Gilt-edged opportunity for trail running youngsters

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Organisers of the Ultra-Trail Drakensberg and the Cancer Association of South Africa have teamed up to offer young trail runners the opportunity to get entries into their two-day Rock Jumper event at a fraction of the original cost. Image: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

Underberg – With entries pouring in for the ground-breaking weekend-long festival of trail running built around the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg on the long weekend at the end of April, the organisers have paved the way for teenager trail running enthusiasts to take part in the entry-level Rock Jumper event.

The Rock Jumper consists of two days of approximately 15 kilometres each day on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April, based at the Sani Pass hotel, traversing clover leaf courses predominantly in the Maloti Drakensberg Park, touching on sections of the legendary Giant’s Cup, Gxalingenwa and Khanti Ridge trails.

The opportunity to allow the first 50 scholars, 15 years or older to take part in the Rock Jumper stemmed from a new partnership with the Cancer Association of South Africa.

“We have aligned ourselves with CANSA, who are keen to promote a number of aspects of a healthy lifestyle, and their skin care programme SunSmart,” said event organiser Spurg Flemington.

“This resonated immediately with the holistic view that we have for this whole weekend of trail running, looking after community projects, the Maloti Drakensberg Park conservation issues, and relevant CSI, lifestyle and health issues.”

“They immediately agreed to support this initiative that we hope will blood the next generation of committed trail runners, using a spectacular network of trails that they will be blown away by, while at the same time providing a platform for the CANSA team to engage all the runners on their health and lifestyle messaging,” said Flemington.

“We are excited!” Fleimington. “We are supporting a great cause, and getting kids out onto the trails and into the mountains.”

The deal is limited to the first 150 registered scholars, and offers them an entry into the RockJumper, which normally costs R1250, by making a R150 donation to CANSA when entering on the race website www.ultratraildrakensberg.com 

As with all Running Man Adventures events a significant portion of each entry will be donated to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and we are also very pleased to announce that UTD will be partnering with Wildlife Act (www.wildlifeact.com) and assisting them to raise funds and awareness.