The Event

The Event

West to East

Each year The Otter African Trail Run takes place in an alternating direction. It’s the same 41km route, but different climbs to conquer and all new spectacular views to look forward to. In 2020, the event will be run from West to East, starting at Natures Valley and finishing at Storms River Mouth Rest Camp .

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 Storms River Mouth Rest Camp in the Garden Route National Park!
The Challenge: Wednesday 28 October 2020
The Run: Friday 30 October 2020



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 dinner  followed by the Award Ceremony, will be held at  Storms River Mouth Rest Camp.  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 Khoisan Village (The entrance to Tsitsikamma Khoisan Village is located 1 km East of the Bloukrans bridge) on the morning of the event (for different time departures please visit the Otter shop) 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. Purchase the Tickets on The Otter Shop.

DAY 2 - Race Day

This is it
The Challenge: Thursday 29 October 2020
The Run: Saturday 31 October 2020

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Otter Challenge

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

Race Cut-off time 11 hours 

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Otter Run

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

New Race Cut-off time 9 hours 

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Awards Ceremony

Awards Dinner 18h30 

Awards Ceremony 19:30

Congratulations! You’ve done it! A well deserved Awards Dinner is served before the Awards Ceremony. Once all the winners have been awarded it is time to relax and enjoy the party.



During the  Awards Ceremony each finisher will be handed their colour-ranked medal according to their time.   

A total of  R80 000 prize Money will be awarded to both  Male and Female of the RUN Race :  First place winners will receive R25 000, second place, R10 000, and third place  R5 000 cash.     

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