SPU50

The early morning start of our 50km ultra trail marathon will allow you to enjoy a cool night run where your moonscape is lit by the light of the very Moon you are reminded of.  On your journey to Check Point Bravo you will have the chance to marvel at the dawn of a new day as the sun rises to you East. The early morning light will unveil your surroundings and the vastness of your solitude. 

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

Route Description

The Race starts at 05h00 from the race village on the Southern end of the Pans. Because of the full Moon you may not need your head torch that first hour. The field will have 15kms to spread out on the way to Check Point Bravo. Make the most of the cool night air, you will dream of it later. At 05h54 the sun will be rising off to your East (on your right). You will marvel at the Earth’s beauty. If you can tear your eyes away from the Sun you will probably now also see Check Point Bravo materialising in the distance.

Having topped up your liquids and taken on a bite to eat you will turn towards the recently risen and soon to be sworn at Sun. As you close in on the spit that protrudes deep into the pan you will see some big baobab trees start to loom proud on the horizon. Under one of these is Check Point Foxtrot. To get there you will need to navigate the old game track. In 2022 this was littered with elephant dung. Don’t worry, we will give you a brief on what to do if you encounter this impressive animal on the trail! Check Point Foxtrot is under a baobab tree that is over 1,500 years old. Perhaps you will have started to notice the mercury creeping up as the heat of the day moves in.

Leaving Foxtrot you will run Southeast along an old jeep trail on the edge of the Pans. Eventually you start to cross the Pans again towards Check Point Golf. You might now be feeling the race start to take its toll. The temperature will be rising into the 30s (centigrade) and your water will be getting warm between check points. Your love for the Sun at sunrise will slowly turn to an altogether less joyful feeling in the hours to come. Golf will shimmer at you for a while but will be a good few kilometres away still. At Golf take the chance to cool down a little. Your next turn Southwest is the final leg of the triangle back to the finish. Check Point Hotel is only 7kms away and was added this year as runners barely made the last 15kms because of the heat. In fact many didn’t make it. This is where your heat training will come into play. You did heat train right?? 

Golf to Hotel will be a mix of pans and grass. After cooling down again at Hotel and grabbing some ice for your bladder you are off again on the last 7-8 kms to the finish. More grass and pans await and it will be hot as Hades. Try to enjoy it! You are almost done. You will see the compound off to your left, run past this, through the gate, over the airstrip and you’ve made it! You will be met by your supporters, the medical team for a quick vitals check, be given a cold Steri Stumpie and Energade and if you made cut off, your medal. Time for your well earned beer!

The SPU50 entry fee includes:

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

Pre race breakfast on Sat 30 Sep 23 (@03h00)

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

3x Water tables

Full Medical Support

Finish Line Beer / Drink

Finishers Medal (if 17h00 cut off made)

Awards Celebration on Saturday (@19h00)

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*

BWP50 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

Foxtrot

30km

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Full

Limited

Golf

40km

No

Yes
Yes

No

Limited

Limited

Hotel

46km

No

Yes

Yes

No

Limited

Limited

Alpha / Finish 

50km

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Full

Limited