Race Report: Bennie Roux – Karkloof 100-Miler

Defending my title to defending my pride

 

It is difficult to imagine running nonstop for 100 miles (161km).  Very little athletes take-on these ultra events and this year only 100 on the start line.

How far is 100 miles?

Pretoria CBD to Villiers (Freestate N3)

or

Johannesburg CBD to Bela-Bela

or

Cape Town CBD to Gans bay

 

Training for such an extreme event takes lots of determination.  Ever since I read Born to Run – Christopher Mcdougall and Ultramarathon man – Dean Karnazes, I had my running dream and that was to run a 100-mile trail, lots of them!!

Training for this event is another couple of chapters in my life, but I won’t bore you guys with all the details.  

Let’s jump right into race day.  I was jumpy and stressed, but all went better the moment the gun fired.  The first part of the race was quite runnable, easy running on dirt roads and easy trails. Friday Night 8 pm, while normal people are having friends over for a braai, we set off into the darkness for 100miles of running.

We started very easy at about 6min per km, a few guys got away from the main bunch, some kept away and some were caught a few miles further.

My stomach was not playing along, and I knew it was going to be a long night and day!!  Non the less I put up a fight all the way to halfway.

After the turn, I was completely flat and had no energy, I really wanted to quit, but in my books, it is DEATH BEFORE DNF  (did not finish).

 

I phoned my wife Isabel for some sympathy, and she had it very clear, she asked whether I’m injured or sick….. I replied NO, she then firmly said that I will finish the race no matter what!!!   – I love my wife! ☺

 

Gear

  • Julbo aerolite UTMB  eyewear
    • The transition lenses made for running in any weather conditions
  • Altra Lone Peak 4 shoes
    • Great grip and support.  I loved them, not a single blister.
  • Tailwind Nutrition
    • Really all you need all day
  • Ultimate Direction Race Vest
    • The new soft flask system perfect quick refills, super light and breathable harness system, build for speed and racing.
  • Garmin Fenix 5x GPS Watch www.navworld.co.za
    • Vital information!!  Without seeing your progress and speed you could end up going too fast.
  • Injinji Socks
    • An absolute must when running long distances with wet shoes, not a single blister!!

Respect to all, even those with DNF (See you next year!!!)