Simon Tshabalala took top honours in the 100km route of the inaugural MaxiRace Cape Winelands event in Stellenbosch recently.
His winning time was 14 hours, six minutes and eights seconds, with German runner, Guido Tagge in second place and South African Lyndon Nash third.
The womens’ race was a South African white wash with first place going to Anlize Enslin in 17 hours, 23 minutes, and joint second taken by Elizabeth Vogts and Catharina Calitz.
“With over 500 entrants at the inaugural MaxiRace Cape Winelands, we were very blessed to have had incredible weather to complement our amazing routes,” says race director, Nicola Collins from MaxiRace.
“The 100km route was definitely tougher than most people expected, but they all thoroughly enjoyed it, and the setting of the Cape Winelands meant the scenery at all times was amazing.”
The race, which is hosted by Stellenbosch trail running couple, Christiaan and Landie Greyling, and organised by Pure Adventures and Amoija Events, also included a 68km, 40km and 20km race.
Initially launched in 2011 in Annecy, France, the MaxiRace concept has since grown to include races in France, Sicily, Ecuador, China, Madeira and now South Africa.
To give back to the communities living along the race route, MaxiRace Cape Winelands has entered into a partnership with MaxiRace World, Pure Adventures, MTO and the charity Edunova with the aim of ensuring that the event will have maximum positive impact on the local communities.