After bursting onto the local and international trail running scene in 2014, anticipation is running high for this year’s race, scheduled to take place on 3 October. UTCT 2015 will again feature two ultra distances of 100km and 65km, as well as a shorter ‘urban-trail’ of 20km.
Race director Nic Bornman explains: ‘For decades South Africa have boasted the world’s two largest road ultra marathons, in the Comrades (89km) and Two Oceans (56km). With this longstanding tradition of ultra-distance running already in place and looking at international trends, we believed that it was only a matter of time before the shift from road to trail happened locally too… and the response we received from the 400 runners that took part in the inaugural UTCT has confirmed this belief. The chance to take part in an ultra-trail event, across one of the new Seven Natural wonders of the world, in the middle of one of the most exciting and vibrant cities, seemed to really resonate with athletes of all skill levels and nationalities.’
The inaugural men’s 100km race was won by local up-and-coming talent Eric Ngubane, who set the bar high in a blistering time of 10h41, while the first woman was Nicolette Griffioen in 13h18. Bornman added: ‘This is one of the things we’re most excited about, what this race can do as a platform for local and African talent. We’re looking forward to unearthing many more Eric’s in years to come.’
No matter what your skill level, or preferred distance, Ultra-trail Cape Town is sure to test your endurance, as it ventures deep into Table Mountain National Park, while always keeping the athlete connected to the city and its famous landmarks. Bornman continues: ‘While the routes are 90% trail, it was important to us to have the runners and spectators always touching base with the city. Some of the best feedback we got was about how much the athletes enjoyed refueling at our aid stations, in places like Llandudno, Hout Bay, Groot Constantia and UCT, before heading back into the wild again. This is something that is unique to Cape Town- the way the mountain dominates and connects with the city- and is what we believe makes the race so special.’
With numbers for Ultra-trail Cape Town 2015 capped at 1000, entries are expected to be snatched up quickly come Tuesday the 27th.