Published on: April 1, 2014

The Columbia Triple Challenge is an iconic one-day multisport ultra distance event, which takes place between Pietermaritzburg and Inanda Dam in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The signature event is the individual multisport event where athletes get to trail run 20kms between Pietermaritzburg and Camperdown, mountain bike 53kms from Camperdown down into the majestic valley of 1 000 hills towards Inanda Dam and then paddle 20kms around Inanda Dam which includes two portages. With 12 years of history, the route has evolved into a journey of discovery and adventure for the athletes, providing them with a truly African experience. There is also a multicross option, (Trail Run, MTB, Trail Run), where instead of the paddle the athletes get to do a final 7kms out and back trail run in and around the Msinsi Inanda Dam Reserve. Both event can be done as an individual or in a team of various combinations. The Trail Run and Mountain Bike legs can also be done as separate events on the day and there is also a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) event which takes place at the dam on the day.

Each category is broken down as follows:-


Trail Run 20.6kms / MTB 53kms / Paddle 18kms with 2 x Portages of 130m and 1.7kms

Individual – This is for the hard core Multisporter who can (and has the drive) to do it all. Run, MTB, Paddle. Truly it will be a moment to #RaceYourself

Team 2A – This for those who want to do a big one day race but are not keen on all the disciplines. 1st member runs, 2nd member cycles, both paddle (K2) to end off the race.

Team 2B – This is for the people wanting to push themselves and really get into the idea of doing the full race but it is always much more fun with others. Both run, both cycle, both paddle (K2) to end off the race.

Team of 3 – This is for a group of athletes who each enjoy different disciplines. 1st member runs, 2nd member cycles and 3rd member paddles.

Team of 5 – This is all about FUN FUN FUN.  1st member runs 10km, 2nd member runs 10km, 3rd member cycles, 4th and 5th members paddle (K2). You can completely mix it up as you need a minimum of three people in the team to participate in this one. Team members just need to be relatively fit and keen for a bit of adventure. This category is specifically designed for friends, teams, clubs, schools and corporates wanting to get in on the Triple Challenge action.



Trail Run 20.6kms / MTB 53kms / Trail Run 7kms

Individual – For the hard core Multicross athlete wanting to experience the thrills of this kind of race, a real chance to #RaceYourself

Team 2AX – This allows 2 people to enjoy the race in a very accessible way. 1st member runs, 2nd member cycles and both run the final 7kms to the end.

Team 2BX – because it is always more fun with friends, this where you get to do the entire route together and keep each other motivated. Both run, both cycle and both run at the end.



A point to point trail run traversing through 4 game reserves with a 20km option (Polly Shortts to Camperdown) and a 10km option (Lion Park to Camperdown). A perfect way to spend a Sunday morning and experience a different route through the surrounding farmlands. A once a year opportunity to experience trail running at its best.



A unique point to point 53km MTB ride from Camperdown to Inanda Dam. Definitely not your standard MTB ride and not a route you get to explore every other weekend. Amazing views, some incredible single track and the majestic valley of 1 000 hills to blow your mind.Pace yourselves though, this is proper MTB riding, so bring your A-Game.



Something new to the event, a sport that is taking off around SA. Stand Up Paddle boarding appeals to all types of people as it can be done in the sea or on flat water, for racing or just for having some fun. It will happen at Inanda Dam and promises to be really festive.