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
“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.
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