The Drakensberg Rockjumper (DRJ) is a two day trail run. It is an ideal event for those just getting into trail running or runners keen on the shorter distances. Walkers are also very welcome. There is a choice of two distances:
Falling under the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Festival umbrella it slots in seamlessly with the other events on offer and benefits from the pristine and magnificent trails that Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg provides.
Based at the Premier Resort Sani Pass and with a clover leaf format runners will be blown away by one of the most idyllic short course layouts on the Trail Running calendar. Predominantly in the Maloti Drakensberg Park runners will touch on sections of the legendary Giant’s Cup, Gxalingenwa and Khanti Ridge trails and experience genuine mountain trail running in its purest form.
With Day 1 the day before the longer Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg events the runners will have the course to themselves. On Day 2 the runners will start just behind the GCU 62 runners and will be back at the finish in time to cheer the UTD100 runners as they reach the 40km mark at the Premier Resort Sani Pass.
Both days of the DRJ 21/15 and 15/12 are characterized by genuine mountain trail with occasional technical sections and some challenging climbs which make for a truly authentic trail running experience.
Day 1 – Starts at the Premier Resort Sani Pass before heading up the awe inspiring Gxalingenwa valley past the waterfall and intersecting with the Giant’s Cup Trail. From there it’s backwards down the Giant’s Cup to the Sani Pass Road where runners enjoy a short open descent down the road before re-entering the trail up to the prominent Salt & Pepper rock formation. It’s then a short section along the Khanti Ridge before joining a leg of the UTD100 course and descending back down to the Hotel while passing Balancing Rocks and Nelson’s Column.
Day 2 – Once again starts up the Gxalingenwa Gorge but this time turns left at Ngenwa Pool onto the Giant’s Cup Trail. Then it’s the climb up onto the ridge in front of the Ndlovini buttress before turning off the Giant’s Cup Trail onto the Stromness Trail. An open flowing section along the Stromness Ridge before the steep descent down towards the Premier Resort Sani Pass and the finish.
Day 1 – Starts on the Premier Resort Sani Pass golf course and heads up the Sani Pass Road for a short distance before entering the trail up towards the Khanti Ridge and the prominent Salt & Pepper rock formation. It’s then a short leg along the Khanti Ridge before joining a section of the UTD100 course and descending back down to the Hotel while passing Balancing Rocks and Nelson’s Column.
Day 2 – Starts on the Premier Resort Sani Pass golf course and follows the magnificent Gxalingenwa Trail up the gorge and past the waterfall before joining the Giant’s Cup Trail at Ngenwa Pool. From the pool it follows the Giant’s Cup Trail for a few km around the front of the Ndlovini buttress before turning off onto the Stromness Trail and descending down the Stromness ridge back to the Premier Resort Sani Pass.
Registration will be held at the Premier Resort Sani Pass on Friday morning from 06h00 to 07h30.
Race briefings will be held on the start line prior to each day’s run approximately 15 minutes before the cow bell rings to set you on your way.
All entrants must bring a weather proof running jacket to the race as in the event that conditions are cold and wet these jackets will be made a compulsory item. Should the weather be normal for late April then runners should expect chilly starts around 0 Deg followed by warm and clear days.
There will be a small tented camp at Premier Resort Sani Pass for the nights of 26th and 27th April. The tents provided are 4-man tents and can be booked as either a single or sharing (2 people). One or two mattresses are provided as required. You must bring all bedding.
Please Note: You are not allowed to bring ANY food or alcohol onto the hotel premises other than food you require for race nutrition. Strictly no Braai fires allowed.
Single – R100 for two nights (a tent to yourself with mattress)
Sharing – R175 for two nights (a tent for 2 people with a mattress each)
The tent packages must be booked and paid for at time of entry, they are selected during the entry process.
Meal packages are available for people staying in the tented camp and include 6 meals from Thursday dinner through to Saturday lunch.
A meal package cost R600 p.p. and must be booked and paid for at time of entry, they are selected during the entry process.
For information on other accommodation options in the area have a look at the Accommodation page.
DRJ 21/15 – Entry fee includes a R200 donation to EKZNW and a R50 donation to Wildlife Act.
DRJ 15/12 – Entry fee includes a R150 donation to EKZNW and a R50 donation to Wildlife Act.
Scholar 21/15 – Only open to Registered Schoolgoers of 16-years to 19-years (as of 31 December 2018). Entry is half of standard DRJ 21/15 price and includes a donation of R200 to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa).
Scholar 15/12 – Only open to Registered Schoolgoers of 15-years to 19-years (as of 31 December 2018). Entry is half of standard DRJ 15/12 price and includes a donation of R200 to CANSA (Cancer Association of South Africa).
See below for more details on what the entry packages include.
16 to 19 years old
15 to 19 years old
Full payment is required on entry. Email confirmations will be sent on completion of the on-line entry form with details of how to make payment. Payments can only be made via EFT / bank deposit / SWIFT (international).
NOTE: If you are making payment from overseas please use the bank details in conjunction with the Swift Code supplied. Also please ensure that when making payment you specify that as the sender you will pay all the fees (Swift fee and commission). Your payment will be rejected if the fees are still outstanding.
Only once full payment is received will the entry be confirmed.
The event organisers will refund 80% of the entry fee if an entry is cancelled before 18th April 2018.
After 18th April 2018 there are no refunds of the entry fee but any tented accommodation and meal packages paid for will be refunded in full up until 20th April 2018.
Under no circumstances may someone take part under another athlete’s name, proof of identification will be required at registration.
There will be NO substitutions, rollovers or deferrals to the following year.
Take the R617 junction at Howick signposted to Underberg. On arrival in Underberg turn right at the Shell petrol station, and continue out of Underberg passing through Himeville to the Sani Pass crossroads. Taking a left at the crossroads and follow the Sani Pass Road for approx. 11km until you reach the Premier Resort Sani Pass on your right.
Take the R617 north, passing through Swartberg. On arrival in Underberg turn left at the Shell petrol station, and continue out of Underberg passing through Himeville to the Sani Pass crossroads. Taking a left at the crossroads and follow the Sani Pass Road for approx. 11km until you reach the Premier Resort Sani Pass on your right.
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