Cape Town - Now in its third edition, Race the Wild
Coast (RTWC) has rapidly become known as the toughest horse race on the planet.
The event takes place from October 19-27, 2019 and only 20 riders compete
in this prestigious limited-access event. RTWC is now open for global entries.
This new breed of long-distance
adventure horse racing is set amid the breathtaking scenery of the South African
East Coast. Over the course of five days a host of experienced international
riders, each riding three horses in the course of the race, will compete for
victory over 350km of rugged paradise from Port Edward to Kei Mouth. RTWC
blends the spirit of the frontiersman and the modern horseback adventurer - a
test of endurance, horsemanship, survival and navigational skills.
Says race organiser and 2017 Mongol
Derby winner, Barry Armitage: “RTWC is a complex multi-stage race, in which
riders must brave this challenging wilderness and swim rivers while keeping
horses fit for vet checks. It is no doubt the ultimate test of endurance and horsemanship for any
This is indeed the case, as supported by
the comments of RTWC veteran Stevie Murray (USA) made at the RTWC 2016
finish line: “When you’ve done the Mongol Derby you get to
thinking that nothing will ever compare again; I was wrong. RTWC is far more
technically and physically challenging, and the hectic but breathtaking terrain
has no comparison. I have never experienced such remote and enchanting beauty
in all my life.”
The event, produced by Rockethorse Racing, is
sponsored by international sports apparel brand KTC Limited. The race is open
to a global field and thus far, has caught the attention of competitors from
the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, Canada,
Mexico, Germany, Guatemala, South Africa and Australia. Last year’s event was
won by British rider, Rosie Riall.
According to Armitage, the challenge should not be
undertaken lightly. “Being physically fit is essential. There are some brutal
hills on this ride and some of the river crossings are daunting, so being
confident in water is a must,” he says. With around six major rivers that
require deep-water swims, and the expectation of rain, conditions will test
riders’ skills each step of the way.
If you think you have what it takes
to participate in this unparalleled adventure sport, contact Barry Armitage
directly on +27 (0) 83 393 5007 or via email:
For more information: http://rockethorseracing.co.za/
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