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For logistical ease, we booked a package with a local South African travel agency, Runcation South Africa, which was set up by two passionate trail runners, Luke and Lance, who combine running events with travelling adventures. Apart from standard things like accommodation, the package included all transfers to the race venue (dropped right at the front entrance of the race village like VIPs), a chance to experience the Table Mountain trails prior to the event, as well as sightseeing excursions around Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula.

We had opportunities to meet and mingle with elite runners from the race – and even took a couple of selfies when I finally mustered the courage to ask! Throughout the race, the Runcation media team would interview us at key aid stations, and post the video interviews onto Facebook so people at home could follow our exploits, station by station. Sharing the week with a small group of other Runcation runners from around the world really added to the race experience. “ Julie Steele. Australia. 2018.