KZN Trail Running
KZNTR is a trail running company based in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Their aimis to provide world class trail running events across their beautiful province. Their events range from an easy 5km to mountainous 50km courses and KZN’s first 100 Mile Endurance Foot Race. With something from the beginner through to the seasoned trail and mountain runner KZNTR has a full suit of events including a number of stage races. They host two single day Mountain Challenges every year, namely Lesotho Ultra Trail and Drakensberg Northern Trail. In addition, they host two stage races, the Kruger2Canyon Challenge and The Pondo Trail, set in breathtaking habitats, each with a high conservation significance.
Their pinnacle event is the Karkloof 100 Miler which takes place in September each year on the closest Saturday to Heritage Day in South Africa.
They offer incredible outdoor experiences to anyone keen and willing. They are passionate about what we do and uncompromising when it comes to producing incredible trail experiences in a safe environment.
KZNTR’s “Big 6” are their premier events guaranteed to provide the experience of a lifetime and leave you with memories that will endure just as long. Taking place at spectacular locations around the country, these are the events that you want to put on your bucket list.
We at Phonix Capture loves nature and the outdoors. Mountains , oceans , forests , grassy plains. We live for weekends away, running on winding trails or climbing some cliff. So it just came natural to statr doing some of the KZNTR events as they cater for what we love most, being active in the outdoors. We first met Andrew and Lauren Booth, owners and directors of KZNTR when Sven ran Lesotho Ultra Trail one of their premier events back in 2014 , since then we’ve run a few of their spectacular trail races and over time slowly started to get to know Lauren and Andrew. Andrew contacted us in 2017 regarding doing work for him at Kruger 2 Canyon a stone’s throw from Nelspruit.
We were assigned to shoot a video of the event something that we kind of thought would never happen. I mean how lucky can one get? Combining your favourite passion and hobby with your work. Since that first event, we’ve photographed and have done video for KZNTR at more than 8 events. Photogaphing runners and getting motion content in the environments that these races are held in, is such a privilege. Being able to spend time out in the mountains or running on a trail and being able to call it part of our work is kind of living the dream somehow. With every new event comes new challenges though and it forces us to think creative and to constantly improve the way we photograph the runners and the landscape. Working with the whole KZNTR team has almost started to feel like working together with friends that get together to put on the best trail experiences in our country.
Photographing and Doing video for KZNTR has probably been one of the highlights of our career and it is certainly the most enjoyable and rewarding working environments. We thrive on beautiful landscapes and big smiles, of which there are plenty at all the KZNTR events. Do yourself a favour and enter one of their races, it might just change your life.