The 65km Ultra is a front loaded route with a climb up Table Mountain followed by two significant climbs up Newlands Forest and Devil's Peak. The second half, while equal in elevation gain, consists of more sustained gradients.
The race starts in the early morning (5am) with an ascent out of the city to Signal Hill and around Lions Head, which captures the sights of the Atlantic Seaboard as the sun starts to rise. With the sun rising runners climb midway up Table Mountains north face and run a contour to Platteklip Gorge, the longest vertical ascent of the race- a notorious route with gradients exceeding 35 degrees, up Table Mountain. The climb is a long grind and loads the legs very early on in the race- after 15km an elevation of 1500m will have been covered.
Reaching the top you run the famous tabletop ridge with Cape Town at your feet. Traversing Table Mountain happens 10km later, with a 800m descent into Constantia marking halfway. The second half offers some flatter running through the historic Cape Wine Estates where they move through vineyards and city greenbelts.
Runners then depart the city slopes back for Table Mountain at Alphen Trail where they will climb through the technical sections of Cecilia forest and Newlands forest followed by a steep drop down into the University of Cape Town's upper campus(UCT Aid Station 55km). The final 10km, often into a strong headwind (the infamous 'Cape Doctor'), requires digging deep with an intense climb to get up to the Blockhouse and lower traverse of Devils Peak. Reaching it marks the home stretch, with the reward of incredible views of the City, the Atlantic Ocean, Table Mountain and Lions Head.
Running here above the City Bowl gives runners a moment to reflect, by retracing their footsteps along these famous landmarks covered in the morning.
Cut off Times
The 65km Ultra has a total duration of 15hrs 30min. Time-barriers for this race are lenient. Please consult the route info for cut-off times.
No qualification required.