The Munga Trail



Oh yes. There rules. The Munga is a seriously tough race. This is not just a walk (or ride) in the park. We have to make sure that everyone on the route is safe, so every rider will be expected to follow these rules to the letter.

We don't want to sound like stiffs, but any rider found breaking the rules, will be penalised or disqualified. So make sure you are familiar with the rules before setting out on your Munga journey.


In an ideal world we could simply just show up and race and the fastest runner to make it to the end would win. But the world is not ideal and so we have to come up with a set of criteria to level the playing field and make things as even as we could. Thus we have Rules. In addition, there are some unique elements to the Race. This means the parameters and rules need to be clearly defined, appreciated and understood by all runners. It is the runner’s responsibility to make sure he is familiar with and understands all of the Rules and the implications thereof. If a runner is unclear about any of the Rules, the onus is on the runner to contact the Race Director and seek clarity.


  1. These Rules are specific to and particular to the Race and are to be read together with the Terms and Conditions and the Indemnity, signed by the runner on registration.
  2. The Rules are the complete set of Rules applicable to the Race.
  3. Failure of a runner to comply with any of the Rules may result in a penalty, which may include, at the discretion of the Race Director and/or Race Referee, a warning and/or disqualification.
  4. It is the Race Director’s right to amend and update the Rules as and when deemed necessary. The version of the Rules in force at the start of the Race is the version applicable to the Race for its entire duration.
  5. The interpretation of any Rule by the Chief Commissaire appointed by the CSA from time to time and the Race organiser acting jointly, will be final and binding on all Race participants.


For the purposes of the Rules, the following terms shall have the meanings set out below:

  1. Cut-off Time” means 5 (five) days after the Race start, being a total of 120 (one hundred and twenty) hours. The Cut-off Time for the 2018 Race will be at 12pm on the 24th April 2018.
  2. "Race" means the Munga Trail single stage foot race.
  3. "Rules" means the rules in force at the start of the Race.
  4. Unless it appears otherwise from the context, words importing any one gender shall include the other and words importing the singular shall include the plural and vice versa.
  5. Where figures are referred to in numerals and in words, if there is a conflict between the two, the words shall prevail.
  6. The headings of clauses are used for reference purposes only and are not in any way to be deemed to explain, modify, amplify or aid in the interpretation of these Rules.


  1. Provided that none of the Rules have been contravened, the runner that wins the Race in their respective category i.e. the first male and female to cross the finish line shall each receive ZAR50,000 (fifty thousand South African Rand) in prize money, and a free entry into the following year’s Munga Trail Race.
  2. The runner which is placed second in their respective category shall each receive ZAR25,000 (twenty-five thousand South African Rand).
  3. The runner that finishes in third place in their respective category shall receive ZAR12,000 (twelve thousand South African Rand).
  4. Where two runners cross the line at the same time and be eligible for a prize, the Race Director will decide the method to determine in which order the runners place.
  5. The award of the prize money by the Race Director as well as the determination of the prize winners is final and is not subject to challenge in any form or by any person whatsoever.


  1. The Race is only open to single entries and has three categories, namely: Male and Female.


  1. All runners that take part in the Race agree to be bound by the Rules and the Terms and Conditions of the Race. Runners who do not agree to the aforesaid may not participate in the Race.
  2. Runners may only enter the race as a single but may run in groups.
  3. In order for a runner to be classified as finishing the Race, he must complete the full distance and cross the finish line within the cut-off period.
  4. Only runners that finish the Race are eligible for prize money.
  5. Runners may carry clothing, sports products and nutrition (“equipment”) with them, provided it is legal. The Race Director reserves the right to confiscate equipment that they, in their sole discretion, deem to be illegal or inappropriate for a Race of this nature.
  6. Runners may not use any motorized form of power to move them forward along the Race route.
  7. Every runner has to sign into, and out of all five Race Villages.
  8. No towing of any form is allowed.
  9. Runners can stop for as long as they choose at the five stations. Should a runner choose to sleep at any of the stations, facilities will be available for him to do so.
  10. The Race cut off is 120 (one hundred and twenty) hours i.e. 5 (five) days after the start gun goes off for the Race. Those runners that are still out in the field will be collected in sweeper vehicles and transported to the nearest race village. From this race station transportation will be at the runner’s own cost.
  11. The minimum age of a runner is eighteen years old on or before the date on which the Race begins.
  12. The Race Director shall implement cut-off points along the route which points must be reached by the runners within specific times.


  1. Race registration will take place at the start venue at a specific time and place as published on the Race website.
  2. The exact location will be publicly revealed at the discretion of the Race Director, but no later than one month before the start of the race.
  3. Runners must report for registration at the published time in possession of a photo ID.


  1. Runners will be given a race ID bib with their number on. This must be worn as the outer-most layer of clothing at all times.
  2. A runner found without a number will be given a warning.
  3. A runner is allowed two number warnings.
  4. A third number warning will result in a time penalty as determined by the Race Director / Race Referee.
  5. Runners can use any sponsor logos on their clothing as long as it does not cover their Race number and Munga Trail Logo, or the logos of official race sponsors.


  1. Once the Race starts the Race clock begins and will not stop until the Cut-off Time five days (120 hours) later.
  2. The official race clock is the clock used by the Race Director / Race Referee at the start of the race and all cut-offs will be according to said clock.
  3. Each runner will carry a working transponder for the duration of the Race.
  4. No runner may swop a transponder with another runner under any circumstance whatsoever.
  5. Each runner is allowed to carry only one transponder.


  1. The Race start chute will open one hour before the start of the Race unless communicated otherwise.
  2. There is no staggered or seeded start. All runners will start in the same chute and batch at the same time.
  3. The start chute will close twenty minutes before the Race start.
  4. No runner is allowed to start late without approval of the Race Director.
  5. Any runner who cannot make the start must report to the Race Director immediately.


  1. All runners have to follow the designated Race route and may not deviate therefrom in any circumstances whatsoever.
  2. If a runner inadvertently leaves the Race route, he has to return to the Race route at the point at which he left it.
  3. No runner shall trespass at any time on land which is not open to the public, unless it forms part of the official race route.
  4. Runners may backtrack if they choose provided they are considerate of other runners.
  5. Any walking or running which is carried out without the intention of directly re-joining the route, or any other activity in breach of the Rules, which takes place outside of the marked route, is not permitted.
  6. The Race route will be made available to the runners in GPS format at a time decided on by the Race Director.
  7. The Race route will be unmarked.
  8. The Race route and distance may vary from the published distance or route and no runner shall have any claim against the Race Director arising therefrom.
  9. No short cuts are permitted.
  10. Runners may never be in, on or attached to a motorized vehicle whilst on the Race Route.
  11. If a runner climbs into a vehicle at any time during the Race for whatever reason, he will be immediately disqualified.
  12. The Race Director has the right to change the route at any time if it is deemed necessary.
  13. Parts of the Race will take place on public roads.
  14. These roads will not be closed to public traffic and as such, normal traffic regulations must be observed at all times during the Race. This means running on the right hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic and obeying all the rules of the road.
  15. The instructions of marshals along the route must be strictly adhered to at all times. Failure to do so may result in a warning or a disqualification
  16. Compulsory equipment: Compulsory gear must be carried over the entire race route. Checks can be made at any time and penalties could result from not having the correct gear.
    1. Backpack or hydration pack able to carry all gear inside the bag.
    2. Space Blanket
    3. Carrying capacity for at least 3l of water / liquid
    4. A GPS navigation unit
    5. A whistle within easy reach
    6. A Headlamp with sufficient power / spare batteries / charger
    7. Trail shoes
    8. Cap, Beanie or Buff
    9. A Fully charged Mobile Phone with charger. Activated on a South African mobile network.
    10. Sufficient nutrition to support you for 25-30km : the distance between Water Stations and in the case of an emergency where you could be stranded on the route for several hours. This should include:
      • Rehydrate sachet(s)
      • At least 1000 Kcal of nutrition
    11. Waterproof jacket with hood
    12. A Thermal top
    13. Warm leggings
    14. Spare socks
    15. Basic footcare pack, including adhesive bandage and blister treatment kit.
    16. A race identification bib / race number (supplied at Registration)
    17. A Tracking unit (to be supplied by the Race Organisers at registration.)


  1. The start time for the Race will be confirmed at the Race briefing.
  2. There is no seeding and all competitors will start at the same time together.
  3. Any runner that misses the Race start can start later but no later than one hour after the official start time and only with approval of the Race Director.


  1. There are 5 (five) Race Villages along the route. These will also serve as checkpoints.
  2. It is compulsory for all runners to sign in at every Race Village checkpoint.
  3. It is compulsory to sign out at every Race Village checkpoint.
  4. If a runner is not planning to stop at a checkpoint, he must still sign in and out.
  5. Aside from the 5 (five_ Race station checkpoints, hidden checkpoints will also form part of the Race.
  6. The location of these hidden checkpoints will not be published but the Rules applying to the five official Race stations will apply to the hidden checkpoints mutatis mutandis.


  1. The 5 (five) Race Villages will provide adequate food and drinks to the runners.
  2. These 5(five) stations will be situated approximately 70 to 90 kms apart.
  3. The Race Director reserves the right to change the location and distance of these Race Villages.
  4. In addition to the above five stations, the Race will have 9 (nine) water points along the route.
  5. These water points will be situated approximately 25-35kms apart.
  6. Only liquids and race type snacks will be available at these points. No excessive use of water other than for drinking will be permitted at these water points.
  7. It is the runner’s responsibility to ensure they carry enough food and water between these checkpoints and water stations.


  1. Each of the five Race Villages will have food and drinks available 24 hours a day after the start of the Race.
  2. Each Race Village will have sleep and shower facilitates available 24 hours a day from the start of the Race.
  3. Runners may not receive any kind of pre-arranged assistance or support along the route, including at any of the five Race Villages.
  4. For purposes of these Rules, “pre-arranged” means that a runner has arranged to receive something along the route that no other competitor would have access to.
  5. In the five Race Villages, runners may receive Race-supplied support only.
  6. Other than the five Race Villages, the route may also run through towns. Runners may, within the ambit of these Rules, use what is commercially available in these towns.
  7. Runners may buy food and drink in these towns.
  8. Runners may sleep in these towns.
  9. Runners may not receive any physical help or support from friends or family in these towns.
  10. Runners may receive emotional and psychological support in the form of encouragement from friends and family in these towns, in the five Race Villages and at pre-designated areas on the route only.
  11. Runners may receive any form of assistance from any other runner in the Race both in and out of the Race Villages and anywhere along the route.


  1. The Race is not simply an ordinary foot race, it is arguably one of the toughest races in the world and will place enormous physiological and mental stress on each runner’s body. As such, the Race medical team reserves the right to withdraw any runner from the Race if, in their opinion, it is deemed necessary.
  2. A runner who is withdrawn from the Race will have no claim whatsoever against the Race Director, its affiliates or any of its sub-contractors arising therefrom.
  3. It is the runner’s responsibility to make sure he is in good health and adequately trained for the Race.
  4. All runners must have completed a Race medical form and have it signed by a licensed medical practitioner prior to Race registration. A runner may not participate in the Race if this form has not been signed thereby confirming that he is sufficiently well adapted and prepared for a Race of this nature.


  1. Every runner has to carry a Munga issued tracking device.
  2. It is the runner’s responsibility to ensure his tracking device is always on and in working order.
  3. A runner will not be permitted to continue past a Race Village without their tracking device.


  1. If a runner elects to withdraw from the Race due to medical reasons and is unable to continue to a Race Village or Water Point, the runner must notify either the Race Director or someone from the medial team and a vehicle will be dispatched to collect the runner and transport him to the nearest Race Village. This vehicle will only carry the runner requiring medical attention. Alternatively, the runner requiring medical attention needs to use the iER App on his mobile phone or call for medical support which will action an emergency vehicle being dispatched to the GPS location of the runner. On pushing this SOS button the runner will no longer be able to continue in the Race.
  2. If a runner wishes to withdraw from the Race for reasons other than medical, he can only make this decision at a Race Village or Water Point.


  1. If a runner has any complaint or protest, he must submit the complaint or protest after he has crossed the finish line provided he is not in breach of any of the Rules.
  2. Runners have one hour to submit a complaint or protest after the Cut- off Time, and it has to be done in writing.
  3. In all matters relating to the Rules, complaints and protests, or interpreting any of the above-mentioned aspects, the Race Director (or a person appointed by him as an independent referee) decision is final and binding.


  1. A runner may at any time (during or after the Race) be disqualified for any of the following reasons:
    1. a runner climbing into a vehicle on the Race Route and at some point continuing to Race;
    2. a runner failing to sign in or out of one of the five Race Village checkpoints;
    3. a runner physically towing another runner;
    4. a runner being younger than the minimum stipulated Race age;
    5. a runner failing to adequately display his Race number;
    6. a runner found off the Race route and behaving in a manner that the Race Director deems to be contrary to the spirit of the Race;
    7. a runner found taking a short cut; a runner found taking down or defacing route markings;
    8. a runner found to be ignoring or contravening the traffic regulations on public roads;
    9. a runner found without one of the compulsory pieces of equipment;
    10. a runner who starts the Race later than one hour after the official Race start and does not have approval to do so;
    11. a runner receiving prearranged support anywhere along the route or in the Race Villages;
    12. a runner found without a working transponder;
    13. a runner found littering;
    14. a runner behaving in a way that the Race Director and/or a person appointed by him deem to be inappropriate, contrary to the spirit of the Race or otherwise in bad faith.


In the spirit of trail running it is incumbent on each runner to respect the environment. As such, each runner must also adhere to the following rules:

  1. No littering of any form will be tolerated, including but not limited to dropping food packaging, bottles, etc;
  2. Smoking is not allowed anywhere along the route;
  3. No runner is allowed to willfully damage any plant or bush.
  4. No runner shall damage, cut or remove any fencing or gates along the route.
  5. At no time may a runner start a fire anywhere on, or near the race route.


  1. The Race attempts to conform to the World Anti-Doping Agency Code and as such adopts a zero tolerance policy towards doping in all its forms.
  2. For the WADA code and more information, please see the following WADA link: code/2009-world-anti-doping-code#.VAAoj7ySz18
  3. The Race Director reserves the right to test all participants as and when it deems appropriate and no runner shall object thereto.
  4. The top twenty finishing runners can expect to be tested as part of the normal Race procedure.
  5. All runners can expect random testing throughout the race. This will be at the Race Directors discretion.
  6. Any runner caught doping, will be banned from The Munga Race for life.