Race Report: Bennie Roux – Mac Mac Ultra 50 Miler

My MacMac 100 miler was unfortunately hi-jacked by the Ultra Gobi, as the recovery from running a 100 miles would just take too long and I really want to be in top shape for the Gobi.

So I downgraded to the 50 mile and in hindsight I should have rather done the 46km. I promised to just take the 50 mile easy to rather build on my fitness but at about halfway the 3rd spot on the podium winked at me. The training run quickly turned into racing and had to work very hard to keep the Frenchman Fabrice Neybecker behind me.

The MacMac had an awesome vibe and I’m sure this race will grow into one of the biggest trail races in South Africa.

GEAR Garmin Fenix 5x GPS Watch Vital information!! Without seeing your progress and speed you could end up going too fast. I used a battery pack to charge, cause the information and navigation is that critical. Julbo Eyewear (Transitions lenses, so great i even had them on during night) The transition lenses made for running in any weather conditions.

Altra Timp was great on the technical terrain and river crossings. Zero drop and great cushioning allows for so much more natural control.

Ultimate Direction Mountain Vest 4 Pack The new Soft bottle system perfect quick refills, super light and breathable harness system, build for speed and racing.

Bennie Roux