Drakensberg Diary Note
Written by: Dave Macleod
UTD cancelled for 2020
Underberg - Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg has joined a swathe of other
sporting events in making the tough decision to cancel their 2020 event
following the imposition of the national state of disaster in response
to the coronavirus pandemic.
UTD was due to have been held from 24 to 26 April with runners taking on
trails of 160km, 100km 60km, 32km and 21km distances in the Maloti
Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site and into Lesotho. The event has
added significance in that it also provides runners with a route to
qualification for the Ultra Trail® Mont Blanc.
“We fully support the bold moves announced by the President to combat
the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa.” said event organiser Spurg
Flemington. “We have not taken this decision lightly and gave the only
other alternative, postponement, a deep and thorough analysis.
Flemington pointed out that postponing the event rather than cancelling
it was always going to be the first option explored, but there were a
range of complications that prevented shifting the unique event to
He added that every entry would be transferred to the 2021 event at no
extra cost or penalty.
“Our top priority is always the health and safety of every single
participant, and then to ensure that we deliver experientially against
the expectations of each athlete.
"In so doing it became very clear that postponement to a later date in
2020 was not a viable option for a number of reasons.
"These include, but were not limited to, the great unknown of when the
Covid-19 crisis will pass, adverse and dangerous weather conditions in
other months in the high Drakensberg, the negative impact on other
events with long standing positions in the trail calendar, the closure
of Border Posts to Lesotho, as well as an inability to secure our UTD
Race Village and venue at Sani Pass Hotel and the risk of further
postponements if the outbreak continues deeper into the year."
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