So my entry to the PUFfeR 2013 has been confirmed, and the training has started! This Press Release just in from SSISA:
“TAMING THE PUFfeR” workshop
Presented by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in conjunction with New Balance and the Sweat Shop
“Running in Heaven – feeling like hell” is the legendary PUFfeR Trail’s race slogan. A more apt description is hard to find for the mother of all trail runs, which weaves its way pre-dawn from Cape Point over terrain of every kind, reaching its highest point at Maclear’s Beacon (1085m). The route passes through large parts of Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage site and biodiversity hotspot. It’s breathtakingly beauty showcases some of the world’s most unique vegetation types which runners will struggle to forget once they reach the end of their journey at the Oceana Yacht club, some 80km and many hours and adventures later. Not for the faint-hearted or the untrained, this trail run had its beginnings in 1995, with a field of just 18 hardy souls. Nineteen years later, in 2013, 150 hopeful trail runners will take on the challenge and attempt to tame the tempestuous PUFfeR.
Fish Hoek Athletic Club is the event organiser, and Race Director Andy Campbell has gone out of his way to find new partners to give the participants an “experience of a life-time”. As he sums it up “it’s all about the runners and I just want them to have a magical day in the mountains”. Teaming up with the 2013 event, but with an eye on long-term involvement, are Lipco Law for All, New Balance and the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA). Vera Nagtegaal of Lipco Law for All, herself a 2013 novice PUffeR entrant, is thrilled with the new race title sponsorship. She is actively working with fellow sponsors to make it a highly memorable day. New Balance are already well on their way to designing PUFfeR gear to delight entrants, and with their company slogan “Let’s make excellent happen” the runners couldn’t be in better hands (or trail shoes)!
Ensuring that runners feel less hellish when running in PUFfeR heaven is what the SSISA has taken on as their challenge! They have unique and specialised programmes to offer runners to make them “strong enough to run”. In addition, they are putting together an amazing workshop at the SSISA, in conjunction with the Sweat Shop, on Monday 24 June at 17h45, entitled “Taming the PUFfeR”. Prospective runners and aspiring entrants will be exposed to inspirational coverage of this majestic route; trail running guru and wonder-runner, Linda Doke sharing her gems of wisdom, along with some very practical and down-to earth advice from SSISA experts on solid training in the remaining two months; coping in adverse weather conditions; gearing up for the journey, as well as fuelling and hydrating during the event.
There will also be amazing lucky draw prizes up for grabs, including Sweat Shop vouchers, two head-to-toe New Balance gear vouchers, memberships at the SSISA gym, three vouchers from Lipco Law for All – giving each winner free legal advice and legal cover of up to R120 000 for a year ; stunning prizes from BUFF, as well as the incredible prize of ONE free entry to run the 2013 PUFfeR – assuming you didn’t get in!
This workshop is NOT to be missed, and we recommend you sign up soon to secure your seat! The entrance fee is just R65 and includes light snacks, some notes, and access to the best info out there on the PUFfeR. And of course you get to mingle with fellow equally nutty trail runners of all calibres. Registration kicks off at 17h30, and a cash bar will be available.
E-mail email@example.com without delay – put it in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there!