S imon Muller is a senior project & development manager, devoted (mean downhill) trail runner and soon to be father hailing from the deep South that is Noordhoek, Cape Town. He’s constantly dreaming big on how he can contribute to creating a more sustainable, compassionate, loving and empathetic world, and he’s just recently shared some of that love with a recent micro-race.

I n Simon’s words. “The Noordhoek Trail Race was born out of my passion for running and exploring in the mountains and my need to spread the vegan message. A small group of elite runners were handpicked to attempt a beautifully scenic yet brutally unforgiving course that traversed the Cape’s lesser-known peaks. Gaining over 2000 meters of elevation in just 27 kilometres the route was fully self-sufficient, completely self-navigated and relentlessly challenging. With the aim of all my events to raise awareness for animal suffering, I couldn’t think of a better way than for these athletes to suffer (albeit for a short period) in the name of the animals!

The actual race day was a complete success with 12 runners all finishing the course within 1 hour of each other and David Long setting the benchmark and the course record by taking the win in 3:32:42. The post-race festivities were hosted by The Red Herring where vegan protein shakes, vegan chocolate brownies and vegan meals were enjoyed by all the athletes and their loved ones.”

We sat down with Simon a week after his first micro-race took place before to hear all about what went down and who won; You can watch the interview here.

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