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Run, ride, hike, be scared at Muratie

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Dirtopia offers outdoor enthusiasts two fun-run events and one sunset hike and, as always, with some mountain biking opportunities thrown in.Foto:
Dirtopia offers outdoor enthusiasts two fun-run events and one sunset hike and, as always, with some mountain biking opportunities thrown in.Foto:

Running enthusiasts can be sure to spend as much time as possible in the outdoors during October, the most beautiful month of the year in the Winelands, when nature blooms in mild weather.

Dirtopia offers outdoor enthusiasts two fun-run events and one sunset hike and, as always, with some mountain biking opportunities thrown in.

This coming Sunday at L’Avenir, all trail runners can celebrate the wildflowers near Stellenbosch on this picturesque wine farm with the Blooming Trail Run. Choose from an 11 km, starting at 08:00 or a 6 km route that circles through blossoming orchards, butting vineyards and, of course single-track sections – a signature of Dirtopia events.

Enter online by Thursday night at www.dirtpass.co.za as there will be lots of Sportsman’s Warehouse vouchers to be won in the lucky draws and for the top three Male/Female winners of each distance. Medals to all finishers and a refreshment station on the routes and at the finish line.

Massages will be on offer and there’ll be free samples from PVM energy, and the coffee, food and wine can be enjoyed afterwards on the lawns in front of the farm dam at the finish.

On Saturday 16 October, the Spring edition of the Sunset to Full Moon Hike at Muratie will take place from the Dirtopia Trail Centre. Breathtaking views of the winelands await as you hike to the look-out at the foot of Simonsberg. These hikes are not to be missed, as there is a wine station on the top while you enjoy your packed picnic! Only 3,5 km circular route, and it is do-able by all ages and fitness levels!

Any mountain bikers need to improve their technical skills on the trails? Then contact info@dirtopia.co.za to book for a coaching session with David Hogan. The morning of 16 Oct there will be a Fundamental class first, then a technical one and then for intermediate level riders. With a good talk session first and then on the trails.

End the month off by having a cackling good time running through the eerie and enchanted Muratie forest at the Halloween Forest Night Run presented by Sportsman’s Warehouse. So put your scariest costume on and have a fang-tastic night running this 10 km or 5 km trail run with friends and family. Starting at 19:15, just as the sun sets… bring your headlamp!

Special surprises, not only medals plus décor, trick or treat and delicious food and wine. Muratie is the perfect venue, with its historic feel and old-world charm. Inside the wine tasting centre there are cobwebs and dark corners to add to the theme.

Are you scared of what may be lurking in the forest? Go chase them ghosts away!

More information on www.dirtopia.co.za or text 0783433572 for any of the events.

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