Drakensberg Rockjumper

The Drakensberg Rockjumper (DRJ) is a two day trail run. It is an ideal event for those just getting into trail running or runners keen on the shorter distances. There is a choice of two distances:

DRJ 21/15 – 21km on day 1 and 15km on day 2

DRJ 15/12 – 15km on day 1 and 12km on day 2

Falling under the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg (UTD) Festival umbrella it slots in seamlessly with the other UTD events on offer and benefits from the pristine and magnificent trails that UTD provides.

Based at the Premier Resort Sani Pass and with a clover leaf format runners will be blown away by one of the most idyllic short course layouts on the Trail Running calendar. 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 UTD events the runners will have the course to themselves. On Day 2 the runners will start just behind the GCU 62 runners and will be back at the finish in time to cheer the UTD 100 runners as they reach the 40km mark at the Premier Resort Sani Pass.


COURSE

Both days of the DRJ 21/15 and 15/12 are characterized by genuine mountain trail with occasional technical sections and some challenging climbs which make for a truly authentic trail running experience.

DRJ 21/15

Day 1 – Starts at the Premier Resort Sani Pass before heading up the awe inspiring Gxalingenwa valley past the waterfall and intersecting with the Giant’s Cup Trail. From there it’s backwards down the Giant’s Cup to the Sani Pass Road where runners enjoy a short open descent down the road before re-entering the trail up to the prominent Salt & Pepper rock formation. It’s then a short section along the Khanti Ridge before joining a leg of the UTD 100 course and descending back down to the Hotel while passing Balancing Rocks and Nelson’s Column.

Day 2 – Once again starts up the Gxalingenwa Gorge but this time turns left at Ngenwa Pool onto the Giant’s Cup Trail. Then it’s the climb up onto the ridge in front of the Ndlovini buttress before turning off the Giant’s Cup Trail onto the Stromness Trail. An open flowing section along the Stromness Ridge before the steep descent down towards the Premier Resort Sani Pass and the finish.

DRJ 15/12

Day 1 – Starts on the Premier Resort Sani Pass golf course and heads up the Sani Pass Road for a short distance before entering the trail up towards the Khanti Ridge and the prominent Salt & Pepper rock formation. It’s then a short leg along the Khanti Ridge before joining a section of the UTD 100 course and descending back down to the Hotel while passing Balancing Rocks and Nelson’s Column.

Day 2 – Starts on the Premier Resort Sani Pass golf course and follows the magnificent Gxalingenwa Trail up the gorge and past the waterfall before joining the Giant’s Cup Trail at Ngenwa Pool. From the pool it follows the Giant’s Cup Trail for a few km around the front of the Ndlovini buttress before turning off onto the Stromness Trail and descending down the Stromness ridge back to the Premier Resort Sani Pass.

REGISTRATION

Registration will be held at the Premier Resort Sani Pass on Friday morning from 06h00 to 07h30.

RACE BRIEFING

Race briefings will be held on the start line prior to each day’s run approximately 15 minutes before the cow bell rings to set you on your way.

COMPULSORY / RECOMMENDED KIT

All entrants must bring a weather proof running jacket to the race as in the event that conditions are cold and wet these jackets will be made a compulsory item. Should the weather be normal for late April then runners should expect chilly starts around 0 Deg followed by warm and clear days.

Item
Rating
Comment
Beanie / Buff
Optional
One of either
Cap / Visor
Optional
One of either
Long Thermal Tights
Optional
Sub-zero Temps are Possible
Thermal Top
Optional
Sub-zero Temps are Possible
Water / Windproof Jacket with Hood
Recommended
Must have Hood
Gloves
Optional
Preferably thermal
Hydration Pack Minimum 1.5l
Recommended
Essential
Charged Cellphone
Compulsory
Must be fully charged
Space Blanket
Compulsory
Essential
Whistle
Compulsory
Essential
Emergency Rations – 2 X Energy Bars
Optional
Must be produced at finish unless used in emergency
Zip Lock Bag X 1
Recommended
Essential for protecting Cellphone

RACE ITINERARY

FRIDAY 27TH APRIL
06h00 to 07h30
Registration
07h45
Race Briefing
08h00
Race Start
SATURDAY 28TH APRIL
06h45
Race Briefing
07h00
Race Start
11h00
Prize Giving


ENTRY PACKAGES

DRJ 21/15 – Entry fee includes a R200 donation to EKZNW and a R50 donation to Wildlife Act.

DRJ 15/12 – Entry fee includes a R150 donation to EKZNW and a R50 donation to Wildlife Act.

Scholar 21/15 – Only open to Registered Schoolgoers of 16-years to 19-years (as of 31 December 2018). Entry is half of standard DRJ 21/15 price and includes a donation of R200 to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa).

Scholar 15/12 – Only open to Registered Schoolgoers of 15-years to 19-years (as of 31 December 2018). Entry is half of standard DRJ 15/12 price and includes a donation of R200 to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa).

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Wildlife ACT
CANSA Active

SDR / ROCKJUMPER COMBO

Anybody entering both the SDR and either of the Drakensberg Rockjumper events (DRJ 21/15 or DRJ 15/12), not including Scholars, will receive a 20% discount on their SDR entry. This allows runners to have the choice of running Day 1 of the Rockjumper on the Friday and then the SDR on Saturday afternoon or, for those with a little more energy, Day 1 & 2 of the Rockjumper and then the SDR on the Saturday afternoon.

To get a COMBO, enter the DRJ event of your choice and then the SDR. Your discount will be applied when you enter the second of the two events.

PAYMENT DETAILS

Full payment is required on entry. Email confirmations will be sent on completion of the on-line entry form with details of how to make payment. Payments can only be made via EFT or bank deposit. Only once full payment is made will the entry be confirmed.

REFUNDS POLICY

The event organisers will refund 80% of the entry fee if an entry is cancelled before 30th March 2018.

Under no circumstances may someone take part under another athlete’s name, proof of identification will be required at registration.

  • Maloti Drakensberg Park
  • Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
  • Wildlife Act
  • CANASA Cancer Association of South Africa
  • Running Man Adventures
  • The North Face South Africa
  • Trail Magazine
  • Racefood