Drakensberg Grand Traverse: A few hours to go!

Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel prepare for an early-morning attack of the Drakensberg Grand Traverse.
By Tarquin Cooper

You might be sleeping at 11pm CET (midnight South African time) wherever your particular time zone is – but Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel are a different breed. That's the time when they will set off on Sunday night for the Drakensberg Grand Traverse – it's green light, all systems go!

Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel mountain running in South Africa
And they're off (soon) © Kelvin Trautman

They'll be running with one goal in mind, to break the current record of 60h 29m 30s. You can track their every move right here for the duration of the run.

They'll be running unsupported – meaning they'll be carrying all food and supplies with them on their backs as they strive to beat the 60-hour record. Sleep and rest will come in only the briefest of spurts – 20 minutes at a time – and they'll have to constantly take care of their nutrition and hydration just to finish, much less break a record.

The challenging terrain of the Drakensberg Mountains.
There’s tough terrain ahead. © Kelvin Trautman

The challenge is not only the distance, but the high, technical terrain that the Drakensberg mountains will offer up. No simple road race, Ryan and Ryno will have to pay close attention to every step in the more challenging parts of the trail.

Keep up to date with the event using the live tracking. The race is (almost) on!

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