August 2015

Evolution of anything requires collaboration, innovation and participation. Ultra-trail Cape Town is proud to announce a strategic alliance with apparel partner, Columbia Sportswear. UTCT may only be in its second year, but Columbia Sportswear’s more than 70 years in business should mean they know a thing or two about making great outdoor gear for great athletes, and this partnership brings a global legend to a locally organised, globally recognised race.

Says race director, Nic Bornman, “As the momentum for UTCT 2015 gathers and the team prepares to welcome some of the word’s trail legends to Cape Town in October, we are proud to welcome Columbia Sportswear to our race. We are always looking ahead to the long term and with Columbia we immediately knew we found a partner with a shared vision”.

Says Columbia SA’s Brand President, Du Toit Botes, “Our business is built around real people who have a passion for the outdoors. UTCT is no different from the organisers through to the runners, we all love the outdoors. This sets a foundation for a great long term partnership with a shared vision. Beyond a shared passion, UTCT is set to be the most iconic race in South Africa! With the route set over a wonder of the world, Table Mountain it seemed like the perfect playground for Columbia. We are incredibly proud of our partnership with UTCT and look forward to many years of great adventure together.”

Ultra-trail Cape Town is on 3 October this year. Three races, 100km, 65km and 20km, make up the 2015 event. The 100km race covers the iconic landmarks of Table Mountain, Lions Head, Signal Hill, Hout Bay, Llandudno, the Constantia Winelands, Kirstenbosch Nature Reserve and Devils Peak. Runners will have access to 9 bustling and well-stocked aid stations, and will never go more than 15 kilometers without an opportunity for aid. The route is 90% on mountain trails and will occasionally be diverted into the city, tying together Cape Town’s varied cultural-, built- and natural heritage.

With an impressive list of local and international elites taking on the challenge this year, UTCT looks set to take roots as the globally recognised ultra-trail that has been the dream and vision from day 1. If you fancy rubbing shoulders and smashing epic, scenic trail with the likes of Kerry-Ann Marshall (RSA), Linda Doke (RSA), Chantel Nienaber (RSA), Gift Kelehe (RSA) Sally McRae (USA), Devon Yanko(USA), Noel Ernsten (RSA), Salameh al Aqara (Jordan), Andrew Hagan(RSA), Jock Green (RSA), Landie Greyling (RSA) and Christiaan Greyling (RSA) then entries are still open at http://www.ultratrailcapetown.com/ or join the Saturday Rush Bar Recce Runs for a taste of what is to come.