Drakensberg Northern Trail 2019

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  • 23/03/2019
    6:00 am - 3:00 pm


The 40km Mountain Marathon is the flagship of the event. The course poses a serious challenge over a huge diversity of terrain and vegetation. The first half of the course traverses the KZN/Freestate Border in a westerly directions. With the sun on your back and a Drakensberg panorama as a view runners will wind their way along the ridge line, criss crossing through mountain peaks and sandstone valleys. The race reaches its highest point after a very steep and sharp climb at 2341m. A trig beacon marks this peak known by the local Freestate people as Baba Omkhulu (the big one who looks over). After summiting the course goes into an offtrail section that links into some flowing trail that contours around Baba Omnthani (The small one who is watched over) to the top of Stoney Pass. Here is where runners will drop down into KZN and pick their way back via some of the best Northern Drakensberg Resorts that will serve as aid stations. The climb back up to the finish will test every skyrunner.

Aid stations will be provided approximately every 7km. Aid stations contain basic food and hydration. You are encouraged to carry your own race favourites.

Early Bird Entry: R780

Entry fee: R840

The 20km Mountain Run

(Start time 7.30am on SAT 24 March)

(Entries limited to 150)

The 20km Mountain Run will not be a push over by any means, it will require a good effort to finish. The course traverses the edges of Sterkfontein and the Freestate sandstone cliffs to start. The second half transitions back into KZN type vegetation.

There will be two aid stations on this course serving only hydration. Please carry your own food should you require it.

Early Bird Entry: R375

Entry fee: R420


The 10km Trail Run

(Start time 8am on SAT 23 March)

The 10km Trail Run is where things start to get a bit easier, but 10km on trail is still quite a long way for some. This course has been made as easy as possible for this area, but it’s still a challenge.

There will be one aid station at the half way mark that only serves hydration.

Early Entry fee: R125

Entry Fee: R140

The 6km Trail Run

(Start time 8am on SAT 23 March)

The 6km Trail Run is for everyone. Gentle ups and downs staying close in proximity to the venue, runners and walkers will get to enjoy the views!

There will be one aid station at the half way mark that only serves hydration.

Early Entry Fee: R90

Entry Fee: R100

All the gear you’ll need for your next trail expedition. Available online from Trail Shed.