The inaugural Brandberg Backyard Ultra, the first of its kind in Namibia, which will take place on 23 July in Uis, Erongo, had its event launch and media briefing in Swakopmund last night. The launch was preceded by a 6.706 km group run on the walkway along the ocean, and true to east-weather conditions, die late afternoon conditions couldn’t be more perfect for being out and about.
An ice-cold beer welcomed runners and the media to the Pitstop Clubhouse in the MTC dome after the run. The group was briefed on the origin and history of the backyard ultra, as well as the details, rules and forecast for the inaugural Brandberg Backyard Ultra that will take place in Uis on 23 July.
The group enjoyed refreshments and canapes while the media conducted personal interviews with the organisers and some runners. A Question and Answer session with the runners themselves followed, and pre-recorded comments from athletes from elsewhere in the country were also appreciated.
The Q&A session was followed with thanks to Rand Merchant Bank, the presenting partner, for their continued support. Save the Rhino Trust, Namibia, the beneficiary of the auction that will be held on race weekend, was also commended for their continued efforts in safeguarding the free-roaming rhinos of the Kunene Region.
The evening was concluded with the announcement that the prize money for the winner, i.e.the last person who can complete a single loop of 6.706 km by themselves, will be N$ 5,000.00 cash. This amount will become N$ 7,000.00 should the total distance run exceed 100 km, and should it exceed 100 miles (160 km or 24 laps), the prize will be N$ 10,000.00 in cash.