Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running Media Service

 No: utd1805

 11 Apr 2018

Embargo: None

Written by: Nick Tatham

Giving back at the heart of UTD

Underberg - The Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site that provides the breath-taking backdrop for the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg is a hugely popular haven for trail running, and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife play a critical role in protecting the area, a reason why they, along with Wildlife Act and the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) are the beneficiaries of the event.

From every race entry a portion will go to EKZNW or Wildlife Act, while to those that enter the two-day Drakensberg Rockjumper, a portion of their entry fee will go to CANSA as a means of spreading awareness about the importance of sun protection.

2017's inaugural UTD saw money raised across three different events and in 2018 there has been the introduction of one new event, the exciting UTD160, or 100 Miler, which will help in increasing the money raised last year.

"We managed to raise just under R 45 000 of which the bulk went to EKZNW and Wildlife Act and the Scholar Special that we ran during the DRJ saw a R200 donation from each entry go to CANSA," Running Man Adventures' (RMA) Spurgeon Flemington said.

"Our primary beneficiaries are Wildlife Act, EKZNW and CANSA but we also make donations to Pevensey Place, Clouds of Hope Aids Orphanage, the Honorary Officers and MCSA (Mountain Club of South Africa).

"Going on current entries we should raise around the R50 000 mark in 2018. As UTD grows and becomes more successful so too will the fundraising."

Running Man Adventures, under the ownership of Flemington and Matt Goode, have been geared towards creating a harmonious relationship between their events and the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site. It is a part of the world very close to their hearts and an area that they want to showcase and support.

"RMA is strongly focussed on conservation in all our events. EKZNW is the custodian of the park through which we run so they will always be our principle beneficiary.

"Wildlife Act is an organisation doing great things in the world of conservation and I know the founder personally so we were happy to support them. They are also starting to do work in the Southern Drakensberg and we like our funds to be used locally.

CANSA is an organisation that they support through the Rockjumper event, which is geared at young people and school children as a way of getting them involved in the sport of trail running.

"CANSA got in touch with us and we were very happy to bring them on board with the Rockjumper and particularly with the Scholar Special as one of their key messages is educating the youth on being Sun safe before the damage is done," Flemington added.

The work that both EKZNW and Wildlife Act are doing in the Southern Drakensberg region is changing the way people can enjoy the area and all its beauty.

"EKZNW is using their money from last year to build two new suspension bridges on a new portion of the Giant’s Cup Trail. Wildelife Act is using their portion on wildlife monitoring programmes in the Southern Drakensberg," Flemington concluded.

More information can be found at www.ultratraildrakensberg.com or www.drakrockjumper.co.za


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The vast expanse of the Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site provides the most spectacular of backdrops for the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Festival of Trail Running and there are a number of beneficiaries that benefit from the event through donations and support. Anthony Grote/
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