.WHAT RACE ARE YOU RUNNING?RUNNING THE RACE OF ADVENTURE

Africa Calling – Formosa
Formosa: beautiful. Aptly so named and described respectively by renown explorer of antiquity, Bartolomeu Dias in 1488, when he first viewed this high point from Plettenberg Bay on the southern coast of the African continent. And so it is. Special for more reasons than this Tale goes into, at 1675 metres above sea level and straddling the provincia...
Africa Calling – expedition
One of the things we like about running inaugural trail races for the first time is the unknown and discovery, especially as there are no reference points of others to lean on. It makes the adventure just that little more exciting. There is not much that is unknown, except for each of us personally as we discover life, and in adventure travel there...
This is Africa
Traversing most of the continent of Africa and crossing the Equator into the northern hemisphere overland with our vehicle is a long way. It’s a real privilege and something we do not take for granted one bit. And although we think we can know everything going into an adventure such as this, or anything else in life for the matter, there will alway...
Africa Calling – Source
Even the source was questioned. Searching for and then subsequently discovering the source of the river Nile was not so simple, and even today the authenticity of its source is somewhat questioned. It all depends from which point of view or country one looks at it. Jinja Nile Bridge How do trails work? Based on subjective opinions, one is lead to b...
Equator
Crossing the Equator felt like crossing the finish line of a long, hard race. But it was different. Different because our race is not over. And we knew no matter how far and how challenging it was to drive from Cape Agulhas, Africa’s most southern point, to the line representing the equal distance between the Earth’s North and South Poles, there wa...
Africa Calling – Lake
Islands. Alone, yet paramount to the flourishing of the continent, Africa’s lakes boast something special that set them apart from anything we have ever seen. Their sheer size and magnitude gave rise to wonder as we were privileged to visit some of Africa’s lakes that are as big and diverse as the countries which they border, acting as though they ...
Life is Living
“Why am I doing this?” is a question I ask myself more than once when running a trail race. This is especially the case when I do not feel like being where I am for whatever reasons I conjure up in my mind as I keep stepping in navigating the uncertain trail ahead of me. Taking this question into everyday life we all ask ourselves this question or ...
Africa Calling – mission Man
There is not much surface left of our planet which has not been travelled, traversed, discovered or explored. And everything that has, has usually been done with a purpose or mission in mind. Wild flowers, Moffat Mission Station, Kuruman, South Africa. Yet what we see as being overtly missional in movement is not always the impetus for its executio...
Africa Calling – Kili Trails
Adventure is the intersection of more than one experience at a time. Typically trail running evokes this well because of the terrain that it is experienced in doing what we love to do – running in an environment where we are not normally in everyday, often inaccessible and keeping one’s feet dancing over terrain that is as unpredictable as life is....
Africa Calling – passage
Passage is a privilege no matter where one finds oneself, and this is highlighted through Africa with a vehicle. It doesn’t come by itself, its created. It is also very challenging, simply because its passage is so obstructed. Navigating each and every obstacle has come about only through realising that we are not only guests to its beauty (even th...
Africa Calling – desert life
It’s what lies beneath, what one does not see that gives rise to the beauty around us and the insurmountable joy in times of dryness that gives this colour to life. One has to be aware of these attributes in deserts in order to find them and then see what contribution they make in order to enjoy them. Deserts are hard places – often described as de...
Africa Calling – stepping
Trail running involves stepping, sometimes taking bigger steps than what is necessary or what we deem physically possible at times. We all take steps in life, it’s inevitable, both physically or metaphorically, small and big steps. We decide - we step and figure it out…we think you do too. We had our 5 year plan. It was all worked out. It was suppo...

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