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About The LoFER

The Longmore Forest Endurance Run (aka The LoFER) is a collaboration between MTO Forestry Eco-Tourism, Live Adventure and Andy Wesson Consulting.

Our idea with the LoFER is to create a “crossover” endurance ultra run to introduce (and hopefully convert) more of our roadie friends to the joys of ultra running in wild and beautiful areas (and believe us, this area is spectacularly beautiful!)

The proposed routes for the race will consist of mostly forestry road and jeep track, so will be very runnable, and we expect as a result that this race will be one of the faster ultra courses in SA.

The LoFER Mini 50km & LoFER Micro 30km routes will share a small portion of the main LoFER route before branching off to establish their own unique identies as races.

All 100 Miile, 50 Mile & 50km runners will bag the peak of Blouberg, which at ~810m above sea level, is the highest peak in the area.

NOTE: 30km runners will not summit Blouberg.

Race Village & Accommodation

Race Village & Accommodation

We will be building a race village at the Longmore Forestry Station.

All races will start and end here, and we hope to have an amazing race vibe across the race weekend.

Tented accommodation for 2 people (canvas dome tent with 2 x beds, mattresses & all bedding), or empty camping site for 2 people (bring your own tent) are available in the race village.

Stay with us and immerse yourself in the race village vibe of the LoFER!

Camping options are limited, so click the button below to book yours before they are all gone!

LoFER Race Village

Race village and race start/finish at the Longmore Forestry Station

Race Weekend Itinerary

Friday 17 December

12:00 to 19:00 - Race Registration

19:30 - Race briefing 100 Mile

20:00 - 100 Mile Race Start

Saturday 18 December

04:45 - Race briefing 50 Mile

05:00 - 50 Mile Race Start

05:45 - Race briefing 50km

06:00 - 50km Race Start

06:45 - Race briefing 30km

07:00 - 30km Race Start

12:00 - Prize giving 50km race

14:00 - 100 Mile mid race Cutoff (CP5)
14:00 - 30km final cutoff

18:00 - 50km final cutoff

23:00 - 50 Mile final cutoff

Sunday 18 December

08:00 - 100 Mile final cutoff

10:00 - Buckle ceremony & 100 Mile prizegiving

The Races

100 Mile - LoFER

The 100 Mile course is made up of 2 x 50 Mile (80km) loops.
Each loop starts and ends at the Longmore Forestry station.
Runners will run the first loop in an anti-clockwise direction, and the second loop in a clockwise direction.
There will be a total of 9 checkpoints, spaced roughly 16kms apart.

Total Distance: ~100 Miles (~160km)
Time Allocated: 36 hours
Pacers Allowed: Yes - from mid point (~80kms) or from CP8 (~30kms from finish)
Total Elevation Gain: ~5000 meters

Race Rules

Only official participants displaying their race numbers are allowed on the route. The race numbers must be worn at all times and must be clearly visible.

Pacer runners are also allowed. You can have a maximum of 2 pacer runners. Your pacer can join you at the half way point (80kms), or from CP8 which is about 30kms from the end. Pacer runners will also carry a Pacer bib that must be displayed at all times. In the event you have 2 pacers, the bib must be handed over from one to the next. If you want to have a pacer from CP8, your crew will need at minimum a 2×4 Difflock enabled SUV/Bakkie to get your pacer to CP8. Pacer runners will incur a R250 additional fee above your race entry. If your pacer requires extraction from the route, this will incur a R250 extraction fee to be paid in cash when the pacer is returned to the finish line.

Other than the participant’s race number, personal advertising is permitted on clothing provided that it is not in conflict with any of our official sponsors.

It is compulsory that participants run with drinking bottles or bladder and carry a minimum of 1 litre of water between Check Points.

It is mandatory to run with a small race pack or vest. These water bottles and bladders can be filled at the Check Points, which are situated ~16kms apart.

Water will not be handed out in sachets.

Each participant must carry a headlamp (plus at least 1 set of spare batteries). Any participant found running in the dark without a working headlamp will be withdrawn from the event.

The route will be clearly marked. At any intersection there will be a marker board with an arrow to show the way. The entire route must be completed to finish the race.

If for any reason a participant leaves the marked route, he/she must return to the point of departure by foot. Any participant deliberately running off the route will be disqualified.

This event is a foot race and the entire route must be traversed by foot. Any participant with a disability of any kind that would require a form of mechanical device is to bring this to the attention of the race organisers for approval. Walking poles may be used.

Except in an emergency, no assistance may be accepted by any participant between Check Points.

If any emergency assistance is received between Check Points, this must be brought to the attention of the Check Point Captain at the next Check Point.

Each participant must make sure that he/she has been checked in and out of each Check Point.

Any form of litter or destruction of the natural habitat will result in immediate disqualification. Nothing at all may be discarded between Check Points i.e. food wrappings, empty gel packs etc.

Any interference with another participant will result in disqualification.

All participants must sign their registration forms and collect their race number, timing chip and tracker at Registration at the Longmore Forestry Station between 12:00 and 19:00 on Friday 17th December 2021.

Mandatory kit inspection will also take place here, so please ensure you bring your race vest/pack with all required items. If you do not have the required items you will not be allowed to start the race.

Race start time for the 100 Mile is 20:00 on Friday 17 December.

There is a cutoff at 14:00 on Sat 18 December at checkpoint 5. If you do not make the cutoff, you will be withdrawn from the race as you will not be able to finish the race in the allocated time.

Final cut off time for the 100 Mile event is 08:00am on Sunday 19 December. Entrants will have 36 hrs to complete the course.

Smoking is not permitted for the duration of the event.

Required Gear List

Compulsory Item Checklist

Runners are required to have the following with them at all times along the route:

  1. a small waist/back pack to carry two drinking bottles or a bladder (minimum of 1 litre capacity).
  2. emergency whistle
  3. fully charged mobile phone (keep in flight mode or switch off to conserve battery)
  4. full water proof jacket (taped seams & hood)
  5. long sleeve mid layer / fleece
  6. buff/beanie
  7. compression bandage / strapping
  8. space blanket
  9. reusable/plastic cup - no cup, no race
  10. torch/headlamp & 1 set of fresh batteries (1 in the torch/headlamp, and 1 spare)
  11. medical info card (provided in your race pack) –  should a medic have to treat you in an emergency oout on the course, having your basic medical information on hand (blood type, allergies, medical aid no, emergency contact) is essential. Keep this in a ziploc bag in your pack.

You will be required to have all these items at registration. We will make a call on the day regarding what the final list of carried items will be, based on prevailing weather conditions at the time.

Recommended Gear List

The following items are recommended to be in your pack.

  1. GPS (handheld or watch) with race route pre-loaded
  2. running peak or cap
  3. hiking / trekking poles
  4. sunglasses
  5. sun screen (IMPORTANT!)
  6. ziplock bags
  7. wet wipes
  8. microfibre towel
  9. vaseline / anti-chafe cream
  10. dettol (disinfectant)
  11. superglue
  12. zip ties
  13. a more substantial first aid kit (sterile dressings, roll of strapping tape, blister care patches, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, and any relevant personal medications)

50 Mile - LoFER Lite

The 50 Mile course is made up of 1 x 50 Mile (80km) loop.
The loop starts and ends at the Longmore Forestry station.
Runners will run the loop in a clockwise direction.
There will be a total of 4 checkpoints, spaced roughly 16kms apart.

Total Distance: ~50 Miles (~80km)
Time Allocated: 18 hours
Pacers Allowed: No
Total Elevation Gain: ~2500 meters

Race Rules

Only official participants displaying their race numbers are allowed on the route. The race numbers must be worn at all times and must be clearly visible.

Other than the participant’s race number, personal advertising is permitted on clothing provided that it is not in conflict with any of our official sponsors.

It is compulsory that participants run with drinking bottles or bladder and carry a minimum of 1 litre of water between Check Points.

It is mandatory to run with a small race pack or vest. These water bottles and bladders can be filled at the Check Points, which are situated ~16kms apart.

Water will not be handed out in sachets.

Each participant must carry a headlamp (plus at least 1 set of spare batteries). Any participant found running in the dark without a working headlamp will be withdrawn from the event.

The route will be clearly marked. At any intersection there will be a marker board with an arrow to show the way. The entire route must be completed to finish the race.

If for any reason a participant leaves the marked route, he/she must return to the point of departure by foot. Any participant deliberately running off the route will be disqualified.

This event is a foot race and the entire route must be traversed by foot. Any participant with a disability of any kind that would require a form of mechanical device is to bring this to the attention of the race organisers for approval. Walking poles may be used.

Except in an emergency, no assistance may be accepted by any participant between Check Points.

If any emergency assistance is received between Check Points, this must be brought to the attention of the Check Point Captain at the next Check Point.

Each participant must make sure that he/she has been checked in and out of each Check Point.

Any form of litter or destruction of the natural habitat will result in immediate disqualification. Nothing at all may be discarded between Check Points i.e. food wrappings, empty gel packs etc.

Any interference with another participant will result in disqualification.

All participants must sign their registration forms and collect their race number, timing chip and tracker at Registration at the Longmore Forestry Station between 12:00 and 19:00 on Friday 17th December 2021.

Mandatory kit inspection will also take place here, so please ensure you bring your race vest/pack with all required items. If you do not have the required items you will not be allowed to start the race.

Race start time for the 50 Mile is 05:00 on Saturday 18 December.

Final cut off time for the 50 Mile event is 23:00 on Saturday 18 December.

Entrants will have 18 hrs to complete the course.

Smoking is not permitted for the duration of the event.

Required Gear List

Compulsory Item Checklist

Runners are required to have the following with them at all times along the route:

  1. a small waist/back pack to carry two drinking bottles or a bladder (minimum of 1 litre capacity).
  2. emergency whistle
  3. fully charged mobile phone (keep in flight mode or switch off to conserve battery)
  4. full water proof jacket (taped seams & hood)
  5. long sleeve mid layer / fleece
  6. buff/beanie
  7. compression bandage / strapping
  8. space blanket
  9. reusable/plastic cup - no cup, no race
  10. torch/headlamp & 1 set of fresh batteries (1 in the torch/headlamp, and 1 spare)
  11. medical info card (provided in your race pack) –  should a medic have to treat you in an emergency oout on the course, having your basic medical information on hand (blood type, allergies, medical aid no, emergency contact) is essential. Keep this in a ziploc bag in your pack.

You will be required to have all these items at registration. We will make a call on the day regarding what the final list of carried items will be, based on prevailing weather conditions at the time.

Recommended Gear List

The following items are recommended to be in your pack.

  1. GPS (handheld or watch) with race route pre-loaded
  2. running peak or cap
  3. hiking / trekking poles
  4. sunglasses
  5. sun screen (IMPORTANT!)
  6. ziplock bags
  7. wet wipes
  8. microfibre towel
  9. vaseline / anti-chafe cream
  10. dettol (disinfectant)
  11. superglue
  12. zip ties
  13. a more substantial first aid kit (sterile dressings, roll of strapping tape, blister care patches, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, and any relevant personal medications)

50 Km - LoFER Mini

The 50 Km course is made up of 1 x 50 km loop.
The loop starts and ends at the Longmore Forestry station.
Runners will run the loop in an anti-clockwise direction.
There will be a total of 3 checkpoints on the course.

Total Distance: ~50 km
Time Allocated: 12 hours
Pacers Allowed: No
Total Elevation Gain: ~1850 meters

Race Rules

Only official participants displaying their race numbers are allowed on the route. The race numbers must be worn at all times and must be clearly visible.

Other than the participant’s race number, personal advertising is permitted on clothing provided that it is not in conflict with any of our official sponsors.

It is compulsory that participants run with drinking bottles or bladder and carry a minimum of 1 litre of water between Check Points.

It is mandatory to run with a small race pack or vest. These water bottles and bladders can be filled at the Check Points, which are situated ~16kms apart.

Water will not be handed out in sachets.

Each participant must carry a headlamp (plus at least 1 set of spare batteries). Any participant found running in the dark without a working headlamp will be withdrawn from the event.

The route will be clearly marked. At any intersection there will be a marker board with an arrow to show the way. The entire route must be completed to finish the race.

If for any reason a participant leaves the marked route, he/she must return to the point of departure by foot. Any participant deliberately running off the route will be disqualified.

This event is a foot race and the entire route must be traversed by foot. Any participant with a disability of any kind that would require a form of mechanical device is to bring this to the attention of the race organisers for approval. Walking poles may be used.

Except in an emergency, no assistance may be accepted by any participant between Check Points.

If any emergency assistance is received between Check Points, this must be brought to the attention of the Check Point Captain at the next Check Point.

Each participant must make sure that he/she has been checked in and out of each Check Point.

Any form of litter or destruction of the natural habitat will result in immediate disqualification. Nothing at all may be discarded between Check Points i.e. food wrappings, empty gel packs etc.

Any interference with another participant will result in disqualification.

All participants must sign their registration forms and collect their race number and timing chip at Registration at the Longmore Forestry Station between 12:00 and 19:00 on Friday 17th December 2021.

Mandatory kit inspection will also take place here, so please ensure you bring your race vest/pack with all required items. If you do not have the required items you will not be allowed to start the race.

Race start time for the 50 Km is 06:00 on Saturday 18 December.

Final cut off time for the 50 Km event is 18:00 on Saturday 18 December.

Entrants will have 12 hrs to complete the course.

Smoking is not permitted for the duration of the event.

Required Gear List

Compulsory Item Checklist

Runners are required to have the following with them at all times along the route:

  1. a small waist/back pack to carry two drinking bottles or a bladder (minimum of 1 litre capacity).
  2. emergency whistle
  3. fully charged mobile phone (keep in flight mode or switch off to conserve battery)
  4. full water proof jacket (taped seams & hood)
  5. long sleeve mid layer / fleece
  6. buff/beanie
  7. compression bandage / strapping
  8. space blanket
  9. reusable/plastic cup - no cup, no race
  10. torch/headlamp & 1 set of fresh batteries (1 in the torch/headlamp, and 1 spare)
  11. medical info card (provided in your race pack) –  should a medic have to treat you in an emergency oout on the course, having your basic medical information on hand (blood type, allergies, medical aid no, emergency contact) is essential. Keep this in a ziploc bag in your pack.

You will be required to have all these items at registration. We will make a call on the day regarding what the final list of carried items will be, based on prevailing weather conditions at the time.

Recommended Gear

The following items are recommended to be in your pack.

  1. GPS (handheld or watch) with race route pre-loaded
  2. running peak or cap
  3. hiking / trekking poles
  4. sunglasses
  5. sun screen (IMPORTANT!)
  6. ziplock bags
  7. wet wipes
  8. microfibre towel
  9. vaseline / anti-chafe cream
  10. dettol (disinfectant)
  11. superglue
  12. zip ties
  13. a more substantial first aid kit (sterile dressings, roll of strapping tape, blister care patches, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, and any relevant personal medications)

30 Km - LoFER Micro

The 30 Km course is made up of 1 x 30 km loop.
The loop starts and ends at the Longmore Forestry station.
Runners will run the loop in an anti-clockwise direction.
There will be a total of 1 checkpoint on the course.

Total Distance: ~30 km
Time Allocated: 7 hours
Pacers Allowed: No
Total Elevation Gain: ~1050 meters

Race Rules

Only official participants displaying their race numbers are allowed on the route. The race numbers must be worn at all times and must be clearly visible.

Other than the participant’s race number, personal advertising is permitted on clothing provided that it is not in conflict with any of our official sponsors.

It is compulsory that participants run with drinking bottles or bladder and carry a minimum of 1 litre of water between Check Points.

It is mandatory to run with a small race pack or vest. These water bottles and bladders can be filled at the Check Points, which are situated ~16kms apart.

Water will not be handed out in sachets.

Each participant must carry a headlamp (plus at least 1 set of spare batteries). Any participant found running in the dark without a working headlamp will be withdrawn from the event.

The route will be clearly marked. At any intersection there will be a marker board with an arrow to show the way. The entire route must be completed to finish the race.

If for any reason a participant leaves the marked route, he/she must return to the point of departure by foot. Any participant deliberately running off the route will be disqualified.

This event is a foot race and the entire route must be traversed by foot. Any participant with a disability of any kind that would require a form of mechanical device is to bring this to the attention of the race organisers for approval. Walking poles may be used.

Except in an emergency, no assistance may be accepted by any participant between Check Points.

If any emergency assistance is received between Check Points, this must be brought to the attention of the Check Point Captain at the next Check Point.

Each participant must make sure that he/she has been checked in and out of each Check Point.

Any form of litter or destruction of the natural habitat will result in immediate disqualification. Nothing at all may be discarded between Check Points i.e. food wrappings, empty gel packs etc.

Any interference with another participant will result in disqualification.

All participants must sign their registration forms and collect their race number and timing chip at Registration at the Longmore Forestry Station between 12:00 and 19:00 on Friday 17th December 2021.

Mandatory kit inspection will also take place here, so please ensure you bring your race vest/pack with all required items. If you do not have the required items you will not be allowed to start the race.

Race start time for the 30 Km is 07:00 on Saturday 18 December.

Final cut off time for the 30 Km event is 14:00 on Saturday 18 December.

Entrants will have 7 hrs to complete the course.

Smoking is not permitted for the duration of the event.

Required Gear List

Compulsory Item Checklist

Runners are required to have the following with them at all times along the route:

  1. a small waist/back pack to carry two drinking bottles or a bladder (minimum of 1 litre capacity).
  2. emergency whistle
  3. fully charged mobile phone (keep in flight mode or switch off to conserve battery)
  4. full water proof jacket (taped seams & hood)
  5. long sleeve mid layer / fleece
  6. buff/beanie
  7. compression bandage / strapping
  8. space blanket
  9. reusable/plastic cup - no cup, no race
  10. torch/headlamp & 1 set of fresh batteries (1 in the torch/headlamp, and 1 spare)
  11. medical info card (provided in your race pack) –  should a medic have to treat you in an emergency oout on the course, having your basic medical information on hand (blood type, allergies, medical aid no, emergency contact) is essential. Keep this in a ziploc bag in your pack.

You will be required to have all these items at registration. We will make a call on the day regarding what the final list of carried items will be, based on prevailing weather conditions at the time.

Recommended Gear

The following items are recommended to be in your pack.

  1. GPS (handheld or watch) with race route pre-loaded
  2. running peak or cap
  3. hiking / trekking poles
  4. sunglasses
  5. sun screen (IMPORTANT!)
  6. ziplock bags
  7. wet wipes
  8. microfibre towel
  9. vaseline / anti-chafe cream
  10. dettol (disinfectant)
  11. superglue
  12. zip ties
  13. a more substantial first aid kit (sterile dressings, roll of strapping tape, blister care patches, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, and any relevant personal medications)

Choose Your Race

We have tried to keep entry fees as low as possible for this event, while still ensuring that we can deliver a top class experience for all runners.

50 Mile LoFER Lite

R1450
  • all land access & permit fees
  • live tracking unit
  • timing chip
  • commemorative apparel item
  • medical support
  • fully stocked checkpoints
  • awesome race route
  • finisher medal
  • finisher meal

50 Km LoFER Mini

R950
  • all land access & permit fees
  • live tracking unit
  • timing chip
  • commemorative apparel item
  • medical support
  • fully stocked checkpoints
  • awesome race route
  • finisher medal
  • finisher meal

30 Km LoFER Micro

R450
  • all land access & permit fees
  • live tracking unit
  • timing chip
  • commemorative apparel item
  • medical support
  • fully stocked checkpoints
  • awesome race route
  • finisher medal
  • finisher meal

Cancellations, deferrals and substitutions

We know things don’t always pan out as planned. Sometimes life (or the pandemic) just gets in the way. As a result we have the following policies in place:

Any entry cancelled before Oct 31 2021 will get a 75% refund.
Any entry cancelled between Nov 1 & Nov 30 2021 will get a 50% refund.
Any entry cancelled after Nov 30 will forfeit the full entry fee.

Alternatively, instead of cancelling, your entry can also be deferred to 2022.

Any deferrals will incur the price difference between the 2021 and 2022 entry fees.

Substitutions will be allowed up to 30 Nov 2021. All substitutions will incur a R250 substitution fee.

Race Postponement

In the event we have to postpone the race, all entries will be carried over to the new date.
Should you not be able to make the new date, you will be entitled to receive a 75% refund, or a free deferral to the 2022 race.

Volunteers

Races like this require a massive crew of volunteers to make them happen. 

If you would like to volunteer to assist over the race weekend, we will reward you with a free entry to the event for the following year. 

To get onto the volunteer list, just complete the form.

LoFER Volunteer Application

Volunteer Options (tick all that apply)