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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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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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The Lesotho Ultra Trail 2013 – from the Race Director

The Lesotho Ultra Trail 2013 – from the Race Director
At the end of the day a race director knows more about how their event rolls out than anybody else, that is the way it should be. So much happened at the Lesotho Ultra Trail 2013 that no one person there will know everything, not even the Race Director Andrew Booth who has penned his thoughts here. A count down from 10 and 92 runners set-off on a 50km course layed out in Northern Lesotho’s Tsehlanyane National Park. With 2500m of climbing and sanctioning by the International Skyrunning Federation and South African Skyrunning Association, it was...
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Lesotho Ultra Trail partners with The North Face

Lesotho Ultra Trail partners with The North Face
The North Face South Africa continues to develop its focus on the local trail running market by announcing its partnership with the Lesotho Ultra Trail. As the 2013 trail running season slowly draws to a close, the event has remained firmly in the sights of many of the country's top athletes, highlighting all the future prospects of a race that is sure to be recognized as one of Africa's premier outings in years to come. "Having spurred tremendous excitement and interest amongst the local and international running community throughout the year,...
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Iain Don Wauchope: The core athlete and quintessential family man

Iain Don Wauchope: The core athlete and quintessential family man
Iain Don Wauchope is a South African athlete that needs little introduction. A trail running legend who wears his heart on his sleeve and remains dedicated to a committed family life. In a running career that spans more then half of his life, he's notched up some impressive victories, none more noticeable then the 2012 Otter African Trail Run. As we gear up for the final few months ahead of the 2013 Lesotho Ultra Trail, we catch up with Iain to chat family, skyrunning and what lies ahead for the remainder of the year in the build up to the event.   Lesotho...
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