Platteklip Charity Challenge

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Table Mountain Summit: Runners will get to see this a few times on the 25/04

My name is Lucas (@lucasradams), and apart from dedicating myself to the start-up that is Nifty250, I am a trail-runner. I’d like to introduce the K-Way Platteklip Charity Challege, which is an annual trail-running event aimed at luring nutters like myself (and possibly you) to dedicate their blood, sweat and tears to putting one foot in front of another for the sake of charity. The organisers describe the event as such:

“On the 25th April 2015, 200 intrepid athletes will attempt to see how many times they can summit Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge for Charity. Each lap is 5.5km in distance, 760 metres of climbing, and will take approximately 2 hours on average. The route up Platteklip Gorge includes 800 double size steps over a distance of 2.1km. Once at the top, the contestants need to run to the upper cable station, catch a lift down and then run back to the start.

In 2015 we are supporting South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) and our goal is to raise R800 000.00 on the day.

In the past few years this event has given more than three million rand to worthy causes. All donations are tax deductible and audited. Please click here to sponsor a contestant.”

The fund raising element is based on a bid per summit/lap whereby you firstly define your Rand amount, then choose the number of times you would like to sponsor the runner. Anybody (fitness advised) can take part, but be warned there is a grueling minimum requirement of x4 summits, and each individual needs to raise at least R2000 to be able to take part.

Last year ‘The Ginger Ninja’ – AJ Calitz – set an incredible World Record by completing 14.5 laps before calling it a day, and I expect to see many brave souls attempting to come as close as possible in 2015. For each full lap starting at the base of Platteklip Gorge, runners are rewarded with a cable car ride down from the cable house, before heading back to the start line to set off once more.

Much like the elevation gain, I think the odds are stacked against me, but I’m extremely excited to see how far I can push myself and I hope to see as many of you out on the day in full support of those crazies slogging it out on the jagged edges of our beloved mountain. If you feel so inclined, please support me here. You’re awesome!

2014 Platteklip Challenge: The A.J Calitz machine in full swing.

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The Pipe Track: easily accessible, and a treat when the clouds sweep inward.

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India Venster Hike: a challenging hike with views for days!

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