Volunteering Program

Be part of the OTTER African Trail Run and mingle amongst the world’s best trail runners while being part of the world’s best Event team.

Volunteer candidates are required to apply using an online application form. The application process will remain open with the first round of selections taking place the first week of July for the event taking place in October.

There is only a limited amount of volunteer positions available.


Magnetic South Events stand for high quality sporting events and this high standard can only be achieved with an excellent team. Our volunteers will be a crucial part of the success of the event and will require a variety of skills that can benefit our event team. Whether you have technical (computer/electronics), administrative or operational skills – there are various positions to be filled at registration, set-up and “in the field”.

Most importantly however you will have to be available for the full period of the event (28 – 31st of October 2020) and to be there for the compulsory staff briefing the evening of the 27th October 2020.

  • 18 years of age on the day the race starts
  • Must have a good command of the English language
  • South African citizens require a valid identity document
  • Foreign citizens must be in possession of a valid passport

Each volunteer receives, among other:

  • Tented accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner with the Magnetic South Event Team
  • Daily lunch pack
  • Volunteer T-shirt or similar
  • Reserved entry for the following years race

Cost (NOT) involved

If you are successful with your application and you commit to work as part of the Magnetic South team we believe we are entering a ‘win-win’ situation.

We will benefit from your dedicated work and you will be part of the international World Championship in TrailRunning. We will NOT charge you for being a volunteer – HOWEVER you will have to pay a deposit of R 2000 to secure your Volunteer spot.
This amount will only be fully refunded after the event if you fulfilled your commitment to the satisfaction of your team leader. Should you, for any reason, not be able to attend the event or fulfil your commitment, the deposit will not be refunded.

How the application process works

Step 1: Candidates complete the online volunteer application form.

Step 2: Wait to hear from the organizers as to whether your application has been successful. First round confirmation emails will be sent out to successful volunteers by end of July.

Step 3:  Once selected you have 2 weeks to confirm whether you accept to be part of the Magnetic South Team and work on the event.

Step 4: Pay your Volunteer REFUNDABLE joining fee within the period communicated in your acceptance email invite. Please note that your place on the program is only guaranteed once payment has been received.

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