The 2013 Washie 100 Miler will commence on Friday, July 19th at 17h00, from the Halyards Hotel.
To download the 2013 Washie entry form, please click here.
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The 2013 Griffin 50 will start @ 5am at the Washie Half Way Mark on Saturday 20 July 2013.
To download the 2013 Griffin entry form, please click here.
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|The organisers of this race apeal to all participants to be seen and be safe.
We will therefore have glowsticks and mini flashers available at the Washie 100 start.
The Buffalo Road Runners Club (Buffs) is propably best known for the Washie 100 Miler, which has ensured the Buffs a significant place in the history of road running in the sub-continent.
How it started: Click here to view The Washie History as described in David Crombies book.
In short though, the Washie, undoubtedly the king of 100 Milers, is run from Port Alfred to East London over a 161km distance. It was first run on July 12, 1977 and was a monumental undertaking by a young club with a relatively small membership, to consider organising an awesome ultra marathon over 100 miles of a rugged coastline road between Port Alfred and East London.
The 12 runners who finished the race within the stipulated 27 hours could hardly have imagined they were the first of many athletes who would test themselves over a distance almost twice the distance of the Comrades.
The 12 were the trailblazers of other 100 milers that followed in their footsteps. The Washie is held annually, from Port Alfred to East London, with the prize-giving at the Buff's Club on the Sunday morning after the completion of the race.
There are no money prices, but everyone who has completed the Washie wears with great pride the coveted very special tracksuit, and ensure that the handmade trophy given to all finishers has a prime place in the trophy cabinet. The founder chairman of Buffs, Viv Rex, said the first Washie was "a fantastic success - it is here to stay". How right he was.
But perhaps not even the far-seeing Viv could have envisaged that the Washie Ultra Marathon would become the true quality event it is, even regularly attracting international entries. The significance of the event is enhancing the city of East London, and the attendant economic and social benefits, has yet to be fully realised.
The run is considered the ultimate spirit, achievement and comaraderie and each finisher covets the higly presitgious Washie Tracksuit Top.
The run can be summed up by a quote from a previous Washie runner (Stuart Wainwright 2008) and also the lyrics to the Chris Rea song "The Road to hell", played at the start every year...,
"Learn this lesson fast and learn it well, THIS is the road to hell".