4200m elevation gain | 17 hour cutoff | 9 Aid Stations
4:00am | Start/End: Gardens Tech RFC Upper Orange Street | 3 Ultra-trail Mont Blanc Points
Ultra-Trail Cape Town presents three trail races of 100km, 65km and 35km that traverse the mountains of the beautiful Cape Peninsula. The host city Cape Town is a world-class destination that features highly on any ‘must visit’ list. Cape Town is shaped by two oceans and Table Mountain National Park, a dramatic mountain chain that stretches from Table Bay in the north to Cape Point in the south.
The races all traverse sections of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Orangekloof, Llandudno, Hout Bay, the Constantia Winelands, upper slopes of Kirstenbosch Nature Reserve and Devil’s Peak, which form part of the iconic natural world heritage site and one of the new Natural Seven Wonders of the World.
All three races consist of technical terrain with steep ascents and descents. Weather can vary drastically with near sub-zero temperatures in the early morning on top of Table Mountain to 30 degrees plus during the latter part of the day.
Participants are reminded that UTCT races are genuine mountain excursions and that the necessary care and respect be taken when running within Table Mountain National Park and surrounds.
The 100km Ultra-trail has a permit for 17 hours and will be for advanced runners. Time-barriers for this race are stringent and you will have to submit qualifying races during online registration.
Due to the 17 hour cutoff, we have factored in two route diversions as fallback options if your race is not going well on the day. This gives everyone a fair chance of not being asked to stop the race at cutoff points.
1. At 25km (Constantia Nek) a direct transfer to the 62km course- an automatic time barrier diversion will apply here.
2. At 60km a diversion will be in place for those who will not make the cutoff- 15km (Constantia Winelands) will be cut out, giving you 85km total completed. In this case you will be credited as having finished the 62km course.
You will need to have done a 100km trail race in under 19 hours or 40/50km trail race at average time of sub 9:30min/km. For trail races between 50-90km an average pace of sub 10:00/km and 120-168km sub 11:30/km. For other races: Comrades: sub 10 hours, Two-Oceans sub 5:30 hours. We cannot accept marathon times unfortunately. You will be required to submit the qualifying races during entry and registration.