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Run The African X in support of CHOC

Chantel Nienaber and Chris Visser by Tobias Ginsberg

Nienaber and Visser set to #RunTheAfricanX in support of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA

Stellenbosch-based trail runners Chantel Nienaber and Chris Visser are proud to support CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA by taking on South Africa’s premier three-day stage trail run, the AFRICAN X TRAIL RUN that will take place at the Houw Hoek Hotel (Western Cape) the weekend of 17 – 19 March 2023.

Although Nienaber is no stranger to AFRICAN X, Visser made his event debut in 2021 and this will only be the second time that he toes the line at this iconic three-day stage trail run.

“Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money”

“After competing in 2021 I could see why AFRICAN X is called South Africa’s premier three-day stage trail run,” says Visser. “The race organization was on point; the trails were extremely well marked, and the race village had an incredible atmosphere. Add to the mix some of South Africa’s finest runners (trail and road) and you had an event to remember. I’m really excited to team up with Chantel again. She brings lots of experience to the table. She’s extremely well organized and always prepared. I also enjoy her company, which is critically important if you are going to be spending so much time together training and racing.”

“We’ll be running in support of CHOC and our team’s name is COWrageous,” laughs Visser. “As a CHOC Cow I do my best to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation. If one person donates or asks about CHOC, my goal will be achieved. It is an absolute honour to take on SA’s premier three-day stage race in support of such a fantastic foundation.”

According to Nienaber, AFRICAN X is normally her first race of the season. “AFRICAN X is like a family gathering and it’s great to see so many familiar faces,” says Nienaber. “I competed in my first AFRICAN X TRAIL RUN Three-Day Stage Race in 2012 and have returned many times afterwards. It’s become part of my trail running career.

“The event creates the perfect opportunity for trail runners to spend time with their trail buddies.”

“I’m happy to team up with Chris again,” admits Nienaber. “He is the most dedicated and committed runner that I know. I couldn’t ask for a better teammate. Although Chris is finally a Vet (40 – 49 years of age) and I am just about a Master (50 – 59 years of age), I would be lying if I said that we didn’t want to podium at the event, but ultimately our goal will be to have a great time on the trails with our trail running family. I am getting too old to race, so this will be the last year that I take part competitively. I am happy to celebrate the final team event of my racing career with Chris. I am also very proud to compete in the colors of CHOC, an incredible charity that supports children that have cancer.”


Launched in 2009, the AFRICAN X TRAIL RUN is synonymous with magnificent trails, spectacular views, mouth-watering food, a relaxed atmosphere, a great vibe, and most importantly, TEAMWORK! Teams of two trail running enthusiasts (male/female/mixed) will be seen battling it out on a route varying in distances each day. Each stage will feature a different route that is guaranteed to keep things challenging, yet exciting while leaving runners in awe. Look forward to experiencing trail running at its best when you ‘Let Nature Give You A Run For Your Money’.”

Chantel Nienaber and Chris Visser by Tobias Ginsberg

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For additional information on the AFRICAN X TRAIL RUN 3-Day Stage Race.

please visit www.stillwatersports.com, contact Stillwater Sports at 082 991 0045 or email entries@stillwatersports.com.

About CHOC: CHOC is a non-profit organization that advocates for the health and well-being of children and teenagers diagnosed with cancer or life-threatening blood disorders. The CHOC Cows is a group of people on a mission to make a difference to children with cancer and their families. Their energy is infectious and with the motto “Love Living Life”, the CHOC Cows guarantee plenty of FUN in their fundraising activities. For more information or to show your support please visit www.choc.org.za

PHOTOS CREDIT: Tobias Ginsberg


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