Drakensberg Media Release
Written by: Nick Tatham
Fun is the UTD aim for easy-going Zunckel
Underberg – Training for the 2017 Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg is a thing of
the past as athletes put the finishing touches to their assault on the
Southern Drakensberg, a 100km challenge trail running star Tracy Zunckel
is looking forward to starting in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Zunckel, a resident of the Northern Drakensberg town of Bergville, is
taking the 100km event in her stride and feels that she is as ready as she
will ever be for the challenge – her third race of 100km.
“I don’t know whether this is a midlife crisis or something!” laughed the
Racefood sponsored athlete.
“So many people have asked me how I feel going into the race and I feel
great! But that is maybe because I haven’t really had too much time to
think about it!
“With three children, their activities take up most of your time so I have
been running around after them and the race has crept up on me, but I am
really looking forward to the event.”
With conditions set to be fair during the all-day adventure, Zunckel hopes
that her positive attitude and her enjoyment of running will help her get
through the tough periods that all runners inevitably face on such a long
“I just want to get through the day and have as much fun as possible. I
will not be setting any time limits or specific goals as I really want to
enjoy the beauty of the Southern Drakensberg.
“My family and I have hiked the Giants Cup trail and so I know the area
reasonably well but if I can just enjoy myself and not struggle, because
we all have those days, then I will have had a great race!” the bubbly
Zunckel has had a taste of 100km endurance events and despite this being
the first edition of the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg, she will be drawing on
her knowledge from her previous experiences.
“I have done the Ultra-Trail Cape Town and the SkyRun which were both
100km but I have also done a lot of ultra-distance events so I have an
idea of what I am in for.
“My approach is a simple one and it’s just a case of being persistent,
walking the up hills and running hard on the down hills.
“It is such a special part of the world and to be able to run through some
spectacular scenery makes it all the more enjoyable,” she added.
Zunckel’s approach to the 2017 UTD highlights her passion for the sport.
Despite her obvious ultra-distance running pedigree, it is obvious that
for her just being out amongst nature and doing what she loves trumps the
will to win.
“I just absolutely love running as it gives some time to myself and away
from the humdrum of life.
“I just feel like the event is going to be a special one and I am looking
forward to the big glass of beer that I am going to have at the end!”
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
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difficult 100km Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg ahead of her, Bergville local and
Racefood star Tracy Zunckel has expressed her excitement for the challenge
but wants to take it all in her stride when she starts the event on
Saturday, 29 April.
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