The fire has tested Maliba in the last couple of weeks but the one thing that remains constant is the enthusiasm and excitement for the Lesotho Ultra Marathon, set for 30 November 2013.
It is Africa’s first Ultra Sky Running Marathon and Maliba Lodge is privileged to be the host for this event.
Our race organsier Andrew Booth, from KZN Trail Running talks about the event coming up.
“It is only 1 and a half months to go until the inaugural Lesotho Ultra Trail taking place at Maliba Mountain Lodge. The organisers are busy putting the final touches on Africa’s first Ultra Skymarathon which promises to be a great challenge to all participants. The race has managed to assemble one of the best trail running fields seen in Southern Africa and the competition upfront will be hot. But the event will be about a lot more than the racing at the sharp end. The final finishers are expected to take 15 hours to complete the 55km route that climbs as high as 3200m above sea level.
The response we have received from the trail community, to this event, has been outstanding. There is a huge attraction to the adventure of the Maluti Mountains, that surround Maliba and we are very excited to be able to present the opportunity to 130 runners on the 30th of November. Plans for the second edition will get underway in early 2014 and you will have to be quick if you want to be among the starters for 2014.”
The owners of Maliba, as part of the rebuild plan, pulled the conference centre construction forward to be able to cater for this event. It is now set to be a perfect venue for the LUT runners and is to be finished mid November. For regular updates on the trail run please visit https://www.facebook.com/LesothoUltraTrail and Twitter https://twitter.com/LesothoUltra or https://twitter.com/MalibaLodge #LUT2013.
Written by Nicola Gerrard