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For the Love and development of Adventure Racing. Expedition Africa established in 2006 and has organised over 150 adventure races in Africa and Internationally. This blog is about our story over the years and our personal views.

Decathlon join hands with Expedition Africa 25km series

20 January 2022 - available for immediate release


Since Decathlon’s arrival in South Africa in 2017, they have been staying true to their motto ‘Making sport accessible for all South Africans’ by offering sport goods in over 70 sports and 5 000 different products. At very affordable prices they have five BIG stores all currently situated in Gauteng. Their online store is catering for everyone else across the country.


We love their outlook and thought that our family orientated Expedition Africa 25km Adventure Races which we have been organising for the past ten years, will fit in nicely with our passion for sport, South Africans and making our races accessible to everyone out there.

Due to the nature of adventure racing, a minimum of four different disciplines are involved in this exciting sport including mountain biking, trail running/ hiking, kayaking (we do provide the stable 2-seater kayaks and paddles as part of the entry fee) and orienteering. Now anyone can enter for a 25km Adventure Race as all the gear and equipment for these sports and more are available at Decathlon at super affordable rates. Think cycling accessories, clothing and spare parts. Running/ hiking boots, walking sticks, backpacks, hydration packs and socks. Map protectors and even compasses for those who want to make use of one during the race (not compulsory but can assist with the Google Map orienteering).

How will every adventure racer who enters into our adventure races benefit by this new and exciting partnership:

  • Each and every participant will receive a 10% Decathlon discount voucher in their goodie bag at race registration which they can use at any Decathlon shop in South Africa
  • All the podium winners (first, second and third) of all eight different categories (a variety of 2-man and 4-man teams for adults and children) will receive a Decathlon product as a prize
  • There will be a pop-up shop at the Expedition Africa 25km Adventure Races with race specific gear, bicycles on display as well as shoes on display available for fitting

Race directors Joléne & Thinus Matthysen from the Expedition Africa 25km Adventure Race Series says “We are super excited about this new partnership especially during a time when people’s wallets are thin due to the effects that Covid had on us all. Now athletes will be able to afford their sports gear and be able to have fun, stay fit and spend time with their families and friends at our adventure races.”

Armin Botha, Events and Ambassador Manager from Decathlon says “Decathlon encourages participation in sport as the benefits of sport stretch far beyond the physical. Sport is a massive passion of ours at Decathlon and we refer to our staff as sports activists. We spur sport and sporting events on to become the new social, a healthy way to mingle and interact. Our aim has and will always be to make sport more accessible, as sport has the power to change lives. Our values and vision for sport in South Africa align so well with Expedition Africa and we are thrilled to partner with the dynamic duo that is Thinus and Joléne. Come visit our stores and browse our variety. We are a one stop shop for all your sporting needs''.

More information:

  1. Expedition Africa

Promotional video for the 2022 Expedition Africa 25km Adventure Race Series:

2022 Race Programme for the Expedition Africa 25km Adventure Race Series

  • Sun, 13 February 2022: Glenburn Lodge & Spa, Muldersdrift, Gauteng
  • Sun, 24 April 2022: Hazeldean Valley Trails, Pretoria East, Gauteng
  • Sun, 5 June 2022: Tweefontein Melkery, Kempton Park, Gauteng
  • Sun, 11 September 2022: Riversands Farm Village, Fourways, Gauteng
  • Sun, 4 December 2022: Steyn City, Fourways, Gauteng

Contact details for more information, pictures etc.

            Joléne Matthysen, Race Director

  , 083 641 8081

            Website, race info and entries:




  1. Decathlon

Stores: Boksburg, Bryanston, Centurion, Roodepoort, Alberton (

            Website and online store:



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