Three Peaks 2017

The 2017 Three Peaks Challenge will be limited to 150 participants. The majority of entries will be allocated according to the waiting list*. The balance will be made up of:

  • a certain (limited) amount of people who have permanent numbers
  • those who are going for their permanent numbers i.e. five finishes
  • those going for other milestones i.e. ten, fifteen, twenty finishes etc.
  • the top 3 men and women from 2016
  • a certain amount of invited people: dedicated past-helpers or those who, at the discretion of the organisers, warrant entry

* Note: the waiting list extends, potentially, to the year 2018 and beyond!

Here is the FULL GENERAL WAITING LIST as at 14 August 2017. It will be edited, updated and published (minus a lot of the detail) in the first week of September. Please read accompanying notes. 

A waiting list for people still available to take part in the 2017 event will be published separately, at the end of August.      

Join the Waiting List


Date: Saturday, 4th of November 2017

Distance: ± 50 kms.

Limited to 150 people. In terms of the permit, under no circumstances will more than 150 participants be allowed to take part. Nobody will be allowed to participate ‘unofficially’.

Start: 5:00 am. Meet at Greenmarket Square – the actual start is around the corner, at 108 Long Street, from where CW Schneeberger started his challenge in 1897.

Cut-off time: 7:00 pm (14 hours). There will also be a cut-off on the second peak – you must reach Greenmarket Square and have completed the Table Mountain leg by 3:00 pm (10 hours) in order to continue.

Qualification: No official qualification is necessary. However, the Three Peaks Challenge is a gruelling event and you are strongly advised to be fully prepared, medically fit and accustomed to the rigours of ultra distance trail-running and, in particular, running on mountains, often in relatively extreme weather conditions.

Important: There are no marshals, direction or distance markers on the route.  Participants are expected to have prior knowledge and experience of the route, or be accompanied by other participants in the field who are familiar with the route.   

Minimum age requirement: participants must be 20 years of age or older, on the day of the event, in order to take part.    

Entry fee: R640.00 (entry forms are emailed, personally, to eligible entries).


Note: once you have completed the event – or withdraw during the event – you will need to request, in writing, to the organisers, to rejoin the waiting list, at the bottom of the list. This must be done after the cut-off at 19h00 and not while the event is still being run.   


SAFETY FIRST Safety, your own and that of others, is a priority! Besides being physically demanding, the Three Peaks Challenge requires a great deal of concentration. Weather conditions can be extreme; dress appropriately. Be well prepared!

ENVIRONMENT The event takes place in an ecologically sensitive area. In the interest of Table Mountain National Park and the continued existence of the Three Peaks Challenge, please respect all rules: do not use erosion paths; do not litter; do not damage or remove indigenous vegetation; respect other TMNP users and visitors; respect the cultural value of the area.