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The Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail 2020 – Cancelled

Dear Trail Runner,

As many of you have probably predicted this email, it probably comes with no surprise that I have to share the news with you today that we have made the decision to cancel the Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail scheduled for 27 June 2020.

This event originated from the pure bliss of running freely in our Outeniqua Mountains, where adventurous, outdoor people got together to show case and celebrate the beautiful Mountain. The MUT as most of you know it, has been a project close to the hearts of many local Georgians and a kick ass run for everyone that toed the line on any of the distances offered by the event.
Some might understand the event industry a bit and some might not at all, but the fact of the matter is, when we dreamt up this event, we knew it would be a long-term investment. We asked our sponsors to trust us, we jumped through all the hoops with Governance and we promised the public a good quality event, while we spent money on the dream. Knowingly this won’t pay off for years to come still, working on a 3-year investment term is the norm for us and up to this day MUT has not brought in a cent of profit. 2020 was going to be the year for the MUT, new and exciting things planned, momentum and interest growing in the event and the backing of our great sponsors.

BUT as we all know 2020 is not the year…

Herewith the plan:

  1. The Discovery George Mountain Ultra Trail will be canceled and not postponed. The calendar for later this year is already jammed packed.
  2. Your entry will be carried over. You can choose to use it for the 2021 event or the 2022 or 2023. It will be valid for 3 years excluding the increase of entry fees.
  3. We will announce the 2021 date as soon as possible but will aim for June again.

Things will get better, and we will celebrate running and racing each other again in our glorious mountains. Make use of our 3-hour training window we have and breathe the fresh air. Support our sponsors in this time as they have supported you.

We are working on a celebration “Summit Event” in December 2020 if all goes well, where we will summit some peaks, race the Vertical Kilometer and shout from the top of the mountains as loud as we can.

Yours in Adventure
Zane Schmahl
EcoBound Mountain Events

 

Roelof Mostert takes the win!

The inaugural George Mountain Ultra Trail took place on 16 June 2018, offering 3 distances of pure trail bliss! Roelof Mostert took the crown for the fastest man on the MUT 60km in a time of 06:21:10, much faster than anticipated! 

Roelof Mostert signing is name onto the Wooden Arch, which will later be engraved to the arch! Each year the Male and Female winning runner will sign the arch, becoming the floating trophy of the MUT 60! Photo Credit: Jacques Marais

Here is what Roelof had to say about his experience at the George MUT…

With all really well organised events, especially those of the endurance running variety, you can always expect a certain level of passion, and with that, an immense level of creativity and fore thought when it comes to the actual route. The George Mountain Ultra Trail is no exception.

Endurance Trail Runners take part in the GEORGE Mountain Ultra Trail Run 2018 – presented and organised by ECOBOUND – an off-road 9km/25km/60km mountain trail run in the Outeniqua Mountains, near George on the Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa, RSA. Photo Credit: Jacques Marais

Participants can buckle in for a brutal yet breath taking look into what makes the Outeniqua mountains so spellbinding and iconic. Running here will test any novice, even seasoned trail runner to their limit whilst instilling a deep sense of humility and freedom . From the start in the beautiful towering pine forests of the Witfontein reserve to the fiery sunrise that awaits at the crest of the Cradock pass, the feeling of genuine big mountain running will start to take hold and either inspire or poke at the nerves as the clean, cool morning air escorts you down towards Camferskloof and the sleepy-town of Herold.

Roelof on the last single track of the day in the Witfontein Forest. Photo Credit: Dedré Cloete

From there the easy and gradual incline of a wide and flat jeep track allows for some respite before being ushered on to yet another single track at the North station and looking up from the path the task at hand towers into view, sobering and almost unreal as you are stared down by the entire might of Cradock and George peak, luckily you are aiming for Tierkop to the left however, the only way to salvation is up the infamous Dizzy heights, the trail at times scraping your chest as you power hike into the heavens, the gradient is impressive and so are the views as you eventually start the technical rollercoaster ride from the summit of Tierkop backdown towards George.

A super fun but technical single track bombs down towards TheWall and Tonnelbos, green and slippery you’l have to manage the slanted camber of the trail with almost surgical precision with roots, rocks and deep black mud the all star cast, the curtain call looms as the Tower comes into view, reunited with those towering pines the single track pops out onto the lasts stretch which hugs the plantation al the way home to one of the most beautiful finish lines you will ever cross.

Whatever distance you choose on the day, bring a set of climbing legs and leave your ego at home…

Roelof on the start line getting ready to leave his ego right there! #GeorgeMUT. Photo Credit: Jacques Marais

Mens podium for the MUT 60km. Photo Cred: Dedre Cloete

MUT60km Ladies Podium. Photo Credit Dedré Cloete

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results available here