2021 Otter - Trail Challenge

Fearsome 11 hour cut-off
Day 1 - Prologue
Day 2 - 41km Trail
DATE: TBC

CLOSED

2021 Otter - Trail Race

Extreme 9 hour cut-off
Day 1 - Prologue
Day 2 - 41km Trail
DATE: TBC

CLOSED

Classic and Retto


The Otter African Trail event takes place annually and runs in the opposite direction each year. The Classic Edition traverses East to West starting in Storms River and finishing in Natures Valley. With the Retto Edition Running West to East, from Natures Valley to Storms River.

The 41km route features rugged Indian Ocean coastline trails, indigenous forests, river crossings, spectacular scenery and 7,000 steps on average.
Every year The Otter African Trail Run hosts two cut-off time graded events:

  • The Otter Challenge  first to take place, with an 11 hour cut-off
  • The Otter Race two days later with a competitive 9 hour cut-off

Two Otter Events

Set goals on Otter 2021.

Route

The Grail of Trail, the Otter route is regarded as the marathon distance yardstick.

details

Schedule

From prologue to prize-giving, find out what happens, where and when.

details

Extras

Pre-booked meals, massages and the Bloukrans hike for supporters.

details

Compulsory Kit

The Otter pioneered the kit stencil for rapid checking. 

details

The Otter Green principle is to ensure that the near-pristine environment is better for you having participated.

Image

What will make it your best Otter

Green Trails

The Otter is run along a section of near-pristine coastline. Find out how we are keeping it that way.
details

Rules 

We strive for the perfect race, to be enjoyed by all. Here is how to make most it.

details

Athlete News

Specific information sent out as newsletters regarding updates. Latest copies are here.

details

Training

We have great advice from experts for training and nutrition.

details

Records and winning times
from 2011 to 2019

Winners

All time records

OTTER Classic - Trail Race


Marc Lauenstein (CH)

03:59:29

Toni McCann (SA)

04:52:51


OTTER Retto - Trail Race


Bartlomiej Przedwojewski (POL)

3:40:48

Holly Page (UK)

4:37:48

Otter 2019 Results
2018

Retto - 2018

Bartlomiej Przedwojewski - 3:40:48
Holly Page - 4:37:48

OTTER 2017

Classic - 2017

Christiaan Greyling - 04-:13:15
Megan Mackenzie - 05:01:08

2016-photo
marc_otter 2015
Trail runners compete in the OTTER African Trail Run 2013, presented by Salomon and GU, and organised by Magnetic South, held in the Garden Route National Park between Nature's Valley and Storms River Mouth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, RSA
Trail runners compete in the OTTER African Trail Run 2013, presented by Salomon and GU, and organised by Magnetic South, held in the Garden Route National Park between Nature's Valley and Storms River Mouth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, RSA
Trail runners compete in the RETTO (Reverse OTTER) African Trail Run 2014, presented by Salomon and GU, and organised by Magnetic South, held in the Garden Route National Park between Nature's Valley and Storms River Mouth, Eastern Cape, South Africa, RSA
2011
Pere Aurell, the new 2020 OTTER Champion

Marathon Distance. Four river crossings.
Over 2,400 meters of elevation gain and
11 significant climbs.
This is what makes the Otter “The Grail of Trail”


Press

Articles and the latest press releases.


Athlete News

Otter athletes get latest updates through the newsletter. Sign up if you're not receiving it.

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
 

Prize Money: A total of R80,000 was awarded to both male and female winners of the 2020 Race.


Male and Female each received:
1st -
R25,000
2nd - R10,000
3rd - R5,000

2020 Otter Race -
Image

1st - Pere Aurell Bove

04:03:0

Men Overall

2nd - Johardt Van Heerden
3rd - Kane Reilly

Image

1st - Toni McCann

04:40:0

Women Overall

2nd - Bianca Tarboton
3rd - Ragna Debats

Image

1st - Quintin Honey

04:56:0

Men Vet

2nd - Kevin Evans
3rd - Guido Tagge

Image

1st - Ragna Debats

05:06:0

Women Vet

2nd - Lindi Georgiou
3rd - Janeske Oosthuizen

0

 Retto Record

Image

Johardt Van Heerden clocks a new South African RETTO record in a time of 04:03:50

Image

1st - Roldah Orrie

07:32:0

Women Master

2nd - Marie Ayton

Image

1st - Jaco Burger

05:19:0

Men Master

2nd - Kevin Spratley
3rd - Charles Girdlestone

0

 Retto Record

Image
Toni McCann broke her own record for fastest South African time by a minute and a half, finishing the RETTO in a new record time of 04:40:30
 

Otter 2020 - Race

The Race Participant Start Times

The race start is 7am on Nature's Valley beach.
 

Apologies, there is was an issue with start times, they are not available on the site. An sms was sent regarding your individual time and there is a print out at the start line.

The Race Weather Alert Announcement

Taking into consideration tomorrow's weather forecast, as well as swell, wind and tides, Race Director, Mark Collins and his team have made the weather call for the Otter Race to take place on 31 October 2020. The Otter Challenge on Saturday will be run under Weather Alert Level 1. Sunny but cool temps are expected - perfect running conditions.

All Race Gear Requirements

You will need to carry the following:
• Pack/hip belt
• Water bottles/bladder
• Timing chip
• Phone + add to contacts - Rescue: 0725047537 and Medical: 0749910911
• Whistle
• Space blanket
• Strapping
• ER food (minimum 2 GU Energy Gels)
• Bib/race shirt
• Hand sanitiser
• Mask/buff
• Wind-proof jacket
• Running footwear
2020 Otter -

Retto - Challenge Prologue

Retto - Challenge

Retto - Race Prologue

Retto - Race

Pere Aurell, the new 2020 OTTER Champion
Toni McCann wins Otter Race 2020