Rhino Peak Challenge
Written By: Nick
Sandes in for RPC 2019
Underberg – Decorated ultra-trail runner and South African icon Ryan
Sandes will be taking part in the 2019 Rhino Peak Challenge on 5 October
as part of Team Salomon, in a bid to raise as much money for rhino
conservation as well as the conservation of the endangered vulture and
crane species that call the Southern Drakensberg home.
Sandes, who is known largely for his ability to run long distances, will
not be running the event to try and break the fastest known time (FKT),
but rather he will be running with Underberg local Andrew van Rensberg
as part of a competition that the event has run in the build-up to the
The Red Bull/Salomon athlete will be coming into the event looking to
enjoy the time out in the Drakensberg along with like-minded people all
putting their heads together for a common goal.
“I think the thing I am looking forward to the most is the social aspect
of the event,” Sandes said. “Being in the mountains and having a good
time for a cause and sharing the experiences afterwards.
“The unique thing about trail running is the interaction that you have
with fellow runners and stake holders.”
The event has raised over R1 million in the past three years and the
funds have gone towards Rhino Conservation Projects, the Maloti
Drakensberg Vulture Project and the Crane Conservation Project. Cranes
and vultures are inhabitants of the Southern Drakensberg and have become
endangered in the area.
“Conservation and preserving our wild areas has always been something
that is close to my heart and it has always been something that I have
seen as crucial.
“From being able to travel all over the world I have been fortunate
enough to see some amazing places.
“Being a new father, I want my son Max to be able to show his kids the
environment in the same condition that have been able to see it.
“It’s up to everyone to play their part and try and make a difference!”
Sandes is familiar with the Drakensberg and Rhino Peak and puts running
in the Berg as one of the most unique running experiences you can have.
“Running up Rhino Peak is really spectacular and the Drakensberg is a
mountain range that is quite unlike anything I have seen anywhere else.
I think the closest that comes to it would be one or two areas in South
“It’s so remote and wild, rugged and hostile yet incredibly beautiful.
“When you are up on the escarpment you see how remote it actually is and
I see it as food for the soul and the solitude gives me a space to
detach from everything.”
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Decorated South African trail
runner Ryan Sandes will be taking part in this year's Rhino Peak
Challenge as part of Team Salomon for the event in the Southern
Drakensberg on Saturday, 5 October.
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