The Rock Ultra
Sat 7 Dec - Sun 8 Dec 2024 @ Paarl, Western Cape


Organiser
Onsite Events

 

THE ROCK ULTRA TRAIL RUNS

Get ready to conquer the trails and experience the beauty of Paarl Mountain like never before! 

Onsite Events is thrilled to present The Rock Ultra's inaugural edition, scheduled for 7 December 2024

The Rock Ultra Race Village, hosted at Ridgeback Wines in Windmeul, will serve as the pulsating heart of the event.

This event promises an unforgettable experience for both seasoned trail runners and beginners, offering three challenging distances: The Rock Ultra (100km), The Rock Marathon (44km) and The Boulder Half-marathon of 22km.


 

RACE CATEGORIES AND INFO

The Boulder 22km Trail Run

Start and Finish: Ridgeback Wines, Windmeul

Date: 7 December 2024

Start Time: 8:00am

Distance: 22km

Elevation: 610m

Cut off: 6 hours, 14:00

Minimum Age: 14 years

Entry fee: R650

Included in the entry fee: SPORTSA voucher, The Boulder Goodybag, SASH(www.sasportshub.co.za) subscription until the event, Two 5-star aid stations, Finishers medal and drink, Ridgeback Race Village entertainment area.

THE BOULDER HALF-MARATHON 

Route description: From the Ridgeback Race Village and a short dash along the farm’s jeep tracks we head onto Paarl Adventure Trails’ world-class single tracks and up to Flatrock Aid station for 5-star service and panoramic views of the Paarl valley. After a steep climb up to Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve it back onto the single tracks and the Boulder City segment where this race gets its name to the Owloon Views Aid station for a refreshment before the fast finish along the flowing trails back to the Ridgeback Race Village where celebration awaits.



The Rock 44km Trail Marathon

Start and Finish: Ridgeback Wines, Windmeul

Date: 7 December 2024

Start Time: 7:00am

Distance: 44km

Elevation:

Cut off: 8 hours, 15:00

Minimum Age: 18 years

Entry fee: R980

Included in the entry fee: SPORTSA voucher, The Rock Goodybag, SASH (www.sasportshub.co.za) subscription until the event, many 5-star aid stations, Finishers medal and drink, Ridgeback Race Village entertainment area.

THE ROCK MARATHON 44KM

Route description: The Rock Ultra 100km route is a magnificent trail and gravel route from Ridgeback Race Village to Paarl Rock before traversing some of Paarl Mountain's most spectacular segments to 5-star Aidstations and spectator support points where nourishment and support will be waiting to prepare ultra-runners for the big climb to Groot Waboomkop and back to the Ridgeback Race village where supporters and celebration awaits!




The Rock Ultra 100 km Ultra-Marathon

Start and Finish: Ridgeback Wines, Windmeul

Date: 7 December 2024

Start Time: 5:00am

Distance: 100km

Elevation:

Cut off: 24hours, 5:00am 8 December 2024

Minimum Age: 18 years

Entry fee: R1850

Included in the entry fee: SPORTSA voucher, The Rock Goodybag, SASH (www.sasportshub.co.za) subscription until the event, many 5-star aidstations, Finishers medal and drink, Ridgeback Race Village entertainment area.

Route description: The Rock Ultra is a magnificent trail and gravel route from Ridgeback Race Village to the Flatrock Aidstation, then Meulwater Aidstation and spectator support point before climbing up to Paarl Rock along the same route as the Rock Marathon. From Paarl Rock, Ultra runners will summit Bretagne Rock for a checkpoint before visiting the Paarl Adventure trails of Specialized and Spice Route destination, where another 5-star aid station and spectator support will be to prepare ultra-runners for the big climb to Groot Waboomkop and back to the Ridgeback Race village where supporters and celebration awaits!


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Ridgeback Race Village


Here, participants and spectators can look forward to a vibrant entertainment area, and browse through a selection of premium race gear and apparel curated by SPORTSA. The bustling atmosphere will add an extra dimension to your race experience, creating a sense of community and excitement that will elevate your journey through the trails of Paarl Mountain.

Race Village facilities include safe parking, a catering and entertainment area, a retail gear and apparel zone, toilets and hot showers.

The Rock Aid stations and spectator support points

For this inaugural edition, our meticulously planned routes will guide you through the flowing Paarl Adventure trails and the breathtaking tracks of Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve. As you traverse these trails, expect to be captivated by panoramic viewpoints that offer stunning vistas, providing you with moments of awe and inspiration. Our strategically located aid stations, boasting 5-star service, will ensure that you stay nourished, hydrated, and motivated throughout your race, enabling you to focus on the thrill of the trails beneath your feet.

At Onsite Events, we are committed to fostering a deep respect for the environment through our leave-no-trace policy. We aim to protect the natural beauty of Paarl Mountain and its surroundings by ensuring that our event leaves minimal impact on the ecosystem. As participants, we ask that you join us in upholding this ethos by treating the trails with reverence and care. 


Race Registration and Preliminary Schedule

Race registration will be possible at SPORTSA outlets in Paarl and Canal Walk. We will also be hooking up with local communities in Race Week to make registrations and collections as smooth as possible.

Pre - Race week events

Tuesday, 11 June 2024, 08:00

  • 08:00 ONLINE/SPORTSA Race Entries Open

Thursday, 18 July 2024 08:00

  •      08:00 ONLINE/SPORTSA P.R. Trail-Marathon Route announcement
  •      09:00 ONLINE/SPORTSA P.R. Ultra Trail-Marathon Route announcement


Race week build-up

Tuesday, 3 December 2024, 17:30

  • 17:30 CAPE TOWN Tuesday Trails Social Run and pre-registration

Wednesday, 4 December 2024

  • 17:30 PAARL Rockrunners Social Run and pre-registration

Thursday, 5 December 2024, 17:30

  • 17:30 SPORTSA, PAARL SportSA Time-Trail and pre-registration
  • 17:30 STELLENBOSCH Stellies Shake-out Social Run and pre-registration


Cancellation and refund policy

Cancellations received before 30 September 2024 will be accepted in writing to [email protected] and receive a full refund.

Cancellations received after 30 September 2024 will receive an entry voucher worth 80% of the entry fee he/she paid. This voucher can be used to enter for next year’s event. Deferrals are only valid for the next year’s event.


Transfers and Entry amendments

Entry amendments and transfers will be accepted in writing to [email protected] until 30 October 2024 at no additional fee or penalty. 

No partial refunds for downgrade amendments provided the race is not sold out. 

Upgrade amendments are subject to payment of the difference in entry fee provided the race is not sold out.

Transfer of entries must be in writing to [email protected].

Amendments and transfers after 30 October 2024 will incur an R250 admin fee and are subject to the approval of the Race Director.


Our Goal

Our goal with The Rock Ultra is to celebrate the skill and dedication of trail runners across three different categories. 

With trails that strike a perfect balance between challenge and speed, we believe Paarl Mountain offers the ideal setting to crown the fastest trail runners in the country. Whether you are aiming to achieve a personal best or simply revel in the joy of trail running, this event promises an exhilarating and rewarding experience for all participants.

Join us on this extraordinary journey as we embark on an adventure that will push your boundaries, test your limits, and leave you with unforgettable memories of conquering the trails of Paarl Mountain. Lace-up your shoes, embrace the spirit of exploration, and get ready to write your own trail running story at The Rock Ultra.

We look forward to welcoming you to this trail-running extravaganza and witnessing the determination, resilience, and camaraderie that define the trail-running community. Stay tuned for further updates and details as we countdown to the epic trail running event of the year!

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Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Price (pp)
100km Ultra
100km Ultra
100 km R 1,850.00
44km Marathon
44km Marathon
44 km R 980.00
22km Trail
22km Trail
22 km R 650.00

Event location
Ridgeback Wines, Paarl

Route information
Coordinates -33.673354, 18.914916
Address Off R44, Windmeul,, North Agter Paarl, Paarl, 7630
City Paarl
Province Western Cape