Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running Media Service
Exciting Rockjumper provides an easy-going trail running bonanza
Underberg - The 2018 Ultra-Trail Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running
has expanded following a successful debut in 2017, and the Drakensberg
Rockjumper (DRJ) two-day race is positioned to make the sport accessible
to everyday trail runners when it takes place over 27-28 April, while
the elite hard-core take on the longer options.
The drive in 2018 has been to introduce the sport of trail running to a
younger audience and in trying to do this Running Man Adventures is
reaching out to schools to get high school pupils to come and experience
the beauty of running in the mountains.
Registered school pupils from the ages of 16-19 years can enter the
DRJ21/15 at a 50% discount on the normal entry, and each entry will
include a R200 donation to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa).
The same offer applies to slightly younger trail runners keen to take on
the shorter distances of the RockJumper. Pupils aged from 15-19 years
can enter the DRJ15/12 at the same half the price of a normal entry and
it too will include a R200 donation to CANSA.
"Our appeal to young people is two-fold," Running Man Adventures'
Spurgeon Flemington said. "Firstly, we want to help in developing the
next generation of trail runners and build our future client base.
"If the youngsters are not taking part and showing interest then we are
going to battle to host events in the future.
"We want to try and excite the next generation from a young age so that
trail running can grow into a life-long focus for them.
"The second element is the CANSA angle. CANSA has a really big focus on
educating the youth regarding the dangers of exposure to the sun and,
being an outdoor sport, we feel strongly about helping CANSA to spread
this message and raise some funds for them at the same time.
“We want to try and grow awareness and get the next generation to be sun
conscious before it is too late."
Running Man Adventures have decided that they will offer two different
distances for runners over the two days of racing. The DRJ 21/15 will be
21km on day one and 15km on day two, while the DRJ15/12 will offer
runners a 15km route on day one and 12km route on day two.
"It is an ideal event for those just getting into trail running or
runners keen on the shorter distances," Spurgeon Flemington of Running
Man Adventures said. "Walkers are also very welcome!
"Falling under the Ultra-Trail Drakensberg Festival umbrella it slots in
seamlessly with the other events on offer and benefits from the pristine
and magnificent trails that Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg provides.
"The distances are very manageable and should be enjoyable for all."
The DRJ will take runners and walkers on the pristine track that
surrounds the Premier Resort Sani Pass with some of the iconic Southern
Drakensberg trails forming part of their two day excursion in the
"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.
"With Day 1 the day before the longer Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg events
the runners will have the course to themselves. On Day 2 the runners
will start just behind the GCU62 runners and will be back at the finish
in time to cheer the UTD100 runners as they reach the 40km mark at the
Premier Resort Sani Pass," Flemington added.
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The Drakensberg Rockjumper two
day event, part of the 2018 Ultra-Trail Drakensberg Festival of Trail
Running, has made a conscious drive to attract high school learners with
discounted entry fees as they look to spread the sport of trail running
to the next generation from 27-28 April 2018.
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