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Challenge: 12-13 October. Run: 14-15 October.


The Event

From Prologue to Prizegiving, find out what's happening and when.

The Route

Marathon Distance. Four river crossings. Over 2600 meters of elevation gain and 11 significant climbs. This is what makes The Otter The Grail of Trail.

Running Green

The Otter is run along a section of near-pristine coastline and we want to keep it that way. Find out more about our Shoe Cleaning Station, the Tsitsikamma and our partnership with SANParks.

Compulsory Kit

The Otter pioneered the kit stencil for rapid checking. Know what to bring to keep you safe out there.

Race Rules

We strive for the perfect race: to be enjoyed by all with the least environmental impact while maintaining the best conditions for personal competition.


Your first Otter or looking for that PB? We have advice from the experts for nutrition and training.



Marc Lauenstein - 03:59:29 Ruby Muir - 04:58:48


Iain Don Wauchope - 4:21:30 Landie Greyling - 5:11:46
Browse the timeline below for results from each of the Otter Races since 2010. The winning men's and women's times are shown below each year.
  • 2015


    Marc Lauenstein – 03:59:29 Emma Roco – 05:07:37

  • 2014


    Iain Don-Wauchope – 04:21:30 Landie Greyling – 05:11:46

  • 2013


    Ricky Lightfoot – 04:15:27 Ruby Muir – 04:55:48




On the 17th of October one of the most remarkable feats in South African sporting history took place in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park. Swiss runner Marc Lauenstein challenged the Otter African Trail Run’s unthinkable four hour barrier. To put this in perspective there are not more than a handful...

Lutraphobia – the fear of Otters

written by Bruce Clark – RUN WRITE In the long jump event at the 1968 Summer Olympics, Bob Beamon jumped so far he created a new word. “Beamonesque” entered sporting lexicon and is now used as an adjective to describe spectacular athletic feats. Out of nowhere Beamon produced the jump of the century. In...

Swiss mountain man achieves the impossible.

Biggest Trail Running Pay-out in SA The Garden Route National Park was the arena of possibly one of the most extraordinary athletic achievements in South African sporting history when Swiss Trail Runner Marc Lauenstein became the first person to run the Otter African Trail Run presented by Salomon and GU in under four hours....


Shorter. Faster. Still Tough and Technical. Meet the 10km Dassie and 6km Dassie RockRat

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Enter The Dassie Now!

Whether you choose to run the DASSIE or the ROCKRAT – be assured – every step over rocks, roots, pebbles, through riverbeds and up steep climbs is worth the effort – racing through the most pristine indigenous forests will offer fantastic views to the River Mouth and the Ocean and will let every trail runners’ heart jump of joy. The Dassie and Dassie Rockrat are perfect for athletes who:

  • want to be part of South Africa’s most competitive trail run;
  • want to be there when world class athletes cross the OTTER finish line;
  • are friends and family of an OTTER athlete and are keen to get active without missing their OTTER heroes finish;
  • want to run, but are not ready for the OTTER;
  • wanted to run the OTTER, but didn’t manage to get an entry;
  • simply love the trails!


  • Saturday 15 October 2016
  • Registration: 7:00am Start: 8:00am
  • 10km or 6km
  • Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, Garden Route National Park
  • www.entrytickets.net
  • Pre entries: R180 Late entries: R250(includes SANParks conservation fee)
  • Entries limited to 150 runners.


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