The Event

The Event

East to West

Each year The Otter African Trail Run takes place in an alternating direction. It’s the same route but different climbs to conquer and all new spectacular views to look forward to. In 2019, the event will be run from East to West, starting at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp and finishing at Natures Valley.

Two Departures

For safety, enjoyment for all runners and minimizing environmental impact only 250 runners are allowed on the course at any time. We know that some tackle The Otter ATR just to finish in one day while others are chasing the clock.
This is why we launched The Challenge with an 11 hour cut-off, while The Run, maintains a fearsome 8 hour cut-off.

DAY 1 - Prologue

Welcome to Natures Valley and the Garden Route National Park!
The Challenge: Wednesday 9 October 2019
The Run: Friday 11 October 2019



First stop is Registration, pick up your race bib and timing chip, collect any event apparel you’ve ordered and complete the equipment and environmental checks.




PRE-RACE DINNER..There will be a  Pre-Race Dinner  the evening of the prologue - pre-bookings available soon via The Otter Shop

PRE-RACE  BREAKFAST.. There will be a  Pre-Race breakfast in the morning of the race - pre-bookings will be available soon via The Otter Shop

AWARD CEREMONY DINNER.. The award ceremony, followed by dinner will be held at the Central Race Hub in Natures Valley, De Vasselot Campsite.  The dinner for athletes is part of your entry fee and does not have to be booked! However if you wish to bring a partner to dinner, you would need to pre-book via The Otter Shop as there is limited space. 



The Prologue is your first taste of The Otter, a short time-trial style run to be completed after Registration to determine your seeding and starting time in the field the following day.





There are many variables to running and managing the Otter Run & Challenge but one thing I can guarantee is that your legs will be dying for a massage after finishing the race. The Southern Cape has some of the most highly rated sports masseurs, Jo-Anne van Vuuren and her colleagues from Aromaflex. Make sure you book your massage in advance ( or 082-8209960)

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Race Briefing

Know what to expect the next day. Important information about the course are covered during Race Briefing as well as the Weather Alert Level announcement that determines what kit you’ll need. It’s essential to be there.


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Spectator Bus


We will once again offering spectators the opportunity to observe the dramatic Bloukrans River Crossing and still be back in time witness the first finishers cross the line and the possibility of history being made. Spectators will be collected from the Central Race Hub on the morning of the event and transported to the top of the E6 Emergency Exit above the infamous Bloukrans River mouth. From there spectators will hike the 200 vertical meters down to the Otter Trail and onto the pebble beach where they will see the participants attempt the crossing. Tickets will be for sale soon on The Otter Shop.

DAY 2 - Race Day

This is it
The Challenge: Thursday 10 October 2019
The Run: Saturday 12 October 2019

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Otter Challenge

Race start at 06h00-06h30
Your starting batch and time will be published after Race Briefing.

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Otter Run

Race start at 07h00-07h30
Your starting batch and time will be published after Race Briefing.


Awards Ceremony

Congratulations! You’ve done it! Each finisher is handed their colour-ranked medal at the Awards Ceremony according to their time. Once all the winners have been awarded it is time to share war-stories over dinner .