Ultra-Trail Cape Town 2022

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Fri Nov 25, 06:00 - Sun Nov 27, 17:00
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Gardens Rugby Club

ULTRA-TRAIL CAPE TOWN 2022


Ultra-trail Cape Town hosts a variety of trail races that traverse the beautiful mountain trails of the Cape Peninsula - a world-class destination that features on many trail runners’ bucket lists. The City 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.


In collaboration with SANParks and the City of Cape Town, UTCT introduces their flagship 100 miler with 8000m of elevation gain.


100 MILES

DATE: Friday 25 November 2022

START TIME: 17h00

CUT OFF: 45 hours - 13h00 on Sunday 27 November 2022

7850m D+

No qualification required


Ultra-trail Cape Town is excited to announce a major new chapter in the Event's history, placing the Event at the forefront of global trail running. In collaboration with SANParks and the City of Cape Town, UTCT introduces their flagship 100 miler with 7 850m of elevation in addition to four other distances.


Since the inaugural Event in 2014, UTCT has grown to become a major international race, with 35% of participants coming from 55 counties and boasting one of the world’s best international athlete fields. The Event has also become synonymous with a week-long festival of running where the local community welcomes runners from across the globe to Cape Town. The 100-mile route will venture from the northern mountain range of the Mother City to the more remote southern mountains, taking in additional trails from Silvermine to Kalk Bay, Kommetjie, Simonstown and beyond. 


100KM

DATE: Saturday 26 November 2022

START TIME: 06h00

CUT OFF: 24 hours - 06h00 on Sunday 27 November 2022

4750m D+

No qualification required


The 100km race is a front-loaded route with two significant climbs on Table Mountain and the remote trails of Karbonkelberg within the first 50km. The second half, while equal in elevation gain, consists of more sustained gradients.

 

The race starts with a climb out of the city up to Signal Hill and around Lions Head, which provides stunning views of the City and the Atlantic Seaboard. Runners climb midway up Table Mountain's north face and run a contour to Platteklip Gorge, the longest vertical ascent of the race, a notorious route with gradients exceeding 35 degrees, up Table Mountain. The Platteklip Gorge climb is a long grind that loads the legs early in the race. After 25km, participants will have already covered an elevation gain of 1700m.  

 

On reaching the top of Table Mountain, runners traverse the famous tabletop ridge, eventually arriving at Constantia Nek after an 800m technical descent. The route flattens through Orangekloof to Llandudno Aid Station and along the remote scenic coastal stretches of Sandy Bay and beyond. The second of the two steep climbs is the 600m Suther Peak and a traverse of Karbonkelberg to Hout Bay Aid Station. This part of the race either makes or breaks it for the runners, with temperatures on the rise and a scramble up this remote stretch being particularly exhausting. 

 

The second half from Hout Bay takes runners across the beach towards East Fort and the Manganese Mines and over the mountain above Hout Bay. Runners descend via Vlakenberg to Constantia Nek where they head through the vineyards and city greenbelts to reach Alphen Trail Aid Station. From here they climb through to technical sections of Cecilia and Newlands Forests, followed by a steep drop down to below Rhodes Memorial and the last Aid Station on the outskirts of the University of Cape Town. 


The final 10km requires digging deep with an intense climb to get up to the Blockhouse and lower traverse of Devils Peak. Reaching it marks the home stretch and presents incredible views of the City, the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and Lions Head.


55KM

DATE: Friday 25 November 2022

START TIME: 07h00

CUT OFF: 13 hours - 20h00 on Friday 25 November 2022

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DAY AND TIME SLOT

2600m D+

No qualification required


Starting in Llandudno, the route takes runners through Sandy Bay, Rocket Road and the climb to Suther Peak following the long flowing descent from Karbonkelberg to Hout Bay. Leaving the Hout Bay Aid Station you will climb the trails up to Manganese Mines and across the contour to descend via Vlakkenberg moving through De Hel through to the Alphen Trail Aid Station, taking in the vineyards and beautiful greenbelts of Constantia.


From here it is a slow climb up to the technical sections of Cecilia and Newlands Forests followed by a steep drop down into the University of Cape Town's upper campus. The final 10km requires digging deep with an intense climb to get up to the Blockhouse and lower traverse of Devil’s Peak. Reaching it marks the home stretch, with the reward of incredible views of the City, the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and Lion’s Head.


35KM

DATE: Sunday 27 November 2022

START TIME: 06h00

CUT OFF: 11 hours - 17h00 on Sunday 27 November 2022

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW DAY AND TIME SLOT

2200m D+

No qualification required


The 35km Trail has two major climbs on Table Mountain (first half) and Devil's Peak (second half), while the middle of the race consists mainly of technical descents with some flat runnable sections - take note along the Newlands contour of the climb known as the 400 stairs.


The race starts at 6:00 am with a climb from Gardens Rugby Club to Kloof Corner, a trail that puts runners midway up Table Mountain's north face. With the city at their feet, they run along the contour to Platteklip Gorge, the longest vertical ascent of the race - a notorious route with gradients exceeding 35 degrees, up Table Mountain. The climb is a long grind and loads the legs very early on in the race - after 7km an elevation of 900m will have been covered. Reaching the top, runners will traverse the famous tabletop ridge with Cape Town at their feet to Maclears Beacon, the highest point of the race - 1086m. 


From here the route takes runners through to Echo Valley, the Valley of Isolation and onward to the Scouts Hut next to the dams where the first Table Mountain Aid Station is located. The 35km splits from the 100km race at the end of Woodhead Dam where they make their way to Nursery Ravine which sees them rejoin the 100km and 55km races along the technical sections of Newlands Forest followed by a steep drop down into the University of Cape Town's upper campus. The final 10km requires digging deep with an intense climb to get up to the Blockhouse and lower traverse of Devils Peak. Reaching it marks the home stretch, with the reward of incredible views of the City, the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and Lions Head.


23KM

DATE: Friday 25 November 2022

START TIME: 09h00

CUT OFF: 6.5 hours - 15h30 on Friday 25 November 2022

PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME SLOT

1100m D+

No qualification required


UTCT's 23km is a gateway to ultra-trail running. Starting at 09:00 am on Friday 25/11, the 23km together with the 55km, kick start the weekend festival of UTCT running. 


Runners will start at Constantia Sports Complex and head out towards the start of the Alphen Trail and the greenbelts of Constantia. From the Aid Station at Alphen Trail, they will climb through the technical sections of Cecilia and Newlands Forests followed by a steep drop down into the University of Cape Town's upper campus. The final 10km requires digging deep with an intense climb to get up to the Blockhouse and lower traverse of Devils Peak. Reaching it marks the home stretch, with the reward of incredible views of the City, the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and Lions Head.

Accommodation and Logistics
Stay at the beautiful President Hotel on the Atlantic Seaboard, the promenade on your doorstep, Clifton Beach and the V&A Waterfront to either side.  Airport transfers and race village shuttles all included.



Support to get you to the Finish Line
Strategic support from when you sign up, Wednesday route run on Table Mountain with experienced runners and elites, Friday evening race strategy session, Seconding Service on Race Day with live messaging to loves ones.



Connect with UTCT’s Cape Town Community
Join Tuesday Trails for an hour’s run and a beer and the short Wednesday evening Run to the President to meet the locals, other travelling runners and grab a selfie with the elites.



Tick your Bucket List
Look down on the city bowl and Robben Island from the top of Table Mountain, drive the famous Chapman’s Peak, visit the cute penguins at Boulders beach, swim with seals or paddle in Table Bay.  How about a helicopter flight to get a bird’s eye view of the race route.



Big 5 Safari
From classic soul renewing game drives and fireside chats to Big 5 walks, game runs and heart moving involved conservation experiences – an African Odyssey to suit your style.

Check out UTCT.tv videos from past events, race information, interviews, what you can expect for future editions and much more https://www.ultratrailcapetown.com/utcttv

ENTRY CANCELLATION REFUNDS:

If a runner wishes to cancel their entry, Summit Events requires written confirmation on or before the following dates to [email protected]:

 

  • 60% - before 01 July.
  • 50% - from 02 July to 01 September.
  • 40% - from 02 September to 01 October.
  • 30% - from 02 October to 30 October.
  • 0% - from 01 November.
  • No substitutions are allowed - we do not sell cancelled entries.
  • No deferrals will be accepted for health reasons or injury. The only exception is if the runner is pregnant and we require a doctor’s letter/medical certificate emailed directly to the organisation. A deferral is valid for 1 year only. Certificates need to reach UTCT by 07 November. 


ENTRY AMENDMENTS:

  • You may downgrade (e.g. 100km to 55km) at any time before 07 November provided that the respective race is not sold out. No partial refunds for downgrading.
  • You may upgrade your event e.g. from 35km to 55km at any time before 07 November provided that the respective race is not sold out. You will need to cover the difference in the entry fee on the given date.


Please note: If you are travelling to Cape Town for UTCT 2022, please ensure your travel bookings are flexible and can be changed with minimal or no costs.


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Refund policy No refunds

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Ultra-Trail Cape Town 2022
Gardens Rugby Club
Montreal Ave, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, 8001
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