Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg (UTD) is 100km in length with 4400m of vertical climb and occupies an altitude window between 1600m and 2865m.
The Race Start is at the South African Border Post on the Sani Pass rd at 05:00 on Saturday morning. The first 13km of the race is on the dirt road of Sani Pass which allows the field to spread out before the athletes enter 87km of unbroken mountain trail. The climb to the summit of the Sani Pass includes just over 1000m of vertical climb in the first 8km and the runners top out on the escarpment with the sunrise at 2865m. They then plunge back down the Sani Pass and into the trail which traverses the Twelve Apostles for 6km before the long and fast 19km descent down the Khanti Ridge to Sani Pass Hotel.
From the Hotel the course climbs the beautiful Gxalingenwa Gorge and skirts the front of Ndlovini before dropping down into Cobham Nature Reserve, which at 50km, is the halfway point of UTD. From Cobham it is a 20km leg that includes the long climb up to Crane Tarn and the descent into Castleburn Farm at the 70km mark. From Castleburn the runners ascend the face of Garden Castle before topping out at Black Eagle Pass and turning toward the iconic Rhino Peak.
The final Checkpoint of UTD is in the shadow of Rhino Peak at Swiman Hut with 85km in the bank. From Swiman it is a 15km last effort to the finish at Bushman’s Nek Hotel which includes the final big climb from the Mzimude River to the top of Langalibalele Pass and the 5km swoop down to the Hotel.
UTD has an official cut-off of 30 hours at 11:00am on the Sunday.
Entries Open @ 09h00 on 1st November 2016 and close on 31st March 2017 or when the event is full whichever comes first.
The event is pre-entry only and no late entries will be allowed after 31st March 2017.
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.
As part of our partnership with The North Face we are very pleased to offer a limited range of apparel that will assist you in fulfilling your Compulsory Kit requirements. This apparel is heavily discounted and available on a first come first serve basis to all athletes registered in one of the 4 UTD events. To view the range and place orders please e-mail Spurgeon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your entry fee includes:
– Marked and prepared Mountain Trail
– Goodie Bag
– The North Face Race Garment
– Shuttle To Race Start
– Sweepers and Marshalls
– 6 X Fully Stocked Water Tables
– Full Medical Support
– Support by EKZNW Rangers
– Finish Line Light Meal and Drink
– Finishers Medal
– Sketched Scroll of UTD Course
– Awards Lunch on Sunday
– R300 Donation to EKZNW
– R50 Donation to Wildlife Act
Note: No accommodation is included in the entry
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.
The event organisers will refund 90% of the entry fee if an entry is cancelled before 31st March 2017.
Under no circumstances may someone take part under another athlete’s name, proof of identification will be required at registration.