- A FANTASTIC WAY TO START THE WEEKEND!
Trail running has become some what of a craze recently and one can understand why. There are some beautiful trail runs that take you up to views which you would never reach by car and, a whole lot of fresh air and exercise never hurt anyone, not to mention some food and wine at the finish!!
The TSIBA trail running series happens about once a month and each time on a different wine estate in a different are of the Western Cape.
The TSIBA Foundation is a not-for-profit business school which provides graduate education to those who unable to afford it, focusing on entrepreneurial and leadership skills. Most of the funds raised at the trail running series go towards the TSIBA Eden campus, near Knysna.
There is usually a 6km or a 12km run, the 12km being a second lap on the 6km course. This last weekend ended up being more of a 7.5km / 15km with some sneaky little climbs along the way, but spectacular scenery and very enjoyable nonetheless. The races usually start at 8am, with registration from 7am and a cost of R60 per runner. Most often dogs and prams are welcome on the farms and trails, so the events are usually very social and family friendly. This last run saw about 400 people participating. The events are sponsored by New Balance and Civvio, which means there are some great spot prizes at the end.
This last run took place at Groot Constantia wine estate in the Constantia Valley, one of the oldest and most historic wine farms in South Africa. It was really beautiful running in between the vineyards, up the mountain behind the farm and along the ridge where the view stretches all the way to False Bay, amazing way to start your Saturday morning!! Next time I will have to take the camera with on the run to get some shots and prove how worth it it is getting up that early on a Saturday morning.
There was coffee to help with the early morning cold and boerewors rolls and free wine tasting waiting for you at the finish. The Groot Constantia Sauvignon Blanc a lovely fresh, with hanepoot on the nose, slightly sweetish and very enjoyable white wine; and the Groot Constantia Shiraz, a slightly spicy but lighter, easier drinking Shiraz, were the two wines available for tasting.
A fantastic Saturday morning, a great atmosphere at the event and beautiful surroundings, as well as a worthy cause. We'll definitely make a plan to get to the next one.
The next run is scheduled to take place at Oak Valley Wine Estate in the Elgin Valley, Grabouw area on Saturday 27th July, 2013. Hopefully see you there!
Groot Constantia Road, Cape Town
021 794 5128
34 01’ 37,03” S, 18 25’ 28,84” E
Labels: Giving Back, Groot Constantia, Trail Runs