THE ULTRAULTRA RUN­NER’S TOP FIVE BUCK­ETLIST RACES

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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.”

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