The Maluti Mountains
The Lesotho Ultra Trail (LUT) is Africa’s First Ultra Sky marathon which takes place in the heart of the Maluti Mountains. The Lesotho Highlands consists of some the best terrain in the world for high altitude running, this is why competitors from all over the world flock to participate in this annual event. As the years go by, the race is growing in popularity and this year’s LUT event is promised to bigger and better than ever.
What is an Ultra Sky marathon?
Ultra Sky marathon races are within a minimum of 2000 meters total elevation gain and between approximately 30 kilometres to 42 kilometres in distance. The course may be over paths, trails or rock and has a limit of approximately 15 percent on paved or tarred surfaces and may reach or exceed around roughly 3500 meters. This type of marathon tests an individual’s strength and agility whilst proving to be simultaneously enjoyable.
Maliba Lodge’s connection with LUT
Maliba Lodge is the host for this exhilarating event. Seeing that the Lodge is situated in the mountainous Ts’ehlanyane National Park, makes it the perfect landscape to host LUT. This year will be the fourth consecutive year that Maliba Lodge successfully hosts this renowned event. Contestants get to experience the picturesque beauty of the Mountain Kingdom at Maliba Lodge whilst participating in a race they are passionate about.
LUT 2015 winner
Last year’s winner Lucky Miya said “I love the physical challenge of sky-running, especially technical trails with long steep climbs on mountains above 2000 meters. Having the opportunity of testing the body against extreme conditions is always an overwhelming experience. I feel proud and humbled by the concept of sky running,” Miya will be back to run this year’s LUT in the hopes to become victor once again and maintain his winning championship.