Occupation: Professional Trail runner
Date of birth: 17 May 1983
Latest achievements: FKT for Fish River Canyon
Twitter handle: @ajcalitz
Sponsors: Kway, Newbalance, Sweatsafe, BosSport, Racefood, Suunto, Merida, UsanaEggs, Cebe, Salomon, ChristoffSmitPhysio
Firstly, thank you for taking the time out to share a bit of yourself with us, we really appreciate it, and congratulations on your recent FKT(Fastest known time) of running the Fish River Canyon in 6hrs,39min on 19 June.
Karoo Running (KR) - What is it that you love about trail running?
AJ – The freedom of the mountains, the beauty of the trails and getting stuck into nature.
KR - How did you become a trail runner?
AJ – Eh…after comrades one year I was quite fit and didn’t want to just leave it there, so I ran the Hout Bay Triple Trouble and loved it!
KR - What is your favorite trail?
AJ – Probably Devilspeak or the panorama route in Jonkershoek
KR - What are you recommendations for trail running beginners?
AJ – Take it easy initially, don’t go for the most expensive gear, your road shoes will get you most places. Love the mountains, protect and keep it clean!
KR - What is your favorite trail running gear? (ex: Shoes, Hydration pack, headlamp,socks)
AJ – Mmm Kway running shirt, socks and buff, New Balance Mt690 shoes and Salomon slab skinfit pack
KR - What is an average day of trail running for you?
AJ – I train 15-22h per week
KR - What is your longest distance you have done in a trail?
AJ – 106km in Verdon, France
KR - How much do you eat when you are training?
AJ – Religiously every hour when I race. In training when I get hungry
KR - What do you take with you on your long runs? (ex: gels,fruits, snacks, salt tabs)
AJ – Racefood bars and BOSsport
KR- Do you have a favourite running app? If so, which one and why?
AJ - Movescount
KR- Have you ever been to the Karoo?
AJ – Yes, lots of times. Once ran illegally in the Tankwa national park behind a car….
KR - When you hear the word "Karoo", what is the first thing that come to mind, other than wide open arid space?
AJ - Springbokke
KR - Thank you very much for sharing your time, experience and knowledge with us, we truly appreciate it, and hope to see you on some Karoo trails soon.