Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg Media Release

 No: utd1706

 13 Mar 2017

Embargo: None

Written by: Nick Tatham


Griffioen treading into UTD unknown

Underberg – Despite being the national trail long-distance champion, Nicolette Griffoen still sees herself as a novice when it comes to ultra-trail running and steps into the unknown from a personal and competitive point of view when she takes on the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg on 30 April 2017.

Although Griffioen is no stranger to Ultra-Trail events having won the Ultra-Trail® Cape Town in 2014 as well as the South African Ultra-Trail in 2015, however the 24 year-old believes that she doesn’t want to tie herself down to one discipline when it comes to trail running.

“I still think that I have a lot to learn about long distance running and I only took part in my first Ultra for fun and to gain a bit of experience,” the K-Way/Inov8 athlete mentioned.

“I don’t tend to stick to a certain discipline or distance as I like to mix things up and keep changing as different places and different types of races keep me happy!”

For Johannesburg-based Griffioen, taking on the trails of the Southern Drakensberg will be an entirely new experience, one that she is looking forward to given her out-going and open-minded attitude.

“I am only familiar with the Northern Drakensberg so I’ll be relying heavily on my navigation equipment to get me from point A to point B!

“My biggest motivation for entering the UTD was taking on trails that I have never run before in mountains that I have never seen before!” an excited Griffioen added.

One of the factors that will draw some of the competitors to the Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg is the fact that the race is a qualifier for the iconic Ultra-Trail® Mont Blanc in France later in the year, despite the appeal Griffioen is not being tempted by the opportunity.

“I am still young and not too experience when it comes to ultra-trails so I don’t have any wish to do UTMB just yet!

“I don’t think that I am ready for 160km!” she laughed.

As with all Running Man Adventures events a significant portion of each entry will be donated to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and we are also very pleased to announce that UTD will be partnering with Wildlife Act (www.wildlifeact.com) and assisting them to raise funds and awareness.

More information can be found at www.ultratraildrakensberg.com


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Trail running star Nicolette Griffioen will step into the unknown when she takes on the 2017 Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg on 29 April. Sven Musica/
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