Capestorm Ambassador Robbie Rorich has been working closely with a group of guys from Joe Slovo Park, assisting them with developing their running skills and encouraging them to keep on the trails. Now known as Trail Baleka, this group of talented individuals will be heading to the Dryland Traverse, a 4-day trail running stage race taking place from the 1st to the 4th of November. We wish them the best of luck!
Two years ago I met this group of talented cross country runners through an organisation called Run2Lead. They are all between 20 and 22 and live in Joe Slovo Park. Over this time I've organised training trail runs on Table Mountain and taken them to compete in local trail races. Their energy and excitement to run trail is tangible each time we run together. This is usually in the form of pre-race nerves with four or five of us driving to a race silently as the sun rises and then post race release filled with laughing war stories and a good shisa nyama or burger on the way home.
The Dryland Traverse will be our first stage race together, this means that for the first time we will all be totally immersed in the trail community for four days. The vibe at Dryland Traverse is electric (literally so with thunder storms in 2017) and the huge mountains that we get to run and camp in are awe inspiring. The race includes four stages adding up to about 80km of running, starting in the Cango caves, traversing the ridge-line of the Swartberg mountain range and winding through incredible valleys under some of South Africa's most epic peaks.
Sharing this experience with the team has been a dream of mine since we met, I can't describe how exciting it was to hear from the Dryland team that they would sponsor us four entries! Capestorm took us a step forward and organised full race gear for each team member, I know the gear will give them joy for many more years of racing and - getting a bit mushy - we can't really thank Capestorm enough for this amazing support.
A friendship began two years ago at the Dryland Traverse event between a trail running, forward thinking entrepreneur Andrew Hishin and I. Andrew has made every event that the Joe Slovo team has run possible and is making this amazing adventure happen for us due to his trail stoke, good heart and unending passion for the Dryland event.
The team members joining us on this trip are Phaks, DJ, Ronnie and Alfred. These four young guys are going places, albeit from humble beginnings, and I am proud to be a small part of their lives and privileged to share my love of trail running and the mountains with them.