The Races

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Drakensberg Trail Festival

The Drakensberg Trail Festival will be the MMS Grand Finale and will take place at Alpine Heath in the northern parts of the Drakensberg Mountains. It will host the traditional MMS 40km Mountain Challenge and the three shorter distances alongside trail talks and equipment demo’s and Q and A sessions and promises to be a weekend of festivities.

2022

drakensberg northern trail

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.
mweni

Mnweni

Mnweni, ‘the place of fingers’, is located between the Royal Natal National Park and the Cathedral range in the heart of the Drakensberg escarpment. In years past, this stretch of the Drakensberg was affectionately seen by hardy mountaineers as “remote and treacherous” as the paths are “long and steep”. The terrain is mountainous and the weather unpredictable. Be prepared!

soutpansberg

In its first running, Soutpansberg proved to be a challenge both in its climb and technicality. Expect to traverse a huge variety of terrain and vegetation including rocks, rivers, sand, forests, grasslands, wetlands and waterfalls. It’s a very wild space up there with a surprise around each corner.

soutpansberg
ingeli

ingeli

Ingeli Mountain Marathon is a challenging mix of forest single track, climbing mountain paths, dirt jeep track and cut grass paths. The route is designed to pass through the most scenic parts of the area including waterfalls, streams and amazing views! Runners are taken to one of the highest parts of the Ingeli Mountain so make sure you have your climbing legs ‘on’!

uitsoek

This trail had been tucked away in a hidden valley reclaimed by massive indigenous forest and open grassland for years. What you get now is an incredibly picturesque race that challenges you. This race shows the real beauty of the Mpumalanga trails that had seen very little attention from the rest of the trail running community back then.
uitsoek
lesotho

lesotho

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.