Drakensberg Northern Trail

23rd March 2019

Race Info

*Please note that ticket sales for the 40km course have ended.

Start time: 6:00 am

Elevation gain: 1694 m

Water Tables: 5 tables en route.

Entry limit: 150 Participants

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 Drakensberg Greenfire Lodge that will serve as an aid station. 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.

Entry fee: R840  (Early Bird R750 until 5 July 2018).

Compulsory Equipment:

  • 1L Hydration Pack.
  • Thermal Underlayer.
  • Waterproof Outerlayer.
  • Emergency Blanket.
  • Basic First Aid – Bandages.
  • Race Food.
  • Cellphone.

Course Route and Profile: 

KZNTR DNT Mar19 - 40km RouteKZNTR DNT Mar19 - 40km Elevation

*Please note that ticket sales for the 20km course have ended.

Start time: 7:30 am

Elevation gain: 624 m

Water tables: 3 tables en route.

Entry limit: 150 Participants

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.

Entry fee: R390 (Early Bird R375 until 5 July 2018).

Compulsory Equipment:

  • 1L Hydration Pack.
  • Thermal Underlayer.
  • Waterproof Outerlayer.
  • Emergency Blanket.
  • Basic First Aid – Bandages.
  • Race Food.
  • Cellphone.

Course Route and Profile:

KZNTR DNT Mar19 - 20km RouteKZNTR DNT Mar19 - 20km Elevation

Start time: 8:00 am

Elevation gain: 283 m

Water tables: 2 tables en route.

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.

Course Route and Profile:

KZNTR DNT Mar19 - 10km RouteKZNTR DNT Mar19 - 10km Elevation

Start time: 8:00 am

Elevation gain: 144 m

Water tables: 1 table en route.

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.

Course Route and Profile:

KZNTR DNT Mar19 - 6km RouteKZNTR DNT Mar19 - 6km Elevation

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HIGH ALTITUDE

A great family getaway

The Drakensberg Northern Trail is a trail running event that takes place in the northern section of the spectacular Drakensberg Mountain Range in South Africa. The main event is a 40km Mountain Challenge. There are 3 shorter distances of 20km, 10km and 6km making a great weekend of running for all levels of runners and walkers. 

The race is at high altitude and pushes runners to find new limits within themselves whilst exploring the majestic mountain range. Drakensberg Northern Trail has been going since 2015 and continues today as one of KZNTR’s premier events.

Please note that entries for the 20 and 40km courses have now ended. Pre-entries for the6 and 10km courses will close at MIDDAY on Thursday, 21st March. Late entries for the 6 and 10km will be available on the day of the event but at a R50 surcharge (U18’s exempt).

KZNTR KidZone

KZNTR KidZone will be available for Children (2yrs+). Experienced childminders will allow parents to get out and enjoy exhilarating trails by distracting (and watching over) the little ones with stimulating and fun activities at the Race Village. Parents are pleased asked to send snacks along with the kids, sufficient for the time that they will be out. Juices will be provided for the kids by KZNTR.

Accommodation Information

Please note you need to book accommodation separately to entering the race. The venue has chalets, rooms and a camping option.

Please contact Windmill Farms (www.windmillfarm.co.za) for Chalet and Camping bookings at the race venue.

For Rooms at the Phat Chef please visit www.phattchef.co.za. The accommodation at the race venue mentioned above sells out quickly, as do the venues close to the race venue.

Please click HERE to see a full list of accommodation options nearby the race venue.

Substitions

Please note that substitutions are applicable to an administration fee of R50 (5 and 10 km) or R100 (20 and 40 km) per substitute. Substitutions will close a week before the event commences. For a substitution to be made, please contact KZNTR on info@kzntrailrunning.co.za. Transfers of original entries to substitutes will only be made once the substitution fee has been paid.

KZNTR KidZone

KZNTR KidZone will be available for Children (2yrs+). Experienced childminders will allow parents to get out and enjoy exhilarating trails by distracting (and watching over) the little ones with stimulating and fun activities at the Race Village. Parents are pleased asked to send snacks along with the kids, sufficient for the time that they will be out. Juices will be provided for the kids by KZNTR.

Accommodation Info

Please note you need to book accommodation separately to entering the race. The venue has chalets, rooms and a camping option.

Please contact Windmill Farms (www.windmillfarm.co.za) for Chalet and Camping bookings at the race venue.

For Rooms at the Phat Chef please visit www.phattchef.co.za. The accommodation at the race venue mentioned above sells out quickly, as do the venues close to the race venue.

Please click here to see a full list of accommodation options nearby the race venue.

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