The Fezile Dabi Open Cross Country Running League is presented by Parys Multisport and consists of 4 league meetings held between May and July. League 4 also incorporates the Fezile Dabi Cross Country Championships.
*An athlete only needs to enter once to compete all and any of the leagues (number of entries are limited). Athletes can be entered at any time, but entries closing dates still apply for each league meeting. Please make sure to indicate on the entry form which league meetings you will compete at.
Koedeslaagte Trail Park is an unspoiled wilderness venue that strikes the perfect balance between sport and splendour. Koedoeslaagte is located approxamately 10km outside of Parys in the heart of the Vredefort Dome UNESCO Word Heritage Site. Koedoeslaagte is well-known amongst thousands of runners and cyclist that take to its trails every year to practise and compete in a truely unique and pure sport environment.
Koedoeslaagte Trail Park & AdventureKopjeskraalGPS: S 26°52'26.39" E 27°21'9.85"
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The Cross Country course consits of two loops, a 1km distance loop (short loop) and a 2km distance loop (long loop). Measurement of the course was done with a measuring wheel along the shortest possible route a runner may take. The various race category distances are made up by combining the short and long loops. For race category distances that make use of both the short loop and the long loop, the short loop must be completed first, followed by the long loop:
The Cross Country course will be clearly marked by making use of fencing, barrier marking tape, chalk lines, sign posts, and flags. The track will be 5m wide on average with the narrowest section of the track no less than 2m wide.
The course at Koedoeslaagte may be considered most true to the pure historic and original characteristics of Cross Country running that South Africa has to offer.
With the support and experience of our host at Koedoeslaagte we literally went the extra mile in studying the course design requirements to present a Cross Country league that is in line with what athletes can expect from an authentic Cross Country course.
At its lowest altitude the course is routed through a grove on the bank of the Vaal River with tricky slopes and turns. Higher up, away from the river bank, the undulating landscape with its twisting trails demand mental and physical endurance, good orientation skills, and an innate ability to negotiate varied terrain. There may be natural obstacles on the course and some of the sections make it worth mentioning that running with spiked shoes are not recommended.
This is an Altitude Course (1330-1360m) that adheres to the desires of athlete safety, regulatory requirements, and the demand for authentic Cross Country running.
By entering to participate and compete at the Fezile Dabi Open Cross Country Running League, every athlete, participant and attendee agrees to the following:
The Fezile Dabi Open Cross Country Running League is presented in accordance with the State of Distaster Management Act, as well as the regulations and protocols prescribed by World Athletics and Athletics South Africa to address, prevent and combat the spread of Coronavirus as a result of participating in and competing at athletics activities and meetings.