Sundowner Run (SDR30) is 30km in length with 1200m of vertical climb and occupies an altitude window between 1600m and 2150m.

The Race Start is at Castleburn Farm at 14h30 on Saturday afternoon. SDR30 provides runners with the unusual experience of running into the sunset and eventually the dark to provide an opportunity for many to experience night running for the first time. SDR30 participants will also have the potentially inspiring situation of being out on the course with many of the UTD runners as they complete the final third of their day.

Athletes will climb the face of Garden Castle and summit Black Eagle Pass as the sun drops behind the iconic Rhino Peak before approaching halfway at Swiman Hut as darkness falls. From Swiman Hut the field will have 15km of night running down to the Mzimude and up Langalibalele Pass to the finish at Bushman’s Nek Hotel. SDR30 is aimed at teams of two runners although there will be limited availability for solo runners.

Entries Open @ 09h00 on 1st August 2017 and close at midnight 30th March 2018 or when the event is full whichever comes first.

The event is pre-entry only and no late entries will be allowed after 30th March 2018.


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.

Beanie / Buff
One of either
Cap / Visor
One of either
Long Thermal Tights
Sub-zero Temps are Possible
Thermal Top
Sub-zero Temps are Possible
Water / Windproof Jacket with Hood
Must have Hood
Preferably thermal
Headlamp with Spare Batteries
Quality headlamp is vital.
Make sure batteries are fresh / charged.
Hydration Pack Minimum 1.5l
GPS Handheld / GPS Watch
Must be fully charged
Charged Cellphone
Must be fully charged
Space Blanket
Emergency Rations – 2 X Energy Bars
Must be produced at finish unless used in emergency
Zip Lock Bag X 1
Essential for protecting Cellphone



Early Bird – from 01 August 2017 at 09:00 (SAST)

R 1600

Standard – from 03 August 2017 at 09:00 (SAST)

R 1800


Early Bird – from 01 August 2017 at 09:00 (SAST)

R 850

Standard – from 03 August 2017 at 09:00 (SAST)

R 950

Entries close on 30th March 2018 and no late entries will be allowed after this date.

Your entry fee includes:

– Marked and prepared Mountain Trail
– Goodie Bag
– The North Face Race Garment
– Sweepers and Marshalls
– 1 X Fully Stocked Water Tables
– Full Medical Support
– Support by EKZNW Rangers
– Finish Line Snack and Drink
– Finishers Medal
– Awards Lunch on Sunday (@ 12h00)
– R150 Donation to EKZNW
– R50 Donation to Wildlife Act

Note: No accommodation is included in the entry

Calling all Comrades Runners ….

Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg is 6 weeks before Comrades, the perfect time for that last, long pre-Comrades run.

We’re offering a 10% discount into the GCU62 and SDR30 events for all registered Comrades runners for the month of January.

Once you have entered your chosen event just send us proof of your Comrades entry and we’ll take it from there. You won’t find a more beautiful route to get that quality Time On Legs!

Note: You must enter and request the discount during the month of January.


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 / bank deposit / SWIFT (international).

NOTE: If you are making payment from overseas please use the bank details in conjunction with the Swift Code supplied. Also please ensure that when making payment you specify that as the sender you will pay all the fees (Swift fee and commission). Your payment will be rejected if the fees are still outstanding.

Only once full payment is received will the entry be confirmed.


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.

There will be NO rollovers or deferrals to the following year.


​​Runners may change event (eg. SDR30 to GCU62) at anytime before 30th March 2018 provided that the alternative event is not sold out. There will be no refund of the difference in entry fee when downgrading and the full difference in entry fee must be paid if upgrading to a longer event.

Enter SDR30 TEAM

Enter SDR30 SOLO