, raisins and energy-boosting jellies. The panoramic views from the top of the mountain were breathtaking and well worth the climb. Towards the end, we could hear the Witpoortjie waterfall in the distance and knew our journey was reaching its end.

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Field Notes:

It was a traditional South African summer day, so enough hydration is essential. We didn't use our hiking sticks this time around, but if you need that extra stability, it is recommended. Our Merrell Footwear once again came to the party and provided us with much-needed grip and support.

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Trail Log:

This was a truly memorable experience with it being in such a beautiful setting and having the event run like clockwork! At the finishing line, all runners/hikers gathered under the shady trees for the prize giving, while munching on a lekker boerewors roll. This brought a nice close to a well-organised event. Thank you to Mountain Runner Events and Merrellsa for a fantastic family day out while enjoying what the gardens had to offer. Till next year! 👣