Running for Rhinos
Rhino Peak Challenge 2018
How awesome it is to give back to something one loves – nature!! Having a Master’s in Wildlife Management, animals have always been in my heart, so being able to help out a Species that is under fire, does not even need negotiation!
The Rhino Peak Challenge takes place each year on or close to World Rhino Day. An awesome initiative carried out by Running Man Adventures, it is only too exciting to be able to get involved and photograph this event for the Event. Not only that, but to be in the mountains, which I have become to know and love as well, is an added bonus. Unfortunately last year I missed this event, as I was out of the country. But this year I had an added bonus, my daughter said she was keen to join me, so off we went to explore the trails, photograph the runners and enjoy the day out in the mountains.
Two groups of people are gathered to run from Drak Gardens to the top of Rhino Peak and then back, with each person having a time challenge. 15 People of Influence and 8 Elite Athlete’s were selected. It is up to them to gather sponsors from their circle of influence. Based on their final times, people then donate based on their pledges. For more details on the actual event, visit their website Rhino Peak Challenge.
I was excited to hit the trails with my daughter, as I am sure all father’s know!! Being able to share your passion and love for outdoors with your children is special. The day started out sunny, but after about 1.5hrs of walking it soon became clear that the weather was changing, and fast. We managed to reach Pillar Cave, when things went pear-shaped the first time. I did not want to get caught up there for a long time so decided to head back down. Bad move … we got about 100m downhill when the heavens opened, and then it started sleeting and hailing!!! We turned back and headed for the cave but in the meantime, got fairly wet and covered in hail. Luckily this only lasted about 15min and then the sun was out again. We walked up the trail for another km took some pix of the hail covered ground and then notched the black clouds again. Got back to the cave just in time for the next hail storm …
Finally in between all the storms, the runners came through, we got some images and then decided to slowly head down.
On the way down, the Elite runners caught up with us, and took some shots of them passing. We got to the finish just as the wind cam through and the weather finally took a turn for the worse. Luckily all the runners made it home without any injuries, although there were a couple of tumbles.
The good news of the day is that R352 888 was raised for Rhino Conservation. Well done to all the athlete’s … another interesting day in the mountains.