MTO Trails set to host AfricanX Training Run

January 29, 2018

AfricanX trail run coming up on MTO’s Jonkershoek estate in Stellenbosch. Photo: Tobias Ginsberg

The AfricanX Training Run #3 will take place at the picturesque MTO Trails’ Jonkershoek plantation (Stellenbosch) this coming Saturday, 03 February 2018.

The AfricanX Training Runs are open to the public and hosted under the guidance of former AfricanX winners Dawid Visser and Rohan Kennedy. The goal is to prepare runners for the 10th annual AfricanX Trailrun presented by ASICS that will take place at the Boschendal Wine Estate (Stellenbosch/Franschhoek) in April 2018.

“The trails in Jonkershoek are similar to that of the AfricanX Trailrun,” says Visser. “The athlete’s running strength is sure to be tested as there is a lot of climbing, while the terrain is mostly Jeep Track with rocky and hilly sections. The focus of this Training Run will be on stamina and getting runners ready and familiar with long climbs. Once the climbs have been conquered, runners will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Jonkershoek Mountains and MTO Group’s Pine Forests. A hydration pack is a must for this run as it gets quite hot and dry on the Stellenbosch trails.”

“MTO Trails is proud to be an official partner of the Western Cape’s premier three day stage trail run,” says Lawrence Polkinghorne, MTO Group CEO. “We’re excited to host an AfricanX Training Run in our Jonkershoek plantation. Trail running is never boring and is always breathtaking. Every view is truly spectacular. We are proud to be able to share the brilliance of Jonkershoek with each and every AfricanX entrant.”

The MTO Trails offers 7300km of forest roads and 250km of purposely built trails, built and maintained in MTO’s working plantations.

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