GENERAL INFORMATION

REGISTRATION

UTD 160 will be at Premier Resort Sani Pass on Thursday 26th April from 14h00 to 18h00.

UTD 100 / GCU will be at Premier Resort Sani Pass on Friday 27th April from 14h00 to 18h00.

SDR will be at Castleburn Farm on Saturday 28th April from 12h00 to 14h30.

RACE BRIEFINGS

UTD 160 will be at Premier Resort Sani Pass at 18h15 on Thursday 26th April.

UTD 100 / GCU will be at Premier Resort Sani Pass at 18h15 on Friday 27th April.

SDR will be at Castleburn Farm at 15h00 on Saturday 28th April.

START / FINISH

UTD 160 starts at Sani Mountain Lodge at the top of Sani Pass at 12h00 on Friday. A shuttle is included in your entry fee and shuttles will depart from Premier Resort Sani Pass at 9am sharp on Friday morning. Self-drives to the Top are permitted. UTD 160 finishes at Bushman’s Nek Hotel together with UTD 100, GCU and SDR.

UTD 100 starts at the SA Border Post @ 05h00 on the Sani Pass Road. A shuttle to the start from the Premier Resort Sani Pass is included in your entry fee but self-drives to the start are permitted.

GCU starts at the Premier Resort Sani Pass @ 06h30 and SDR starts at Castleburn Farm @ 15h30. All 3 races finish at the Bushman’s Nek Hotel.

SHUTTLES

We will be providing a service to move your car from either Premier Resort Sani Pass or Castleburn Farm to the finish at Bushman’s Nek.

The cost of the car shuttle service will be R150 per vehicle and all proceeds go to Faithway College in Himeville.

If you are interested in booking a car shuttle please email us at info@ultratraildrakensberg.com to request the service. Payment will be due at registration.

ACCOMMODATION

It is recommended that UTD 160 runners book accommodation at or near Premier Resort Sani Pass for the night of the 26th of April and that UTD 100 / GCU runners book accommodation at or near Premier Resort Sani Pass for the night of the 27th of April. The villages of Himeville and Underberg are also options as they are 15 and 20 min away.

For SDR runners it would be practical to book at Drak Gardens Hotel for the night of the 27th or at one of the many options in the nearby vicinity. For Saturday the 28th it is recommended that runners from all 3 events book at the Bushman’s Nek Hotel or at an alternative in the surrounding area.

You can find accommodation suggestions on the accommodation page.

TENTED VILLAGES

There will be limited tented village accommodation available at Silverstreams (Bushman’s Nek) for Saturday 28th. Runners who have already entered will be given first option on this accommodation after which it will be offered subject to availability.

You can find more details of the tented villages on the accommodation page.

SECONDING

Seconding is permitted at UTD 160. Details of seconding points will be published at a later date.

Seconding will be permitted at CP2, 3, 5 and 6 for UTD 100 and at CP1, 3 and 4 for the GCU. No personal seconding will be permitted for the SDR.

SPECTATOR POINTS

All events are spectator friendly and supporters will be able to see and support the runners at the following locations:

UTD 160 – There are a number of spectator points for UTD 160 both in Lesotho and South Africa. Details of these areas will be published at a later date.

UTD 100 – CP1, 2, 3, 5 and 6

GCU – CP1, 3 and 4

SDR – CP1.

The Castleburn Check Point which is at 130km for UTD 160, 70km for UTD 100, 32km for GCU and the Start of SDR will be a mini race village with music, food and beverages and form a real hub for spectators and supporters of all 3 events.

We will be providing a ‘Supporters Pack’ to all runners with information to assist your friends and families who wish to follow / second you during your event.

WEATHER

Weather in April can range from sub-zero at night to the low twenties during the day. Although it is the start of the dry period it is not uncommon to have rain and even snow at this time of year. The Drakensberg can be a harsh and unforgiving climate and the recommended/compulsory kit lists will reflect this.

COMPULSORY / RECOMMENDED KIT

Due to the variable and potentially dangerous weather experienced in the Drakensberg the Compulsory Kit list is taken very seriously by the Organisers. Compulsory Kit will be checked and photographed at REGISTRATION (not at the race start) as well as the Finish. A missing item will result in a 30 min time penalty and more than one missing item will result in disqualification.

The lists for each event can be found on their respective Race Information page.

GPS

A GPS is compulsory for UTD 160 but is only recommended for UTD 100, GCU and SDR. A GPX file of the route for the event you have entered will be made available.

WATER TABLES AND WATER AVAILABILITY

UTD 160 has 10 water tables. More details to follow.

UTD 100 has 6 water tables. These will be stocked with a variety of liquids and nutrition with an emphasis placed on tables 5 and 6 in terms of nutrition.

GCU has 4 water tables with a similar emphasis on nutrition at tables 3 and 4 and SDR has 1 water table.

There are also multiple natural water sources on the course. The combination of water tables and naturally available water will allow runners to travel relatively light and fast which combines well with the runnable nature of the trail itself.

PASSPORTS

UTD 160 runners will require passport to enter Lesotho and runners from some countries will also require a visa. This is a simple process and can be completed online at http://evisalesotho.com. Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg will supply the necessary letter of invitation where required.

The responsibility lies with the entrant to establish whether a visa is required and to obtain one timeously.

Although UTD 100 runners will pass through the SA Border Post no passports will be required as special dispensation has been obtained.