Salomon Featherbed Trail Run 2014

The Salomon Featherbed Trail Run has been on the calendar for years now and considered a favourite by many. In 2013 I ran it for the first time and it truly is a special event, taking you on a sightseeing tour of Knysna with a ferry cruise to the start, and a scenic run taking in the West Head and the lagoon as you head to the finish across the old railway bridge.

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My Salomon Featherbed Coelacanth Trail Run 2013

Something magical happened for me in Knysna: I had lost interest in running the same old rocky mountain trails in Cape Town after the 2011 Otter Trail Run; after a few years of loving running wild, the sport seemed to have lost its appeal. The sweeping single-track and lush beauty of the Garden Route have wakened the wild in me, and my Salomon Featherbed Trail Run result is proof.

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Salomon Featherbed Trail Run 2013

The Salomon Featherbed Trail Run has become hugely popular, and forms part of the Knysna Big 5 Challenge. It offers you the unique opportunity to run through the Featherbed Nature Reserve on the Western Knysna Head, as well as across the railway bridge that spans the Knysna Lagoon. If that’s not enough: you get to the start via ferry!

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Salomon XT Wings 5 Hydration Backpack

Trail run organisers are getting increasingly strict on the gear that runners must carry on trail runs. It’s pretty standard now to be required to carry some form of each of the following: liquid, food, wet-weather gear, medical kit, space blanket. Whilst my preference is to run with my Salomon Twin Belt, and my Camelbak Octane XC has served me well on many runs, neither are capable of carrying much gear at all. I bought a Salomon XT Wings 5 Hydration Backpack to increase my carrying capacity.

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