Underberg local Nkosinathi Duma won the 2017 Sani Stagger title on Saturday on debut, backing his hill-climbing strength in treacherous slippery conditions to hold off former winner and Comrades champion Bongmusa Mthembu.
A star-studded line-up of elite marathoners will gather for the 2017 Sani Stagger marathon this weekend ready to navigate their way up and down the iconic Sani Pass to the finish at the Premier Resort Sani Pass on Saturday, hoping that the gravel road holds up well after rains in the build-up to the sold-out race.
Pretoria-based Annatjie Greyvenstein will be stepping into the unknown when she lines up on the start line for the 2017 Sani Stagger marathon on Saturday, 25 November, making her road marathon running debut on one of the toughest races on the calendar.
Local veteran Skhumbuso Dlamini raced away from a strong field to claim another victory in the iconic Sani Stagger on Saturday, mastering the difficult muddy underfoot conditions but falling just shy of his own race record.
Sani Pass is set to play host to hundreds of runners this weekend as the 2016 Sani Stagger full and half marathons get underway in the Southern Drakensberg as the fully subscribed events provides runners with the unique opportunity to take on the daunting Sani Pass on Saturday.
With a reputation as being one of the tougher marathons around the Sani Stagger half marathon is no mean feat either as runners have to negotiate their way down Sani Pass to the Sani Pass hotel and 2013 half marathon winner Derek Wasserfall is returning for another shot at 21km glory this weekend.
As the final entry for the 2016 Sani Stagger was submitted, race organisers and volunteers were well into their preparations for race-day as they embrace the unique challenge that this one-of-a-kind race presents ahead of the start of the ever-popular event on Saturday, 26 November.