May 6, 2023
Mnweni Cultural Centre
For any queries, please email info@kzntrailrunning,co.za
Mnweni, ‘the place of fingers’, is located between the Royal Natal National Park and the Cathedral range in the heart of the Drakensberg escarpment. In years past, this stretch of the Drakensberg was affectionately seen by hardy mountaineers as “remote and treacherous” as the paths are “long and steep”. The terrain is mountainous and the weather unpredictable.
The event will start at the Mnweni Cultural and Hiking Centre, which is located approximately 30km from Bergville, KZN.
The main event is the 40km Marathon – a proper mountain adventure suitable ONLY for the experienced trail runner and/or hiker. The route shows off the architectural marvels of Mnweni: the great buttresses, basalt colonnades, and masonry gargoyles and spires! There are 3 shorter distances of 20km, 10km, and 5km making a great weekend of running for all levels of runners and walkers.
The 20km is significantly easier. It starts off the same way as the 40km but peels off back down the Mnweni River after about 9km. It’s still no walk in the park but is significantly more runnable.
The 10km and 5km are relatively easy with lots of flat riverside running.
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