Summer Event – KnysnaX Trail Run

31 December 2023

Date: 31 December 2023

Venue: Blackwaters River Lodge

Registration: 06h00 Sunday morning – 19km and 12km at Caltex Waterfront and 07h00 for the 6km fun run at Blackwaters River Lodge

Race starts: 19km 07h00 at Caltex Waterfront Drive, Knysna

12km 07h00 at Belvidere Railway Entrance

 6km fun run 07h30 at Blackwaters River Lodge

Late entries will be accepted with a R50 late entry fee.

Trail Running at its best. Spectacular routes for the KnysnaX Trail Series, once again partnering with host venue, Blackwaters River Lodge and Black Loerie Restaurant. The new out and back fun, flat, fast and scenic 6km route will cross the historic Choo-Tjoe bridge over the Goukamma river twice and takes you past a historic railway station. PLEASE NOTE: No water point on the 6 KM route!
Parking for the 6 km will be available at Blackwaters River Lodge. 6km starts at 07h30.

The 19 km race starts at Caltex, Waterfront Drive Knysna and the 12km race starts in Belvidere at near the railway crossing. Both races start at 07h00 and finish at Blackwaters River Lodge. Parking will be available behind Caltex and a shuttle service will be available from Blackwaters River Lodge back to Caltex after the race.

Please note: there’s no parking at the start of the 12km race! You will need to find your own way to the start.

First Shuttle back to Knysna Caltex will leave at 09h30 on Sunday Race day.
The 19/12km routes include spectacular bridge crossings and breathtaking scenery along the Knysna historic Railway and the 19 heads across the lagoon, past Belvidere into the Western Heads Conservancy where the routes join
A trail run not(Please note that the section across the lagoon is a neutral zone and no passing will be allowed on this section)



Please bring your own cup or bottle to enjoy some Oasis water at the finish line as we aim to be a waste free event. 


 6km – R100

12km – R250

19km – R350

Or alternatively scan the QR code to enter.

We are proud to be associated with the Western Heads Goukamma Conservancy. Included in your entry fee is a small fee that goes towards the Alien Clearing and conservancy of the extremely endangered Knysna Fynbos. Please visit their website to see how you can get involved with this fantastic cause.

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The Western Heads-Goukamma Conservancy’s purpose is to promote the protection of important indigenous ecosystems, species, archaeological and palaeontological sites, landscapes and geological features.

Rules and Regulations

– No refunds
– No substitutions, upgrades, downgrades will be allowed
– No need to wear Club Clothing

– Positive proof of ID must be shown in order to collect your race pack, NO THIRD PARTY PICK UPS ALLOWED.
– Only the event race number will be worn on the front of the vest
– This event is a waste free event. No plastic allowed on the route. No cups will be served on the route. Runners must wear their own backpacks to carry water. Waterpoints will have Water to refill backpacks.
– Do not run on the Golf Course greens, fairways or any parts not marked by the route director. Always follow route markers and marshal instructions.
– No swimming in the ocean or lagoon on the route
– Immediate disqualification if a runner:
*tampers with route markings
* is caught littering
* damages the trail or any vegetation
* disobey marshals

– Medical, Rescue, Marshal’s, and organizers decisions is final.
– Closing date for entries is as soon as entry cap have been reached for each race.
– Start chutes closes 5mins before race start. Arrivals after this time will not be allowed to start.

– Minimum age for entering is 14 for the Lite, 15 for the Full and 18 for Pro

– The runner arriving before you at a technical section determines the pace. Do not hassle or crowd a runner while an obstacle is being negotiated.
– The trail is designed with ample overtaking opportunities before and after obstacles. Do not “race” the technical sections.
– Remain in the order of arriving at obstacles as some queuing will be needed at certain obstacles.
– Waterpoints will have water. Runners are advised to carry backpacks with water. NO LITTERING
– This is a pre entry event
– No Smoking or carrying of lighters anywhere from you leave the start point
– Spectators are requested to remain at the Start/ Finish area.
– Start and finish venue is at Caltex Waterfront and Blackwaters River Lodge
– Cutoff time for the 6 km is 2h30min.
– Cutoff time for the 18km is 3hrs30min.
– You must be present at Prize giving to be in contention for Lucky draw prizes. All podium finishers must be at the prize giving to receive prizes. No prize money on amy of the distances.