Bundu Bash powered by Stihl Media Release

 No: BB1205

8 Oct 2012

St Dominics Bundu Bash offers plenty of family fun

The third and final leg of the Bundu Bash off road adventure series powered by Stihl will be hosted by St Dominic's Academy Newcastle on 20 October at the Balele Recreation Resort and Game Park in Utrecht and it’s expected that last year’s 814 entries will be significantly bettered upon.

The St Dominic’s leg of the Bundu Bash Series has traditionally been the best supported of the three events in the series, and with the numbers in this year’s first leg, hosted by St John’s at Baynesfield, up by 70 percent and the field for the Treverton leg of the series, which took place in Mooi River, up by 40 percent, it’s possible that the magical 1 000-entry mark could be reached.

Kim Hoatson, of the organisers, admitted to being nervous but excited about another potential explosion of numbers. “It’s difficult to know just how many entries we will have,” she explained, “as people don’t really use pre-entries. It’s more about entries on the day.”

She said the St Dominic’s leg works well because there’s really nothing else like it around Newcastle and people there are community-orientated.

With the weather getting warmer, the event, unlike the previous two legs, includes swimming options to go along with trail running and mountain biking, which are the staples of the series.

Hoatson said that various options allow for people to choose between running and swimming. “Experience,” she said, “has enabled us to work out that the 200-metre swim takes about the same time as a one-kilometre run”.

This has created the choice of a 200m swim and one-kilometre swim in the Dustbuster race or a 400-metre swim and two-kilometre run in the Chainsaw event, among the options.

There is a spectacular finishing area, with races ending on a floating bridge on the dam, around which the different starting areas are located, and where most of the festivities take place.

The longest dual-sport event on the day will be the Chainsaw, made up of a five-kilometre run and 20-kilometre mountain bike leg. “A lot of the running is around the dam, which is quite flat,” Hoatson said. “The mountain bike course is not too technical,” she added.

The easiest of the events is the Amble, a four-kilometre cross-country walk for those out to enjoy the scenery, while there are also Bundu Buddies events for children under the age of 10.
People may enter races either individually or as teams.

Hoatson said the events are aimed at the family, but for those who want a more competitive challenge there is also a 40-kilometre mountain bike ride. For those who want to take part in the trail running only, there is a 10-kilometre option.

Running and cycling take place in the game park, where competitors could see animals such as, giraffes, zebras and warthogs. There is a leopard, Hoatson smiled, but it stays far away from the course and people need not fear it.

More information can be found at www.bundubashseries.co.za


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Stand back Buck Norris! Riders and runners can expect to see plenty of game as the course for the St Dominics Bundu Bash Powered by Stihl includes the local game reserve. Gameplan Media
Young adventure racers get moving in the Bundu Buddy race at last year's St Dominics Bundu Bash powered by Stihl. Gameplan Media
“A lot of the running is around the dam, which is quite flat, and thee mountain bike course is not too technical, said Kim Hoatson, organiser of the Treverton Bundu Bash powered by Stihl on Saturday 20 October. Gameplan Media
One of the unique aspects of the St Dominics Bundu Bash powered by Stihl is the novel wooden bike bridge across the dam. Gameplan Media
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