Congratulations for entering the OTTER African Trail Run 2019. This is the first out of a series of OTTER newsletters with valuable event related information.
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In just over 13 weeks Otter athletes will be lining up with some of the world's best trail athletes at the start of one of the toughest marathon distance trail runs on the planet.
By now you should have a nice base built up, and should start incorporating hills, steps and longer runs on weekends… yes that was a plural - you should be running for around 2hrs on both Saturdays and Sundays. .
If reading this has made you sweat behind the knees, don’t stress. Check on the Specific Otter Trail Training Plan . A great training guide to get you ready for the 2019 Otter. 

If you prefer a closer interaction with  2  of our Otter Winners, take look at the  next Training Camp hosted by Alpasfit  in Stellenbosch.

We've tailored the Otter experience; and better yet, given you the opportunity to gift someone the Race of a Lifetime. We still have a few of these entries available :

Premium Entry 

Includes the Standard Race Package benefits plus the following :

  • Automatic entry to the Otter Trail Run 2019
  • Priority registration & Prologue ( no queues)
  • Reserved Premium seats at Briefings and Prize Giving Ceremony
  • All Meals Included ( Pre-Race Dinner, Pre-Race Breakfast, Finish line After-Race Lunch, Awards Dinner)
  • Race Shirt – Official race shirt that can be worn instead of the BIB.
  • Otter Premium Goodie Bag
  • Complementary Massage
  • Complementary craft beer at Registration and Race day.

Angel Entry 

In addition to all the benefits of the Standard Race Package & Premium Entry, the Angel Entry includes the fulfilment of enabling an underprivileged athlete to participate in the event of their dreams.

This entry includes:

All Standard Race package + Premium Entry benefits for the purchaser of the entry.

The next benefits for the underprivileged athlete:

  • All the Standard Race Package benefits included
  • Priority registration & Prologue ( no queues)
  • Reserved Premium seats at Briefings and Prize Giving Ceremony
  • All Meals Included ( Pre-Race Dinner, Pre-Race Breakfast, Finish line after-race lunch, Awards Dinner)
  • The Donated entry includes basic tented accommodation 

If you missed the boat on getting your online entry to the Otter, you may get a second chance from registering on the waiting list. Registration costs R150 and will be donated to the event nominated charity.
As entries become available, they are placed in a lucky draw for candidates registered on the waiting list. Winners of the lucky draw will be contacted and given 48 hours to enter. Failure to enter within 48 hours will lead to removal from the list. 


Enter Waiting List


The Bloukrans River Crossing is the only spectators point on trail where your friends and family can come watch you in action. Without missing out on the Race Village activities, you will still be back in time to witness the first finishers cross the line.

Tickets must be bought in advance as we have limited spaces, these can be found on our Otter Shop.
Only Otter Spectator buses are permitted via an on route access point, absolutely no personal vehicles will be allowed.


This year our base of operations and Race Village will be located at the "De Vasselot Campsite", Nature's Valley.
Registration, Prologue Run, Briefings, Finish Line and the After Race Dinners, will be  at the Race Village. 
There is very limited accommodation on the Nature's Valley side of the park.The OTTER shop has still a limited amount of
HOUSES that you can book. As most of these houses are accommodating up to 10 athletes you might want to book a house and share with fellow participants via the OTTER Facebook Group.

The OTTER shop will also allow you to book for your Pre-race dinner and breakfasts should you prefer not to use the self-catering facilities or Braai areas that the houses and the campsite offer.
This year for the first time we have added the Deluxe Explorer Tent option which allows you to stay right in the park close to race village and Finish line. 

To Assist getting your Race Nutrition right, you will be receiving a GU Hamper  at race registration courtesy of our product sponsor GU Energy. This  will go a long way catering for your on-the-day race nutritional demands. 

To complement your energy supplements with actual food items like biltong, nuts , dried fruit , baby potatoes the GU Munchie point at the OTTER half way point will be the place to look forward to . However,  this food and GU station is for additional support and not sufficient to sustain your energy levels throughout the day. 

GU LIQUID ENERGY GEL- contains complex carbohydrates, amino acids & water.
The Liquid Energy Gel is based on the proven GU Energy Gel, contains 30 ml more water per gel and is therefore easier and quicker to consume. 
GU Liquid Energy Gel packs energy-dense calories in a portable packet to help sustain energy demands of any duration or activity. Packed with 100 calories, GU Energy Gel uses maltodextrin and fructose to deliver efficient energy and diminish stomach distress. 
 GU is easy to take, tastes good and provides exactly what you need for maximum performance. 
Available with or without caffeine , vegan, gluten-free.

Whether you choose to run the DASSIE or the ROCKRAT – be assured – every step over rocks, roots, pebbles, through riverbeds and up steep climbs is worth the effort – racing through the most pristine indigenous forests will offer fantastic views to the River Mouth and the Ocean and will let every trail runners’ heart jump of joy. The Dassie and Dassie Rockrat are perfect for athletes who:

  • want to be part of South Africa’s most competitive trail run;
  • want to be there when world class athletes cross the OTTER finish line;
  • are friends and family of an OTTER athlete and are keen to get active without missing their OTTER heroes finish;
  • want to run, but are not ready for the OTTER;
  • wanted to run the OTTER, but didn’t manage to get an entry;
  • simply love the trails.
More info here 

Entries are open @
Take care and enjoy some solid base training.
Your OTTER Team
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