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16 September 2018

Cape Town | George | Port Elizabeth | Kenton | Durban | Gauteng

Will YOU be running for our rhinos?

  

#RhinoRun2018 #RememberBella #RunForTank #StopTheKilling #FeedThePoachersToTheLions

OUR STORY

Hi and welcome to the Rhino Run.

My name is Sian and I am the founder of this event. Today along with my wife Sheena and a massive crew of absolutely amazing people, we continue to bring you the Rhino Run.

The Rhino Run was started in 2012 in response to a horrific poaching event that happened at the Kariega Game Reserve just outside Port Alfred on the Sunshine Coast.

Three rhinos were poached.

2 (Themba and Thandi) survived the initial attack, but after Themba’s death just 2 weeks later, only Thandi survived, and she is the official mascot of the Rhino Run.

She has since gone on to give birth to 2 calves, and is a beacon of hope in this terrible war.

Her story of survival has inspired hundreds of people to take a stand against rhino poaching by supporting this event and running for our rhinos.

WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED

That support over the first 5 years of the event (2012-2016), allowed us to raise R705,000 for our beneficiaries. That’s an average of R141,000 / year that we could distribute to our beneficiaries.

Then came 2017 … the worst year we have had … we managed to raise just over R20,000 after all event expenses had been paid.

Overall numbers were down at all events except Kenton, who had the biggest crowd out of all 6 venues, despite being the smallest venue!

It was clear that people were battling financially, but I also wondered whether this was a sign that we were perhaps becoming  immune as a society to the horrors of poaching.

It really worried me, because the poaching wasn’t stopping.

My home province of the Eastern Cape has been a major target this year, and unfortunately, the story only gets worse …

Fast Forward to June 28 2018

I was in my office working when my wife ran in, with tears streaming down her face as she told me the awful news …

“They’ve poached Bella!”

I am involved in a volunteer anti-poaching group that keeps an eye on the rhino family at the Kragga Kamma Game Reserve just outside Port Elizabeth, and these poaching scum had just killed one of ‘our’ rhinos!

I couldn’t believe it.

Bella … gone … a magnificent female rhino killed just 6 days after we had dehorned her in an attempt to ensure her safety.

The reality and horror of the poaching epidemic hit home again … hard!

Not only was she killed for nothing more than the 1 cm of horn that we left behind, but she also left behind a 16 month old calf whose name is Tank. 

I have since been in the bush on patrol watching Tank as he wanders in the night squeaking and crying for his mom, and it has touched me on a level that I find extremely hard to convey.

There is no sound quite like that of a baby rhino crying for his or her mommy.

It tears at your heart, and makes you feel disgusted to be part of a race of beings that could inflict such cruelty on another living creature.

Sitting there listening to Tank crying has hardened my resolve to keep fighting this war in the one way I know how - to fight to keep the message alive that poaching is a major problem and needs to be stopped!

We need to keep the awareness alive that we are facing a major crisis.

It is a crisis that, if left unchecked, will end in the eventual extinction of an animal who has been on this planet longer than we have.

The one way I can do so is by continuing to organise this event, and hopefully to grow it so that the rest of the world will hear these cries for help.

There are many ways that you can fight this war, and I encourage you to find as many of them as you can.

One of them is to support the Rhino Run by showing your support and running for our rhinos.

Without us, these amazing, ancient animals do not stand a chance!

OUR BENEFICIARY ORGANISATIONS

In the six years to date that we have held this event, we have raised R725,000.00 for our beneficiary funds. As we go into the 7th year, our hope is that we will continue grow this event beyond the borders of South Africa, and that we will be able to raise even more funds for our beneficiaries. We also hope that through this event we will keep the awareness alive and inspire more people to take a stand and rise up against the horrors of wildlife poaching.

The Kariega Foundation

The Kariega Foundation Help Save Our Rhino Project – www.kariega.co.za The story of Thandi and Themba is part of the much broader issue of rhino poaching – an issue which we cannot fight alone. Kariega actively supports the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative of the Wilderness Foundation and the Rhino Project of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Both are incredible organisations which have our full trust and support in all their commendable endeavors toward saving the rhino.

Saving The Survivors

Saving The Survivors – www.savingthesurvivors.org We added STS as a beneficiary in 2015, as we believe strongly in the work they are doing to help with rehabilitating rhinos that happen to be unlucky enough to survive a poaching attempt. These vets and specialists face the brutal aftermath of poaching, and yet they still return, day after day, to help save these amazing animals. The most famous rhino they are currently treating is known the world over as Hope, and her story of survival, along with the story of our own mascot, Thandi, serves to give us all hope that we can win the war on poaching.

OSCAP

OSCAP – www.oscap.co.za Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching was a Facebook group that was started in mid 2011 when the Rhino poaching problem in South Africa reached epidemic proportions. Within the first couple of months membership soared and various initiatives were undertaken to bring about worldwide attention to the poaching crisis. OSCAP is now a fully registered NPO and works closely with other Rhino groups, NGO’s, local and International Wildlife agencies as well as local and provincial government departments in order to assist where ever possible.

Chipembere Rhino Foundation

The Chipembere Rhino Foundation – www.chipembere.org The Chipembere Rhino Foundation is a privately run, non-profit organization committed to assisting in the protection and conservation of Africa’s rhino. They are active with projects that involve collaring and tracking rhino, as well as training and equipping anti-poaching units.

OUR SPONSORS

An event like The Rhino Run is not possible without the assistance of sponsors. Below is a list of all the companies that have offered to help us support and grow the Rhino Run. Please visit their websites, Like their Facebook pages, follow them on Twitter and support them by buying and using their products and/or services. To all our amazing sponsors – we are so extremely grateful for your help – thank you!

The Kariega Foundation

The Kariega Foundation have very kindly donated an all expenses paid (except travel costs) weekend away for 2 people at the Kariega Game Reserve in their beautiful uKhozi Lodge. This will be given away as our national lucky draw prize. Anyone who enters the Rhino Run will be eligible to win this amazing weekend away, and stand a chance to see one of our inspirational rhinos, Thandi. Visit Their Website | Find Them On Facebook

Tsitsikamma Crystal Spring Water

Tsitsikamma Crystal Spring Water is sourced from a quartzite aquifer within the pristine Tsitsikamma Mountains.

Tsitsikamma have always tried to align themselves as a company with socially responsible causes, and have very kindly stepped up again to support the Rhino Run this year.

Visit Their Website | Find Them On Facebook

Nuun Hydration South Africa

Nuun South Africa have been the official finisher drinks sponsor for the Rhino Run for 2 years. Their amazing range of sugar free electrolyte replacement products will help you all recover from your Rhino Run. Visit Their Website | Find Them On Facebook

CiVViO

This is the 7th year that CiVViO have stepped up and thrown their support behind the Rhino Run, and we are extremely grateful for their ongoing support of this event. The guys at CiVViO sportsgear and accessories have very kindly donated a range of lucky draw prizes to be given away at the various Rhino Runs around the country. Visit Their Website | Find Them On Facebook

ENTER ONLINE AND WIN!

All online entries will qualify for the lucky draw to win 2 nights all inclusive at the magnificent Ukhozi Lodge in the Kariega Game Reserve.

We are extremely grateful to the team at the Kariega Game Reserve for their continued support of the Rhino Run by providing us with such an amazing prize.

Click on the images below to have a look at how amazing the suites at Ukhozi Lodge are. YOU could be staying here if you win the lucky draw prize.

All you have to do is enter any one of the 6 Rhino Runs around South Africa via our online entry system and you’ll be in the draw.

PLEASE NOTE: This prize is for online entries ONLY. We’ll announce the winner via our Facebook page on the day of the event.

So which Rhino Run will YOU be taking part in?

Below you will find the race information for each of the various Rhino Runs taking place around South Africa in 2018.

Just choose the one closest to you and come out to support us as we run for our rhinos.

PLEASE NOTE: All race finishers will also receive a Rhino Run Medal.

Want to see your town or city listed here? Send us an email at info@therhinorun.com and we’ll tell you how.

We want to have Rhino Runs happening all over the world. Please help us grow by sharing and spreading the word.

The Cape Town Rhino Run will be held at the Groot Constantia Wine Estate.

Groot Constantia have supported this event since its inception in September 2012, and we’d like to say a HUGE thank you to them for allowing us to host the Cape Town Rhino Run there again this year.

We are sure you will have a beautiful and enjoyable a run there.

All entries include a R50 voucher from Groot Constantia.

General Race Information

Race Date: 16 September 2018

Routes: 5km, 10km

Race sign in opens: 6:00am

Pre-race briefing: 6:20am

Race start: 6:30am (10km), 6:45am (5km)

All race finishers will receive a Rhino Run Medal.

Parking: Please park at the High Constantia Shopping Centre – where Greens Restaurant is.  Please park considerately and listen to the parking marshals.

Toilets: you will find these at the start line.

Finish: Groot Constantia Cellar, please note that there is no formal prize giving, there will be lucky prizes as people cross the finish line. We do have trophies for the winners.

Race Organiser: Cape Town Rhino Run Volunteer Crew

Race Venue Queries: Call Kim on 065 560 6043

Entry Queries: Call Sheena on 0722 934 974

Please Note:

There will be NO LATE ENTRIES ON THE DAY!

We will be doing pre-race registration (number and race t’s collection) AND LATE ENTRIES (if there is still space available) on Saturday 15 September at the Tokai Sportsmans Warehouse, between 1:30pm and 3:30pm. They are located at Shop 3, Tokai-On-Main Centre, Cape Town, Main Road, Tokai

The course is clearly marked so please follow the arrows and the marshal instructions.

There are NO water points along the route please ensure you carry enough water for yourself.

Race Rules:

  • Do not litter
  • Do not wander from the route
  • Do not swim in the dam
  • This is a fun race and you are out there to run for the Rhino so enjoy it.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching.

The George Rhino Run will be held at Arendrus Country Lodge.

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Arendrus Country Lodge for allowing us to host the George Rhino Run there again this year, and we are sure you will have a beautiful and enjoyable run.

General Race Information

Race Date: 16 September 2018

Routes: 5km , 15km

Race sign in opens: 6:00am

Pre-race briefing: 7:45am

Race start: 8:00am (15km) 8:10am (5km)

All race finishers will receive a Rhino Run Medal.

Parking: There is parking at the venue

Toilets: There are toilet facilities at the venue

Race Organiser: Cornelius Conradie

Race Venue Queries: Call Cornelius on 0786816514

Entry Queries: Call Sheena on 0722 934 974

Please Note: We will accept late registrations on the day – just please arrive early to minimise the chaos at the start.

There will be no pre-registration session, but you will be able to collect your shirt and number on the day if you entered online.

The course is clearly marked so please follow the markers and listen to the pre-race instructions.

There will be NO water points along the route, so we strongly recommend carrying your own water.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching.

Lucky draw will be done after the event with some amazing lucky draw prizes up for grabs.

The Port Elizabeth Rhino Run will be held at Crossways Farm Village, Van Stadens.

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Crossways for allowing us to host the Rhino Run there again this year, and we are sure you will have a beautiful and enjoyable a run there.

General Race Information

Race Date: 16 September 2018

Routes: 6km, 12km, 21km

Race sign in opens: 6:30am

Pre-race briefing: 8:30am

Race start: 9:00am (20km) 9:10am (12km) 9:20am (6km)

All race finishers will receive a Rhino Run Medal.

Parking: There is parking at the venue

Toilets: There are toilet facilities at the venue

Race Organiser: Live Adventure

Race Venue Queries: Call Sheena on 0722 934 974

Entry Queries: Call Sheena on 0722 934 974

Directions:

  1. Take the N2 out towards Humansdorp.
  2. Drive over the Van Stadens Bridge, and take the next offramp (Thornhill) to the left.
  3. At the top of the offramp, turn right, to drive back across the highway towards the Ladies slipper mountain range.
  4. Take the first dirt road to your right to turn into Crossways. Marshals will be there to guide you to your parking area.

There will be signs along the highway to guide you.

Please Note: We will accept late registrations on the day – just please arrive early to minimise the chaos at the start.

Pre-race registration (number and race T collection), as well as late entries will be done at Little Walmer Golf Club between 5pm & 7pm on Thursday 13 September.

If you can’t make the pre-registration session, don’t stress as you will be able to collect your shirt and number on the day if you entered online.

The course is clearly marked so please follow the markers and listen to the pre-race instructions.

There will be self-service water points along the route. However, we do recommend carrying your own water.

Hosted at the Crossways Farm Village development, the Port Elizabeth edition of the Rhino Run promises to give all entrants an awesome day out in the countryside.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching. Lucky draw will be done after the event with some amazing lucky draw prizes up for grabs.

The Kenton Rhino Run will be held at Homewoods Restaurant, at the Kenton Blue Flag beach.

The run will be a mix of beach and running through the Kenton Eco-Estate.

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Homewoods & the Kenton Eco Estate for allowing us to host the Kenton Rhino Run there again this year, and we are sure you will have a beautiful and enjoyable run.

General Race Information

Race Date: 16 September 2018

Routes: 5km, 12km

Race sign in opens: 7:30am

Pre-race briefing: 9:45am

Race start: 10:00am (12km) 10:10am (5km)

All race finishers will receive a Rhino Run Medal.

Parking: There is parking at the venue

Toilets: There are toilet facilities at the venue

Race Organiser: Live Adventure in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Tourism

Race Venue Queries: Call Sheena on 0722 934 974

Entry Queries: Call Sheena on 0722 934 974

Please Note: We will accept late registrations on the day – just please arrive early to minimise the chaos at the start.

Pre-race registration (number and race T collection), as well as late entries will be done at Homewoods at the Kenton Blue Flag beach between 4 & 6pm on Saturday.

If you can’t make the pre-registration session, don’t stress as you will be able to collect your shirt and number on the day if you entered online.

The course is clearly marked so please follow the markers and listen to the pre-race instructions.

There will be self-service water points along the route. However, we do recommend carrying your own water.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching. Lucky draw will be done after the event with some amazing lucky draw prizes up for grabs.

The Durban Rhino Run will be held at eNanda Adventure Park (visit their website)

General Race Information

Race Date: 16 September 2018

Routes: 5km, 10km, 21km

All race finishers will receive a Rhino Run Medal.

Race sign in opens: 6:00am

Pre-race briefing: 7:15am

Race start: 7:30am (21km) 7:45am (10km), 8:00am (5km)

Parking: There is parking at the venue

Toilets: There are toilet & shower facilities at the venue

Race Organiser: Durban Green Corridors

Venue Queries: Call Shaun Peschl 0834536207

Entry Queries: Call Sheena on 0722 934 974

Please Note: We will accept late registrations on the day – just please arrive early to minimise the chaos at the start.

You will be able to collect your number and shirt on the day if you ordered one online.

The course is clearly marked so please follow the markers and listen to the pre-race instructions.

There will be a water point along the 10km & 21km routes, but we strongly recommend carrying your own water.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching.

Lucky draw will be done after the event with some amazing lucky draw prizes up for grabs.

The Gauteng Rhino Run will be held at Hoogland Health Hydro (visit their website).

General Race Information

Race Date: 16 September 2018

Routes: 5km, 12km

Race sign in opens: 5:00am

Pre-race briefing: 7:20am

Race start: 7:30am (12km) 7:40am (5km)

All race finishers will receive a Rhino Run Medal.

Parking: There is parking at the venue

Toilets: There are toilet facilities at the venue

Race Organiser: My Road Less Travelled

Race Venue Queries: Call Nina on 083 275 2362

Entry Queries: Call Sheena on 0722 934 974

Please Note: We will accept late registrations on the day – just please arrive early to minimise the chaos at the start.

There will be NO pre-race registration – you will be able to collect your shirt and number on the day if you entered online.

The course is clearly marked so please follow the markers and listen to the pre-race instructions.

There will be water points along the route. However, we do recommend carrying your own water.

Come and enjoy great trail runs in a beautiful location, and know that your support will be helping in the fight against rhino poaching.

Lucky draw will be done after the event with some amazing lucky draw prizes up for grabs.

2018 Rhino Run Race Results

Download your results below. If you have any queries, please direct them to info@therhinorun.com and we will deal with them.


 

Rhino Run Cape Town - [click to download] NOTE: Cape Town results will be posted shortly

Rhino Run George - [click to download]

Rhino Run PE - [click to download]

Rhino Run Kenton - [click to download]

Rhino Run Durban - [click to download]

Rhino Run Gauteng - [click to download]