Sani Stagger Marathon
Written by: Nick Tatham
Sani Stagger another sell-out in 2019
Underberg – With a half marathon that sells out in minutes and another
fully subscribed Sani Stagger full marathon, the event will provide
runners with a unique opportunity to take on the iconic Sani Pass on
Saturday, 23 November.
With such a one-of-a-kind appeal runners from all over the country make
the trip to Sani Pass to take on the 42km run that takes runners from
the Premier Resort Sani Pass to the summit and then back to the Sani
Pass Hotel and 21km event that starts at the summit.
The half marathon has grown a reputation as the race to do, which
explains why it sells out in such a short space of time. Being able to
tackle the Sani Pass descent once a year is an exciting prospect for
many dedicated and recreational runners.
From a marathon perspective, the popularity has grown exponentially in
the past few years and it is seen as one of the best pre-Comrades
qualifiers due to its toughness, altitude and its proximity to the
world’s largest ultra-marathon.
The race has traditionally attracted a strong field of elite athletes
for the full marathon with three-time Comrades Marathon winner Bongmusa
Mthembu winning the race in 2018 and finishing second in 2017.
In 2018 Lisa Collett scorched the women’s race to take her maiden title
at the Stagger. She won the race by twenty five minutes and it will be
interesting to see if she returns to defend her crown this year.
Over the years the Stagger organisers Running Man Adventures have been
responsible for some of the great trail running events in the Southern
Drakensberg and they decided to add the Stagger Trail to the list of
running options on the day.
The trail run offers two different distances, a 38km runs and 21km run,
for those that prefer the challenge of the mountain trails as opposed to
the gravel road up and down Sani Pass.
There are still entries available for the trail runs as the event tries
to continually evolve and offer an appeal to a wider array of visitors
to the area.
The event will include a Southern Loadstar 6km Fun Run/Walk for those
that are more inclined to a slower pace, based from the race
headquarters at the Premier Resort Sani Pass, and is intended to be a
accessible and manageable route aimed at recreational walkers and
hikers. All of the proceeds raised through entries will go to assisting
the crèches in the area.
Along with the walk, event organisers have also included the inaugural
Stagger Market on the lawns of the Sani Pass Hotel where runners and
locals and browse for arts and crafts, food and drink and share in the
local hospitality and enjoy the Berg weather together in a family
environment with live music.
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The 2019 Sani
Stagger Marathon will once again be sold out as runners from all over the
country come to take on the iconic Sani Pass in either the full marathon,
half marathon or trail runs on Saturday, 23 November.
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