The Story Behind The Rhino Run

 

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Hi. My name is Sian, and I am the founder of the Rhino Run.

In March of 2012, a poaching event happened at the Kariega Game Reserve, close to my home city of Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

3 Rhinos were attacked by well equipped poachers who, using veterinary tranquilisers to first immobilise the animals, then proceeded to hack the horns off the (still awake but immobile) animals using crude bush machetes and axes.

One of these 3 rhinos unfortunately died on the day of the incident, but the other 2, who were to become famous around the world as Thandi & Themba (Xhosa words for Love & Hope), survived.

The video of how these animals were discovered can be seen below (a word of warning – it is quite graphic). In it you will see Dr William Fowldes give the the 2 surviving rhinos the antidote for the tranquiliser.

It was when I saw these poor animals come around and start to move, each to discover half of their face had been crudely and barbarically hacked off, that I realised I could no longer sit on the sidelines to such horrendous acts of cruelty.

Themba sadly succumbed to his injuries a few weeks later and passed away, but despite unbelievable odds, Thandi survived, and it is this amazing rhino’s story of survival and courage that inspired the Rhino Run.

Why A Trail Run?

Being a trail runner has brought me in touch with the amazing beauty that is South Africa, and the wild places that this beautiful country has to offer.

I believe that we as trail runners have an obligation to step up and fight whenever our precious natural resources are being threatened, for without them, we would not be able to do what we all love doing – running free!

The rhino, being one of the Big 5, is an icon for this country, and we simply cannot let them die out – especially not for something as selfish as the greed of man!

Braam Malherbe, one of South Africa’s running inspirations, says we should all, every day, just Do One Thing (DOT) if we believe in something.

Stop talking about what we want to do, or would like to do, or think we should do, and simply just do it.

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And so, the concept of the Rhino Run was born – this is my way of trying to Do One Thing that might help in the war on Rhino Poaching.

My dream for this event is to make it the biggest single day trail running event on the planet! I want to have people running on their favourite trails the world over for an entire day, all with one single objective – to raise funds and awareness of the war on rhino poaching.

The only way we will win this war is to ALL band together – no matter where in the world you are, you can help. And if you are someone that enjoys being outdoors, then you have an OBLIGATION to help.

Sign the petitions, raise awareness by spreading the videos and horrific images, join the vigils, volunteer in the parks and reserves if you are able and if you can afford to, donate to the various funds that have been set up to help.

The Rhino Run Dream

Our dream is to turn The Rhino Run into the biggest 1 day trail running event in the world by hosting Rhino Runs all over the planet, and at the same time uniting the global trail running community in a common cause – that of protecting and saving our rhinos!

Just imagine – we could almost shake the world with all those feet running at the same time!

So, if you are a runner – please take part in the Rhino Run – I can personally GUARANTEE you WILL be making a difference!

Our Beneficiaries for Rhino Run 2016

In the four years to date that we have held this event, we have raised R545,000.00 for our beneficiary funds.

As we go into the 5 year anniversary edition, our hope is that we will continue grow this event beyond the borders of South Africa, and that we will be able to raise even more funds for our beneficiaries.


 

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OSCAP – www.oscap.co.za

Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching was a Facebook group that was started in mid 2011 when the Rhino poaching problem in South Africa reached epidemic proportions.  Within the first couple of months membership soared and various initiatives were undertaken to bring about worldwide attention to the poaching crisis. OSCAP is now a fully registered NPO and works closely with other Rhino groups, NGO’s, local and International Wildlife agencies as well as local and provincial government departments in order to assist where ever possible.


 

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The Chipembere Rhino Foundation – www.chipembere.org

The Chipembere Rhino Foundation is a privately run, non-profit organization committed to assisting in the protection and conservation of Africa’s rhino. They are active with projects that involve collaring and tracking rhino, as well as training and equipping anti-poaching units.

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Saving The Survivors – www.savingthesurvivors.org

We added STS as a beneficiary in 2015, as we believe strongly in the work they are doing to help with rehabilitating rhinos that happen to be unlucky enough to survive a poaching attempt. These vets and specialists face the brutal aftermath of poaching, and yet they still return, day after day, to help save these amazing animals.

The most famous rhino they are currently treating is known the world over as Hope, and her story of survival, along with the story of our own mascot, Thandi, serves to give us all hope that we can win the war on poaching.


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The Kariega Foundation Help Save Our Rhino Project – www.kariega.co.za

The story of Thandi and Themba is part of the much broader issue of rhino poaching – an issue which we cannot fight alone. Kariega actively supports the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative of the Wilderness Foundation and the Rhino Project of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Both are incredible organisations which have our full trust and support in all their commendable endeavors toward saving the rhino.

The Video That started It All!

This is the video that inspired The Rhino Run. Please beware – it is extremely graphic, and it will probably leave you feeling angry and horrified. I urge you to take those feelings and find a way to channel them so that you too may do one thing and together we will beat this problem.

 

All Your Race Information

Below you will find the race information for each of the various Rhino Runs taking place around South Africa in 2016.

Click on the race you want to enter to see the details and registration link.

ALL South African Rhino Runs close for online entries at midnight on Sun the 11th September 2016.
All online entries will qualify for the lucky draw to win 2 nights all inclusive at Ukhozi Lodge in the Kariega Game Reserve.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to cost & logistics, we are NOT doing goodie bags this year.

Instead, in commemoration of this being the 5th year of the Rhino Run, we are introducing awesome finishers medals for all finishers.

You will have an option during registration to purchase a commemorative moisture wicking race t manufactured especially for us by VR Sports.

Want to see your town or city on this list? Send us an email at info@therhinorun.com and we’ll tell you how.

We want to have Rhino Runs happening all over the world. Please help us grow by sharing and spreading the word.

Rhino Run Cape Town

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The Cape Town Rhino Run will be held at the Groot Constantia Wine Estate, in Tokai.

Groot Constantia have supported this event since its inception in September 2012, and we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to them for allowing us to host the Cape Town Rhino Run there again this year. We are sure you will have a beautiful and enjoyable a run there. All entries include a free bottle of wine.

General Race Information

Race Date: 25 September 2016

Routes: 5km (R160), 12km (R220) – includes a free bottle of wine from Groot Constantia

Race sign in opens: 6:00am

Pre-race briefing: 6:20am
Race start: 6:30am (12km) 6:45am (5km)

Parking: Please park at the High Constantia Shopping Centre – where Greens Restaurant is.  Please park considerately and listen to the parking marshals.

Toilets: you will find these at the start line.

Finish: Groot Constantia Cellar, please note that there is no formal prize giving, there will be lucky prizes as people cross the finish line. We do have trophies for the winners.

Race Organiser: Quantum Adventures

Queries: Entries – Call Sheena on 0722934974

Please Note:

There will be NO LATE ENTRIES ON THE DAY!

We will be doing pre-race registration (number and race t’s collection) on Saturday 24 at the Tokai Sportsmans Warehouse, between 12pm and 3pm. They are located at Shop 3, Tokai-On-Main Centre, Cape Town, Main Road, Tokai

You can also collect race t’s and numbers in the morning before the race. Please get there early to avoid a last minute rush.

The course is clearly marked so please follow the arrows and the marshal instructions.

There are NO water points along the route please ensure you carry enough water for yourself.

Race Rules:

  • Do not litter
  • Do not wander from the route
  • Do not swim in the dam
  • This is a fun race and you are out there to run for the Rhino so enjoy it.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

Rhino Run Port Elizabeth

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The Port Elizabeth Rhino Run will be held at Crossways Farm Village, Van Stadens.

Crossways have supported us every year for this event, and we are extremely grateful to them for allowing us to host the Port Elizabeth Rhino Run there again this year. Thanks to the amazing work done by 3 Rivers Trails in the area, we are sure you will have a beautiful and enjoyable a run there.

General Race Information

Race Date: 25 September 2016

Routes: 6km (R120), 12km (R180), 20km (R220)

Race sign in opens: 6:30am
Pre-race briefing: 8:30am
Race start: 9:00am (20km) 9:10am (12km) 9:20am (6km)

Parking: There is parking at the venue

Toilets: There are toilet facilities at the venue

Race Organiser: Free Spirit Adventures

Queries: Call Sheena on 0722934974

Directions:

  1. Take the N2 out towards Humansdorp.
  2. Drive over the Van Stadens Bridge, and take the next offramp (Thornhill) to the left.
  3. At the top of the offramp, turn right, to drive back across the highway towards the Ladies slipper mountain range.
  4. Take the first dirt road to your right to turn into Crossways. Marshals will be there to guide you to your parking area.

 

There will be signs along the highway to guide you.

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Please Note:

We will accept late registrations on the day – just please arrive early to minimise the chaos at the start.

Pre-race registration (number and race T collection), as well as late entries will be done at Trailbusters, 48 Villiers Road, Walmer, between 4 & 6pm on Friday 23 Sep.

If you can’t make the pre-registration session, don’t stress as you will be able to collect your number and shirt on the day if you entered online.

The course is clearly marked so please follow the markers and listen to the pre-race instructions.

There will be self-service water points along the route. However, we do recommend carrying your own water.

Hosted at the Crossways Farm Village development, the Port Elizabeth edition of the Rhino Run promises to give all entrants an awesome day out in the countryside.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching.

Lucky draw will be done after the event with some amazing lucky draw prizes up for grabs.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

Rhino Run Gauteng

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The Gauteng Rhino Run will be held at Hedianga Farm.

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Hedianga Farm for allowing us to host the Gauteng Rhino Run again there this year, and we are sure you will have a beautiful and enjoyable run.

General Race Information

Race Date: 25 September 2016

Routes: 5km (R120), 10km (R180), 15km (R220)

Race sign in opens: 6:30am
Pre-race briefing: 8:30am
Race start: 9:00am (15km) 9:10am (10km), 9:20am (5km)

Parking: There is parking at the venue

Toilets: There are toilet facilities at the venue

Race Organiser: Race Time & Trail Adventure

Queries: Call Justin on 0722114783

Location: Hedianga Farm | GPS Location 25°48’24.55″S /  28°21’1.53″E


Please Note:

We will accept late registrations on the day – just please arrive early to minimise the chaos at the start.

There will be NO pre-race registration – you will be able to collect your shirt and race number on the day if you entered online.

The course is clearly marked so please follow the markers and listen to the pre-race instructions.

There will be water points along the route. However, we do recommend carrying your own water.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching.

Lucky draw will be done after the event with some amazing lucky draw prizes up for grabs.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

Rhino Run Kenton

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The Kenton Rhino Run will be held at Homewoods Restaurant, at the Kenton Blue Flag beach. The run will be a mix of beach and running through the Kenton Eco-Estate.

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Homewoods & the Kenton Eco Estate for allowing us to host the Kenton Rhino Run there again this year, and we are sure you will have a beautiful and enjoyable run.

General Race Information

Race Date: 25 September 2016

Routes: 5km (R120), 12km (R180)

Race sign in opens: 6:00am
Pre-race briefing: 7:45am
Race start: 8:00am (12km) 8:10am (5km)

Parking: There is parking at the venue

Toilets: There are toilet facilities at the venue

Race Organiser: Free Spirit Adventures in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Tourism

Queries: Call Dallas on 082 331 4774


Please Note:

We will accept late registrations on the day – just please arrive early to minimise the chaos at the start.

Pre-race registration (number and race T collection), as well as late entries will be done at Homewoods at the Kenton Blue Flag beach between 4 & 6pm on Saturday 19.

If you can’t make the pre-registration session, don’t stress as you will be able to collect your shirt and number on the day if you entered online.

The course is clearly marked so please follow the markers and listen to the pre-race instructions.

There will be self-service water points along the route. However, we do recommend carrying your own water.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching.

Lucky draw will be done after the event with some amazing lucky draw prizes up for grabs.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

Rhino Run Durban

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The Durban Rhino Run will be held at Sugar Rush Adventure Park, Ballito.

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Sugar Rush Adventure Park for allowing us to host the Durban Rhino Run there this year, and we are sure you will have a beautiful and enjoyable run.

General Race Information

Race Date: 25 September 2016

Routes: 5km (R120), 12km (R180)

Race sign in opens: 6:00am
Pre-race briefing: 7:45am
Race start: 8:00am (12km) 8:10am (5km)

Parking: There is parking at the venue

Toilets: There are toilet facilities at the venue

Race Organiser: KZN Trailrunning

Queries: Call Andrew on 0826034098


Please Note:

We will accept late registrations on the day – just please arrive early to minimise the chaos at the start.

There will be no pre-registration session. You will be able to collect your shirt and goody bag on the day if you entered online.

The course is clearly marked so please follow the markers and listen to the pre-race instructions.

There will be water points along the route. However, we do recommend carrying your own water.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching.

Lucky draw will be done after the event with some amazing lucky draw prizes up for grabs.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

The Teams That Make It Happen

Our Event Organisers

An event of this magnitude is not possible without the assistance and expertise of the various local trail running event organisers that have stepped up to support our cause.

Free Spirit Adventures, based in Port Elizabeth, co-ordinate the entire event nationwide, and also manage the Port Elizabeth and Kenton legs of the event.

Quantum Adventures are the organisers of the Cape Town leg of the event.

KZN Trailrunning are the organisers of the Durban leg of the event.

Race Time is the organiser the Gauteng leg of the event.

Below are links to the various organisers websites. These amazing guys and girls have all jumped on board and supported this event so that you can come out and enjoy your race.

Please visit their Facebook pages and websites, and support their other events, so that they can continue to help us grow the amazing sport that is trail running!

 

Free Spirit Adventures KZN Trailrunning Quantum Adventures Race Time

 

Our Amazing Sponsors

An event like The Rhino Run is not possible without the assistance of sponsors.

Below is a list of all the companies that have offered to help us support and grow the Rhino Run. Please visit their websites, Like their Facebook pages, follow them on Twitter and support them by buying and using their products and/or services.

To all our amazing sponsors – we are so extremely grateful for your help – thank you!


The Kariega Foundation

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The Kariega Foundation have very kindly donated an all expenses paid (except travel costs) weekend away for 2 people at the Kariega Game Reserve in their beautiful uKhozi Lodge. This will be given away as our national lucky draw prize. Anyone who enters the Rhino Run will be eligible to win this amazing weekend away, and stand a chance to see one of our inspirational rhinos, Thandi.

Visit Their Website | Find Them On Facebook


Tsitsikamma Crystal Spring Water

tc Tsitsikamma Crystal Spring Water is sourced from a quartzite aquifer within the pristine Tsitsikamma Mountains. Tsitsikamma have always tried to align themselves as a company with socially responsible causes, and have very kindly stepped up again to support the Rhino Run this year.

They will donate a bottle of their amazing water to every pre-registered entrant in South Africa for this years Rhino Run.

Visit Their Website | Find Them On Facebook


Nuun South Africa

nuunsmall Nuun South Africa have come on board as the official finisher drinks sponsor for this years Rhino Run.

Their amazing range of sugar free electrolyte replacement products will help you all recover from your Rhino Run.

Visit Their Website | Find Them On Facebook


CiVViO

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This is the 5th year that CiVViO have stepped up and thrown their support behind the Rhino Run, and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support of this event.

The guys at civvio spotsgear and accessories have very kindly donated a range of lucky draw prizes to be given away at the various Rhino Runs around the country.

Visit Their Website | Find Them On Facebook


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