SPU100

The Salt Pans Ultra 100 is 100km in length (on the map). You may run a few kilometres more as one struggles to run in a straight line on the Pans. SPU100 marathon starts on the Southern end of Sua Pan, the Eastern pan of the huge Makgadikgadi Salt Pans. The route heads North into the vast emptiness of the Pan. Behind you is an escarpment the marks the old Southern shoreline of what was a huge inland sea. 

Salt Pans Ultra Marathon
Salt Pans Ultra Marathon
Salt Pans Ultra Marathon
Salt Pans Ultra Marathon

Route Description

The race start’s at the race village at 02h00 on Saturday 30th September (Botswana’s Independence Day – PULA!). Yes, early. You run a circular route that takes in the pans, an island, some jeep trails, grasslands and some pebbly shores.  There may be a little mud depending on the unreliable and erratic rains. Botswana sits on a high plains plateau at about 1,000m (3,300 feet) and in October its hot!.  These altitudes are just high enough for you to notice that you aren’t running at sea level!

The first 30kms is cool, fast, flat and in the dark. You will breeze past Check Point Bravo at 15kms and Check Point Charlie at 30kms. As a special treat we have organised a full Moon to help you see. Ironically the Moon’s light will also make the Pans seem like the Moon.

At some points between Charlie and Check Point Delta you will watch the Sunrise off to your right.  At Delta you will have run as deep into the Pans as you will go and at 45kms into the race you are almost half way! Next stop is Check Point Echo on top of Khukonje Island at 60kms. You will see Khukonje long before you reach it. The old baobab tree that greets you is over 1,500 years old. Walk up to its trunk, touch it and greet an old friend for me.

Take a moment here to replenish and rest. Hopefully you made the cutoff time and you can continue. 60kms done. Back to work.  The hard part is about to start.  As you drop off the high ground and leave the island you will join the Pans again on your way to Check Point Foxtrot.  The edge of the Pans will hug your left shoulder and the baobab marking Foxtrot will slowly peak out at you on the horizon.  

After Foxtrot you will now run off the Pans for a while down some old jeep tracks.  Notice the elephant dung?   After a few K’s you will drop back onto the Pans to Check Point Golf.  The temperatures will be a big distraction now.  Cool down at Golf. Next up is a short 7kms to Check Point Hotel.  Hotel (you wish it was a Hotel) was added this year as runners had slowed down so much by this stage they needed an extra water stop.  And then just like that you are on your way home to the Finish to be welcomed by your fans, a cold Energade and Steri Stumpie and maybe a medal if you made the cut off.

The SPU100 entry fee includes:

Pasta supper on Fri 29 Sep 23 (@19h00)

Pre race breakfast on Sat 30 Sep 23 (@01h00)

Post race light lunch on Sat 30 Sep 23 from 12h00

Post race braai on Sat 30 Sep 23 (@19h00)

Goodie Bag

Official Race t shirt

Sweepers

6x Water tables

Full Medical Support

Finish Line Beer / Drink

Finishers Medal (if 19h00 cut off made)

Awards Celebration on Sat 30 Sep 23 (@18h00)

Use of camping facilities for the runner (must provide own tent etc)

Raffle ticket for raffle prize of 2 nights for 2 at 5* Chobe Game Lodge including all activities food and local beverages worth BWP50,000*

BWP100 donation to the Lady Khama Charitable Trust

*if post race questionnaire is completed

Route

Technical Information

Aid Stations
Distance
Cut-Off
Nutrition
Hydration
Seconding Access
Medical Support
Cell Com

Alpha / Start

0km

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Full

Limited

Bravo

15km

No

Yes

Yes

No

Limited

Limited

Charlie

30km

No

Yes

Yes

No

Full

Limited

Delta

45km

No

Yes

Yes

No

Limited

No

Echo

60km

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Full

Limited

Foxtrot

78km

No

Yes

Yes

No

Full

Limited

Golf

89km

No

Yes
Yes

No

Limited

Limited

Hotel

96km

No

Yes

Yes

No

Limited

Limited

Alpha / Finish

100km

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Full

Limited