Merrel Hobbit Mountain runner event

Merrel Hobbit Race 2020

The Merrell Hobbit Race will be taking place in Hogsback over the weekend of 27-28 of November and is hosted by the Arminel Hotel on the main road. It includes the following distances:

  • Merrell Hobbit Journey 90km – Fri 27th Nov and Sat 28th Nov 2020
  • Merrell Hobbit 38km – Saturday 28th November 2020
  • Merrell Hobbit 16km – Saturday 28th November 2020
  • Merrell Hobbit 5km – Saturday 28th November 2020

Set yourself off on a wonderful, wandering Hobbit journey by tackling the iconic and notoriously demanding Amathole Hiking Trail of the Eastern Cape as a two day staged run or one of several shorter tracks on offer.

For the Big One, its just you amongst thirty brave journeymen and women sharing the adventure covering 90km of varied and magical terrain. From Maden Dam explore the enchanted indigenous forests and intriguing Amathole mountains up to Cata mountain hut to pass the night with good food, good cheer and tired company. The next morning forge onward past cascading waterfalls and across crystal clear streams while enveloped in glorious vistas (and no small amount of sweat) as you make your way over the Hog’s back to finally descend into the town with the same name.

It’s Bucket List stuff for those who have already ticked off other tough trail marathons and applicants must qualify to be offered a place.

Meanwhile, the 38km run on Saturday may be referred to as the short one at this event but this phenomenal route is consistently noted as the ‘most value per kilometre’ trail run in the country. Showcasing an immense variety of terrain and challenges, the course has determined runners building a very special relationship with the ups and downs of mountain running.

The 16km and 5km routes are neither flat nor easy, but very doable and see a mixture of racers and casual runners all loving the magical vibe of the forest along well marked routes.

For more information, see the official website here:

Some memories from the 2017 90km race:

The event is finished.


Nov 27 - 28 2020


All Day


R140- R4000 (Depending on race)

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