Our History

2007 Nov: Wildrunner is born
2008 Jan:

The Trail Series® is born at the first ever Cape Summer Trail Series®

2008 Jun: Gauteng get​s ​its first introduction to trail running with the Gauteng Trail Series®
2009 Sep: The Wildrun®  is launched with the first Wildcoast Wildrun®  
2010 Oct:

The first Helderberg Mountain Challenge takes place in the hidden gem of the Helderberg Nature Reserve.  

2010 Nov: A second departure is added to the Wildcoast Wildrun® to cater for high demand
2011 Mar:

The Lesotho Wildrun® takes place for the first time and opens with one of the hardest 44km mountain trails ever seen.

2011 Aug: 736 runners take part in the first Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge.
2011 Oct:

The Trail Series® moves to KZN, making it the first national short course trail running series of its kind in Africa.

2012 Aug:

Wildrunner presents its 100th event at race four in the 2012 Spur Cape Winter Trail Series®.

2013 Jul: Spur Steak Ranches is announced as title sponsor of the Spur Trail Series®
2014 Jun: 57 Runners take on the inaugural Richtersveld Wildrun®
2014 Jun: The Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series® sells out every event for the first time.
2014 Sep: Wildrunner organises the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Peace Trail Runs - a trail run with one of the highest prize purses in South Africa.
2014 Sep: The inaugural Marloth Mountain Challenge takes place in Swellendam in tough conditions. 34 solo runners and 23 teams complete the 55km run.
2015 Sep: Wildrunner launches the first transfrontier Wildrun®: The Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun® to take place in June 2016.
2016 Jan: Massive wild fires tear into Lebanon Forest and Wildrunner is forced to cancel it's first event ever (and whtat would have been the 200th!)
2016 Jan: Wildrunner reaches the 200 event mark at race 3 in the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series®.
2016 May: Wildrunner pioneers it's second Transfrontier experience, with 37 intrepid runners exploring the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area on the inagural 'trial' and media Mapungubwe Transfrontier Wildrun®.
2016 Jun: Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun® takes place and is won outright by Joanna Williams!
2016 Jul: The Spur PE Trail Series® launches for the first time in the Eastern Cape, with a four race series at four stunning venues in Port Elizabeth.
2016 Jul: Wildrunner becomes part of the Elemental Outdoor Sports (PTY) Ltd company.
2016 Oct: Wildrunner partners with KZN Trail Running to localise the Spur KZN Trail Series® operations and to spread the reach.
2016 Nov: Wildrunner announces R50,000 prize money for breaking the overall Wildcoast Wildrun® record.
2016 Dec: The French trail running specialists, Raidlight, come on board as a specialist gear sponsor to all Wildrunner events through Raidlight South Africa.
2017 Jan: Wildrunner turns 10 years old, and right where it all started - at the Cape Summer Trail Series®.  To celebrate, Wildrunner announces that all trail kids 10 years and under will run for free at any Spur Trail Series® in 2017.
2017 Feb: Wildrunner announces cup-less operations at all it's aid stations.
2017 May:  The first capacity Mapungubwe Transfrontier Wildrun® takes place and this one of a kind safari-on-the-run™ experience does not dissapoint, with over 100 elephants on day one alone!
2017 May: The Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge has it's biggest field as 1160 runners take to the trails.
2017 Aug: The Helderberg Mountain Challenge receives it's biggest entry field of 831.
2017 Sep: Record entries to Marloth Mountain Challenge and records tumble
2017 Oct: The inagural WWF Desert Challenge takes place
2017 Nov: New Wildrun® Africa website launches, showcasing Africa's hidden jewels
2018 Feb: Remarkable Rwanda Wildrun® is launched!
2018 Mar: Jaybird, known for their wireless bluetooth sports headphones, come on board as a presenting sponsor for the Mountain Challenge Series and a product sponsor for the Trail Series®.