Add it to your bucket list

Regardless of whether it’s pinned to the fridge with a dodgy magnet or in our minds – we all have a bucket list of sorts, a list of accomplishments and experiences that we hope to tick off in your lifetime. As a trail runner, there are just certain runs that need to be on that list, the Merrell Whale of Trail is one of them. A pristine ultra-trail that steers you over mountains and across… Continue reading

Whale of Trail generously ups prize money

The Merrell Whale of Trail announces a generous increase in 2017 prize money, incentivising runners across the country to make their way to the start line on 29th July 2017 at De Hoop Nature Reserve. The first male and female across the line will walk away with R15k each, a large difference to last year’s R3k. “In first two years we gave R3000, R2000 and R1000 for the top three men and women respectively,” says… Continue reading

It’s a big race with a big heart.

The Merrell Whale of Trail 2016 was won this weekend by Mark Winter in 5hr39min, slicing 11minutes off the previous record, with Tracey Almirall leading in the ladies with 6hr57min. The majority of the field however, set off on this trail at dawn with the intention not of winning but of finishing the longest, toughest, most diverse and technical trail they have ever attempted. To stumble up the boardwalk with 53km behind them, elated with… Continue reading

ULTRA Magazine features Whale of Trail

Multiple award winning UK running magazine highlights the WOW! factor of our race. “Ultramarathons are often marketed with aggressive or unfriendly words; brutal, testing, ultimate challenge, whereas the Merrell Whale of Trail is so damn enjoyable as to make one feel guilty for claiming any hardship. It is an ultra and it is a tough, nay, incredibly tough route to do in a day, but every single finisher does so grinning. Shattered and spent, yet absolutely aware of the privilege… Continue reading

Wild Card blogs about Merrell Whale of Trail

“Imagine starting off at dawn and heading straight up a hill, knowing that’s the highest climb of the day already done… Coming up to see the sunrise [the course heads east and ends west], the view of the Breede River on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other with this whole area as your playground for the day. Approaching the finish line – on firm ground after a long stretch of beach –… Continue reading