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2007 Nov   Wildrunner is born

2008 Jan   Wildrunner launches the unique short course Trail Series® with the Cape Summer Trail Series®
2008 Jun   The first Gauteng Winter Trail Series® race takes place at Groenkloof Nature Reserve in Pretoria - 136 runners attend!
2008 Jul    The first Cape Winter Trail Series® race takes place at Paarl Mountain Reserve
2008 Dec   1,427 runners take part in Wildrunner events in 2008

2009 Sep   80 runners take part in the first Wildcoast Wildrun® 
2009 Nov   The Wildcoast Wildrun® 2009 flights on SuperSport for the first time
2009 Dec   Wildrunner sees growth of 196% from 2008 to 2009

2010 Jan   The 2010 Wildcoast Wildrun® sells out in under 30 minutes
2010 Oct   104 runners take part in the first Helderberg Mountain Challenge
2010 Nov   A second departure is added to the Wildcoast Wildrun® 2011
2010 Nov   Lesotho Wildrun® 2011 is launched, the big mountain cousin of the Wildcoast Wildrun®
2010 Dec   8,522 runners take part in Wildrunner events compared to 1427 in 2008

2011 Jan    165 Wildcoast Wildrun® entries sell out in under 20 minutes
2011 May   569 runners take part in the second Helderberg Mountain Challenge
2011 Mar   Just 27 runners take part in the inaugural Lesotho Wildrun®
2011 Aug   736 runners take part in the first Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge in very tough conditions
2011 Oct    619 runners take part in the first KZN Trail Series®, making the Trail Series® the first national short course trail running event of its kind in Africa
2011 Dec    12,360 runners take part in Wildrunner events during 2011

2012 Jan    The Wildcoast Wildrun® 2012 sells out in under 15 minutes
2012 May   1,016 runners complete the Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge in perfect conditions
2012 Jun    Wildrunner hires its first additional team member, content manager Claire Davidson, working alongside Owen and Tam Middleton (then Jupp)
2012 Aug   Wildrunner celebrates its 100th event at race 4 in the Cape Winter Trail Series® in Kleinmond

2013 Jan   The Wildcoast Wildrun® sells out in under 10 minutes
2013 Feb   The Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge Extreme is extended to 35km and is announced as the first ever SA Long distance Trail Running Championships
2013 Feb   The 36km Silvermine Mountain XL is run for the first time
2013 Mar   The Cape Summer Trail Series® has 3969 runners attend the Series - a new record
2013 Apr   The GLB46 Ultra is announced and becomes the last PUFFER qualifyer 
2013 Jul    The Marloth Mountain Challenge 2013 is announced but is postponed to 2014 due to unfortunate circumstances
2013 Jul    Spur Steak Ranches is announced as Wildrunner's first ever event title sponsor and the Trail Series® becomes the Spur Trail Series®
2013 Aug  The sixth Spur Cape Winter Trail Series® sells out every event for the first time!
2013 Oct   The Spur Trail Series® flights on SuperSport for the first time.
2013 Nov   The Richtersveld Wildrun®, the desert leg of the Wildrun® brand is launched 

2014 Jun   57 Runners take on the inaugural Richtersveld Wildrun®
2014 Jun   The Spur Gauteng Winter Trail Series® sells out every event for the first time
2014 Jul     The Spur Cape Winter Trail Series® keeps growing with each race being over-subscribed
2014 Sep   Wildrunner organises the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon Peace Trail Runs - a trail run with one of the highest prize purses in South Africa.
2014 Sep   The inaugural Marloth Mountain Challenge takes place in Swellendam in tough conditions. 34 solo runners and 23 teams complete the 55km run. This also marks the completion of the first Mountain Challenge Series.

2015 Sep   Wildrunner launches the first transfrontier Wildrun®: The Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun® to take place in June 2016.
2016 Jan   Massive wild fires tear into Lebanon Forest and Wildrunner is forced to cancel it's first event ever (and whtat would have been the 200th!)
2016 Jan   Wildrunner reaches the 200 event mark at race 3 in the Spur Cape Summer Trail Series®.
2016 May  Wildrunner pioneers it's second Transfrontier experience, with 37 intrepid runners exploring the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area on the inagural 'trial' and media Mapungubwe Transfrontier Wildrun®.
2016 Jun   Richtersveld Transfrontier Wildrun® takes place and is won outright by Joanna Williams!
2016 Jul   The Spur PE Trail Series® launches for the first time in the Eastern Cape, with a four race series at four stunning venues in Port Elizabeth.
2016 Jul   Wildrunner becomes part of the Elemental Outdoor Sports (PTY) Ltd company.
2016 Oct   Wildrunner partners with KZN Trail Running to localise the Spur KZN Trail Series® operations and to spread the reach.
2016 Nov   Wildrunner announces R50,000 prize money for breaking the overall Wildcoast Wildrun® record.
2016 Dec   The French trail running specialists, Raidlight, come on board as a specialist gear sponsor to all Wildrunner events through Raidlight South Africa.
2017 Jan   Wildrunner turns 10 years old, and right where it all started - at the Cape Summer Trail Series®.  To celebrate, Wildrunner announces that all trail kids 10 years and under will run for free at any Spur Trail Series® in 2017.
2017 Feb   Wildrunner announces cup-less operations at all it's aid stations.
2017 May   The first capacity Mapungubwe Transfrontier Wildrun® takes place and this one of a kind safari-on-the-run™ experience does not dissapoint, with over 100 elephants on day one alone!
2017 May  The Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge has it's biggest field as 1160 runners take to the trails. 
2017 Aug  The Helderberg Mountain Challenge receives it's biggest entry field of 831. 
2018 Apr   Jaybird, who make wireless headphones designed for runners, come on board as product sponsors for the Trail Series®. 

2018 May   Carla van Huyssteen breaks the 38km JMC ladies record by a mere 17 sec, setting the new bar at 4:11:09 read about it
2018 May  Timothy Chambers smashes the 24km JMC record by 3:01, finishing in 1:52:04 read about it
2018 Aug   Hayley Preen sets a new ladies record on the 15km HMC, finishing in 1:36:00 read about it
2018 Oct   MMC 35km Extreme Mens record falls by more than 20 minutes! Jono Black sets new record at 3:46:19
2019 Jan   Bos Sport confirms another two year sponsorship deal as the title sponsors of the Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird.
2019 Feb   The inagural sevent day Rwanda Wildrun® tour take place, complete with the first running group in history to complete the 40km Congo-Nile Divide Trail!  
2019 Feb   First Ascent signs up as the exclusive technical sponsor to the Bos Sport Mountain Challenge Series, amplified by Jaybird.
2019 Mar   Wildrunner pulls it's Gauteng operations to focus more on the Western Cape.
2019 Mar   Wildrunner runs a dual WWF Earth Hour 2019 in both Kirstenbosch & Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.
2019 Aug   Wildrunner pulls off it's 300th event at the final race in the Cape Winter Trail Series®
2019 Oct    Jarryd Dunn blasts his way to a new record on the Marloth Mountain Challenge lite course, taking 4 sec from Timothy Chambers record set in 2016.
2019 Oct    The seven race Cape Trail Series Super League (TSSL) is launched for 2020 with the addition of an XL distance at every race, along with lots of new routes.

2020 Jan    The TSSL kicks of with a sell out at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
2020 Mar   COVID-19 Lockdown began
2020 Jun    Trail Series Phantom Rally is launched, starting in July.
2020 Oct    SAAMES is born and we finally have permission from the Minister of sport to operate again.
2020 Nov    We secure permission to run a three races in Oct/Nov under the auspices of SAAMES: a TSSL at Paul Cluver, JMC and TSSL Oak Valley.
2020 Nov    Worst conditions in JMC history resutls in the B route being used for the 38km.

2021 Apr   Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is ravaged by fire, JMC 2021 event is postponed indefinately.
2021 May  Due to COVID-19 we run our first TSSL event in 2021 at Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve (usually this would be our fifth).
2021 Sep   Wildcoast Wildrun 2021 takes place with a capacity field.
2021 Oct   The inagural Cape Town Trail Marathon 46km takes place, managed by Wildrunner.  
2021 Nov   We close of the year with our final TSSL race at the magnificent Oak Valley.  Just five events in 2021, the lowest in 14 years of operations!