"CONQUER THE PUFFER" trail running workshop at SSISA with legend AJ Calitz!
June 17, 2014  

Supplied by Tracy Abrahams from WPA
"CONQUER THE PUFFER" trail running workshop Presented by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa in conjunction with New Balance & Modern Athlete magazine
 "Running in Heaven - feeling like hell" is the legendary PUFfeR Trail's race slogan. A more apt description is hard to find for the mother of all trail runs, which weaves its way pre-dawn from Cape Point over terrain of every kind, reaching its highest point at Maclear's Beacon (1085m). The route passes through large parts of Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage site and biodiversity hotspot. Its breath-taking beauty showcases some of the world’s most unique vegetation types which runners will struggle to forget once they reach the end of their journey at the Oceana Yacht club, some 80km and many hours and adventures later. Not for the faint-hearted or the untrained, this trail run had its beginnings in 1995, with a field of just 18 hardy souls. Just short of two decades later, 150 hopeful trail runners will take on the challenge and attempt to conquer the PUFfeR beast come race-day, 23 August 2014.
Fish Hoek Athletic Club is the event organiser, and Race Director Andy Campbell annually goes out of his way to give runners an "experience of a life-time and a magical day in the mountains".  Teaming up with the 2014 event once again are Lipco Law for All, New Balance and the Sports Science Institute of SA (SSISA). 
Ensuring that runners feel less hellish when running in” PUFfeR heaven” is what the SSISA has taken on as their challenge! Firstly - they have a unique and specialised strength-training programme which includes a one month gym membership – entitled “Strong2Run" (www.ssisa.com) with the next course kicking off 12 May 2014.
Secondly, SSISA, in conjunction with New Balance and Modern Athlete magazine – are hosting a workshop entitled "Conquer the PUFfeR" on Monday 30 June at 17h45. Prospective runners and aspiring entrants will have the awesome experience of listening to main speaker Andre Calitz – who is affectionately known as AJ. AJ has the honour of holding the 80km PUFfeR record in a time of 6:59:36 (first runner to run under 7 hours on the original, full-distance route). On top of holding silver medals for both Two Oceans and Comrades – he is also an All African Triathlon Champ, South African Duathlon and Triathlon Champ and a SA Cycling Champion.
AJ will share pearls of wisdom and some very practical and down-to earth advice; experienced mountaineer and talented trail runner, Leo Rust of Adventure Incorporated (www.adventureinc.co.za) will chat to us about gearing up for the challenge and coping in adverse weather conditions and Andy Campbell will use a fly-through to show us the majestic but arduous route and will keep us on the straight and narrow with race and kit rules. Registered SSISA dietitian, Sarah Chantler will be available during the question and answer session for your burning dietary-related questions. You will also be introduced to the “Fearsome Four”- who will be blogging and tweeting via Modern Athlete and SSISA about their PUFfeR training and how the SSISA experts are conquering their weaknesses etc.  leading up to the event.
The evening will end off with a lucky draw boasting an amazing array of Cape Union Mart vouchers – for all your trail running needs; Modern Athlete prizes, New Balance gear vouchers, memberships at the SSISA gym, stunning prizes from both BUFF and Led Lenzer, as well as the incredible prize of ONE free entry to run the 2014 PUFfeR! This wild-card entry will be linked to a competition on SSISA’s social media......watch this space. 
This workshop is NOT to be missed, and we recommend you sign up soon to secure your seat! The entrance fee is just R65 and includes light snacks, some notes, and access to the best info out there on the PUFfeR. And of course you get to mingle with fellow equally nutty trail runners of all calibres. Registration kicks off at 17h30, and a cash bar will be available.
Visit www.webtickets.co.za/ssisa to book your ticket without delay - put it in your diary and we look forward to seeing you there!