Bastille Day Trail Run 2019
Sat 13 Jul 2019, 06:00 @ Franschhoek, Western Cape

Energy Events

Bastille Day Trail Run is a wilderness adventure, for which you need to be prepared – you have been warned!

The Franschhoek Mountains in July can be covered in snow. The rivers are scenic yet cold.

This Trail Running adventure sells out every year, numbers are limited. You are assured of a wild time, wet feet and rewarding OBS, served by French Maids.

The Bastille Festival in the Main Street is a vibrant mix of good food and wine, to celebrate with, after your run. If staying over (highly recommended), book accommodation now!

Prices: (prices change at 11am on proposed date)
(01 Feb - 30 April)
50km – R595
35km – R595
25km – R375
 15km – R225

(01 May - 30 June)
50km – R695
35km – R695
25km – R475
 15km – R325

(01 July - Race Day)
50km – R795
35km – R795
25km – R575
 15km – R425

Race garment – R300

This event uses Timing Chips.

Start Times: 

If you wish to compete for Podium positions, email to request the Elite batch. Batches are divided as indicated upon entering.

50km – 06:30
35km – 07:00
25km – from 08:00 (10min Batch Starts)
 15km – from 09:00 (10min Batch Starts)

Venue open from 6:00am on race day!

Race Venue:

The start finish zone is located at the ‘Old Bells Lodge’ on the edge of the Berg River dam, (33’56’12.83’S, 19′ 4’27.14’E). Coming from Paarl side, head through Franschhoek on the main road (R45) until you hit the T-Junction at the Franschhoek Monument. Turn right and then right again onto the Robertsvlei road. Carry on for 5km and marshals will direct you to the parking.

CLICK HERE: Google maps from Franschhoek

Toilets and warm showers will be available.

Registration details:



We will be using the MySOS app for this event – click here to download instructions on how to use it.

Previous results

Bastille Day Trail Run 2015 - Results

Bastille Day Trail Run 2016 – Results

Bastille Day Trail Run 2017 – Results

Bastille Day Trail Run 2018 - Results

Route info:

15km: Not such a beginner trail run, mostly on forest tracks and gravel roads, with some single-track and short technical (loose rocks, bushy) section. Moderate inclines. Your feet will get wet at river crossings. All rocks are slippery!

Bastille 15km 2018 Map kms

Bastille 15km 2018 Elevation

25km: Not for beginners. Open gravel road start with a hill to spread the field, takes you to a vertical firebreak climb, and on to a gnarly and exposed single track – with amazing views. This is a ‘no passing’ zone, as a tumble will go on for a while. Over the neck and on to forest tracks and wooded river-side single-track. That’s halfway! This is not a sprint, but an adventure. Compulsory kit.

Bastille 25km 2018 Map kms

Bastille 25km 2018 Elevation

35km: For the hard-core mountain goats. Follows the same route as the 25km, then veers off to circumnavigate the Berg river dam.

50km: Two extra mountain summits and two beautiful valleys. Take lots of food (expected time 5-8 hours)

Bastille 50km 2018 Map kms2

50km 2018 Elevation Profile

Short Course:

At the 30km mark, after 1:30pm runners from the 50km and 35km will be directed along a shorter course of the 25km route.

Compulsory Equipment:

Compulsory Equipment for 25km, 35km, 50km categories.

1) Rain Jacket (waterproof, not just wind breaker, which you may have as well);
2) Sensible Clothing for the conditions, eg. Compulsory thermal base layer;
3) Charged cell phone in waterproof bag eg. Ziplock (organisers – 072 924 2371);
4) Food – sarmie, fruit, energy bars – for 4 to 10 hours!
5) Water – 1.5L min. to start, hydration pack, with bladder. You will be crossing several fresh water rivers.
6) Space Blanket & Whistle
7) Headlamp/Torch
8) Race Map – provided
 9) Energy Events Timing Chip

Compulsory Equipment for 15km

1) Rain Jacket (waterproof, not just wind breaker, which you may have as well);
2) Sensible Clothing for the conditions;
3) Water – 1L min. to start, hydration pack, with bladder. You will be crossing several fresh water rivers.
 4) Energy Events Timing Chip 

Recommended Equipment:
 Beanie, Buff, Gloves. Ladies, add a couple of layers. Toes, fingers freeze. Lips go blue.


More information:

Bastille Day Trail Run 2019

Enter for Bastille TR 2019 »

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This event is timed by LiveTime.

Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Start Time Price (pp)
Bastille Day Trail Run 50km 50 km 06:30 R 595.00 Early Bird
Bastille Day Trail Run 35km 35 km 07:00 R 595.00 Early Bird
Bastille Day Trail Run 25km 25 km 08:00 R 375.00 Early Bird
Bastille Day Trail Run 15km 15 km 09:00 R 225.00 Early Bird

Event location
Bells lodge Parking Area, Franschhoek

Coordinates 19.0764576, -33.9374099
Address Bells lodge Parking Area, Robertsvlei Rd
City Franschhoek
Province Western Cape