The 2022 Discovery George MUT is more than just a trail run. Taking place from the 16th to the 19th of June it is a true festival of trail running. Starting with a Vertical Kilometre competition on Thursday morning and ending with prize giving, for the longer distance 42-, 60- and 100-kilometre events, on Sunday it offers a full weekend of mountain adventures.

George locals will be integrally involved throughout; with Robyn de Groot and Rebecca Köhne leading the charge on the trails. The, recently retired, multiple South African mountain biking marathon champion, de Groot, faces off against the George 6 Peaks record holder, Köhne, in the 25-kilometre race. While locals, Bruce Arnett and Lodelia Odendaal, headline the inaugural edition of the 100-kilometre race. In the 60-kilometre event South Africa’s top trail runner, Kane Reilly, is aiming to better his course record of 6 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds.

19-year-old George resident, Rebecca Köhne is seeking to add the Discovery George MUT 25km title to her growing palmarès, which already includes the George 6 Peaks women’s course record. Photo Supplied.

While entries to the longer distances are closed, local outdoors enthusiasts can still take part in the Discovery George MUT excitement. Line entries to the 10-kilometre race are available at registration on Friday. There is fun for the whole family on Thursday evening too, thanks to a screening of 6 films from the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Tickets to the screening are R100 each. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and non-alcoholic drinks will be on sale at the Witfontein Forestry Station venue too. Tickets can be purchased via the race website,, or on Computicket. The show starts at 19:00.

The Discovery George MUT trail running festival will once again include a screening of Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival films. The screening will take place at 19:00 on Thursday, 16 June, at Witfontein Forest Station. Tickets are R100 per person.

Discovery George MUT Schedule




Thursday, 16 June


Discovery MUT VK Challenge, from Ground Zero Bike Park


George Trail Running Time Trial, at Camphersdrift Street


VIMFF Screening, at Witfontein Forest Station
Friday, 17 June


Registration Opens, at Witfontein Forest Station


Race Briefing, at Witfontein Forest Station
Saturday, 18 June


60km & 100km Races Start, at Witfontein Forest Station


42km Race Start, at Witfontein Forest Station


25km Race Start, at Sputnik on the Outeniqua Pass


10km Race Start, at Witfontein Forest Station
Sunday, 19 June


60km & 100 Prize Giving, at Witfontein Forest Station