2018 Race Video

Runtheberg 2016
Official Race Report

There is something incredibly therapeutic about the Drakensberg (to the local Zulus, uKhahlamba, or Maluti in SeSotho), probably because of its unrivalled magnitude compared to any other mountain range in South Africa.

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The Drakensberg! Africa’s premier mountain range, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geographical Wonder, international tourist attraction and South Africa’s prime outdoor adventure camping and hiking destination rolled into one. Stretching uninterrupted from the Western Cape to the Limpopo, these magical mountains have drawn brave minds, restless souls and hardy bodies in search of exercise, beauty and adventure for generations. Now it is time to raise the stakes, take off the gloves, shake off the fear and put on those trail shoes, as we bring one of the world’s newest and fastest growing adventure sports to one of the world’s most ancient and extreme environments with Runtheberg’s brand new Drakensberg Adventure Trails!

The Northern Berg, the heart of the country between the Highveld and the Indian Ocean, easily accessible to city-dwelling Gautengers starved for fresh air and outdoor adventure, beach-loving KZN-ers looking for some real elevation, and Free State farmers wanting to show off their toughness, is the perfect destination for staging what is fast becoming South Africa’s top 2-day, 2-stage trail running weekend. The format for the weekend will include 2 races – the intermediate Challenge Race at +-15km per day, and the tougher Extreme Race at +-25km per day.

Entry Fees 2019

  • Runtheberg Challenge – R1550
  • Runtheberg Extreme – R1875

The Best of Both Worlds

In addition, recognising the amount of time those of us who love chasing our outdoor passions spend alone away from our families and loved-ones in beautiful but remote and inaccessible locations, the Northern Berg offers participants an unrivalled opportunity to include their greatest supporters. Nestling in the shadow of the Amphitheatre is a range of world-class accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, where runners can relax in comfort recuperating between stages, and friends, families and children can take advantage of the wide range of activities especially on offer and be exposed to the true wonder that is our Drakensberg.



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  1. Hey Bernie, Entries are officially closed 17 September OR when we are full. At current rates of entries we expect to be full around end July. Hope that helps.

  2. Good Day.

    Can you possibly advise me when the entries for this race will close. Myself and a friend would really like to come and run but due to injury we are only able to start training again in June so I would like to see how the injuries and fitness look like by the end Mid August before we pay the final entry fee as it is a little bit tough to pay that amount and then lose it if we are not ready to run

  3. Hi,

    Unfortunately I need to cancel my entry and receive a refund.

    Thanking you in advance,

  4. Hey Massimo, reply sent directly via email. Let us know here if you do not receive it. Thanks,

  5. Hi,
    I’ll like to know as I’m going with my family places we get stay that’s nearer to the race. Or camping thanks.

  6. Hi Nonhlanhla, check out the Accommodation page on our website here. It lists most of the hotels, resorts, self-catering places and campsites within reasonable distance to the Race Village (and also lists distance from Race Village and contact numbers etc). If you have any questions about any of it just give us a shout.

  7. Hi, I have entered for the 2017 Challenge, but due to injury I unfortunately need to withdraw from the race. Please advice whether I would qualify for a refund?
    Thank you,
    Kind regards,

    1. Hi Divan sorry to hear that. Withdrawals prior to the end of July qualify for a full refund of your entry fee (less the admin fee of R250). Please just send your bank details to me at and I’ll process & pay asap. Regards, Warren.

      1. Thanks for the quick response Warren. I’m going for X-rays and sonar on my knee next week whereafter I’ll know for sure. Kind regards, Divan

  8. Hi Warren,

    I trust you are well. Unfortunately my sister is unable to runthe berg 🙁 My husband is taking her entry how do we go about doing the substitution?

  9. hi,
    does anyone has a running profile for extre race and do we need tracking sticks or is it better to do it freestyle?


  10. Hi Warren,
    When is the cut off to down grade from the Extreme to the Challenge? A friend and I entered the Extreme but are considering rather swopping to the Challenge – not as fit as we would like to be and have both been sick.

    1. Hey Chris, there are about 20 entry spaces still available (either race) after which we’ll have to close. So yes, at this point 🙂

  11. Hi there,

    I am keen to run the 2018 race.

    Is accommodation at the race village included in the entry price for the Friday and Saturday night? Or is this something that needs to be arranged separately?



  12. Hi there
    Are entries open yet for 2018?
    We ran 2016 but unfortunately weren’t able to join this year. We’d definitely like to run next year though.
    Thank you.

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