The biggest challenge of the day on the 50km course starts around the 40km mark where runners now climb back up to the high altitude aid station- Camp Davis. Reaching the aid station at the top of the second big climb comes with great relief and the final 7km seem relatively easy by comparison. Some of the steep descent off the top will test tiring quads, but the end is in sight and most find the final stages of the race very enjoyable.
In the heart of the Lesotho Highlands lies the Maluti Mountains, some of the best terrain for high altitude running in the world. Serving as the “veins” of this region, an intricate network of trails exists along the valleys and mountain flanks, connecting many of the remote villages. Used primarily by livestock and shepherds, many of the mountain passes have been established by hand, allowing people and animals to pass through the Maluti Mountain Range on foot. It is this ancient philosophy of man’s primal need to explore and conquer his surrounding terrain that has lead to the development of the Lesotho Ultra.
Race Dates: Race weekend: 22-24 November 2019
22 November 2019 – Race Registration [3:00pm onwards]
A compulsory race registration with be held in the main public area of Maliba Lodge where all runners are expected to complete their registration process and receive their race packs and race information. A race briefing will commence at 7:00pm.
23 November 2019 – Lesotho Ultra [5:30am start] The race START and FINISH area is on the main reception ground in front of Maliba Lodge. No vehicles other then designated staff/media/medic vehicles will be allowed to park in this area. A shuttle will begin running at 3:00am to transfer runners from their accommodation and lower parking area up to main lodge building for breakfast.
There are seven different packages available for Lesotho Ultra 2019 ranging from entry only through to five star. The available number of each package varies, and to ensure you are able to book your choice of accommodation we suggest you book early.
*Please note: Three and Five-Star Accommodation is charged per person sharing. Rooms are shared due to limited space – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for if you would like to share with family or friends.
A campsite at Maliba Campsite (Participant must bring all their camping equipment and cooking equipment).
Race pack and garment (Runners Only).
Unique finisher medal (Runners Only).
Mountain safety and support.
Please Note: Drinks and National Park/ Conservation fee not included.
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Since 2009 we've played a central role in the sport by providing a trail running calendar with all of KZN’s events. We host a number of events throughout the year ranging from 5km through to 160km (100 miles).