Entries open for epic new Drakensberg Trail Run

The 100km Ultra Trail Drakensberg will serve as a five point ITRA qualifier for the iconic Ultra Trail Mont Blanc. PHOTO: Anthony Grote (Gameplan Media)
The 100km Ultra Trail Drakensberg will serve as a five point ITRA qualifier for the iconic Ultra Trail Mont Blanc. PHOTO: Anthony Grote (Gameplan Media)

ENTRIES have opened for the inaugural Ultra Trail Drakensberg, a 100km trail running challenge that will form part of a festival of trail running in the Southern Drakensberg on 29 April 2017 and offers qualifying points for the iconic Ultra Trail Mont Blanc.

The weekend’s programme also includes the 62 kilometer Giants Cup Uncut (GCU) and the novel 30 kilometer Sundowner Run (SDR), both taking place at the same time as the signature 100 kilometer Ultra Trail Drakensberg (UTD) trail run that ascends Sani Pass before traversing the escarpment via Twelve Apostles, Khanti Ridge, Gxalingenwa Gorge, Hodgson’s Peaks, Garden Castle, Rhino Peak and Langalibalele’s Pass.

The ultra-trail race is the first of its kind to take place in the Maloti-Drakensberg World Heritage Site and offering a route the serious trail runners have hankered after for many years that covers 4400 m of vertical climb and occupies an altitude window between 1600m and 2865m.

Vitally, for serious trail runners, the event has been confirmed as a 5 point ITRA qualifier for the iconic Ultra Trail Mont Blanc.

Entries have been strictly limited for all three events, with the 100km UTD catering for a maximum of 300 runners and the 62km GCU and 30km SDR open to a maximum of 150 runners each.

Vist www.ultratraildrakensberg.com for more information.

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