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Dates set for Drak events

Trail runners and mountain bikers can once again enjoy their ‘runner’s high’ at one of the most spectacular venues for any multi-sports festival in the country.

THE southern Drakensberg will once again become the focus of sportsmen and women on January 27 and 28 when the Euro Steel Drak Descent and Euro Steel Run the Rivers events draw hundreds of mountain bikers and trail runners to Underberg for their annual endorphin fix.

Dwarfed by the imposing Drakensberg mountains, trail runners and mountain bikers can once again enjoy their ‘runner’s high’ at one of the most spectacular venues for any multi-sports festival in the country.

The Euro Steel Drak Descent is a two-day mountain bike stage race which gives cyclists two options to enjoy the superb trails in and around the Underberg region.

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The longer Drak Descent routes are 42km and 45km on Saturday and Sunday respectively, while the shorter Drak MTB Challenge allows the weekend warriors to be part of the action with more manageable 25km and 20km distances.

For the trail runners, there are also two options for their two-day festival of fun. The fitter and faster runners will be able to tackle the longer event over 21km and 18km distances, while the 14km and 8km routes are more manageable for those looking for a less challenging test.

The annual two-day Drak Challenge canoe race also takes place over the same weekend, giving families and friends a wide range of options to ensure nobody is left out of enjoying their favourite activity in a weekend of wall-to-wall fun.

“We have received a lot of positive feedback about the routes for both the running and cycling events over the past two years, so we are confident we are on the right track to giving participants what they want,” said Pierre Horn, a member of the race organising committee.

Entries for both events are available on the MyActive entry portal, while more information can be found at the Drak Descent website and the Run the Rivers website respectively.

 

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