The race starts at the mouth of the Kwelera River at Yellow Sands north of East London.
Competitors then follow a rugged seaside course over loose boulders, gulleys and soft sand on the way past Rainbow Valley resort before they encounter their first major obstacle, the Gonubie River.
After taking a plunge in the sometimes icy waters, a short run on the Gonubie Beach takes the runners past the car park and hotel for the relatively flat 5km chase along the coast-hugging tar road to Eastward Ho.
From there it is back to the beach as runners plod their way through shingle to the firmer sand of Bonza Bay Beach and the last stretch before the final hurdle – the Nahoon River.
Once across the Nahoon River, there is a 400 meter scramble to the finish in front of the Nahoon lifesaver’s complex.
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