As many as 250 people set off from the beach of Natures Valley early today to start the 42-kilometre run sponsored by SANParks along the famed Otter Trail, one of the most spectacular coastal hikes in the world that ends in Storms River.

A SANParks official told the race organisers (see video below) that the race has helped contribute to consevation awareness. The hike normally takes hikers five days.

The Abangeni (Xhosa for The Challengers) – the top 24 finishers in yesterday’s #Prologue – left at 6 a.m. today. The 4-up batches behind start in 30-second intervals, according to Trail Magazine.

Watch the route they will be taking:

Yesterday the race director Mark Collins said the Otter Challenge would be run under Weather Alert Level 2 with recommendation of replacing windbreaker with rain jacket. Rain and wind were forecast for the later half of the race.