CRADLE ULTRA TRAIL
Saturday 2nd March 2024
Cradle Nature Reserve
The Pavilion, Cradle Boutique Hotel, Cradle of Humankind
The Cradle Nature Reserve has been made available just for you to follow your passion – trail running. Besides great fast runnable routes with great views, the reserve is also a World UNESCO Heritage Site steeped in history. You will be running past ancient trees, rare plants, sites of Boer War Battles and crossing over reefs that are 500million years old.
CRADLE ULTRA-TRAIL starts and finishes at the Pavilion at the four-star Cradle Boutique Hotel, which is only a 20-minute drive from JHB North. With well-stocked water points, open spaces, a festive race village with delicious food, cold beer and great apparel for sale, the CRADLE ULTRA-TRAIL offers an adventurous and unforgettable trail running experience. Supporters and family members are also welcome to talk to local guides about the property's rich history and the origins of life from unearthed fossils at one of the three active Palaeoanthropological sites.
The CUT Routes are reversed each year bringing on a different challenge.
For 2024, runners will complete the routes in a clockwise direction - reversed
There are five epic routes to choose from – 6KM, 10KM, 15KM, 25KM and 50KM, run mainly on jeep tracks with steep climbs flat plateaus and fast descents through high-veld grasslands, wooded sections, valleys and rugged hills.
This ensures a challenging and rewarding run with stunning views for all fitness levels.
6km | 123m
Start time 07H30
1 Water points
2 hr race cut-off
10.1km | 188m
Start time 07H15
1 Water points
2 hr race cut-off
15.8km | 405m
Start time 07H00
2 Water points
3 hr race cut-off
25.5km | 626m
Start time 06H00
3 Water points
5 hr race cut-off
51.4km | 1,218m
Start time 05H00
4 Water points
8 hrs race cut-off
Bring the whole family along! There is lots to keep them entertained even if they aren't running.
After your race, you're welcome to join us for a great social event in the Cradle Ultra-Trail Race Village.
Get your morning fix from Coffee Run.
And compare your Strava segments over a cold beer or gin in the beer garden.
Give your legs the love they need with a massage at the Recharge Sports Therapy zone.
Bring your kids along and let them explore the little runner’s activity zone.
Grab some of the best food around from the Cradle Boutique Hotel.
Check out the latest cars from Subaru Sandton.
And learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage site with stories about the Boer war, rare plants and flowers that can be found in the reserve and what hidden treasures have been unearthed at the active fossil sites.
And lots lots more.....
PRIZES and GIVE-AWAYS
The Top 3 (male and female) winners across all 5 distances will each receive a voucher!
Podium finishers must unequivocally prove they have completed the stipulated distance by supplying verifiable race data through mobile phone recordings, dedicated apps, or GPS watches – no exemptions permitted.
Each first placed runner will also receive a bottle of wine from Simonsig.
Spot prizes up for grabs
Cradle Ultra-Trail shirts
32Gi Nutrition hampers
Simonsig Wine Hampers
And lots more...
REGISTRATION AND START TIMES
SATURDAY MARCH 2024
04H00: Venue and Registration Opens
04H45: 50KM Race Briefing
05H00: 50KM Start
05H45: 25KM Race Briefing
06H00: 25KM Start
06H45: 15KM Race Briefing
07H00: 15KM Race Start
07H15: 10KM Race Start
07H30: 6KM Race Start
Make the most of your weekend and stay over at Cradle Boutique Hotel.
Recipient of the 2021 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award – the hotel consists of 31 upmarket hotel rooms.
Cradle Boutique Hotel
Cradle of Humankind, R540 Kromdraai, 1739
The Cradle Ultra-Trail shirts design was inspired by captivating wildlife, rich history and natural wonders encountered at the Cradle Nature Reserve. Can you spot the various characters? These moisture management shirts can be purchased with your entry. Each colour represents the various distances.
The 25KM and 50KM runners will be a shirt as part of their entry.