A mix of all our India trips in 2017 as we create our first ever Expedition India adventure race. It was most probably the craziest thing to do but a great success!
Confessions from the Heart
Lets start running this year!!
Is it your New Year’s Resolution to get fit and healthy?
Are you living in Johannesburg and always wondering what to do?
Join us at our Night trail running events in the heart of Johannesburg (4km and 8km course)
Our sporting events company, Kinetic, have organised the Night trail runs (4km and 8km) on different Golf courses, for the last 6 years in Johannesburg. So for those of you who have not yet attended one of our Night runs this is the short breakdown of the event.
Join on average 500 plus other fit enthusiasts on these beautiful nights! Different product sponsors adds to the excitement at the Prize giving, in the Clubhouse after the run. Trappers give Gift vouchers to all the winning categories. Gifts from Energizer, Capestorm and Hammer Nutrition. It looks like Christmas!!
All you need to do:
No worries if it looks like it might rain on the night. We just wait a few minutes so that the storm passes over and then we continue the run!
No excuses as this is the beginning of a new year! A new fit you!
This event is proudly sponsored by Energizer South Africa. So #LetsEnergize #Exploreafterdark
See you at our first run for the year on Wednesday night, 3 Feb 2016 at Bryanston Country Club.
And yes its part of Valentines theme so remember to dress in RED!!
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Lets Start with this Blog...
To be honest this idea was formed many moons ago, but time was running away with me and everyday so many other duties, issues, races, things to do, to organize, people to meet and do I need to say more. I am sure the person who is reading this knows exactly what I mean and if not count yourselves lucky to have a bit of free time...
This will be a journey where I will take you with us on our planning and scouting trips of our events and especially our "Heart" event Expedition Africa. We are in full swing with organizing next year's event 13 May - 22 May 2016 in the beautiful Garden Route. The Blog is about Adventure, business, family and the act to juggling it all...
For now I am going to call this Blog #itsallaboutlove . For those who are following me on Facebook or Instagram will see that I use that # plenty of times as I believe that in everything I do that must be my focus. Thus the reason for using this photo. It was capturing the moment of our lives. Standing free embracing the moment with our beautiful children enjoying the moment with us.
Race village is bustling with excitement as athletes from all over the world gather for this year's Expedition Africa. Over the past two days, athletes have trickled into Vanrynsdorp, meeting team mates, catching up with foreign friends and essentially reuniting their 'adventure racing family'.
Registration officially opened 09h00 this morning, where teams were able to collect their maps, submit their equipment for inspection, receive their unique race bibs and pose for their race 'mug shot'. According to Craig Geise, of the Expedition Africa media crew, there is a great energy and excitement at registration, with teams streaming in readying themselves for Sundays start.
Each year many hours go into the design and creation of the Expedition Africa race bib, to include elements that are significant to the hosting area. In 2016, fynbos represented the lush Knysna forest and the greenery within the Garden Route. In 2017, buffalo were featured, signifying the Baviaans region and this year, Heidi Muller has chosen to include the Namaqualand National flower, symbolic to this year's arid yet beautiful host region.
All 52 teams will parade this stunning new bib at the opening ceremony which takes place at Letsatsi Lodge this afternoon. This ceremony will officially welcome each team to Africa's contingent of the Adventure Racing World Series. Kallie Louw of the Namaqualand Municipality is amongst the speakers on the programme for the afternoon, including race organiser, Heidi Muller who will be the master of ceremonies. Race briefing will be conducted by Stephan Muller, walking teams through the important facts and information regarding this year's gruelling route of an estimated 560km.
Keeping with tradition, a flag parade will take place at 17h00 this evening, where each team will wave their representing country's flag from the Vanrynsdorp Museum through to Letsatsi Lodge. Letsatsi Lodge and Klawer Wines will then treat athletes, crew and organisers to a social dinner ending off day one of the events official proceedings brilliantly.
A three hour transfers to Expedition Africa's 'secret start' will commence at 06h00 on Sunday morning. With the live tracking element of this event in place; supporters from all over the globe can prepare their dot-watching stations for a 09h00 start via http://live.arworldseries.com/africa18/
This site conveniently features all race media content, social media highlights, race leaderboard and so much more, so get ready to sit back, relax and dot-watch your way through Expedition Africa 2018.
Photo: Bruce Viaene
It's that time of year again, where athletes from all over the globe ready themselves for Africa's grueling Adventure Racing World Series 500km event - Expedition Africa, commencing this Sunday, 20 May 2018.
Power Duo; Stephan and Heidi Muller have ventured through the Namaqua West Coast area since July last year discovering the perfect places that will showcase this spectacular yet arid land to all 52 teams taking part.
The route has been carefully designed to incorporate all the beautiful aspects of this magnificent area; not only exposing teams to such beauty but creating experiences that teams will unite over and develop the most memorable expedition. According to Heidi Muller "our goal for each Expedition Africa is to create life changing moments; this event takes heart and soul and if this event doesn't change you to some degree; then we have lost the plot".
Expected distances and disciplines have officially been released to teams, who are conducting their final mental and physical preparations. The estimated 556km race will challenge teams as they tackle the 8 leg event over a maximum of seven consecutive days. This hefty course will include a 50km paddle, 198km cycle and 59km trek/abseil to name a few.
According to athletes and repeat service providers, this year's Expedition Africa is a "going back to basics" race due to the remoteness of the event, large legs and desolate terrain. Athletes will need to prepare well to ensure dehydration is kept under control within the team, and navigation is spot on.
The small town of VanRhynsdorp will create the perfect race village, hosting all 52 teams and support crew over the next two weeks. Host venue; Letsatsi Lodge is already setup and ready to welcome each team as they arrive, register and attend all official pre-race procedures commencing from Thursday this week.
As part of the Northern Cape Famous Lodges; a collection of pristine Kalahari lodges that are ideally situated en route the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Letsatsi Lodge of VanRhynsdorp is the ideal stopover on along the N7 between Cape Town, Springbok, Upington and Namibia. This stunning venue will also feature as race Head Quarters, where organisers, crew, supporters and photographers will welcome each team as they cross the finish line which has been setup at Letsatsi.
Excitement is truly brewing all over the globe, as teams travel towards Namaqua West Coast over the next couple of days and anticipation for this adventure race of a life time. Follow this incredible event and witness your favourite teams chase down the winning title of thus year's Expedition Africa via the Live Tracking available from the comfort of your couch - http://live.arworldseries.com/africa18/. This site conveniently features all race media content, social media highlights and so much more, so get ready to sit back, relax and dot-watch your way through Expedition Africa 2019.
Preparations for the Expedition Africa 2018's closing ceremony is in full swing, whilst the remaining 14 teams of the 52 make their way to the finish line at Letsatsi Lodge. Over the past 24 hours, 38 teams have completed this year's gruelling 560km course, all bearing smiling faces as they crossed the finish line.
In 2017, race organiser; Heidi Muller created the #itsallaboutlove brand, one that flows through every aspect of the plans and preparations that have gone into creating Expedition Africa. The incredible fact is that adventure racing has truly become a love story, showcasing passion, love, torment, admiration, trust and a dedication to the sport itself. Physical, emotional and mental challenges are all obstacles teams may face when racing as one. "You may go fast as one, but you will go further as a team" shares Expedition Africa Photo Director, Bruce Viaene; a sentiment that motivates recurring entries into an event like Expedition Africa.
A unique friendship is created amongst four people when taking on the challenge of racing as a unit, especially when the task is to complete a 560km course by navigating multiple cycling, paddling and trekking legs in 7 consecutive days, with minimal sleep.
Whilst the final teams mission to conclude their Expedition Africa journey, finishers have congregated around Letsatsi Lodge throughout the day, sharing war stories and experiences of the race they've all just completed. Fires, music, wine, beers and lawn loungers have added to this 'rustig' and vibrant atmosphere as families and friends get ready to welcome these remaining 14 teams 'home'
Expedition Africa 2018 will officially come to close tomorrow evening at Die Keldery: Namaqua Wines in Vredendaal, when all 52 teams wave their country's flag high, and are awarded for their achievements in tackling such a race. Rankings will vary, featuring 'Full Teams' who have completed the 560km course and collected every checkpoint, 'Missed Checkpoints', and 'Partial Teams' who have crossed the finish line with less than the four members the teams started with. At this point, 38 of the 52 teams are ranked in the 'Full Team' category of finishers.
Congratulations are awarded to Russian team; Blizzard for their brilliant efforts in claiming this year's winning title and will now represent their country at the Adventure Racing World Championships later this year. The team have won their entry into this esteemed event, which will take place on Reunion Island from the 5th - 16th November 2018.
The show is not over folks... monitor the final hours via www.expafrica.live, show your support, send in your messages as Expedition Africa's real champions race their final legs. These remaining 14 teams have journeyed for the longest and pushed their bodies to no end... and so, the end is nigh.
Team Blizzard proved themselves as champions crossing the finish line at 07h50 this morning, completing the gruelling 560km adventure race in 94h55m. The Russian team showcased their worth, racing incredibly well over the past 4 days. A combination of brilliant navigation and perseverance on their final legs helped retain their growing lead on teams Sani/Best 4 Sport (RSA) and Omjakon (FIN)
The African component of the Adventure Racing World Series; Expedition Africa commenced on Sunday morning along the Namaqua West Coast. 52 teams took to the start line prepared for a challenging 'wilderness' race that would navigate them through an arid and desolate terrain like no other.
From the onset, South African team; Jabberwock set off at a furious pace, pulling away from the majority within the first leg, however they renounced their lead when Sani/Best 4 Sports showed their strength on the 50km paddle leg, and overtook the team, whilst Omjakon (FIN) followed closely behind them.
The newly crowned champions; Blizzard (RUS) continued to push themselves up the leaderboard after day one's 37km trekking leg, essentially playing 'cat and mouse' with teams Sani/Best 4 Sports (RSA) and Omjakon (FIN).
All three top teams selected to retrieve CP 22 A and endured the difficult bike hike section, a choice Sani/Best 4 Sports regretted, according to sources. During the course of day three, a heavy mist set in, creating incredibly difficult conditions for navigators, especially those who were sleep deprived. Team Blizzard collected each check point in good time, and relentlessly continued to race with minimal sleep.
"The misty and wet conditions the region experienced over the past 36 hours, made for a slow moving race, however these conditions did not take away from the 'race element' between the top 10 teams. In the 7 years Expedition Africa has been running, I don't think we have ever had such a competitive race, which has made the past few days very exciting" shares race organiser Heidi Muller.
Omjakon overtook the team and sped through TA 5 as night fell on day three. The Finnish team were hoping to keep their lead on the Russians, however were caught and overtaken during the challenging 59km trekking leg.
With the end nearing, team Blizzard continued to push through, reaching their final transition area at 23h09 last night. The team gained good time on their final leg, leaving Sani/Best 4 Sports and Omjakon in the dust as they tackled their last 57km cycle to the finish.
Organisers, supporters, media and sponsors welcomed the winning team as they crossed the finish line at Letsatsi Lodge. "The team truly gave the best performance! Their navigation was spot on, the team was fast through every transition and continued to race professionally and brilliantly throughout the 560km course" expresses Heidi Muller.
"We felt quite a bit of pressure to perform at this race, and upon arrival were unaware of the type of competition we were up against. After the very long paddle leg, we felt we weren't doing too well until the fourth leg, when we realised we could actually do this. We were passing teams and pushing ourselves, and so we pushed it to the end" shares Blizzard team captain; Evgeny Pochaev.
An exhilarating dot watching experience is expected throughout the morning as teams, Sani/Best 4 Sports and Omjakon race their way through to the finish line closely followed by Jabberwock (RSA) and Agde Raid Aventure (FRA).
51 teams remain on course, each challenging themselves to obtain every check point before reaching the next transition area. Steak n Kidney, Sleepy Dragons, Rogue and Keyhealth Nevarest Origin are expected to reach Transition Area 5 during the course of this morning, whilst others make their way to TA 6 and TA 7 throughout the day. This year's adventure playground; Namaqua West Coast has truly challenged all 52 teams competing in 2018's Expedition Africa, which has proved to be an adventure race of a lifetime.
Follow the excitement via www.expafrica.live as the remaining teams make their way to the finish in Vanrhynsdorp.