The Rivers in partnership with FNB Media Release
Bold shakeup to Berg trails
Underberg – As entries for the Euro Steel Run The Rivers in
partnership with FNB trail run on 30 and 31 January 2021
steadily increase, the organisers have finalised a bold new plan
to keep the trail runners in the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg with a completely redesigned second stage.
The changes were unpacked in a newsletter to the trail runners
this week explaining that the new plan was largely driven by
requests from runners for logistical convenience, and an ongoing
drive to maximise the natural surroundings close to the
“Every year we listen and ask runners what we can do better, and
it was a common concern from participants that they had to hurry
back to Underberg to check out of their accommodation because
the trail runs start early in the day,” explains Sani Spoors’
“There was also a consistent request to start and finish at the
same venue to enable runners to drive to the start and then not
have to rely on a driver or a second or the use of a shuttle
service,” he added.
The 2021 trail run will now start and finish at the Swartberg
road bridge base on both days of both the Euro Steel Run The
Rivers and the shorter Run The Rivers Lite races.
Horn said that the second stage would now stay in the area of
the upper uMzimkhulu valley that runners have grown to enjoy on
the first stage, and will now include new trails that take them
up onto the escarpment to enjoy running towards the mountains.
He added that their new plan, which had been formulated after
last year’s event coincidentally contributes to the broader plan
in place for the FNB Drak Adventure Weekend events to be fully
compliant with the COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
“The trail runs start early in the day to take advantage of the
cooler weather conditions, which keeps these races separate from
the paddlers and the mountain bikers,” said Horn.
“The added bonus this year is that the trail run will not be
utilising the same tracks as the MTB riders on the specific day
and all runners should be finished prior to the riders finishing
the MTB and canoeing race, which will ensure we don’t have to
worry about the 500 person limit on outside gatherings.”
Horn said the trail designers were excited to take the
snowballing field of runners onto the new trails, many of which
link the well-manicured Sani Spoors trails with new trails cut
along cattle and eland paths on the surrounding hillsides.
The organisers confirmed this week that there were only 126
places left in the main Euro Steel Run The Rivers trail run
available, as the Run the Rivers continues to have the biggest
year-on-year growth of the three sporting events in Underberg
that make up the FNB Drak Adventure Weekend.
The Euro Steel Run The Rivers trail run in partnership with FNB
takes place in Underberg on 30 and 31 January 2021. More
information can be found at
Euro Steel Run the Rivers in partnership with FNB Trail Run
Day 1: Saturday 30 January 2021 - 24km
Day 2: Sunday 31 January 2021 - 21km
R500 for both days.
Euro Steel Run the Rivers Lite in partnership with FNB Trail Run
Day 1: Saturday 30 January 2021 - 14km
Day 2: Sunday 31 January 2021 - 8km
R500 for both days.
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The organisers of
the Euro Steel Run The Rivers in partnership with FNB trail runs on the weekend of 30 and 31 January
2021 have confirmed that the second stages will all be run in in
the upper uMzimkhulu valley and the surrounding escarpments to
make the race logistically easier for the participants and the
maximise the trails close to the Drakensberg mountains.
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