Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Media Release
Written by: Nick Tatham
Calderon shaping up for exciting UTD challenge
Underberg – Spaniard Pedro Calderon is no stranger to the Drakensberg
mountain range and this knowledge will stand him in good stead when he
lines up an assault on the inaugural Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg on
Saturday, 29 April.
The event, which consists of four different races, will pit some of the
nation’s strongest trail runners against one another, with Calderon and
French star Vincent Viet adding a slight international flavor to the
exciting line up.
Calderon is based in Johannesburg but spends a lot of time racing and
training in the Drakensberg, an advantage that he will need to expend
heading into the 100km race.
“I know the Drakensberg really well, all the different regions so I am
looking forward to getting back there and racing again,” Calderon
“The SkyRun was my goal last year and I couldn’t complete it as I picked
up a leg injury but I am back and got a good win at the Drakensberg
Northern Trail race earlier in the year.
“Planning and training in the areas where you are going to race are
important and I have a good idea of what I can expect from the UTD, and
to get myself into the best possible condition for this race and beyond
it is my goal,” Calderon added.
The field for the inaugural UTD is starting to become quite a formidable
one with a number of the country’s top ultra-distance trail runners
putting their hands up to take part in the race. With just over two
weeks to go until the event Calderon is using UTD as a stepping stone
onto the rest of his season.
“I am focusing a lot of my energy this year on the SkyRun towards the
end of the year and I think that UTD will be good prep for the rest of
the year for me.
“I am over my injuries and I am feeling strong ahead of the race so I
just want to go out and have as much fun as possible.
“There is always a competitive element to my racing but I am not
focusing on winning the race, I want to compete and challenge myself
against the best runners and they will be at UTD,” he explained.
Despite not focusing on the overall win at UTD this year, Calderon’s not
ruling out the possibility that he could cause an upset during the race.
“I know that the field will be very strong but a lot can happen in 100km
so if I keep strong and run well, who knows!
“I have the motivation to do well but I will be focusing on using this
race as a good build-up event for the SkyRun in November,” he added.
There is currently a CANSA deal that is limited to the first 50 registered scholars, and offers
them an entry into the Rock Jumper, which normally costs R1250, by making
a R150 donation to CANSA when entering on the race website
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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Spain's Pedro Calderon is
hitting top form ahead of the inaugural Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg on
Saturday, 29 April.
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