100km, 65km, 35km & 21km races nestled in one of the worlds most beautiful cities, on the pristine trails of Table Mountain. #UTCT2018 #myUTCT
We are privileged to have some of the finest runners in the world lining up at UTCT. None finer than @bongmusamthembu the triple @comradesmarathon winner is undeniably one of the most talented runners ever. His performance at #UTCT2017 showed his ability to cross over from road to trails. Unfortunately he had to drop out at 65km just when things were getting real. He is a proud champion of Comrades marathon, and an all around great human who we hope to see going the full distance this year and showing our international visitors just how much talent is in SA. .
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There are places on a trail run which can feel lonely and daunting at times. Some runners thrive in the head space offered during these quiet periods others simply hate them.
Here Koji Nakashima navigates the boulder field at the end of Sandy Bay. Koji ran a solid 14:04 for his second UTCT 100km finish, his best being a 13:16 in 2016.
The place along the Ocean where this was taken can feel very remote, you’re generally alone by now, with thoughts of Suther Peak hovering over you and the next 50km still to go, some simply pack it all in here.
What drives you through these “rough patches” on your journey through a 100km, what do you turn to?
Come what May on December 1st 2018 you will go through them so best you prepare for them.
Pic @craigkolesky .
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The final climb of UTCT. Every race bar the 21km has this right of passage. Here an unknown 100km runner scours the bowls of their energy levels searching for that extra something to get them up there.
The Blockhouse has guarded Cape Town for hundreds of years, it also guards the route in many ways, blocking those not strong enough on that final climb. It’s a back breaking effort at the end of a long day. But what lies behind it is 8km of relatively flat single track taking you home and the finish.
Training doesn’t need to mimic routes but you need to prepare yourself for a long day out, focus on small gains now.
Long slow distance is your foundation. Without it you’re on rocky ground...
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It’s UTCT route recce time.
Have a look at this years slightly refined schedule of your route recce’s.
We are encouraging groups to team up via the FB group Preparing for Ultra trail Cape Town. So join the group via the link above and get involved. .
Ultra-trail Cape Town 2018 - Route Recce schedule
The recce's are open to all and free, we are however limited to 30 runners per recce. We will post a link each Tuesday at 12 midday before the recce that weekend. Please note the following: •
These are not assisted training runs, you will need to be comfortable running the distance and moving with the pack. We will have two groups led by capable people, please bring your own gear, food, safety blanket, charged cell phone, and dress appropriately (100% waterproof jacket etc.) for the time out there allowing you to be self-sufficient.
As a general rule, we power hike the climbs and run the flats and downs. Please don't use the recce's to get running fit. We encourage you via the Preparing for Ultra-trail Cape Town to organise your own groups to recce sections too. Be safe!
The UTCT 2018 event will be explored in 5 segmented loops in the following configurations:
21KM - FULL ROUTE
35km - TABLE MOUNTAIN
65km - CBD, TABLE MOUNTAIN, CONSTANTIA
100km - CBD, TABLE MOUNTAIN, CONSTANTIA, HOUT BAY
RECCE 1 - TOWN LOOP SATURDAY 21 JULY
REECE 2 - TABLE MOUNTAIN SATURDAY 4 AUGUST
RECCE 3 - CONSTANTIA SATURDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
RECCE 4 - HOUT BAY SATURDAY 27 OCTOBER
RECCE 5 - 21KM ROUTE SATURDAY 10 NOVEMBER
* Note these 'loops' will not apply on race day (except the 21km & 35km Recce's) - please refer to each route map for relevant race day info.
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A UTCT 100km finish is always hard fought, a 100km has that affect on a human body. We can’t all run like @prodigalkhumalo & @lucy_bartholomew but we know how much effort goes into every finish at UTCT.
Here Geraldine van Tromp, who finished in 15:48:44 and was 13th Women Overall, heads up the scramble section of Suther Peak, this point is around 50km in and has a reputation as a race ender. Many a runner has arrived at Hout Bay harbour shortly after Suther Peak and chucked in the towel or been forced out by the 17hr cut off’s. Work hard on the small gains now, focus on building slowly. As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Pic @kelvintrautman .
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There’s currently snow on this trail, Cape Town is in the grip of a cold front with snow covering all the local big peaks. In less than 6 months it’ll be warm and toasty so you don’t need to worry about the cold. We’ll be releasing the recce dates very soon, watch our FB page for the schedule. We hope you’re building your base in the meantime, focus on a slow steady strengthening phase, if you need to bounce some ideas around, head over to our FB group, Preparing for UTCT. You’ll get good locally based advice on all things UTCT. .
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Trucker time, we all love a trucker. They’ve become a symbol of trail running in many ways. .
Which UTCT trucker had been your favorite over the years and have you managed to get every edition?
2015) Black Coram front trucker
2016) Light grey orange text
2017) Dark grey red text. .
We’re hard at work preparing 2018’s edition so watch this space. .
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How will you manage your day at UTCT, how will you approach your training?
If you have a few questions that need answering, well we have the first answer.
Get into & onto the new FB group “Preparing for UTCT” and ask past runners & future friends for inside info on course, nutrition, gear, local trails, running crews. You name it!
It’s a platform for sharing your training troubles & getting a crew together for long training runs.
Get involved - link in the bio
Pic - @craigkolesky .
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Registrations are now open.
Volunteers at UTCT are the heart and soul of the race, they express all the care and attention that runners deserve. A big thanks to those that have represented in past years. If you are keen to try it out or get involved again then please follow the link in our bio
Pic @craigkolesky .
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