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Wild Card from Organ Donor Foundation

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Head over to the Organ Donor Foundation page on Facebook for details here

Do two really good things, register as an organ doror and run the Rhodes Trail Run this year

 

Wild Card Winner

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Congratulations Magz de la Kethulle Ryhove

Magz is the lucky runner drawn by David Robertson of PKF (Port Elizabeth) earlier this morning and will be joining us in July.

Hope you have a terrific day with us Magz

Thank you everyone who participated.

 

Route drops from 52 to 32

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Over the years we have received numerous requests for a shorter edition of our traditional 52km Rhodes Trail Run route.

Well, we have weakened.

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This year we will go totally 'old school' and measure the route in miles, and, depending on conditions when the Flag Teams hit the hills, the distance will be 32. Miles that is.

Only 32 miles and, as always, 'We don't do manicured'.

 

Image: Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures on Hooggenoeg Ridge

 

That love-hate relationship

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Extract from an Entry Form:

Indicate any allergies:

"Serious grass allergy - Esp tufts randomly placed at high altitude"

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Images courtesy Caroline Lee (Snowflake No 1008)

He coined the description 'tufts of terror', which is a most apt term for the Hooggenoeg Ridge section. That undulating, wind-swept, sometimes blizzard-covered, trackless slice of the route from the Quarry Check Point to the old Hikers Hut Check Point. While the 360° view is breathtaking, from Ben MacDhui at your back, Lesotho View and Mavis on your left, Rhodes village to your right as you near the hikers' style, to the ever-distant Hooggenoeg Peak in front of you, it is a brave runner who takes advantage of these vistas while on the move.

The Hooggenoeg grass tussocks come with a 'Health & Safety' warning. Those innocent looking bunches of high altitude grass can hurt. Especially if you miss-step on one.

No names, no pack-drill, but notwithstanding his allergy to our carefully constructed and haphazardly positioned grass clumps he set a 50+ best time last year finishing 2nd overall. A multiple overall winner and wearer of Victorian-era headgear it will be good seeing you on our hills again Iain Morshead.

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Images above & below courtesy Craig Muller | Backyard Adventures

And that Victorian-era headgear for a Victorian-era village ...

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Wild Card Opportunity 2.0

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Guy Jennings - our Rhodes Run Polar Bear Guy's fingers - Frostbite after 200 miles on the Iditarod  

Our Bell River Rhodes Run Polar Bear, Guy Jennings, has been forced to scratch from the 2017 Iditarod with several fingers suffering from severe frostbite.

We had made available a Wild Card invitation to the 2017 Rhodes Run, coinciding with Guy's Iditarod challenge, with funds raised going to a cause very close to Guy's heart, the Zakhele Rhodes Public School.

The donation to participate in the draw was R500, which was a token sponsorship of R1.00 for every 2 miles that Guy would have travelled to Nome.

Guy was medvaced having completed a smidge over 210 miles.

We have 'restructured' the Wild Card opportunity (Wild Card 2.0) and an entry into the Wild Card draw will now be R200. A Rand for every mile Guy completed.

Those who entered with a R500 donation will be given a 'ticket' for every R200 or part thereof donation received before 6 March. A R500 donation will have three tickets in the draw.

The draw will still take place on 4 April, and tickets will now be a donation of only R200.

All donations to be made to-

Bank  FNB     Account Name  Rhodes Trail Run     Account  6210 1348 391     Branch Code  211217 
 
Deposit reference  'Your Name - Nome
 
Please send your name, mobile phone number and confirmation of payment to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  
Closing date for Wild Card entries is Monday 3 April 2017, although donations can continue to be made after this date.
 
Competition conditions:
• The ‘Wild Card’ invitation will be done by way of a draw. The draw will be monitored by PKF (Port Elizabeth).
• The prize is one (1) ‘Wild Card’ invitation to the 2017 Rhodes Run. No entry fee will be payable.
    All incidental costs such as travel, meals, accommodation, drinks etc will be for the winner’s own cost.
• The 'Wild Card' is not transferable
• The draw will take place on Tuesday 4 April 2017
• The winner’s completed ‘Wild Card’ competition invitation/entry form to be returned to the organisers no later than 19 April 2017. Failure to do so and the result of the first draw will be void and a second draw will take place. Should the winner not be in a position to participate after submitting his/her entry form, then a second draw will take place, provided the closing date for event entries has not passed.
• All standard Rhodes Run entry criteria, as stipulated by the event organisers, will apply.
• Winner will be notified telephonically, and will be announced on the Rhodes Run website.
• Organisers decision will be final.  
 

Guy Jennings & Iditarod

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News from Guy Jennings is that due to severe frostbite in several fingers he has scratched from the Iditarod.

He was Medevaced back to Anchorage where the medical team are taking good care of him.

We wish Guy all the very best and complete recovery.

Here are a few images from Guy, not for the squeamish.

In typical up-beat Guy fashion he mentioned that it was a terrific spot for a medevac.

Take care Guy, and safe travels home

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Wild Card Opportunity

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Guy Jennings - our Rhodes Run Polar Bear

Our Bell River Rhodes Run Polar Bear, Guy Jennings, is on the Iditarod.

A cause very close to Guy's heart is the Zakhele Rhodes Public School.

To encourage Guy on his 1000+ mile journey to Nome we have made available a Wild Card invitation to the 2017 Rhodes Run.

All donations most welcome, and every donation to Guy's Zakhele Rhodes Public School project of R500 or more will participate in the draw. Donations of more than R500 will receive a 'draw ticket' for every multiple of R500 received.

All donations to be made to-

Bank  FNB     Account Name  Rhodes Trail Run     Account  6210 1348 391     Branch Code  211217 
 
Deposit reference  'Your Name - Nome
 
Please send your name, mobile phone number and confirmation of payment to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  
Closing date for Wild Card entries is Monday 3 April 2017, although donations can continue to be made after this date.
 
Competition conditions:
• The ‘Wild Card’ invitation will be done by way of a draw. The draw will be monitored by PKF (Port Elizabeth).
• The prize is one (1) ‘Wild Card’ invitation to the 2017 Rhodes Run. No entry fee will be payable.
    All incidental costs such as travel, meals, accommodation, drinks etc will be for the winner’s own cost.
• The 'Wild Card' is not transferable
• The draw will take place on Tuesday 4 April 2017
• The winner’s completed ‘Wild Card’ competition invitation/entry form to be returned to the organisers no later than 19 April 2017. Failure to do so and the result of the first draw will be void and a second draw will take place. Should the winner not be in a position to participate after submitting his/her entry form, then a second draw will take place, provided the closing date for event entries has not passed.
• All standard Rhodes Run entry criteria, as stipulated by the event organisers, will apply.
• Winner will be notified telephonically, and will be announced on the Rhodes Run website.
• Organisers decision will be final.  
 

Rhodes Run Polar Bear goes Moosing around ... again

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Sub zero temps ... always on Iditarod Guy Jennings - our Rhodes Run Polar Bear

Fresh off his Munga ride and completing an Everesting Challenge our endemic Bell River Rhodes Run Polar Bear, aka Guy Jennings, is heading north to the land of cold and long long snow trails to meet up with a few moose and wild fox....and probably much more.

More than 1600km of snow lies ahead for Guy and a fair amount will not have a trail. It will be up to our Polar Bear to ride/push/carry his fat bike and forge his own trail through the Alaskan wilderness.

It is of course the Iditarod. An event not unfamiliar to Guy, he was there in 2013 on a training camp, completed the 350 mile ride to McGrath in 2014 and next week will be back to put more hard days in the saddle to reach Nome.

Described on the Iditarod website thus

"The Iditarod Trail Invitational is the world's longest winter ultra marathon by fat bike, foot and ski and follows the historic Iditarod Trail from Knik, Alaska over the Alaska Range to McGrath and to Nome in late February every year one week before the Iditarod Sled Dog Race."

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We, and we are sure the entire Rhodes Run extended community, wish Guy well as he flies our flag, in the form of a few editions of the Rhodes Run Buff® across Alaska.

Guy departs Knik on the Historic Iditarod Trail on 26 February at 2pm (local time) and D.V. will reach Nome about 20 days later.

Weather conditions have necessitated a slight route change (don't we know about those!) which adds some 35 miles to the 2017 route.
Bill Merchant, Race Marshal "I am excited to finally have what’s shaping up to be in the words of Aussilla Vistarini in 2012, “A Real Alaskan Race!!!!!!!!!” See you all really soon somewhere on the Iditarod Trail. I’ll always have hot coffee or a sip of an adult beverage should you prefer."
 
The Iditarod Trail Invitational finishes in Nome. The 1000 mile Iditarod sled dog event and the more recent fat bike race are a nod to and in memory of "those brave individuals who brought the important serum to Nome in 1925 during a diphtheria outbreak" which raged among Alaskan natives in the Nome area. The sled dog race was first held in 1973 and the first fat bike race in 1987, with the extreme fat bike race to Nome added in 2000.
 
Over the years Guy and Apula have made significant contributions to the Zakhele Rhodes Public School, a cause very close to Guy's heart. We know that every pedal-stroke, and every bike-lugging-plod through the snow will be with our Rhodes pupils in mind. Well, at least every fifth pedal-stroke!
 
Wild Card Invitation
To encourage Guy we are making a Wild Card invitation to the 2017 Rhodes Run available by way of a draw.
If you are in a position to make a donation, however small, Guy and the children would be most grateful and appreciative
 
Every donation to Guy's Zakhele Rhodes Public School project of R500 or more will participate in the draw. Donations of more than R500 will receive a 'draw ticket' for every multiple of R500 received.

 

Please send confirmation of payment together with your name and email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so that we can acknowledge your donation.

All donations to be made to-

Bank  FNB     Account Name  Rhodes Trail Run     Account  6210 1348 391     Branch Code  211217 
 
Deposit reference  'Your Name - Nome
 
For donations of R500 or more, please send your name, mobile phone number and confirmation of payment to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  
Closing date for Wild Card entries is Monday 3 April 2017, although donations can continue to be made after this date.
 
Competition conditions:
• The ‘Wild Card’ invitation will be done by way of a draw. The draw will be monitored by PKF (Port Elizabeth).
• The prize is one (1) ‘Wild Card’ invitation to the 2017 Rhodes Run. No entry fee will be payable.
    All incidental costs such as travel, meals, accommodation, drinks etc will be for the winner’s own cost.
• The 'Wild Card' is not transferable
• The draw will take place on Tuesday 4 April 2017
• The winner’s completed ‘Wild Card’ competition invitation/entry form to be returned to the organisers no later than 19 April 2017. Failure to do so and the result of the first draw will be void and a second draw will take place. Should the winner not be in a position to participate after submitting his/her entry form, then a second draw will take place, provided the closing date for event entries has not passed.
• All standard Rhodes Run entry criteria, as stipulated by the event organisers, will apply.
• Winner will be notified telephonically, and will be announced on the Rhodes Run website.
• Organisers decision will be final.  
 
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