Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Media Release

 No: utd1704

 23 Feb 2017

Embargo: None

Written by: Nick Tatham

Rock Jumper to add to Ultra-Trail’s appeal

Underberg – As the fledgling Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg begins to attract significant interest, organisers have decided to introduce a two-day Drakensberg Rockjumper to the calendar which targets the less intense or novice trail runners hoping to enjoy the scenery on 28-29 April.

The race was always going to draw the hardcore mountain runners with the 100km event being a qualifier for the prestigious Ultra-Trail® Mont Blanc and the Giants Cup Uncut and the Sundowner Run providing a variety of options for runners.

"The Drakensberg Rockjumper (DRJ) is a two day trail run with distances of approximately 15km each day. It is an ideal event for those just getting into trail running or runners keen on the shorter distances," race organiser Spurgeon Flemington said.

"Based at the Sani Pass Hotel and with a clover leaf format runners will be blown away by one of the most idyllic short course layouts on the Trail Running calendar.

"Predominantly in the Maloti Drakensberg Park runners will touch on sections of the legendary Giant’s Cup, Gxalingenwa and Khanti Ridge trails and experience genuine mountain trail running in its purest form."

The two day event will give the runners the chance to take in some spectacular views as well with the start of each day being at the Sani Pass Hotel. The two days are characterized by some early climbs, a plateau and them some long descents to the finish, the Sani Pass Hotel.

“On day one runners will head up towards the Khanti ridgeline via the well-known trail up to Salt & Pepper Rocks.

“The route then follows a short section along the Khanti Ridge before joining a section of the UTD 100 course and descending back down to the Hotel while passing Balancing Rocks and Nelson’s Column.

“The second day of the run starts on the Sani Pass Hotel golf course and follows the magnificent Gxalingenwa Trail up the gorge and passes the waterfall before joining the Giant’s Cup Trail at Ngenwa Pool.

“From the pool it follows the Giant’s Cup Trail for a few km before turning off onto the Stromness Trail and descending down the Stromness ridge back to the Hotel,” Flemington added.

As with all Running Man Adventures events a significant portion of each entry will be donated to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and we are also very pleased to announce that UTD will be partnering with Wildlife Act (www.wildlifeact.com) and assisting them to raise funds and awareness.

More information can be found at www.ultratraildrakensberg.com


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The 2017 Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg has added another dimension to its already appealing offer with a novice-friendly Drakensberg Rockjumper two day race taking place on Friday 28 to Saturday 29 April. Anthony Grote/
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