The Southern Drakensberg provided the perfect stage as experienced runners Vincent Viet and Tracy Zunckel powered their way to wins in the gruelling 100km Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg over the weekend.
Training for the 2017 Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg is a thing of the past as athletes put the finishing touches to their assault on the Southern Drakensberg, a 100km challenge trail running star Tracy Zunckel is looking forward to starting in the early hours of Saturday morning.
With runners being spoilt for choice at the inaugural Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg event over the last weekend of April, Landie Greyling will use the 62km Giants Cup Uncut race as part of her preparation for the iconic Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc in France later in the year.
As the inaugural Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg looms ever larger, the elite field is starting to take shape, with experienced campaigner Jock Green sounding his intentions to be the first winner of the race on Saturday 29 April.
With entries for the first ever Ultra-Tail® Drakensberg inching towards closing, amongst the challengers from an elite perspective is decorated French runner Vincent Viet, who will take on the UTD 100 as part of his build up for the Ultra-Trail® Mont Blanc later in the year.
With entries pouring in for the ground-breaking weekend-long festival of trail running built around the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg on the long weekend at the end of April, the organisers have paved the way for teenager trail running enthusiasts to take part in the entry-level Rock Jumper event.
As the inaugural Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg (UTD) fast approaches, the race and its organisers have been pro-active in increasing awareness of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) and the Maloti World Heritage Site – the park that plays host to the festival of trail running happening on 29 April 2017.