18-22 December 2024

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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 roads and jeep tracks, with a generous sprinkling of single track trails, 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 at around 1000m above sea level.

NOTE: 30km runners will not summit either peak.

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 launched the new format of the LoFER in December 2023.

The 100 Mile race is now a single 100 Mile 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 race follows the old format of the 100 Mile race - 2 loops of the 100 Mile course, run in different directions.

See what our previous runnners had to say about the LoFER!

“What a gem!

Such stunning scenery on far more difficult trails than what I expected.”

2021 100 Mile Race Winner - Nic de Beer

“As hard as a 100 mile race is, it’s the most life changing experience and completely indescribable to someone that cannot comprehend running 160km. A huge thank you to Sheena and Sian for a damn hard but incredible race

Robyn Dougans, 2023 LoFER 100 Mile 2nd Lady

“The course was brutal as my feet will testify but spectacularly out of this world beautiful. That forest has a rhythm, a magic and a rhythmical breath which if you listen carefully replenishes the soul and feeds the mind.”

2021 100 Mile Finisher - Dirk Potgieter

“As always the views, valleys, waterfalls, rivers, climbs, sunsets and sunrises were spectacular! In between all this there are the most unique and beautiful flowers, frogs, birds, snakes and many other animals making their home. The LoFER teases me to come back and spend the time to become one with it.”

2021 100 Mile Final Man - Tobie Reyneke

“Longmore Forest Endurance Run what a weekend. Perfect day, perfect run surrounded by amazing people. Trail running is a true test of human endurance of mind, body and soul.”

Liz Bain, 2023 LoFER 30km finisher

“This race was challenging in more ways than just the tough trails and route. It is the hardest I’ve ever had to dig and has probably taught me the most about myself. I will treasure this finish for a very long time.”

2021 100 Mile Final Lady - Pamela Paton

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), tent only for 2 people (supply own bedding & mattress), 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

Wed 18 December

10:00 to 12:30 - 200 Mile Race Registration

13:00 - Race briefing 200 Mile

14:00 - 200 Mile Race Start

Friday 20 December

12:00 to 19:00 - Race Registration

19:30 - Race briefing 100 Mile

20:00 - 100 Mile Race Start

Saturday 21 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 - 30km final cutoff

18:00 - 50km final cutoff

23:00 - 50 Mile final cutoff

Sunday 22 December

10:00 - 200 Mile & 100 Mile final cutoff

10:30 - Buckle ceremony & prizegiving

The Races

We have a distance to suit everyone at the LoFER. Explore the different races below and decide which one you want to tackle.

200 Mile - LoFER Maxi

The 200 Mile course is made up of 2 x 101 Mile (162km) 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 are 21 checkpoints  on the course.

Total Distance: ~202 Miles (~324km)
Time Allocated: 92 hours
Pacers Allowed: Yes - only on the 2nd 100 mile loop, from 90km to go or from 30km to go
Total Elevation Gain: ~10400 meters

Course records: MEN - 71:29:43 - Warnell Engelbrecht (2023) | LADIES - 79:04:38 - NIcky Booyens (2023)

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 will be allowed.

Pacer runners will incur a R250 additional fee above your race entry. This can be paid at registration on race weekend. 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.

All runners must tag Blouberg Peak. Failure to do so will incur a 30 minute time penalty.

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 10:00 and 12:30 on Wednesday 18th December.

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 200 Mile is 14:00 on Wednesday 18 December.

Cutoffs are still TBD once the route has been finalised.

Final cut off time for the 200 Mile event is 10:00am on Sunday 22 December. Entrants will have 92 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)

100 Mile - LoFER

The 100 Mile course is a single 162km loop.
The race starts and ends at the Longmore Forestry station.
Runners will run the loop in a clockwise direction.
There will be a total of 10 checkpoints.

Total Distance: ~101 Miles (~162km)
Time Allocated: 40 hours
Pacers Allowed: Yes - from 90km to go or from 30km to go
Total Elevation Gain: ~5400 meters

Course records: MEN - 22:09:44 - Michael Coles (2023) | LADIES - 27:29:31 - Sandra Le Roux (2023)