On the 31st of December 2016 Lans Pepler (Owner of Onsite Events) walked up to the Italian Cross in the Miaspoort Hiking Trail with some friends. The history of the cross intrigued him so much that he started planning a run to the cross.
After almost 2 years and lots of planning and meetings with all the relevant role players the inaugural Vino De Montana Mountain Run will now take place on the 13th, 14th and 15th of September 2019.
The Vino De Montana will be an unique event that will include the proud history of the Italian Prisoners of War who built the original Du Toits Kloof Pass.
Day one will be a 5km prologue for all participants with a traditional braai afterwards to welcome everybody true South African style.
On stage 2 runners on the long route will make there way to the Italian Cross on top of the Huguenot Mountain Peak while running on some sections of the original Du Toits Kloof pass. As they enter the Miaspoort Trail a climb of 877m over 3km will await them. At the cross they will then traverse all along the crest of the Drakenstein Mountain back towards the Hawequa Scout Adventure Centre in Wellington.
Runners on the short route will run a 17km distance all along the “old” pass towards the tunnel where they will make a u turn back towards Wellington.
The dinner on day 2 will have an Italian theme to it to commemorate the proud tradition of the Italian POW that build the pass. +- 35km
Day 3 will take the runners on the long route to the top of Du Toits Kloof pass where they will turn left into the spectacular Hawequa Mountains where the route will meander through the mountains towards the Bains Kloof pass before heading down to base camp at the Scout Centre. +- 30km.
The short route (14km) on day 2 will run down towards Wellington where they will turn right towards the mountain to run on some of the best single track routes in the Western Cape.
Entry Fees: Only 300 entries in total
Long Run – 70km
Run Entry plus all meals – R1 800 p/p
Run, all meals plus luxury 3x3m tent with stretcher and mattress (Only 100 tents available) – R2 600 p/p
Run, all meals plus normal small 2 man tent with mattress – R2 200 p/p
Short Run – 36km
Run Entry plus all meals – R1 600 p/p
Run, all meals plus luxury 3x3m tent with stretcher and mattress (Only 100 tents available) – R2 400 p/p
Run, all meals plus normal small 2 man tent with mattress – R2 000 p/p
Runners will also be able book their own camp site at the venue at the same price as the normal small two man tent option..
For all the information on the event please go to http://onsite-events.co.za/
The 2020 event will take place on 11, 12 and 13 September 2020. Start planning!!!!