The Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge is a +-22km race between Fish Hoek and Hout Bay. The route follows a similar route the fishermen used to take to cross the mountains that separate the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The race’s start and finish points alternate each year between Fish Hoek and Hout Bay, giving it an "up" and "down" race. 2017 will be the DOWN RUN! Start at Hout Bay Harbour.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to the different route profiles. When you start from Hout Bay you begin with a relentless climb to the top of Blackburn Ravine – a climb of over 620metres, but then the rest of the route is a gradual descent into Fish Hoek. While the start from Fish Hoek also has a steep short climb early on with small rock scramble section. After which it is more runnable and with a more gradual climb – you climb for the majority of the race, but the view at the summit of Blackburn is awesome and the descent towards the finish is wild! The up route is the slightly quicker.

  • Distance: +-22km
  • Max Altitude: 633m
  • Total Elevation: 858
  • Highest Point: Blackburn Ravine
  • Route: Route will be mark on single path and jeep track

The Old Fisherman's Trail Challenge is broken into 2 legs with a check point at Silvermine Dam within the Table Mountain National Park. The first leg this year will start at the Hout Bay Harbour.

The second leg continues with a gentle descent with the odd up and down before finishing along Fish Hoek beach.

Runners will be emailed before race day, a route description to follow to Check Points (CK) that need to check in at.