Black Mountain Challenge

23-24 March 2019, Black Mountain Hotel & Spa, Thaba Nchu
Enjoy one of the Free State top mountain challenge event.

 

The 2019 Bestmed Black Mountain Challenge, day 1 will be the 35km Mountain Challenge and Day 2 the Big Sky Trail Run 10km trail run with combined distance of 45km for the overall Extreme Challenge participants over two days.

You can enter any one of the two events or do both stages “EXTREME Challenge”. Come enjoy the beautiful well known mountain of Thaba Nchu near Bloemfontein that offers a challenging route & easy yet beautiful Trail run, the mountain Challenge winning time 2017 was 04h02 (distance was shorter route 27km).

Both events are hosted from the Black Mountain Hotel & Spa, the hotel is big enough to host big majority of our participants. Family & friends can entertain themselves at hotel from game drives or game horse back ride to put-put, beautiful swimming pools, or go swim in the indoor hot spa pool to relax those aching muscles, use the spa or other facilities like bar with big screen, restaurant, movie theater, etc.

To make booking at hotel visit www.blackmountainhotel.co.za (the online bookings of hotel accommodation have been blocked so you will have to call hotel directly to make reservations as hotel is reserved for BMC participants)

 

Bestmed BMC Extreme Challenge Day 1 & 2:

 

 
Day 1 & 2 Extreme Challenge Package: Bestmed Black Mountain Challenge 35km & Bestmed Big Sky Trail Run 10km Trail run with combined 45km distance, there’s only prize money for the overall winner of Extreme Challenge with best combined times of two stages, the category and race day winners do not receive prizes & will have to participate in Extreme Challenge to stand a chance to win the grand prize.
 
 

 

 

Bestmed Black Mountain Challenge 35km (Day 1, Saturday):

Day 1 (Saturday)

Bestmed Black Mountain Challenge

Distance: 34km (Extreme Mountain Trail Run with Technical Terrain, Altitude & GPS Navigation)

Altitude Gain: +/- 1016m

Compulsory Gear: Click Here to View Compulsory Gear

Time Start: 07:00 am

Level of Fitness: Average Runners to intermediate hikers

Estimated Duration:
Advanced Runners 4h00-5h00,
Intermediates Runners 5h-06h00,
Average Runners 6h00-7h00,
Hikers Walking 7h-8h30.

Cut-off Time: 17:00 (3km/h average speed, Day light will determine cut-off should it get dark sooner, those not completed yet after 10 hours will be picked up)

BMC Race Package Includes:

3 Fully Stocked Beverage & Food Check Points:
CP1 De Foot – 12km Refreshments & Lite snacks)

CP2 God’s Eye – 16km Only check point
CP3 De Poort – 23km Fully stocked Oasis Pit-stop water point with everything from Food, Coffee, Refreshments, refill your hydration, snacks, energy bars, chocolates, fruit, jelly babies, etc)

CP4 The Posts – 29km Fully stocked Oasis Pit-stop water point with everything from Food, Coffee, Refreshments, refill your hydration, snacks, energy bars, chocolates, fruit, jelly babies, etc & ER24 with Ambulance waiting to assist you)

WP1 Big Sky Photo – 33km Have your photo taken at the giant photo frame with Black Mountain behind you.

Finish Hotel – 35km take a break, swim, eat your Black Mountain burger, order a drink at pool bar, enjoy the music and chill or book yourself into the spa.

Finishers big BMC Medal.

Custom designed BMC Race Shirt that’s yours for keeps.

Awesome Goody Bag (One Goody Bag per participant doing BMC).

Includes Conservancy fees.

ER24 crew & ambulance.

BMC is Partially marked route on the Black Mountain section only, but GPS is highly recommended on mountain as well and is compulsory for the Extreme 35km BMC event.

Amazing experience in luxury you deserve.

 

 

Bestmed Big Sky Trail Run 10km Trail Run (Day 2, Sunday):

 
 

Bestmed Big Sky Trail Run 

Distance: 10km (Terrain easy flat Jeep Track)

Altitude Gain: +/- 90m

Compulsory Gear: Click Here to View Compulsory Gear

Time Start: 07:00 am Sunday 

Level of Fitness: From Beginners

Gear: No compulsory gear required

Estimated Time to Complete:
Advanced Runners 1h-1h30
Intermediate Runners 1h30-2h00
Average Runners 2h-2h30
Beginner Runners & Hikers (walk) 2h30-3h30 (Cut-off 12pm)

Cut-off Time: 10:00am

Bestmed Maria Moroka Race Package Includes:

2 Beverage & Food Check Points:
WP1 – 4km Refreshments & Lite snacks & ER24 waiting to assist you
WP2 – 8km Refreshments & lite snacks also the Big Sky Photo spot. Have your photo taken at the giant photo frame with Black Mountain behind you.

At Finish enjoy the delicious & famous Big Black Mountain Burger & Chips at pool bar.

Finishers Big Sky Medal

Big Sky is a marked route.

ER24 crew & ambulance.

 

1km Bestmed Kiddierun:

1km Bestmed Kiddierun
Distance: 1km
Time: 07:45 am Sunday 
Kiddierun medal at the finish line for each kid that finished

Other Links:

Click here to Enter

Click here to view Event Disclaimer

Click here to view Compulsory Gear

GPS Routes GPX files from website click to Download

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