SkyRun Zim

11 December 2021
Far and Wide Zimbabwe, Manicaland, Zimbabwe
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mountains race
56 KM
1 day
180 Runners
ALTERNATE DISTANCES: 32KM
Difficulty:    Expert
ENTRY FEE:    350 USD

A little History
Far and Wide Zimbabwe started in 1985 as an outdoor education and leadership-training centre in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. Over the years we have led thousands of young and old Zimbabweans to appreciate and gain a feeling for the mountains and all the wonder that comes with being in them. Since the beginning we as a company have stuck it out through some of the toughest periods in Zimbabwe’s history and continue to spread our dream of connecting people with the mountains and rivers. In 2008 we built as a gift to Zimbabwe the iconic Turaco trail. In 2015 we opened it up for the first time to our first ever sky-running event.

All funds from SkyRun zim go towards our efforts to help uplift the Nyanga National Park through various support projects, anti-poaching efforts and infrastructure development.

What is Sky Running
“Sky running by definition is an extreme sport of mountain running above 2,000 metres (6,600 ft) where the incline exceeds 30% and the climbing difficulty does not exceed II° gradient”. It’s like trail running but harder.

Why Sky Run?

You’ll love every single terrible, horrible, amazing, beautiful step of it.

SkyRun Zim
SkyRun Zim is extremely fortunate to have the unbelievable Turaco Trail open itself up to Trail runners once a year for this event. The trail runs 62 km from Far and Wide through the Nyanga National Park, over the highest mountain (Mt Nyangani) in Zimbabwe and ends at the beautiful Aberfoyle lodge, on the border of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The trail takes runners on a journey through a vast mountain wilderness of wild rivers and waterfalls, forests, montane grasslands, valleys, gorges and mountain peaks. Go check out our gallery for a better idea of the scenery. Alternatively take a tour through the video library.

The Turaco Trail
The Turaco Trail is an exclusive hiking trail using designated overnight campsites for one party walking in one direction only, so that no groups ever meet (similar to the Otter Trail in South Africa). We open the trail on one day once a year for the SkyRun, for which we receive a special permit from National Parks.

Event Organiser

Chris Crag

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