Drakensberg Media Release
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
"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.
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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.
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