Essential to the DNA of The Munga is the notion of pushing possibility. We’ve done it successfully in the MTB space, and now it’s time to see what’s possible on foot.
Could someone run close to a Comrades Marathon every day for 5 days? Is it possible to cover 400km on foot in under 80 hours for the racing snakes, or 120 hours for the average runner looking for a challenge? Or is there nothing average about taking on this challenge?
Only time will tell.
Staged trail running is not new, but how will strategy change when you, the runner, has the choice of how far you run today?
You manage your time for 5 days as you race to make the cut off, and you discover that you had it in you all along; that you were right; that the faintest of suspicions you might be tough enough was proven correct.
The greatest journeys we can ever take are those where we find out just what we're made of. The Munga is one of those journeys. So what are you waiting for?
The race is limited to single runners. There is no seeding and anyone can enter. Everyone starts in one bunch at the same time, and the race is non-stop, so just one stage.
The Munga Trail is semi-supported. There are five race villages along the race route, spaced roughly 80km apart from the start. At each of these villages runners will be able to eat and sleep, but they do not have to stop at the village or sleep if they don't want to. It is totally up to them.
Apart from the five race villages runners will also have access to water points every 30 to 40kms. No runner will be allowed to have support from outside in any physical form. Runners will not have access to a bag during the race, only at the finish, so everything they will need outside the support stations will have to be carried with them.