Sometimes you need something new and refreshing to get you outdoors into the sunshine, clean air and nature. Something to improve your physical and mental wellbeing – it can be as intense or relaxed as you want. A fun filled off road Triathlon in the Karkloof might just be that something fresh you need!
The Woolworths X-Tri is back at the Karkloof Country Club on 26 March for its second year with an even bigger, more exciting event than the much loved debut in 2022. There will again be a variety of levels so that everyone can find a race that meets their needs. And there will be great prizes for the top performers and lucky draw prizes for all participants.
What the Karkloof Woolworths X-Tri triathlon is all about
This family friendly off road Triathlon series is out to nurture a culture of outdoor focused healthy lifestyles while raising funds for the Woolworths Trust, making a positive difference in education and food security programmes around South Africa.
The Woolworths Trust
The Woolworths Trust seeks to improve education and reduce food security issues through partnerships with The National Education Collaboration Trust, Living Soils Community Learning Farm, FoodForwardSA and others around SA. You can learn more about it here.
What makes WW X -Tri such a great event?
Aside from just being a fun day out and doing it for a good cause, what makes this X-Tri series, that went national in 2022, so great? Let’s take a look at some of the highlights!
For starters the locations are perfect for a day trip or a weekend away. The picturesque Karkloof is the first to host an event in 2023 on 26 March, followed by Buffelspoort in Gauteng on 10 September and Paul Cluver Family Wines in the Western Cape on 3 December.
Events / courses
At each of these stunning venues you will find a range of event options to choose from so that you can find the right challenge to suit your fitness level and ambitions, challenging yourself and having a good time in a beautiful place while you’re at it!
- 40km X TRI
- 17km X TRI LITE
- 12km RUN 4 FUN
- 5km RUN 4 FUN LITE
- 3km WALK 4 GOOD
You can find the detailed breakdown of the different event here
Team or solo
Doing something new is cool but doing it with your mates is a whole lot better. One of the fun aspects of the WW X-Tri is the option to do the triathlon in a team relay format where each team member completes a leg of the course! Grab 2 mates and team together or get six of you involved and go head-to-head for bragging rights. If you’re competitive and wanting to train for something bigger, go solo for the full experience!
What is the vibe like?
The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, but the vibe is energetic and exciting! The Woolworths X-Tri events are for family and friends and people of all fitness levels. We embrace the beautiful surrounds of each venue and its people.
Woolies coffee is on sale before, during and after the events, top class refreshments when you cross the finish line, an enclosed and safe kids zone and amazing Country Club food at the restaurant to satisfy any appetite after a good day out on the course!
What makes the Karkloof so perfect?
Green rolling hills and vast pine forests, your shoulders can’t help but drop at just the thought of this magical little corner of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The region is packed with 100s of km of single track that is praised amongst the running and cycling community; and which the Woolworths X-Tri make extensive use of!
The Karkloof is a comfortable driving distance from Joburg and Durban with a plethora of cozy accommodation options to call home for the weekend and a range of quaint coffee shops and curios to check out while you’re in the area.
Take a ride on the Canopy Tours, visit the majestic falls, you have more than enough to see and do so make a weekend of it! (check out www.midlandsmeander.co.za for more info on the area)
If all of this appeals to you, head over to wwxtri.co.za and don’t delay because entries close on 21 March! We’ll see you in the Karkloof for a day out of fun in the sun! You know you want to.