Rock Jumper to add to Ultra-Trail’s appeal

The 2017 Ultra-Trail Drakensberg has added another dimension to its already appealing offer with a novice-friendly Drakensberg Rockjumper two day race taking place on Friday 28 to Saturday 29 April. PHOTO: Anthony Grote
The 2017 Ultra-Trail Drakensberg has added another dimension to its already appealing offer with a novice-friendly Drakensberg Rockjumper two day race taking place on Friday 28 to Saturday 29 April. PHOTO: Anthony Grote

AS the fledgling Ultra-Trail Drakensberg begins to attract significant interest, organisers have decided to introduce a two-day Drakensberg Rockjumper to the calendar which targets the less intense or novice trail runners hoping to enjoy the scenery on 28-29 April.

The race was always going to draw the hardcore mountain runners with the 100km event being a qualifier for the prestigious Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc, Giants Cup Uncut and the Sundowner Run providing a variety of options for runners.

“The Drakensberg Rockjumper (DRJ) is a two day trail run with distances of approximately 15km each day. It is an ideal event for those just getting into trail running or runners keen on the shorter distances,” said race organiser Spurgeon Flemington.

“Based at the Sani Pass Hotel and with a clover leaf format runners will be blown away by one of the most idyllic short course layouts on the Trail Running calendar. Predominantly in the Maloti Drakensberg Park runners will touch on sections of the legendary Giant’s Cup, Gxalingenwa and Khanti Ridge trails and experience genuine mountain trail running in its purest form.”

The two day event will give the runners the chance to take in some spectacular views as well with the start of each day being at the Sani Pass Hotel. The two days are characterized by some early climbs, a plateau and them some long descents to the finish, the Sani Pass Hotel.

For more information visit www.ultratraildrakensberg.com.

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