I was very excited to have received an entry to do the renowned La Capra Goat Run hosted by Fairview. I hadn’t yet had an opportunity to explore the area in and around Paarl, only having seen the famous Paarl rock from a distance while traveling through.

Fairview have been generous enough to invite both Katya (my running partner) and I to participate in the Dryland Traverse in Oudtshoorn next month. Katya’s mom got creative with the Fairview aprons that we received, in order to provide Katya and me with a racing kit for the 4 day stage race. I got to give my little apron a test run during the La Capra run…

Upon arrival I was pleasantly surprised by the race venue. I didn’t know that we even had our very own “Spice Route” in the Western Cape – a true gem. Not to mention the awesome goodie bags that we received! The runners were spoilt with a bottle of wine, block of Fairview white rock cheese, a bandana supporting the CANSA foundation and a super cool race shirt. Certainly the nicest goodie bag I’ve ever received for a single day race.

The vibe was great, with the participants being led out of the starters shoot by Donald and his goat. Once the runners were given the signal the race was on. The course was rather fast, predominantly made up of vineyards and jeep track. The goat runners were also led through some picturesque areas of single tracks, meandering through the forest and even getting to explore the local Botanical garden.  Probably the highlight of the race for me, was climbing up the second largest Granite rock in the world. What a unique experience – we did however have to run up the “Eliminator” to get there. (An apt name that the locals have coined for a never ending grinding ”hill”).

Besides the challenging 28km route which I’d completed, there were shorter options. Catering  for the entry-level runner to parents pushing a stroller. Something that made all the hard work worthwhile was the good food, wine and beer offered to all out on the lawn.

As a podium-finisher, I received a very special handmade trophy. To be honest with, this will be the only trophy/medal that I have keep after more than 70 podium finishes in my racing career. The two little wire goats perching on a rock will proudly stand on my bedroom cabinet. (Finally – a functional cute prize)!

Part of my prize, included a voucher at the Barley and Biltong, on one of the neighbouring farms. My family and I were  fortunate enough to enjoy a scrumptious meal, surrounding by many foreigners in the Spice Route. This will certainly be an area that I’m keen to revisit in the near future.   https://youtu.be/00TdzUi3D2Y