TEN elite athletes will hike the iconic Rhina Peak in the Southern Drakensburg on World Rhino Day, 22 September, to raise funds for the conservation of endangered species.
Among the elite athletes are the likes of Rory Scheffer who is looking to chase the fastest known time that was set by Kane Reilly in 2017.
There are a number of newcomers to the event including local athlete Phillip Shezi, a multiple Comrades Marathon medallist, former SA Long Course Trail Champion Johardt van Heerden, UCT student Robert Rorich and Gijima Trust athlete Mlungisi Mzibuko.
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From a ladies perspective, Toni McCann, Noami Brandt and Linda Doke will take on the challenge. A wide ranging group of influential people have been selected for this year’s event which hopes to reach a fundraising target of R500 000.
One of the high-profile names taking part this year is famous adventurer Sibusiso Vilane. Vilane has an incredible resumé which includes, among many other things, being the first black person to scale all seven summits – as well as twice summiting Mount Everest.
Anyone interested in making a pledge to support any of these athletes can visit www.rhinopeakchallenge.co.za.