Harpoon in our Hearts

Whale of Trail 2021 cannot go ahead on 31 July.

Despite Plans B, C, D through Z being proposed to satisfy almost everyone, taking into account regulations, projected amendments and all requests and concerns of athletes and stakeholders, the call has unfortunately been made.

After very careful consideration, CapeNature’s Executive members having met to decide on whether to continue to host the upcoming Whale of Trail, we hereby regret to inform you that, on this occasion, we cannot proceed with the intended event. CapeNature being duly guided by the provisions of the current Alert Level 4 COVID-19 Regulations, has made the difficult executive decision to postpone your event.

All entries will now be transferred to 2022. Final date still to be confirmed.

Our very sincere apologies to you, all our staff, suppliers, caterers, taxi buses and the district of Overberg who have been relying on this event to go ahead.

The CapeNature De Hoop nature reserve is still open and De Hoop Collection would love to still host you over the weekend where you can safely enjoy all the amenities on offer and immerse yourself in the glorious outdoors and sit on the beach watching the whales who would’ve been watching you finish. 

We desperately tried to make this happen. We know a lot of you just wanted to get out onto the trails. We just wanted to get out there! A small positive is that we can now look forward to offering the genuine experience next year. That is, Whale as we know it – with the energy of a start chute, the freedom of the trail, the joy of human connection and the celebration all together at the finish. We WANT to be able to hug you! 

A huge thank you to:

  • our event partner, CapeNature for taking into account all considerations and doing all you could to try to make the event go ahead. We do understand your decision and how tough this was for you. 
  • our title sponsor, Merrell for the ongoing and unwavering support for all that we do. 
  • our presenting sponsor, PSG Wealth Rosebank for your commitment and investment into the event.
  • our host sponsor, De Hoop Collection for providing the perfect race village. 

Thank you all for your understanding and patience, 

Graham Bird

Whale of Trail Director

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