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To be issued your race number for the Batrun, runners will need to register in person and have a photo ID and all the Mandatory Gear, which will be checked at Registration. Without these items, a race number will not be issued. Registration is from 17h30 to 18h30 followed by a race briefing. The race starts at 19:00 sharp.




The race number you are issued must be worn on the front of your body, attached to your outermost layer of clothing, and be permanently and fully visible throughout the entire race. We recommend you use a race belt for this. It must always be positioned over any clothing and cannot for any reason be fixed on your back or a leg. 




Batrun requires a set of Mandatory Gear to be carried on you for the entire duration of the race. The race is set on mountain terrain where the weather can change drastically and the items listed below are seen as Mandatory Minimums - please add to this list according to your needs.




  1. Outer Shell Top (Jacket) | Waterproof, breathable as specified by the manufacturer. Must have integrated hood and seams to be tape sealed.

  2. Running Shoes | Trail shoes recommended.

  3. Running Pack / Race Vest | No waist packs.

  4. Buff/Beanie | Close-fitting and of synthetic or wool fabric. Lightweight, moisture-wicking/ quick drying.

  5. Long Sleeve Mid-Layer | Close-fitting and of synthetic or wool fabric. No cotton.

  6. Headlamp / Torch | With fully charged batteries and in good working order. 

  7. Spare Headlamp / Torch | With fully charged batteries and in good working order. (Mobile phone not applicable). 

  8. Spare Batteries | One extra set. This need not be for both lights but either for your primary or secondary light, as noted in points 6 or 7. 

  9. Survival Blanket | Size 1.4m x 2m minimum - AKA Space Blanket.

  10. Adhesive Bandage | Size 5cm x 100cm minimum

  11. Whistle | Pea-less and easily accessible at all times to sound an alert if required.

  12. Charged Phone | Leave in 'Flight Mode' to conserve battery.

  13. Hydration | Bladder or bottles with Min.1.5L capacity of which 300ml is in reserve at all times.

  14. Food | 250 calories in reserve at all times.​


  • If any Mandatory Gear is not on you during the race or at the finish, time penalties ranging from 15 to 30 minutes per item will be imposed. Three missing items is an automatic disqualification. Random checks will be done en route and at the finish. 

  • If your light is not working at any time during the race you will not be allowed to continue. 



Including, but not limited to, any transgression of the following are grounds for imposed time penalties, disqualification and/or being banned from the race in future.



  • Accepting any form of mobile support along the route, e.g.: pacing or assistance.

  • Not carrying on you at all times the full set of Mandatory Gear. Including a 300ml reserve of water at all times. 

  • Switching of running packs by seconding teams is not allowed. Start with one pack and carry it for the full duration of your race.  

  • You are not allowed to accept any support outside the designated Aid Station areas. 

  • Race participants may take as much food and beverage as needed from each Aid Station provided by the organiser. Race participants will not be allowed to take any bottles, cans or cups from these areas and should plan on carrying and refilling their own hydration systems at the Aid Stations.

  • You must make forward progress exclusively under your own power. Towing, pulling or pushing by other racers or members of the public is prohibited.

  • If you choose to use poles they are to be carried on you at all times from start to finish. You are not allowed to discard, stash or give to crew for keeping. Please be conscious of those around you when using poles.



If you become immobile and need to consult with a medic you will need to take the following steps:

  1. Initially use your first aid kit, stay warm, dry and be visible. 

  2. Phone the emergency number located on your race number, you will be asked your race number, name and location and help will be sent on its way. 

If there is no cell reception:

  1. Wait for an assisting participant who will find the nearest marshal or staff member who will make contact with Race HQ.

  2. A medical and rescue team will be dispatched to your location. 

  3. You will either be treated and allowed to continue, or be treated and evacuated off the route to the nearest medical asset by ambulance - or,  in case of high priority an AMS helicopter will be used.

  • DNF (Did Not Finish):  Should you need to drop out of the race, you will need to continue to the nearest Aid Station along the marked route and inform the station captain. NOTE: If you are not sure who that is, please ask around until you find them - this is your responsibility. If you are unable to continue the medical team will communicate this to Race HQ.

  • If you leave the course and fail to notify race officials, you will be banned from participating in the future (unless assisted from the course by First Aid crews). We will provide a shuttle service back to the start/finish but cannot guarantee the frequency of the service. We recommend you put somebody on standby or call for a taxi.

  • Runners are to have their Mandatory Gear with them at all times during the race. Penalties ranging from time additions to disqualification will be applied based on the severity of the breach.

  • Participants must follow the marked course route the entire way and register at each Aid Station/timing checkpoint.

  • Your race number must be visible at all times on the outside of your clothing and on the front of your body. Do not cover your race number with any article of clothing. Recommend using a race belt.

  • Batrun has several intermediate and race finish cut-off times that will be enforced. If you miss a cut-off you will be redirected to the Start/Finish by a marshal. You can find cut-off times in the Route Info section.


The mountain you will be running on has been preserved by many people before you - please take care of it and leave it pristine for those who come after you.  


  • Any littering on the course is strictly prohibited. Race participants are responsible for ensuring that anything they discard goes into a bin. Strictly adhere to the “leave no trace and take no souvenirs” policy.

  • Never scare animals – give extra room and announce your presence appropriately to prevent possible dangerous situations (horses, baboons etc.).  

  • Yield trail by respecting other trail users (i.e. recreational users and residents) when passing – be aware of blind spots and slow down when you need to.

  • No taking shortcuts, including avoiding switchbacks.

  • No overtaking by going off-trail. Wait until there is adequate space to do so. 

  • If you deliberately ignore customary rules of conduct on the trail, road and checkpoints especially concerning safety, waste, erosion and hygiene – you will at best incur a time penalty, at worst it will be grounds for disqualification.

  • No dogs are allowed on the route.



Checkpoints will be in place to record your progress- (Devil's Peak, Tafelberg Rd, Maclear's Beacon, Tafelberg Rd, Lion's Head).
Please present yourself at each station for recording. 


Preliminary results will be available immediately on the website. Final results (with any corrections) will be posted on this website within a few days of the race.
Racers wishing to make a protest must notify the race command centre within 60 minutes of finishing the race. Protests will be considered by a three-person committee consisting of the race director and two independent third parties. Decisions of the committee are final.


We will provide a supervised bag storage service to all participants for free. Please identify your bag and deposit it at Registration. The organisers cannot be held liable for any losses.  


Any personal items left after the race will be donated to a charity or other local runners in need. We will not ship items to you.


Batrun takes place on very rugged, single-track hiking trails at night. Running on such trails comes with inherent risks that runners accept when entering the event.  Runners will be in remote areas where help is not always nearby for extended periods and need to be prepared accordingly in cases of emergency.  
In addition to trail conditions, other potential dangers include but are not limited to:

  • Wet / slippery trail conditions (mud, roots and rocks).

  • Wet/slippery boardwalks and bridges.

  • Bees/bee stings.

  • Road crossings and steep drop-offs/cliffs. 

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