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If this is your first time travelling to the district we suggest that you make use of a 'traditional' paper map when planning your route. GPS systems have been shown to take first-timers on rather adventurous routes, not always ending up in Rhodes.

Those unable to stay in Rhodes must please note that high speed travelling is not possible on the dirt roads, and need to give themselves adequate time to reach the start.

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Note: The road is rather 'bumpy' in places. Local farmers take umbrage if a motorist hits one of their sheep, even if it is hidden in a corrugation!



Not Only Ford Rangers Go Further

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Thanks to Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa in addition to the 4x4 Ford Rangers we'll also have a Transit 'on duty'

The Ford Transit will be prominently positioned at the start/finish. The ideal finish line vehicle. 



Another view of a Ford Ranger captured through the lens of Craig Muller, this time at the Baviaanskloof Trail Run

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Identify the Race Numbers

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At many events you’ll notice different colour race identification/numbers being worn.
On 12 July you’ll see five different colours used at the UTi Rhodes Run:
RhodesRun Pioneer RaceNo Gold    Sham Singh and Danny Holton, our two surviving pioneers from 1989, will have a gold number. This year will be their 26th consecutive Rhodes 
RhodesRun 20Plus RaceNo
 Mauve   A mauve number will be carried by those who have completed 20 Rhodes. 
 RhodesRun Blue RaceNo
 Blue   A blue number identifies all those who have completed three or more Rhodes and have received their 'Snowflake' permanent number
RhodesRun Red RaceNo  Red    
A red number identifies those who will be running their third Rhodes and will be receiving their ‘Snowflake’ permanent number at prize giving
RhodesRun White RaceNo  White   Our novices and those running their second Rhodes have a white number
Keep an eye out for those gold and mauve numbers, and give the red numbers a special word of encouragement.

The Long Road to Rhodes

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Dateline: Cape Town Saturday 21 June

The Long Road to Rhodes - the 'Upstream' Rhodes Ride

The road to Rhodes is long from anywhere in the country. For most it is at least 7 hours closeted in a car.
Gary Meyer, who completed a Rhodes Run back in 1998, is returning for his second run and will be taking a few weeks to reach the village from his home in Fish Hoek. Leaving Cape Town on Saturday 21 June Gary will tackle the journey via the Garden Route, Port Alfred, King William's Town, then heading north to reach Rhodes a few days before the 26th UTi Rhodes Run. Big difference to 7 hours closeted, Gary is coming to Rhodes by bicycle. A 1700km ride during which he is likely to endure winter storms, bitter cold, rough road conditions and hills. Lots of hills.
Without doubt the most carbon-friendly runner who will reach Rhodes this July, and certainly a very generous warm up before tackling the hills around Rhodes.
We wish Gary well with his ride, rather his adventure, and safe pedalling.
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Gary Meyer departs Cape Town - 21 June 2014 : Rhodes here we come!


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MAP Rhodes-RouteSubstitutions had lock-down at noon on 17 June.

Final figures show that the field comprises 29% female, and that novices make up 38%, an all-time high for both this century.

That is a lot of newbies who will be meeting Mavis for the first time. Please be polite, no sailor language!

And yes, there will be novice crew on the route as well. Some, from @KischKrew, will be at the top of Mavis, listening to the language, grunts and gasps floating up to their Check Point!


Rhodes Roads not like this...yet!

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Images : David Robertson (UTi Rhodes Run 2012)



Inov-8 can take you on dream runs...

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Brett Karlson is the Inov-8 Wild Card winner. Congratulations!

Just goes to show that your Inov-8's can take you to places others can only dream of.

Inov-8 South Africa - "Thank you to all who entered this year. As always this was a very popular competition and demonstrates what a perfect match Inov-8 footwear and South Africa's most breathtaking run are."


Done & dusted!

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Well, that is it!

Substitutions for the 2014 UTi Rhodes Run closed at 12:00 noon today.


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