THE ULTRAULTRA RUNNER’S TOP FIVE BUCKETLIST RACES
Alana Munnik has already participated in the UltraTrail du Mont-Blanc ® (UTMB) and the 100-K event at the Cederberg Traverse, both of which are two of her favourites – but she’s far from done. Here’s what’s next…
1. Hardrock 100 (160km), Silverton, Colorado.
“Colorado is the number-one place I’d like to run in the US. Climbing is my strong point, and this race has 10 000m of it. Traditionally, participants kiss a rock when they cross the finish line.”
2. UTMB (170km) (again), Chamonix, France.
“It’s an iconic race, dubbed ‘ the holy grail of 100-milers’ by the international trail-running community.”
3. Cederberg Traverse (100km), Cederberg.
“It’s popular among local endurance athletes, because the valleys and kloofs are so remote that few have ever seen them. With the right marketing and logistics, I believe this event could attract an international field in the future.”
4. The Grand Raid de la Réunion (162km), Réunion Island.
“A properly wild race. I like the idea of summiting 3 000m, surrounded by mountains, volcanoes and the sea. Afterwards, I can reward my efforts by relaxing on the beach.”
5. Ultra-Trail Cape Town (100km), Cape Town.
“Destination races are great, but sometimes it’s nice to race on home soil. The cut-off time is tight, so just to finish would be an achievement.”