Cape Town - On Monday, September 22, Africa’s most
prestigious trail run kicks off at Nature’s Valley in the Tsitsikamma National
From Nature’s Valley, the Otter Trail Run presented by Salomon and Gu
will move east, including crossing the Bloukrans River, for 42km and end at
Storm’s River Mouth. Contestants will have a maximum of 8 hours to negotiate
some of the toughest terrain known to the sport.
Cricket legend and more recently
Rhino conservationist, Mark Boucher, caught wind of the Otter Trail Run earlier
this year, and decided to set himself the challenge of completing the grueling
run to raise awareness for his charity, the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy.
“I was always a highly competitive athlete and have been a bit of a
runner throughout my career. Since retiring from cricket, I’m always looking
for ways to challenge myself physically, and the Otter seemed the perfect fit.
I also thought it would be a great platform for my charity because the Otter
Run falls on World Rhino Day.”
To help Boucher in his cause, he
enlisted the services of trail running legend and good friend Ryan Sandes, to
run the route with him and make sure he finishes within the allotted time.
Sandes, a former winner of the Otter, has had a phenomenal year on the trails
across the world. In light of his heavy year, he decided to join the run for
rhino’s as opposed to going all out and challenging for honours at this
“It’s a great honour for me to
support Mark’s charity. The Otter is one of my favourite trails, so to help him
get through it and raise awareness for a great cause is something I’m really
looking forward to.”
The race organisers have also put
their weight behind the charity. At the post event prize giving, they will auction
off the celebrity pair’s signed race jerseys in a limited edition Otter 2014
frame, the proceeds of which will go towards the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy.
In addition, an SMS shortcode has been set up for the public to donate R10 per
SMS. To donate, all you need to do is SMS ‘rhino’ to 48800.