The La Capra Goat Run, an annual favourite from Fairview, will be taking place this year on Saturday, October 15. This trail run begins and ends at Fairview Wine Farm in Paarl and is held in aid of numerous charities, including Drakenstein Hospice, Boland Autism, Sunfield Home, Wellington Lions Club, Paarl Mountain Reserve, and The Sunflower Fund.
Trail runners can expect a real treat of a route, climbing out from vineyards onto the fynbos slopes and upper areas of the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve. For the more fun-minded, family-oriented groups, there’s also a short Fun Walk that’s free for kiddies.
The event caters for all levels of trail runners. There are the entry level 5km and 8km routes, and for the more adventurous “goat runners”, the challenging 15km and 28km “extreme” options, which include summiting the Paarl Rock, the second largest granite outcrop in the world (after Uluru in Australia). Ascending the “Pearl” is a memorable experience, as one feels so small, trickling over its vast slope. The panoramic view from the top is something to behold, with Table Mountain and the sea in the West and the Boland Mountains in the East.
The diversity in the “extreme” course includes climbing to a plateau of tranquillity that invites some fast, open running on a packed jeep track that circles around dams. There’s a single-track dip through a botanical garden, and once off Paarl Rock, one descends (hundreds of stairs) through thick indigenous forest. Back onto the lower fynbos slopes, it’s a mere meander back to Fairview to join in the festivities.
All sorts of food and drinks (including La Capra and Fairview wines, and locally brewed beer) will be on offer, to enjoy on a large lawn area. With hundreds of people expected to partake, the vibe is bound to be fantastic.
Prizegiving includes plentiful Fairview goodie spot prizes, and the heartening, generous donation of proceeds from race entries to the event’s charitable beneficiaries.
All participants can look forward to a goodie bag that includes a La Capra T-shirt, Fairview cheese, yogurt and wine, a Fairview wine tasting voucher and discount vouchers valid on the day.
Enter online via www.entryninja.com. Alternatviely, call Ellane van Wyk on 072 764 4015.
Entry fees varies depending on the distance:
28km – R450
15km – R250
8km – R180
5km run – R180
5km fun walk – R180 (kids walk free of charge but will not receive a goodie bag)