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Windhoek Light Fish River Ultra

08 February 2017

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What is the Windhoek Light Fish River Ultra?

The Windhoek Light Fish River Ultra is a race where runners are expected to complete a challenging course in 24 hours. Runners run non-stop and have no support, except at various checkpoints where a roll call is done to make sure runners haven’t been left behind and haven’t suffered any severe physical injuries. The checkpoints also serve as hydration stations, and allow runners to get their vital signs checked. The race begins at the top of the world famous Fish River Canyon where the race village for the first evening is situated. From there, runners follow animal tracks and paths until they descend into the canyon. Once in the canyon, they follow the river, with an occasional detour across wide meandering bends and eventually finish at the soothing hot springs resort of Ai-Ais.

What are the race formats?

There are two options runners can choose from when competing: a 65km option and the full 100km option. Both versions are an unsupported (except for the checkpoints) foot race where runners are expected to cover the distance in the designated cut-off time. Runners will be expected to carry along certain basic essential equipment that is stipulated within the race rules. Runners can enter individually or as a team, with the maximum number of members per team being four.

When does it start?

The race starts on the 10th of June 2017. Runners who need transport to the race will meet in Windhoek on Friday, 9th June 2017, and will be taken to the Race Village by bus. A race briefing will be held at the Race Village on the Friday after arrival and the race will start early on the Saturday morning, an hour before sunrise.


What is the entry fee & how do I enter?

The entry fee is N$ 4000.00 per person and is payable upon online entry. Race entries officially open on the 25th of October 2016 and will close when 150 runners have entered online and paid. Runners will only “officially” be entered into the race once they have followed the online entry procedure and paid their entry fee. Runners will be notified via email of their entry and will also receive updates pertaining to the event.

At the race:

The pre-race registration for runners takes place on Friday the 9th of June at the race village at 2pm. Runners must check-in at the various control points where their basic essential equipment will undergo inspection, medical forms will be checked and their personal information and entry details will be confirmed. Official race packages will be issued that will include amongst others, their race numbers, latest race updates and any additional important race information.


The Klein Windhoek Guesthouse in Windhoek will accommodate those needing transport to the event. The accommodation at the Race Village the night before the event is included in the race entry fee.

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