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The North Face Ultra Endurance shoes

You’ll tear up the trails (not your shoes) with the lightweight protection with the Ultra Endurance: a versatile trail running shoe that delivers a stable ride and unparalleled traction.

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Good results from South African runners at IAU Trail World Champs

The eight Team South Africa athletes participating in the IAU Trail World Champs in France on Saturday can be proud of their results on the gruelling 85km mountain course. With 5,300m of vertical elevation gain, the runners knew going in that this race would be anything other than easy. K-Way athletes AJ Calitz and Nicolette Griffioen ran strong from the start to hold onto their positions and maintain consistent splits as they passed through the […]

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AJ Calitz setting his record 12 laps in 2013. photo Trevor Wilkins

Defying gravity and fatigue at Platteklip Charity Challenge

This Saturday, Table Mountain’s Platteklip Gorge will see trains of runners attempting multiple ascents of the 800 double-size steps at the annual K-Way Platteklip Charity Challenge. The participants have around 11 hours, from sunrise to sunset, to get in as many laps as possible; a thigh-busting challenge that has been dominated in recent years by K-Way athlete AJ Calitz.   Calitz first took on the Challenge in 2012. He won and set a new course […]

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Rukadza, Calitz retain AfricanX title

      This year’s ProNutro AfricanX was a tough race made especially grueling by high temperatures, with 41 competitors failing to complete the three stages. From Friday 13 March to Sunday 15 March, the teams raced through 90km of varied terrain in Grabouw. Team KWAY, AJ Calitz and Bernard Rukadza emerged as winners for the second time in 6 hours 46 minutes. Thabang Madiba and Eric Ngubane of Salomon Men arrived in second place […]

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AJ and Eric in the lead at UTMM photo Terra Firma Trails

Calitz, Griffioen win SA Trail Champs at Mount Moodie 2015

AJ Calitz has won the South African Ultra Trail Championship at Ultra Trail Mount Moodie (UTMM) on 31 January in 9 hours 9 minutes. The runners started with a perfect day but battled lightning, thunder, rain, mud, fatigue, and wind to complete the 87km race through the Misty Mountains in Mpumalanga. A month ago the provisional SA Ultra Trail team was announced, and AJ Calitz, who wasn’t even on the provisional list, will be heading […]

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AJ Calitz took his third Red Bull LionHeart title with a new record of under 26 minutes. photo Craig Kolesky / Nikon / Red Bull Content Pool

AJ Calitz and Landie Greyling retain LionHeart titles

It took gargantuan efforts from defending 2013 champions AJ Calitz and Landie Greyling to retain their Red Bull LionHeart titles but they did it, in Cape Town’s infamously temperamental weather. This time, competitors had to battle 30km/h winds although they could enjoy sunshine at the same time. Some of the country’s top trail running talent gathered on Cape Town’s Lion’s Head to compete in the third edition of Red Bull LionHeart. After making their way […]

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Lion King aims for the Sky

November is an ambitious month for record-setting trail runner AJ Calitz. With the high-intensity Red Bull LionHeart event only a week before the ultra-distance Salomon Skyrun, he will be changing gears and attempting to stand on the podium at both events. On road, the equivalent would be a 5,000-metre track champion aiming for Comrades glory. Can the K-Way athlete do it? Two years ago Calitz set the pace at the inaugural Red Bull LionHeart, a […]

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Otter Retto 2014

Don-Wauchope & Greyling win close Retto Otter African Trail Run battles

The 2014 Otter African Trail Run (presented by Salomon and GU) delivered a world-class showcase of trail running along the pristine coastline of the Tsitsikamma National Park. Now in its sixth year, the Otter African Trail Run has established itself as the premier trail running event on the African continent. South Africa’s leading trail athletes descended on race headquarters at Storm’s River Mouth just north of Plettenberg Bay for registration and a technical 4.5km prologue […]

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Calitz hungry for OTTER crown

This Sunday, K-Way athlete AJ Calitz takes on South Africa’s ‘Grail of Trail’, the Otter African Trail Run. South Africa’s most iconic 42km race has been held on the Otter Trail hiking route since 2009, and attracts a deep field of competitive local and international athletes. The race this year has posted an additional challenge to these runners – with a sizeable reward. Each year the race route alternates direction to create two differing runs […]

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Records set to fall at 2014 Otter Trail Run

Local and international trail legends tackle the Grail of Trail The evening of Thursday 4 September was the launch of the 2014 edition of the Otter Trail Run, the most prestigious one-day trail running event on the African continent. The launch, hosted at the Two Oceans aquarium in Cape Town, set the stage for what is widely referred to as “The Grail of Trail” taking place later this month. The Otter takes place backdrop of […]

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