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Its TIME to GET YOUR VERT ON and #FeelTheBurn!

We’re excited to annnounce the first edition of the BURN SERIES – Vertical Trail Run Challenge.

Introduced in 2017 as a single event – the Valley Burn – the event has now grown to incorporate a brand NEW second race – the MOUNTAIN BURN.

The event brings the challenge of vertical trail running to the PE trail community, while at the same time allowing spectators to be a part of the action through the unique design of the courses.

Come and join us for a couple of fun days of testing trail running, while at the same time getting a chance to meet some of the amazing people and brands that make our local trail running community such an awesome group to be a part of.

There will be vendors, trail gear, food and of course beer on hand for you all to enjoy!

Burn Series Race #1 – The Valley Burn

Race Village Location:

Settlers Park parking lot, Baakens Valley

Race Options:

Spark VC: ~5km | 1 loop | ~250m vertical gain

Ignite VC: ~10km | 2 loops | ~500m vertical gain

BURN VK: ~20km | 4 loops | ~1000m vertical gain

Valley Burn Course:

Each loop is ~5km, with a total elevation gain of 250m, elevation loss of 250m and roughly 70% single track trail. This course will certainly test your trail and climbing skills. 

Each loop will start and end in the race village, and each race will encompass a different number of loops and consequent total elevation gain.

There are 5 significant climbs (and associated descents) per loop, and the entrants will run through the race village area twice per loop, making it a very spectator friendly trail event. Spectators are also welcome to explore this section of the Baakens Vally and cheer the runners on around the course.

Join us in the beautiful Baakens Valley and experience the challenge of vertical valley trail running!

Valley Burn Event Day Info

Online entries close at midnight on Friday 16 August.

Late entries will be taken on the day as well, but a R30 late entry fee will apply.

Race registration opens at 6:30am on Sunday 18 August.

BURN VK 20km race briefing will be at 7:50am

The Burn VK 20km starts at 8:00am

Ignite VC 10km race briefing will be at 8:35am

The Ignite VC 10km starts at 8:45am

Spark VC 5km race briefing will be at 9:20am

The Spark VC 5km starts at 9:30am

Prize giving will be at 10:30am or earlier if all runners are finished.

Medical support will be provided by ECMR.

Nuun will provide the runners with a hydration station at the end of each loop, but runners are advised to carry water as the course is quite challenging.

This is a green race, and as such any entrant caught littering will be disqualified immediately and will be pulled from the course.

There will be lucky draw prizes and some other surprises.

Course Records

Spark 5km Men: 00:26:24 Paul Mason (2017)
Spark 5km Ladies: 00:32:02 Annalise Scholtz (2018)

Ignite 10km Men: 00:55:45 Obey “The Law” Mtetwa (2018)
Ignite 10km Ladies: 01:11:00 Bianca Vermaak (2018)

BURN VK 20km Men: 01:39:09 Mvuyisi Gcogco (2018)
BURN VK 20km Ladies: 02:10:10 Tracey Campbell (2018)

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Burn Series Race #2 – The Mountain Burn

Race Village Location:

“The Dam”, Van Stadens (follow the markers from Crossways)

Race Options:

Spark VC: ~6km | 1 loop | ~410m vertical gain

Ignite VC: ~12km | 2 loops | ~820m vertical gain

BURN VK: ~18km | 3 loops | ~1230m vertical gain

Mountain Burn Course:

Each loop is ~6km, with a total elevation gain of ~410m, elevation loss of 410m and roughly 98% single track trail per loop, this course will test ALL your trail skills to the MAXIMUM. 

Each loop will start and end in the race village at the Dam, and each race will encompass a different number of loops and consequent total elevation gain.

There are 2 significant climbs (and associated descents) per loop, and the entrants will run through the race village area once per loop. Spectators are welcome to walk out onto the course and cheer the contestants on (and take in some of the amazing views as well).

Come and enjoy the Mountain Burn and experience the challenge of vertical mountain trail running!

Mountain Burn Event Day Info

Online entries close at midnight on Friday 23 August.

Late entries will be taken on the day as well, but a R30 late entry fee will apply.

Race registration opens at 6:30am on Sunday 25 August.

BURN VK 18km race briefing will be at 7:50am

The Burn VK 18km starts at 8:00am

Ignite VC 12km race briefing will be at 8:35am

The Ignite VC 12km starts at 8:45am

Spark VC 6km race briefing will be at 9:20am

The Spark VC 6km starts at 9:30am

Prize giving will be at 10:30am or earlier if all runners are finished.

Medical support will be provided by ECMR.

Nuun will provide the runners with a hydration station at the end of each loop, but runners are advised to carry water as the course is quite challenging.

This is a green race, and as such any entrant caught littering will be disqualified immediately and will be pulled from the course.

There will be lucky draw prizes and some other surprises.

Course Records

Spark 6km Men: 00:56:28 Noel Wilson (2019)
Spark 6km Ladies: 01:13:26 Annamarie Fouche (2019)

Ignite 12km Men: 01:57:16 Bernard Playdon (2019)
Ignite 12km Ladies: 02:03:28 Annelie Gregory (2019)

BURN VK 18km Men: 02:01:14 Mvuyisi Gcogco (2019)
BURN VK 18km Ladies: 03:16:06 Rebecca Jordaan (2019)

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Choose YOUR BURN Series Adventure

Click here if you want to enter the full Spark VC, Ignite VC or BURN VK series.

Series entries save 10% on their entry fee, and you also get the famous commemorative Burndana to add to your trail swag collection.

Spark VC Series Entry: R180
Ignite VC Series Entry: R230
BURN VK Series Entry: R400

Click here if you just want to enter the Valley Burn Spark VC, Ignite VC or BURN VK race.

We understand – life gets in the way sometimes, but we’d still like you to be a part of the fun. Yes – you’ll also get a Burndana 🙂

Spark VC 5km Entry: R100
Ignite VC 10km Entry: R130
BURN VK 20km Entry: R220

Couldn’t make it to run the Valley Burn? No worries – we’ve got your back. Click here to enter the Mountain Burn Spark VC, Ignite VC or BURN VK race.

And don’t worry – you get a Burndana too!

Spark VC 6km Entry: R100
Ignite VC 12km Entry: R130
BURN VK 18km Entry: R220

Results

2019 Valley Burn Results – [Download Here]

2019 Mountain Burn Results – [Download Here]

2019 BURN Series – Overall Results [Download Here]