DARLING BREW TRAIL

Experience Darling & surrounds from an unforgettable point of view!

The Darling Brew Trail series is one of the foremost runner’s adventures the West Coast has to offer. Every year, our talented trail developers go above and beyond to create epic routes that venture off the beaten track to take participants into the most beautiful, unspoiled areas around our little hamlet in the scenic Swartland.

Join us this year to run these beautiful and otherwise inaccessible Darling routes in your own time and at your own pace!

EVENT DATE & LOCATION:

Darling Brew Trail will take place on the 26th of August 2023 starting at 06:00. Cape Town sunrise is set at 07:09 on this date in August.

The Darling Brew Trail Run race starts and finishes at Darling Brew, 48 Caledon Street, Darling, Western Cape, South Africa.

START TIMES & PRICES:

🦋 Arrow Head 21km - 07:15 | R375
(Early Bird = R320)
🦓 Rogue Pony 14km - 07:30 | R275
(Early Bird = R230)
🐝 Pixie Dust 7km - 07:45 | R150
(Early Bird = R130)

Please note if registration is delayed, we will start each category 15 minutes later.

REGISTRATION:

The Darling Brew Trail 2023 Registration will take place at the Darling Brew Tasteroom in Darling (address under Event Date & Location) from:

  • Friday, 26 August 2023: 17:00 - 20:00
  • Saturday, 27 August 2023: 06:00 - 07:00

ROUTES:

🦋 21km Arrowhead 🦋
Starting and finishing at the brewery, this route takes you through the Renosterveld reserve to exit Darling, making your way through the beautiful Towers farm and detouring to (arrow)head up the infamous Kapokberg mountain which has some great elevation. Enjoy panoramic views of Darling, the West Coast ocean and Table Mountain before descending via a steep decline into the Darling hills. This will take you along jeep tracks and a tricky single track before you wind down, past Ormonde Estate back into town.

🦓 14km Rogue Pony 🦓
Starting and finishing a the brewery, we take you out through the Renosterveld reserve to exit Darling, making your way through the striking Towers farm and enjoying the various jeep tracks running through the estate’s bushveld “koppies” while catching a glimpse of the ocean along the West Coast. Finally, join in on the 21km route’s single track to wind down past Ormonde Estate back into town.

🐝 7km Pixie Dust 🐝
This race is suitable for the whole family! Walk or run towards the highest reaches of Darling’s topography and run down past Ormonde Estate to enjoy a short climb up some jeep track through farmlands, beautiful vineyards and back down into town.

IMPORTANT DO'S & DON'TS:

💧 All runners are advised to bring hydration packs (water/emergency snacks), specifically those taking part in the 21km. There will be water points en route. 

Water point for 21km: 1st WP will be at 7km (this is a self-help hydration point). The 2nd WP will be at 14km with a snack table and hydration. The 3rd WP will be at 17km which is another self-help hydration point.

Water point for 14km: 1st WP will be at 8km (this will be a snack table and hydration) and the 2nd WP at 11km (this is a self-help hydration point).

Water point for 7km: There will only be one water point at 3.5km. this will be a self-help hydration point.

🧢 Please wear a hat/buff, sunscreen (SPF50), and appropriate, comfortable running clothes.

☎️ An emergency number will be printed on your bib.

🦺 There will be marshals en route.

🤒 All runners to complete online indemnity form before the race.

🚮 Please don't litter during the race, these are private farms that we work extremely hard to access on your behalf.

🤝 Be courteous to fellow runners and any farmers or farm workers you meet en route.

🎟 Please note that no refunds are available after end of day, 20 August 2023.

IMPORTANT ROUTE INFORMATION:

🔺 General route markers + directional arrows will be red on white board.

↔️ Split points will have category names + colour arrows that match your running bibs. Marshals will be on hand to direct you accordingly.

🌼 Please note that certain parts of the route will not been bush cut due to wildflower restrictions! 

🦌 Certain routes travel through areas where there may be animals en route, so please stay alert and aware. The farm will not be held liable in case of any collisions or injuries.

SUBSTITUTIONS:

Substitutions will be allowed until Wednesday 23 August 2023 at 12:00. Please contact support@entryninja.com to substitute your entry.

ACCOMMODATION:

For accommodation options please visit the following link: www.hellodarling.org.za/accommodation

AFTER THE RACE:

All runners will receive a race pack at the start of the day and when you’ve completed your epic race you will receive a post-run finisher’s beer (non-alcoholic options available), our official Darling Brew glass, and a DB Trail medal.

The Darling Brew Tasteroom will be open and mobile coffee, beer, and food will be on hand for quick and easy access. Bookings at the restaurant are advised and can be done on our Tasteroom page. Prizes will be handed over on Race Day!

Accommodation and other restaurants in Darling can be found on Hello Darling!

NOW LET'S GET TRAINING FOR #DBT2023!

Time to dust off the running shoes but remember to stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you at Darling Brew Trail 2023!

To stay up to date with this year's event, follow our accounts on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Keep us posted on your journey to race day using the hashtag #DBT2023 on social media.

For further details or assistance, please contact jana@darlingbrew.co.za.

RESULTS

View the DBT2021 Results

View the DBT2022 Results

View the DBT2023 Results

EVENT PHOTOS

View the DBT2021 Photo Album

View the DBT2022 Photo Album

View the DBT2023 Photo Album

PARTNERS & SPONSORS

It's not possible to host Darling Brew Trail without our amazing sponsors and we want to say a very BIG thank you to our excellent partners involved in bringing our runners this awesome event. Check out the local businesses of the West Coast and click through to their websites to find out more.

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