The Giant’s Cup is a 2-day stage race, set over the 5-day Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail, in the Maloti Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site in the Southern Drakensberg.
Runners will enjoy 62km of beautiful mountain trails and be able recover and relax afterwards in the comfort of the three resorts along the route.
The principle beneficiary of The Giant’s Cup is the local branch of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) based at Cobham Nature Reserve. R500 per runner will be dedicated to this cause that will focus on local issues within the Maloti Drakensberg Park. These include alien vegetation, maintenance of the trails, funding of vital equipment for EKZNW staff and assistance with monitoring of critically endangered species such as the Bearded Vulture.
The entry fee and details of what is included in the entry package can be found here.
The event weekend starts with registration and dinner on Thursday 18th May 2017 at the Sani Pass Hotel, and finishes at the Bushman’s Nek Resort on Sunday 21st May 2017 with the farewell breakfast.
Thursday, 18th May 2017, at the Sani Pass Hotel. Registration will take place from 2pm. Athletes are welcome to arrive from lunchtime. Proof of identification will be required at registration.
Athletes will overnight at the Sani Pass Hotel, in hotel accommodation on a room sharing basis
Day 1 starts from the Sani Pass Hotel and incorporates the Gxalingenwa Trail and days 1-3 of the Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail. Day 1 finishes at Castleburn Farm on the Drakensberg Gardens road. The total running distance is 32km.
Athletes will overnight at the Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort, in hotel accommodation on a room sharing basis
Day 2 starts from Castleburn Farm, and incorporates days 4 and 5 of the Giant’s Cup Hiking Trail. Day 2 finishes at the Bushman’s Nek Resort. The total running distance is 30km.
The final night of the race will be at the Bushman’s Nek Resort, in hotel accommodation on a room sharing basis, and includes the Awards Dinner and festivities.
For a detailed description of the Race Route click here.
The following facilities would be provided as part of the race.
All accommodation is in hotel rooms on a room sharing basis. Night 1 at Sani Pass Hotel, night 2 at Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort and night 3 at Bushman’s Nek Berg & Trout Resort.
Dinner and breakfast will be provided at the three hotels where each of the overnight stops occur and lunch will be provided at the finish of both days of the event. For those seeking additional replenishments there are cash bars and restaurants available at all three hotels.
Dinner at Bushman’s Nek Resort on the final night of the event will be in the form of an Awards Dinner whereby the overall podium positions will be awarded their prizes together with any category winners and lucky draw prizes.
Runners are welcome to book extra seats at the dinner for friends and family for an additional charge and must do so when entering the event. The cost per extra ticket will be R220 p.p.
On both mornings before the start runners will be required to pack up their belongings and place their bags into a secure holding pen from which they will be transported to the finish of that particular day. Runners will then be able to collect their bags from another secure area at the finish.
A shuttle service will be provided whereby runner’s vehicles can be transported for a fee from the start at Sani Pass Hotel to the finish at Bushman’s Nek Resort. For an additional fee runners can have their vehicles brought to them at the overnight stop at Drakensberg Gardens Resort as well.
R250 – Sani Pass Hotel to Bushman’s Nek Hotel (direct)
R400 – Sani Pass Hotel to Bushman’s Nek Hotel (via Drakensberg Gardens Hotel)
All proceeds generated from this shuttle service will be donated to the Endangered Wildlife Trust. This service can be booked at time of entry.
There will be a full medical team on standby throughout the event to respond to any medical emergencies that may arise.
Injured or ill runners will be treated on site by the medical personnel who will gain access by foot, horseback or vehicle where possible.
Should any extraction of a runner be deemed necessary this will be done by horseback or by vehicle where possible.
The isolated nature of the course means that extraction could prove time consuming and difficult and runners will be expected to acknowledge this in the indemnity form that will need to be signed when entering the event.
Should the need arise for any security on the Trail this will be provided by EKZNW Field Rangers.