Cape Town - With his
return to the Fish River Canyon Ultra, AJ Calitz has only one
goal: to break the course record.
On Saturday Calitz will again run the
100km route through the famed Fish River Canyon and the clock will be
Fish River Canyon Ultra was first held in 2011 on a route that was
approximately 83km in distance. The course was extended the following
year to include the boulder-strewn Day 1 section of the well-known hiking-trail
route to make it an even 100km.
allowed to plan their own routes through the canyon and they may take
short-cuts to bypass lengthy bends in the river. The only prerequisite is that
the runners pass through a number of predefined checkpoints. The shortcuts may
greatly reduce the total distance of the race but may also cost the
runners in time and effort if errors are made.
2012, independently and not during the race, Ryan Sandes made his second
attempt at running the classic five-day hiking trail route. His efforts were
rewarded with a time of 6 hours 57 minutes.
Calitz had his first shot at the canyon. He won the race in 8 hours 4 minutes
15 seconds, taking over two hours off previous winning times on the same route.
year I lost a lot of time due to lack of route knowledge; this year I have done
my homework and I've done a lot more mileage on flat and sandy terrain,"
preparation done, Calitz is focused.
year I have only one goal: to break the record. The first section of the route
will be a warmup for the record attempt. The weather forecast is good and
everything else looks perfect to run hard on race day."
excited to return to the Fish River Canyon. "This is one of the most
incredible and beautiful races I have ever done," he says. "I'm
taking my family along this year, so that will be very special."
starts at 05:30 on Saturday morning, an hour before sunrise. Calitz should
complete the route in time for lunch.
Event: Fish River Canyon Ultra
Date: Saturday, July 4, 2015
Venue: Fish River Canyon, Namibia. The race
starts from top of the canyon near Hobas and finishes at Ais-Ais.
Race Record: Men:
AJ Calitz, 8:04:15 (2014); Women: Linda Doke, 11:50:35 (2014)
Trail Record: Ryan
Sandes, 6:57 (August 2012)
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· K-Way (on
· The event
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Fish River 2014 - selfie (AJ Calitz)