Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg (UTD) is a festival of trail running with events of 100km, 62km, 30km and the Drakensberg Rockjumper a two day trail run with distances of 21km and 15km.
All events take place within the Southern area of the internationally renowned Maloti Drakensberg World Heritage Site and are point-to-point in nature, ensuring that large swathes of this iconic wilderness are traversed. Incorporating and skirting some of the legendary features of the Southern Drakensberg such as Sani Pass, Twelve Apostles, Khanti Ridge, Gxalingenwa Gorge, Hodgson’s Peaks, Garden Castle, Rhino Peak and Langalibalele’s Pass participants in UTD will experience mountain running at its very finest.
The 100km, 62km, 30km events are entirely on mountain trails (excepting the first 12km of the 100km event) to ensure a pure trail running experience which is further emphasised by an altitude bandwidth of 1600m-2865m. Runners will enjoy the company of some of the flagship fauna of the area including the mighty Eland and the critically endangered Bearded Vulture while the presence of the ancient San people will surround them in the shape of their world famous Rock Art.
UTD is an ITRA registered event and an official qualifier for UTMB®.
Please visit the event website to enter online or for more information www.ultratraildrakensberg.com
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.
Please visit the event website to enter online or for more information at www.thegiantscup.co.za
The Sani Dragon is a 2-day MTB stage race happening on the 30th September / 1st October in the Underberg area of Southern KZN. The event will be based at the Premier Resort Sani Pass and takes place over the same period as the annual Underberg Farmer’s Association (UFA) Agricultural Show.
Day 1 will be approximately 50km in length and will form a large loop incorporating some of the most scenic district roads, jeep tracks and single track in the Underberg & Himeville area.
Day 2 is 42km in length and is a race to the summit of the famous Sani Pass and back, starting and finishing at the Premier Resort Sani Pass.
The events will follow a TEAM of 2 format but there will be also be a SOLO category.
There will also be a LITE event with distances of approximately 35km on Day 1 and 26km on Day 2. Day 2 will be to the South African Border Post and back. Both days starting and finish at the same locations as the main race.
Please visit the event website to enter online or for more information at www.sanidragon.co.za
The Sani Stagger Marathon will be held on Saturday 25th November 2017 along the Sani Pass road, between the Sani Pass Hotel and the Lesotho Border Post.
The race takes place along the 21 km gravel road of the Sani Pass, through the magnificent scenic route between the Sani Pass Hotel and the Lesotho border post. The 42.2km Marathon starts on the Sani Pass Hotel golf course and is run to the top of the Sani Pass at the Lesotho border and back down again finishing on the golf course.
The Sani Stagger Down Run will be held on Saturday 25th November 2017 along the Sani Pass road, between the Lesotho Border Post and the Sani Pass Hotel.
The race takes place along the 21 km gravel road of the Sani Pass, through the magnificent scenic route between the Lesotho Border Post and the Sani Pass Hotel. The 21.1km Down Run starts at the Lesotho Border Post and is run down to the finish line on the Sani Pass Hotel golf course.
Please visit the event website to enter online or for more information at www.sanistagger.co.za