UTCT's 21km is a gateway to Ultra-trail running.
Starting at 8am on the Sunday of race weekend, runners head out along the lower jeep and single tracks of Devil's Peak. It's a relatively easy start and runners will be gifted awesome views of the City as they head towards UCT.
Before getting to Rhodes Memorial the rolling jeep and single tracks provide fast and flowing running at times. You then descend into the savannah like section of Rhodes Memorial where you will run along amazing single tracks and through lonely pines. Climbing past Rhodes Memorial it's worth stopping for a second to admire the view before you head down to UCT and your only Aid station at 10km. UCT has become an oasis for runners in all 3 races at UTCT and for the 21km it is no different. Be sure to take some time to fill up because the personality of the 21km is about to change.
From UCT runners head up and out towards Newlands forest before beginning a slow climb towards the contour path, upon reaching the contour path you'll head along it for about 2km before the biggest climb of the day will greet you, Newlands Ravine. It has sections that are 47% gradient but generally it's a fairly steady climb which tops out between Devil's Peak on your right and Table Mountain on your left. It's a gradual descent to Saddle rock before traversing across and onto a fairly technical descent which should bother tired legs. As you make your way down to the Contour Path be sure to look up and see the finish way down below.
The descent of Platteklip from the contour path will be a rough section for some but it'll soon pass with thoughts of home in your mind as you descend via the boardwalks and onto tar for the last 500m to the finish at Gardens Rugby Club.
Cut off is at 14:30 giving runners a healthy 6hrs 30 minutes to complete the route.