Welcome To The South African Association of Mountain Endurance Sport
Founded in 2020, SAAMES is the recognised body responsible for mountain endurance sports in South Africa.
Mountain endurance sport is loosely defined as self propelled navigation across wild and mountainous terrain following a pre-defined route with no outside assistance.
It incorporates aspects of trail running, mountain running/trekking, and orienteering.
Membership is open to any individual or event organiser involved in mountain endurance sport.
COVID-19 and Events
SAAMES has been granted permission by the Minister of Sport to host events up to a maximum of 500 athletes under the Level 2 and Level 1 regulations.
Event organiser membership will also allow you to obtain SAAMES Covid sanctioning of your event.
All currently sanctioned events can be found on our Events Calendar.
If a race is not on the calendar, it has not met the minimum requirements to be sanctioned by SAAMES.
PLEASE NOTE: NO TRAIL EVENTS ARE CURRENTLY LEGALLY ALLOWED UNDER LEVEL 3 REGULATIONS!