Ox Pecker Trail Run

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Oxpecker

Experience

Yellow-billed
4 & 5 May 2024
Red-billed
11 & 12 May 2024
African
18 & 19 May 2024

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Africa's Favourite Trail Run
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Africa's favourite trail run

About

Africa's favorite trail run

The Oxpecker Trail Run is South Africa’s top 2-day trail running event that takes place in the central Drakensberg, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban.

We aim to be the most innovative trail running race in the world let alone South Africa. Come for a weekend of unbelievable trails, delicious food, pure fun and for the OXPECKER experience!

Trail Details

We are Ready. Are You?

With 8 years of OXPECKER experience we, as passionate trail runners ourselves, have found a trail we feel is the perfect balance between enjoyable and challenging.

Along the trail you can expect mostly flowing single and jeep track with such beautiful Drakensberg and bush veld views. The track is often wide enough to overtake or run alongside a friend.

Accommodation

Self Camping, Tents & Rooms

In order to give you the BEST sleep during your Oxpecker experience we have a range of canvas tents available to suit your camping vibe!

We also have permanent ablutions. Camping not your vibe? We also have rooms available.

Entry Information

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Entries are sold out

Try your luck by heading to our Resell page, this is our official platform where runners can sell their entries.

Yellow-Billed Oxpecker

4 - 5 May 2024

Red-Billed
Oxpecker

11 - 12 May 2024

African
Oxpecker

18 - 19 May 2024

What You Need To Know

Oxpecker Running entry: R2960

TRUE OXPECKER EXPERIENCE

We are all about having fun whilst meeting like minded people. An absolute blast of a weekend away in the bush. Innovative ideas, we focus on the smaller details and guarantee you so much FUN. A ticket to the most innovative trail run.

DELICIOUS MEALS

Your meals are included from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch. The food is a highlight of the event.

SA’S BEST TRAILS

Passionate route builders who are runners themselves work throughout the year to bring you the best trails. Mainly single and jeep track.

RACK PACK

It’s a surprise every year. A great quality garment that we hope you will LOVE!

WATERPOINTS

Well stocked water points with DELICIOUS home made treats. We try go over and above the usual by offering what runners actually want!

SUNDOWNER TALK

A highlight of our event, Saturday a history talk about the battle of Spioenkop, the mountain you get to run around.

STIFF-LEGGED JOLL

Our infamous bush Joll! The name says it all.

HOT BOX

Our version of a chill zone 😉 Tea, coffee, juice served all day as well as cookies and fruit.

PERMANENT ABLUTIONS

All tented and race village ablutions are permanent with flushing toilets, mirrors, basins and showers.

MEDICAL SUPPORT

We have a medical team based in the race village to assist with any medical issues.

FULLY SETUP RACE VILLAGE

We offer a really fun atmosphere in our race village, we have a Oxpecker merchandise shop, bar, Coffee tent, massage tent, tuckshop!

ACCOMMODATION

We want you to have the best sleep possible – please read through carefully and choose what suits you best!

OXPECKER TENT

COST R400 PER TENT IN TOTAL

1 x canvas tent
One or two mattresses
Closest to the race village
Shared ablutions
Available from registration night

KUDU TENT

COST R1800 PER TENT IN TOTAL

1 x canvas tent
One or two beds/stretchers
Closest to the race village
Shared ablutions
Available from registration night

WEAVER TENT

COST R3200 PER TENT IN TOTAL

1 x large canvas tent
One or two beds with linen
2 x chairs, side table, lamp
400m from the race village
Shared ablutions
Electricity in your tent
Available from registration night

KINGFISHER TENT

COST R3500 PER TENT IN TOTAL

1 x extra large canvas tent
2 x beds with linen & proper mattresses
2 x chairs, Side table & lamp
Electricity in your tent
500m from the race village
Private ablution block in camp
Available from registration night
Private shuttle to race village

SELF CAMPING

R300 PER PERSON

Drinking basins provided & ablutions nearby
400m from race village
Only official “runners” and supporters allowed
Limited shade
Electricity not provided
Available from registration night

EM’SENI ROOM

COST R3500

In the race village
2 x bunk beds (4 beds)
Pillows & bottom sheets included
Electricity in the room
Shared ablutions with gas showers
Available from Registration night
Parking for one vehicle per room

FISH EAGLE TENT

COST R6000

Two Beds with linen, towels and electric blankets
Electricity and lights
En-suite Toilet and basin
Cupboards
Chairs on veranda
Parking included

Sharing

PLANNiNG ON SHARiNG A TENT WiTH YOUR FRiEND?

Please make sure the runner who booked the tent selected a double tent/two mattresses otherwise they will only get one mattress/bed in the tent.

TRANSFERS, RESELL AND REFUNDS

Should you not be able to make the event for whatever reason you have the following options:

Transferring tickets can be done up to a week before the event.

How to Transfer Tickets

Transferring tickets allows you to send tickets securely from your Howler account to other people. When you transfer a ticket, the existing ticket is cancelled and a new ticket is issued to the email address specified. Both the original and new ticket holders will receive an email confirming the ticket transfer.

Heads up! Transferring a ticket means you will no longer have access to the ticket. The recipient is the new owner and the ticket will appear under their tickets tab. Entered the incorrect email address? Don’t worry, it happens. Please contact support@howler.co.za and one of our agents will assist you.

You cannot transfer a ticket to an email address that already has a ticket assigned to it. Each ticket needs to be assigned to a unique email address.

Transfers open: February

Fees: R200 per entry, R200 per tent.

Here’s how:

1. Login to howler.co.za using the email address that your tickets are listed under and click on the tickets tab at the top of the page.

2. Click the three dots on the right hand side of your ticket and select the transfer button.

3. Fill in the details of the person you’re transferring the ticket to and click “transfer”

4. Double check the email address you are sending the entry to, confirm transfer by selecting “pay now” to pay the R200 transfer fee. Please remember to complete this same process if you are selling your tent too.

How to resell your ticket

This is the ONLY place to sell your tickets, please do not use any other platform to sell. We will be directing the waiting list here and the Oxpecker Resell page will be available until about 10 days before the event. Please note that your entry ticket and accommodation ticket will be resold separately.


1. Log into your Howler account and select Tickets.
2. Click on the 3 dots on the right hand side of the ticket you’d like to sell.
3. Click the “Sell Ticket” option to put your ticket on sale.
*If your ticket is a complimentary ticket, you won’t be able to list it on Resale.

Set the price of your ticket. Enter your banking details. Please check this carefully. If your bank details are entered incorrectly, you’ll need to remove your ticket from Resale and relist it with the correct details.

Refund policy

How to get a refund

1: Login to howler.co.za using your Howler account email address and click on the tickets tab at the top of the page.

2. Click the 3 dots on the right hand side of your ticket and select the query ticket option. *Heads up! Only the original purchaser is able to request a refund.

3. Send our customer support a message requesting your refund.

Send Query. Your refund request will be processed within 3-5 days. Upon approval, your funds will be paid back into the account of the original purchaser within a further 3-5 days.

Need help? Please contact support@howler.co.za and one of our support agents will assist you with your refund.

PAYMENT PLANS

Customers can use the LayUp Payment Plan to purchase Oxpecker tickets on Howler. For any Payment Plan queries please contact LayUp customer support directly. Oxpecker and Howler cannot assist with payment processing or special arrangements with LayUp. Your payment is between you and LayUp.

If you choose to use the payment plan please note

How it works

You will be redirected to the LayUp portal to create or login to your LayUp profile and complete your payment details.

You can select your payment terms within the options available on LayUp, with a 50% ticket value deposit. You will have up to 4 months (end December) to pay the balance off.

Your ticket will immediately reflect in your Howler profile under the “Tickets” tab. However, it will remain in “pending payment” mode until the final payment has been made on LayUp.

SUPPORTER PACKAGES

We love that your family and friends would love to come and support you! Support packages can be purchased under the Enter page.

The packages cost R2960 and include

Please note that it does not include accommodation. Should you wish to share your tent with your runner, please remind them to select a tent for two.

RACE PACK COLLECTION

Our fun Race pack collection opens at 2pm on Friday all at the race village. Please park your car, come have a sherry shot and bring lots of energy to our race pack collection. Here you will meet our friendly team who will verify you with your ID and will receive the correct wristband as per your accommodation choice. You will receive your goodie bag and timing chip. You will then scan your timing chip and choose whether you’d like to take part in one of our FUN running categories, see info below! All runners and supporter packages will need to be picked up here, in person.

From there you will go back to your car and grab your bags and sleeping katunda and head to your tent. Please note: there will be security checking bands at the entrance to the venue. Runners and supporters cannot gain access into the race village/tented area without a band.

Staying in a room the runner who booked the room will receive one vehicle pass. One vehicle, per chalet may gain access. All runners in the vehicle will be checked to make sure they have the correct accommodation band in order to drive to the chalet.

Self camping: runners who are self camping will receive a different coloured wristband to identify that they are self camping and each vehicle will be checked, confirming all runners/supporters have the correct band on, so please make sure each runner selects self camping.

Staying in Kingfisher camp: runners who are staying in Kingfisher camp will receive a key for their tent as well as one vehicle pass. This will give you access to park closer to your tent. Security will confirm your vehicle by checking your vehicle pass.

Staying in a Fish Eagle tent: the runner who booked the tent will receive one vehicle pass. One vehicle, per tent may gain access.

Summary

What to know

Timing and Categories

Runners will all receive a timing chip and the race will be timed by our timing company. The results will be posted online as well as printed out at the event. This is where you will find your batch for Day 2 based on your Day 1’s time. Please remember to run in your batch as if you jump batches your time will be incorrect and you will receive a time penalty. Timing is overall best time of both days wins regardless of what batch you’re in. Timing and batch queries can be taken up with the timing team who will be on the finish line.

Our categories are fun and exciting! Categories are to be confirmed on Friday night and cannot be changed at a later stage. For example if you are winning the Tannie category and realise you are actually winning the race, you cannot change to overall after day 1.For the categories where you run in teams, you need to finish together. Prize money is only awarded to the overall winners on the African weekend.

Overall winners

RACE BRIEFING

In the evenings we all gather in the main tent and eat dinner and that is where the fun happens! Together with our MC we go through what we have planned in store for you for the weekend. It is recommended that all runners attend the fun race briefing. Runners are informed about the route, weather, safety and prizes will be given away in probably the most humorous way you’ve ever seen!

Times

FRIENDLY CREW AND FAMILY

We are a family run event and cannot wait for you to come and feel a part of it. No one is grumpy here! 

Trail Details

Africa's favorite trail run
On the trails you can expect to see wild game, cattle, beautiful views of the Drakensberg and the vast bush veld of this area. Our water points are often well stocked with mouth watering home made goodies such as our famous Oxpecker date balls!