Clarens Cosmos Challenge 2 Day Trail Run 2024
Sat 9 Mar - Sun 10 Mar 2024 @ Fouriesburg, Free State

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Stage 1: Welcome to Old Mill Drift Guest Farm

Stage 1: 17Km | 11Km

Old Mill Drift is a 1 646-acre historic guest and Warmblood horse stud farm with pet-friendly, self-catering accommodation on the Caledon River. Located 27km from Clarens and Fouriesburg in the Free State, South Africa, often referred to as “a hidden gem” by our guests, this magical setting with stark seasonal contrasts and equally magnetic landscape provides the ultimate exhilaration for extreme sports enthusiasts and yet a peaceful solace for those who just want an escape in this deeply tranquil space.

Set on 14km of the Caledon River, the natural border between South Africa and Lesotho, and nestled at the foot of the Maluti Mountains, this stark, bountiful, and exquisite land is an idyllic place for a technical trail run.

Stand in the very spot where a brand-new dinosaur species was discovered at Old Mill Drift. Named Aardonyx, meaning ‘earth claw’ this 7m-long herbivore is shedding light on the origins of the biggest dinosaurs ever, the Sauropods, and explains how evolution moved from smaller biped animals to bigger, heavier quadruped animals. The skull and jaws show signs that it had a wide gape and could bulk-browse, taking in huge mouthfuls of vegetation in each bite.

Route Information

The pathways up the mountain are well-maintained and manuquered!!

Stage 1 ( Aardonyx ) is characterized by technical terrain. The choice of what type of shoe you should be wearing must be prioritized as the terrain can be slippy when wet! Don't let the shorter distances fool you as the climbs are steep but oh-so worth the view!

Stage 2: Welcome to Arpa Adventure Farm

Stage 2: 26Km |13KM

A picturesque self-catering establishment nestled in the stunning Fouriesburg region. Here, you can experience the beauty of nature while enjoying a range of exciting activities. Whether you're seeking a peaceful getaway or an adventurous holiday, Arpa Adventure Farm offers the perfect accommodation for your needs. Our units are located just a stone's throw away from the majestic dam, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the area and witness the fantastic BirdLife that thrives here

Arpa Adventure Farm is a "green" farm that does not make use of grid power. A generator and batteries are used for electricity and lights and an 800-liter donkey boiler is used for the hot water supply.

There is enough firewood for boma fires however you would need to bring your charcoal with you.

There is a 180-degree view on the farm with stunning views of the magnificent mountains and right next to the farm is a tranquil dam, 20-50 meters from the units.

Fouriesburg is a quaint little town in the Eastern Free State, situated in the Brandwater basin. The Lesotho border post of Caledonspoort is about 8 km from Fouriesburg.

Arpa Guest Farm cares about the environment and like-minded guests are more than welcome.

Stage 2 is characterized by non-technical open roads through private farms along the millions of cosmos flowers next to the road.

Compulsory gear:

  • GPS watch ( GPX files will be sent out on 6 March )
  • 1.5Litre hydration pack
  • Space blanket
  • Wind Jacket for Stage 1

Weekend agenda:

  • Registration Venue: Old Mill Drift
  • 8 March 15H00-20H00 Registration & Welcome drinks & Snacks
  • 20H00 Happy Hour in the mill and bonfires outside
  •  9 March: Stage 1: Old Mill Drift ( Late registration from 05H30 )
  • 10 MarchStage 2: Arpa Guest Farm 
  • Both stages are circular routes which start at 06H30
  • Prize giving at 12H00 on both days 
  • Complimentary light meals will be served post-race as you finish on both days 
  • Complimentary goodie bag with event shirt to all participants
  • Bont venues are between Clarens and Fouriesburg 20km | 35min drive away through very scenic and one of the most popular routes in South Africa.

A short drive to freedom below

Accommodation bookings: 
Stage 1: Yvonne - 066 466 2106 Home - Old Mill Drift
Stage 2: Christo - 083 756 8110 Arpa Adventure Farm | Book Your Dream Self-Catering or Bed and Breakfast Now! (

Race Office: 063 686 7315

Clarens Cosmos Challenge 2 Day Trail Run 2024

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Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Price (pp)
2 Day Trail Run - Long Course
Stage 1 = 17km and Stage 2 = 26km
43 km Over 2 days R 1,785.00
2 Day Trail Run - Short Course
Stage 1 = 11km and Stage 2 = 13km
24 km Over 2 days R 1,785.00

Event location
Old Mill Drift, Fouriesburg

Route information
Coordinates -28.6113765, 28.4526335
Address Old Mill drift Guest Farm, Fouriesburg, South Africa
City Fouriesburg
Province Free State

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