The inaugural 60.3km Marloth Mountain Challenge (MMC) has been moved from its date in August to Saturday, 27 September 2014. There are a number of contributing factors:
The initial date of the MMC, 9 August, was influenced by the timing of the Big Bee Festival that was scheduled to take place in Swellendam during this time. However, the Big Bee Festival has been cancelled, which allows us the opportunity to explore a more favourable time slot for this race. As the nature of the weather in Swellendam, especially on the mountain, has always been a concern, we believe this postponement makes the event not only safer, but also more appealing to runners.
Furthermore, this decision has the full support of Cape Nature, due to their concerns over recent flooding and subsequent erosion in the area.
Wildrunner accepts that this move will cause some inconvenience and will assist wherever possible with refunds and substitutions. We do however, believe that this postponement will contribute to a more enjoyable and safer race.
So now what? Would you like to cancel your entry or do you want someone else to run in your place? There are a range of options available for runners already entered into the MMC.
· I want to keep my entry and run on 27 September.
Your current entry will remain valid. All entrants (MMC and MMC Relay) will receive an automatic refund of R 110 for the entry into the Big Bee Festival that was included in your original entry fee. This refund will be made after the deadline for cancellations on 31 July 2014.
· I want to cancel my MMC entry.
You are entitled to a full refund. Please email us on email@example.com to inform us of your cancellation. The deadline for cancellations is 31 July 2014. If you do not cancel by this date we will not be able to refund you for your entry.
· I entered the Mountain Challenge Series but need to cancel my MMC entry.
You are entitled to a refund of the MMC entry fee included in your Series entry fee. This amounts to R 825 for full Series entrants and R 490 for Series Lite entrants (Series entry fee minus JMC and HMC entry fees).
Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org before 31 July 2014 to cancel your Series entry, we will not be able to refund any cancellations received after this date.
· One of my team members can’t run on the new date but I still want to take part. I need someone to take over his/her entry.
If you are struggling to find a new team member a great place to start looking is on our Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/mountainchallengeseries or www.facebook.com/wildrunner.co.za. Please email us on email@example.com so we can assist with the substitution process.
Revised entry fee
Entries for the MMC will remain open on the website at www.mountainchallenge.co.za. The entry fee has been revised to R 855 for a solo entry and R 1 395 for a team entry (R 465 per person). Only pre-entries will be accepted.
More information on the race
The Marloth Mountain Challenge is a 60.3km trail race that starts and ends in Swellendam and makes its way through the beautiful Marloth Nature Reserve on the Swellendam Hiking Trail. Runners can take part individually or enter as part of a team to take on the three-leg relay. The MMC is the only event in SA that offers two points towards the The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®(UTMB®).
More information is available on the website at www.mountainchallenge.co.za.
If you have any queries or concerns regarding the race please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 821 9898.