Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg is a festival of trail running with events of 160km, 100km, 62km, 30km and the Drakensberg Rockjumper a two day trail run.
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 Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg will experience mountain running at its very finest.
The 160km starts in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho where it traverses 70km of high altitude terrain before joining into the 100km course at the top of Sani Pass and following the next 90km to Bushman’s Nek.
The 160km, 100km, 62km, 30km events are entirely on mountain trails (excepting the short Sani Pass Road sections of the 160km and 100km events) 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.
UTD160 is currently not ITRA registered or a qualifier for UTMB®.
UTD100, GCU62 and SDR30 are ITRA registered events and official qualifiers for UTMB®.
UTD160 Early Bird Entries – from 05 September 2017 at 09:00 to 07 September 2017 at 09:00
UTD160 Standard Entries – from 07 September 2017 at 09:00
UTD100 / GCU62 / SDR30 Early Bird Entries – from 01 August 2017 at 09:00 to 03 August 2017 at 09:00
UTD100 / GCU62 / SDR30 Standard Entries – from 03 August 2017 at 09:00
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:
Falling under the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Festival umbrella it slots in seamlessly with the other events on offer and benefits from the pristine and magnificent trails that Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg 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.