Run and walk in the world’s oldest desert

Run and walk in the world’s oldest desert
Rudi Bowe

The Standard Bank Dunes Xtrail Run and Walk hosted by OTB Sport will take place on Saturday 22 September in a protected area in the Dorob National Park that is in the world’s oldest desert.
The area is described as “a spectacular coastal dune belt, vast gravel plains, Namibia’s richest coastal area for birds, rich botanical diversity”
It is also an area of hyper arid desert, with an average rainfall of around only 8mm a year. Consequently, it is a super sensitive and delicate environment.
To host the event we needed permission from MET (Ministry of Environment and Tourism)
We want you to appreciate, respect and enjoy this unique environment.
Participants need to stay strictly on the designated route. (This is to protect the delicate plant/animal life and the biodiversity often not visible to the human eye).
Any deviations will result in DSQ, especially on the gravel plains that contain gypsum. Your tracks make scars that can last for decades!
The Race Entries can be done online at http://www.otbsport.com/ and will 20 September at 10h00. The first 220 entries will receive free event shirts and another 50 will be available after the prize giving.
The entry fees are:
7km Trail – N$180
16km Trail – N$200
Late Entries: N$300
The race will start and finish will be at Tiger Reef Beach Bar
Start time 16km Trail: 8.30 am
Start time 7km Trail: 9.00 am
Cut Off time: 11.20 am
Prize giving at approximately. 11h40
We will use your best 3 out of 4 results from the Standard Bank Xtrail Series to compute overall Series results.

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