GWK Run The Rivers Media Release  RTR1901

6 Dec 2018

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Written by: Dave Macleod

Diary Note - GWK Run The Rivers 2019

Underberg - Trail runners from across the country will descend on the Southern Drakensberg for the popular GWK Run The Rivers Trail running festival that forms part of the FNB Drak Adventure Weekend on 19 and 20 January 2019.

Sharing many of the trails cut for the Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB race, the runs follow the course of the uMzimkhulu River that plays host to the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon on the same weekend.

While the trails follow the descent of the river, there is a fair amount of climbing and a variety of different technical demands for the runners, taking the athletes through forest, grasslands and local farmlands alongside the river.

The snowballing popularity of the trail run has paved the way for a shorter option on each day, called the GWK Run The Rivers Lite race, which offers trail runners roughly half the distance covered by the main race each day.

The first stage is run on trails between Restmount Children's Home and the Swartberg Road bridge outside Underberg, while the second day starts and finished at the UMzimkhulu River Lodge and traverses the spectacular hills around the famous Thrombi Gorge.

The GWK Run The Rivers trail run forms part of the FNB Drak Adventure Weekend with the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon, the Euro Steel Drak Descent and the FNB Drak Music Experience. Each entrant to the event will get two tickets to enjoy the FNB Drak Music Experience concert at the Underberg Country Club on Saturday afternoon.

GWK Run the Rivers Trail Run
Day 1: Saturday 19 January 2019 - 25km
Day 2: Sunday 20 January 2019 - 16km
R400 for both days.

GWK Run the Rivers Lite Trail Run
Day 1: Saturday 19 January 2019 - 12km
Day 2: Sunday 20 January 2019 - 8km
R400 for both days.

There is currently no closing date for the GWK Run the Rivers Trail Runs.

More information can be found at
Entries are being taken at
Glencairn accommodation can be booked at


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The popular GWK Run The Rivers two-day trail run through the Southern Drakensberg has been supplemented by the GWK Run The Rivers Lite race that offers athletes roughly half the distance of the main race on each day. Neil Prior/
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