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It is on. Festival Trail Run goes ahead. Despite the challenges posed by the worst natural disaster in the history of the Garden Route, organisers of the Featherbed Trail Run have announced that thanks to the timely intervention of Bayport Financial Services, the official Trail Run of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will go ahead as scheduled.

The route will change, the timing will change, the logistics will change but that unique Knysna feeling that the event is famous for will be stronger than ever. (Full Media Release: THE TRAIL PHOENIX RISES)


You will appreciate that there are tremendous logistical and administrative challenges with the entire rerouting of the event. We understand that some of these changes may affect your own planning of the day and we regret any inconveniences caused – but we urge you to embrace these changes with the spirit with which the event is presented.



  • The Run will now start on the beach in Buffalo Bay and finish as always at the Cruise Cafe.
  • Registration will be at the Cruise Cafe
  • Three distances will still be on offer with two starts.
    • 9.30 am START:  15km Coelacanth & 21km Great White
    • 11.00am START: 11km Seahorse
  • Taxi Transport will be available from the Cruise Cafe to the start but self-drive is welcome. The Buffalo Bay start is a 25 minute drive from the Cruise Cafe.
  • The last departure of the Taxis will be 45 minutes prior to the start of the event. DO NOT WAIT FOR THE LAST TAXI.
  • Your extra warm clothing will be transported from the start back to the finish and can be collected after finishing the race.
  • One Waterpoint – brought to you by SEEF Knysna.
  •  A post-race meal will be served at the Cruise Cafe.
  • Prize Giving will be at 12.30pm.
  • Online entries close Thursday 6 July 8pm.
  • From 7 – 10 July, you can enter at Earth Scout, Knysna Waterfront ( 10am – 4pm ). Late entries, if any available, on the day at race registration, Cruise Cafe Restaurant.


The race will take place on Tuesday 11th July 2017 during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.


RACE REGISTRATION, HQ & FINISH: Cruise Cafe Restaurant, Remembrance Drive, off Waterfront Drive, Knysna

RACE START: Buffalo Bay Main Beach

THE GREAT WHITE : 21km distance

Registration Cruise Cafe: 7.00am

Taxis depart in Remembrance Drive (in front of Cruise Cafe): 7.30 until 8.45am
Start Time: 9.30am
Distance: 21 km
Elevation Gain: 550 meters

All Great White athletes will be given a complementary SiS Go energy Gel and a SiS Go Energy bar when boarding the Ferry.

COELACANTH & BIG 5  – 15km distance

Registration Cruise Cafe: 7.00am
Taxis depart in Remembrance Drive (in front of Cruise Cafe): 7.30 until 8.45am
Start Time: 9.30am
Distance: 15km
Elevation Gain: 300 meters

SEAHORSE & BIG 5 LIGHT – 11km distance

Registration Cruise Cafe: 8.30am
Taxis depart in Remembrance Drive (in front of Cruise Cafe): 9.00 until 10.15am
Start Time: 11.00am
Distance: 11 km

Elevation Gain: 240 meters


21km – R520, 15km & 11km – R420

On the day, 11 July,  late entries at race registration ( if any available ): 21km – R600, 15km & 11km – R500

Please note: no refund on entries, although substitutions are allowed
(an admin fee of R 50 will apply).
You enter 1 of the above disciplines and compete as an individual.


  • Windshell
  • Cellphone recommended
  • Hydration for the race (Please note: 1 water point sponsored by SEEF Knysna)


A delicious meal prepared by the Cruise Cafe Chef will be served to all Phoenix athletes.


A big THANK YOU to all our prize Sponsors!

THE BAYPORT PHOENIX will proudly donate 25% of the event’s entry fees to alleviate the suffering of those directly affected by the fire. 

The FEATHERBED TRAIL RUN proudly supports the:


Knysna-Basin-Project-Logo-small-1024x723Make a donation when you enter the event online & contribute to the conservation of the Knysna Estuary! The Knysna Estuary is the largest on the Southern Cape Coast. It has the highest plant and animal diversity of all the South African estuaries & the endangered Knysna seahorse Hippocampus capensis is endemic to our estuary, is protected by law and it is illegal to remove or keep this fish in aquaria. The Knysna Basin Project is a local research and conservation NGO focused on the continued conservation of the Knysna Estuary and surrounds through research and education. We pride ourselves in our various research projects and educational programmes where we aim to instill an appreciation for the environment in the local community. Our research endeavors range from the citizen science focused ShoreSearch to an in-depth investigation of Knysna’s iconic seahorse. We believe education is key to conservation and to achieve these goals, we educate and acquaint local school and community groups with the environment through hands-on environmental programmes. For more information please visit our website (www.knysnabasinproject.co.za) or like us on Facebook to see what we are up to! (https://www.facebook.com/knysna.basin.project/).