About The LoFER
The LoFER is a collection of endurance ultra runs designed to introduce runners to the joys of ultra running in wild and beautiful areas (and believe us, this area is spectacularly beautiful!)
The routes for the race consist of mostly forestry road and jeep track, with a sprinkling of single track, so are very runnable.
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 200 Mile, 100 Mile, 50 Mile & 50km runners will bag the peak of Blouberg, which at ~810m above sea level, is one of the highest peaks in the area.
200 Mile and 100 Mile runners will also summit Elandsberg, the highest peak on the course.
NOTE: 30km runners will not summit Blouberg.
The evolution of the race
The idea for the LoFER first came about over a beer or two one evening (as these ideas usually do), when trail running mates Sian O’Keeffe (Live Adventure) and Andy Wesson (Andy Wesson Consulting) were chatting about good areas to train in near Port Elizabeth.
Andy showed Sian a roughly 80km loop he had mapped out in the Longmore Forest Reserve, specifically designed to cross enough fresh water points in the area to allow for maximum self sufficiency while doing long training runs.
SIan said to Andy - “well … 80kms is half of 160kms … what if we did a 2 loop 100 Mile race - we run one loop in 1 direction, the second in the opposite directi0n - kind of like Leadville, but as a loop instead of a straight out and back?”
And so the idea for the Longmore Forest Endurance Run (aka the LoFER) was born …
For the first 2 editions this was the format for the 100 Mile race. The 50 Mile race simply did 1 loop of the course, and the 30km and 50km races also share part of the loop.
And then Sian started getting requests to add a 200 Mile distance in …
Which in turn led to us having to rethink the concept. (I mean … 4 loops of the same course would just get boring right?)
And so together we reworked the race, redesigned the course, and are excited to launch the new format of the LoFER in 2023.
The 100 MIle race is now a single 100 Mie loop race. It is without a doubt going to be a tougher challenge to finish, and is certainly going to test your endurance!
The 200 Mile raace will follow the old format of the 100 Mile race - 2 loops of the 100 Mile course, run in different directions.
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.
EARLY BIRD PRICING IS IN EFFECT!
Early bird pricing will be available until midnight on the 13 April 2023, or until they sell out - whichever comes first.
We have allocated early birds as follows:
200 Mile: Total slots 50 (15 early bird @ R2950, 35 standard entries @R3450)
100 Mile: Total slots 125 (35 early bird @ R2350, 90 standard entries @R2950)
50 Mile: Total slots 125 (35 early bird @ R1850, 90 standard entries @R2150)
50 KM: Total slots 125 (35 early bird @ R1150, 90 standard entries @R1450)
30KM: Total slots 125 (35 early bird @ R650, 90 standard entries @R850)
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 2023 will get a 75% refund.
Any entry cancelled between Nov 1 & Nov 30 2023 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 2024.
Any deferrals will incur the price difference between the 2023 and 2024 entry fees.
Substitutions will be allowed up to 30 Nov 2023. All substitutions will incur a R250 substitution fee.
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 2024 race.