The K2C Challenge – Trail Running connecting People and Nature
By Lazaro Sibaya
On 14 and 15 July, the K2C Team supported KZN Trail runners to host one of the most challenging events on the national Trail running event: The K2C Trail run.
On the first day, the runners ran from Franklin Park to Mariepskop and the second day in the Blue Canyon reserve at the foothills of the Escarpment. This annual event truly symbolises the links between the three biomes in Biosphere: the savannah, the grasslands and the Afro Montane forests and markets our landscape as a niche tourism destination.
Lazaro Sibaya, EM Programme was one of the runners that represented the K2C. “Running is my hobby. It gives me physical and mental strength. I started running with a dream to run the Comrades marathon. My dream became true when I ran my first comrades in 2017 which I finished in 11:42:44 time – big achievement for a Novice. I went on training hard to improve my qualifying time for better seeding. Shortly after joining K2C this year I went for my second comrades in June, with the aim of earning a back-to-back medal. I finished my down run with a big smile in 10:34:23 time. I earned a bronze medal.”
|Lazaro running the K2C|
He continued: “In July K2C afforded me an opportunity to participate in “K2C Challenge” trail run which was done in 2 days. I participated on the second day running from Blue Canyon game reserve and back to finish in Franklin Park - 19km. What an experience! The trail is the most challenging one. It started relatively flat with very steep hills and slopes after half way. It was my first trail run ever. I would like to participate fully (two days) next year if I could be afforded the opportunity again.”
The Event, supported by the K2C raised R38 800 for the Blyde Valley4 Trust, who is the new landowners of Mariepskop. “We appreciate the efforts that KZN Trail Running and the K2C Biosphere to support us” the Blyde Valley4 Trust Members said.