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In the heart of the Lesotho Highlands lies the Maluti Mountains, some of the best terrain for high altitude running in the world. Serving as the “veins” of this region, an intricate network of trails exists along the valleys and mountain flanks, connecting many of the remote villages. Used primarily by livestock and shepherds, many of the mountain passes have been established by hand, allowing people and animals to pass through the Maluti Mountain Range on foot. It is this ancient philosophy of man's primal need to explore and conquer his surrounding terrain that has lead to the development of the Lesotho Ultra Trail, Africa's first Ultra Skymarathon®.

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Preparing for #LUT2014 wih Ben Brimble

Preparing for #LUT2014 wih Ben Brimble
Having recently just come off a record breaking win at the 2014 PUFfeR in the Western Cape, plus a successful completion of the 280km Cape Fold Trail Expedition in July, The North Face South Africa team member Ben Brimble offers his advice on some preparation techniques ahead of the 2014 Lesotho Ultra Trail.   1. Training principles There are several key principles that...
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International Media Partner Announced

International Media Partner Announced
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Spanish-based trail and ultra running media outlet Territorio Trail will be one of the official international media partners for the 2014 Lesotho Ultra Trail. Territorio Trail is the first radio program dedicated to trailrunning in Spain. From 2013 they have interviewed some of the world's most influential athletes including Kilian Jornet, Scott Jaime, Nuria Picas and Fernanda Maciel. Through their weekly blog, which includes social media and podcasting, the TT team focus on all things ultra...
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Africa's first Ultra SkyMarathon® ready to open 2014 entries

Africa's first Ultra SkyMarathon® ready to open 2014 entries
The 2nd annual Lesotho Ultra Trail presented by The North Face™ and hosted by Maliba Lodge, set to take place on the 29th of November 2014, will open entries on the 2nd of April at midday (CET). The 50km course through the towering Maluti Mountains in the Tsehlanyane National Park will once again play host to top athletes and aspiring skyrunners alike, as part of this years inaugural South African Skyrunner® Series which begins early April. Purpose cut hiking trails, historical mountain passes and a network of animal and herder tracks await...
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Help a trail runner in need

Help a trail runner in need
On the 29th of November, the eve of the Lesotho Ultra Trail Race, Nicholas Lykiardopulos, fell and suffered serious injuries in his lodgings. Nick is an active and well-liked member of the Celtic Harriers road and trail running community. As a result of the fall, Nick suffered serious swelling to the brain, and had to be flown to Bloemfontein for an emergency operation, following which, he was placed in an induced coma to facilitate his recovery. Further complications resulting from an infection has complicated his recovery, and the prognosis...
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