Spitzkoppe The Rock 2015

Spitzkoppe 2015

How to Enter

  • Entry fee:
    • MTB 33km: N$140 per participant 
    • MTB 68km: N$170 per participant
    • FatBike: N$140 per participant
    • 9km Run: N$140 per participant (you can walk but there is no seperate walking category)
    • 21.1km Run: N$170 per participant (you can walk but there is no seperate walking category)
  • Entry for residents of Spitzkoppe community: N$ 40.00.
  • First 400 entries receive an event t-shirt. For those participants who did not receive an event tee, an additional 80 tees will be available after prize giving.

General Information


Registration (collection of race numbers, event t-shirt, etc.) will take place in:

  • Windhoek at Otb Sport Grove. Wed 9 Sept from 11h00 to 15h00
  • Spitzkoppe on Friday 11 September from 16h00 to 20h00.

Coastal residents can email Yvonne on Monday 8 September ONLY and request that their registration package be sent to Walvisbay or Swakopmund. Please make the subject of your email: COASTAL REGISTRATION AND PROVIDE T-SHIRT SIZE. Alternatively you can register at the organiser's tent at Spitzkoppe on Friday 12 September from 16h00 to 20h00.

The race has become a regular feature in the Namibian race calendar, continuing to carry the beauty of Namibia to a wide audience, while at the same time making a significant positive contribution to the Spitzkoppe community's future.

Getting there

Spitzkoppe is in the Erongo region in Namibia. From Windhoek drive to Usakos and on towards Swakopmund, turn right (North) onto a gravel road at the Henties Bay turnoff and drive another ±30km, turn right (North) at sign saying Spitzkoppe Community Campsite and drive on to the Spitzkoppe village. In the village turn left (West) at the sign pointing to the community campsite and "The Rock". Keep the mountain in the eye and you cannot go wrong.

See Who Has Already Entered

Accommodation Information

NOTICE: There is another local operator at Spitzkoppe, trading under the name of Spitzkoppe Mountain Tented Camp, this institution is not part of "Spitzkoppe Community Restcamp" where The Rock Race takes place. The Spitzkoppe Community Restcamp cannot be held accountable for any bookings made by this operator. Please note they also operate as Spitzkoppe Reservations CC on the internet. The Spitzkoppe Community Restcamp will NOT be able to HONOUR ANY BOOKING MADE FOR CAMP SITES by ANY OF THE TWO INSTITUTIONS. Booking or enquiries to be made with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Day visitor rates: Applicable Friday and Saturday if you are not staying over. N$ 50.00 p/p

Camping: N$ 120p/p (NOTE: this is on a first come first serve basis we are not able to reserve a campsite or take any pre-bookings for camping)

Tented Camp

This year Spitzkoppe will also offer tented camps.

Dome tent, with 2 x stretchers and mattresses and light

N$ 300.00 p/p sharing per night (bring your own bedding)

N$ 600 p/p Single supplement


If you have a booking for the "new tented accommodation" please ignore signage "Spitzkoppe Mountain Tented Camp" approaching the reception of the Community Rest Camp, as the new tented accommodation is within the boundaries of the Community Rest Camp.

All Friday night pre-booking meals and tented camp accommodation pre bookings to be made before Monday 7 September 2015

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The weather in September is usually fine and mild, but it can become very windy and it is usually chilly in the early morning. Southern fronts may also result in sudden cold spells, so bring enough warm clothes and sleeping bags. Rain is unlikely but statistically not impossible....

Enjoying the day and the weekend

The area is a splendid place to relax, for participants as well as supporters and family. Bird watching is excellent and there is a game camp containing species such as zebra and giraffe. You can explore the area on your own, but the game camp can only be entered with a guide from the community. This can be arranged with reception. See the Spitzkoppe website for full details on activities offered. www.spitzkoppe.com

Food and Drinks will be served by the Spitzkoppe Resort

Friday night: Pre booking required

"Braai ": Meatco Beef steak , Warm patato dish, coleslaw and bread roll Adult (12 and above) - N$150.00 p/p
Child (12 and below) – will be only Boerewors roll and coleslaw N$50 pp

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Bar will be open Friday and Saturday for refreshments.


Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate Boerewors rolls
Portion Chips

N$ 15.00 N$ 25.00 N$ 25.00

SATURDAY EVENING The Spitzkoppe Resort will also be hosting a "Tjop and Dop" on the Saturday evening form 18:00 at the Boma for everyone that partook and is staying over. The will have some nice music playing.

The invite all participants to join them. Bring your own food, cutlery and crockery they will have braais with grids available for you to prepare your meat. Fires will be burning at 17:45

THE BAR WILL NOT BE OPEN SAT EVENING so bring your own drinks!!!

The Races

1 Foot race distances and description

  • The foot races start and finish at the Spitzkoppe Community Campsite entrance gate and is run on gravel road and jeep tracks around the Pontoks and Grosse Spitzkoppen massifs (See Map). Parking is available at the Community Restaurant about 50m from the start.
  • The course distance is 21.1km.
  • There is also the option of a 10km run.

2 Cycle race distances and description

  • The cycle route is a 35km loop of which cyclists have a choice of 35km mini event, 70km enduro event and 30km FATBIKE Please note cyclists are responsible for their own hydration, the only water stops on the cycle route will be for emergency purposes. All cyclists must wear cycling helmet and adhere to standard cycling safety rules.

3 Specific Race Rules

Race numbers must be worn on the front of your vest (runners and walkers). For cyclists: numbers must be attached to the front of the mountain bike, on the handle bar, facing the oncoming road/track. Further instructions about the race numbers and finishing protocol will be announced at the start of the race. Please pay very good attention to these instructions.

Starting times of races on Saturday
  • 21.1km walk: 06h30
  • 21.1km run: 07h00
  • 66km cycle: 07h15
  • 32km cycle: 07h40
  • 30km Fatbike: Start time TBC
  • 10km run: 08h00
  • Prize Giving around 12h00

The decisions of the organisers, marshals and timekeepers are final. We have taken all reasonable precautions to ensure fair measurement of race times. No correspondence shall be entered into regarding race times.

Marshals will be present to direct participants at those points where any confusion regarding the route may occur.

Cut-of times for the different events:
  • 21.1km walk: 4 hours
  • 21.1km run: 3 hours
  • 32km cycle: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 66 km cycle: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • 30km FATBIKE: 4 hours 30 minutes

Water points will be available every 3km (run/walk) and emergency water points will be available on approx.. every 18km on the cycle. Cyclists are responsible for their own hydration.

Sweeper vehicles will circle the route at least three times during the course of the race. No other vehicles will be allowed on the course during the race.

Please do not litter.

There will be a lucky draw and prize giving after the races at the Spitzkoppe restaurant. Prize giving is expected to start at 12h00 or as soon as race times have been tallied. Please note there are no age category prizes awarded. Only first/second/third male/female and community participants receive prizes. In addition there will be prize for best junior (less than 19yrs).


This is not an urban race, so there are some specific issues to consider.

  • At the risk of stating the obvious: this is a half-marathon and a long cycle, it is not a short Sunday morning trundle. Do not take part if you are not fit enough to run/walk/cycle the distance you have entered for.
  • At least part of the route includes a national road. It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that they are aware of approaching vehicle traffic from both sides. Run/walk: run on the right-hand side of the road, facing oncoming traffic. Cycle: cycle on the left hand side of the road.
  • Note that the road surface anywhere along the route may be loose underfoot and is definitely uneven. Please run/walk/cycle with great care to prevent injuries. Should you be injured in spite of this, or indeed experience any other sort of disabling injury or emergency, please request your fellow runners to notify the marshals and wait for the sweeper vehicle to pick you up. A medic vehicle will also circle the route and will be able to assist where needed.
  • Although highly unlikely, it is not impossible that participants may come across dangerous animals such as snakes. Please be aware of your surroundings and avoid confronting snakes (they will go away if you ignore them).

Participants will be required to sign an indemnity form at the time of registration. Make sure that you have read and understand the text of the disclaimer on the indemnity form before signing it. Nobody will be allowed to participate unless the indemnity form has been read and signed. All participants are presumed to have agreed to the indemnity.

Directions to Spitzkopppe

Take the B2 from Swakopmund towards Usakos.  40km before Usakos turn left onto the D1918 towards Henties Bay.  After 18km turn right onto the D3716 and drive a further 11km.  Accessible by ordinary cars

General Rules

Competitors shall:
Practice good sportsmanship at all times,
Be responsible for their own safety,
Obey instructions from race officials,
Treat other competitors, officials, volunteers, and spectators with respect and courtesy,
If they violate a rule knowingly report the violation to timekeepers or Yvonne Brinkmann.
Inform timekeepers if they withdraw from a race
Ensure that they are familiar with the race course; the participant is responsible for any deviations from route which if deemed an unfair advantage may result in disqualification.
Competitors shall ensure that race numbers are clearly displayed on the front of their shirts at all times. Further instructions about race numbers and finishing protocol will be announced at the start of the race. Please pay attention to these instructions, as they are important for accurate time keeping.
A competitor who has a protest must do so in writing within 15 minutes of his/her finish time. Written protests are to be handed in at timekeeper table or to Yvonne Brinkmann.
Competitor can be suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct and fraud. The event organiser's decision is final and will be made in consultation with relevant people.
No items deemed to be a hazard to self or others can be worn e.g. no headsets or headphones.

Bike Route Description


All cyclists will start at the foot of Spitzkopje and proceed in a south easterly direction through the Spitzkopje community village onto a steep climb. The climb is on a single track starting with a low gradient and becomming gradually steeper toward the repeater tation on the apex. A jeep track will steer cyclists downhill onto the main gravel road where cyclists will turn left and proceed for approximately 2.5 km in a southerly direction at which point cyclists will turn right onto a further jeep track. This jeep track is smooth, fast, flat, has a few short sandy rivers to cross, is scenic and after approximately 4 km cyclists will turn right onto an old unused single blade graded road with some grass and bush cover. The bladed road runs parallel to the Henties Bay gravel road, is hard, fast, flat and after approximately 3 km a right turn will direct cyclists onto a jeep track in a northerly direction. At this junction waterpoint no. 1 will be positioned and cyclists will now have a full view of the Spitzkopje as they make their way on the jeep track toward Spitzkopje. However some 6.5 km along the jeep track a wide soft river crossing will need to be negotiated before cyclists will continue to cycle between a farmhouse and kraal along the jeep track for a further 4 km onto the Spitzkopje Southern access road. The sothern access road is corrugated and has a few hundred meters of soft sand to traverse before finally reaching the downhill section between the Spitzkopje mountains that will take cyclists to the start / finish area at the foot of the mountain. The 35km entrants will finish and the 70km entrants will continue onto last years  route.

Spitzkoppe MTB approx 68km - Full Route

Spitzkopje MTB approx 65km

The Spitzkoppe MTB - 33km (also loop 1 of 68km Route)

13-Spitzkopje Marathon and Half Marathon Loop 1

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