Rhino Peak Challenge Media Service

 No: RPC1904

30 Sept 2019

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Written By: Nick Tatham

McCann commits to another Rhino Peak Challenge amid heavy schedule

Underberg – Despite her racing focus being set on the upcoming Otter Trail, Toni McCann says she could not pass up the opportunity to return to the Southern Drakensberg for the 2019 Rhino Peak Challenge on Saturday, 5 October.

McCann who is originally from Durban but calls Cape Town home now, was relishing the opportunity to come back and take on the 21km round trip up and down the iconic Rhino Peak.

“"I was waiting and hoping to get the email from the event organisers to take part again," she said. “It’s not only about being able to run up one heck of a fun trail, but to take in such a beautiful part of the world and give back at the same time is a fantastic combination.

"I wish I spent more time in the Southern Berg. I haven’t spent nearly enough time in a place I grew up so close to.

"Coming from Cape Town, it's a bit hard to just pop up for a weekend, but I adore the trails there and want to spend a whole lot more time up there exploring the amazing places it has to offer.”

In 2018 McCann managed to raise over R6000 in pledges which played its part in contributing the overall amount that was raised by the event. McCann has taken it on herself to improve on the amount that she raised last year.

“It’s such an incredible event in that you are giving back, even in a small way. This year for me, it’s not about racing as fast as I can, but rather to experience the mountain, and hopefully not freeze like last year, and raise as much money as possible!

“I give back as much as I can, whenever I can, but admittedly I don't do nearly as much as I should be doing, so when an opportunity like this comes along I jump at it! I would like to get involved a lot more.

“Recently, I have been doing a bit more reading up on and educating myself about rhino poaching and having friends involved in raising awareness for pangolins. It has inspired me to give back more.

“Not only giving back through donations and pledges – but with as much of my time as possible.

“I am trying to make it more of a priority,” she added.

The Fastest Known Time (FKT) up and down the Rhino Peak is also a carrot on a string for the elite athletes, however due to her tight racing schedule McCann won’t be attempting it this year.

"The FKT will have to wait for another year," she mentioned. "This year, with the Otter trail run the week following, my plan is to run with joy and open eyes, to really experience the trail and community of people taking part with the same goal of raising as much money as possible.

"That FKT is calling though, and I am keen to give it a good bash at some point in the future!”

McCann will be joined by a handful of other elite athletes for the 2019 Rhino Peak Challenge.

Naomi Brand, current Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg champion, Johardt van Heerden and Kane Reilly will all be looking for the Fastest Known Time up and down the Rhino Peak.

If you would like to pledge towards Toni McCann's Rhino Peak Challenge follow the link here: https://www.rhinopeakchallenge.co.za/runner-pledge/?yearopt=2019&runner_id=106

For more information go to www.rhinopeakchallenge.co.za

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Toni McCann, fastest lady at the 2018 Rhino Peak Challenge, will be back in 2019, however due to hectic racing schedule will not be eyeing the fastest known time but will rather be focusing all her efforts in raising as much money as possible at the event on Saturday, 5 October. Chantelle Melzer
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