The Running Mann’s Guide to January 2023 Marathons

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This article provides detailed information on all South Africa’s January 2023 marathons including race descriptions and recommendations. You can find the full 2023 marathon / ultra calendar here.

South African marathons go on hiatus from the beginning of December until the middle of January. A summary of your choices is below:

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This is a prototype containing all 2023 info – please let me know if you have feedback. Updates will be made regularly as races are added, cancelled and confirmed.

“Status” definitions

  • Confirmed = Entries open / opening shortly
  • Date confirmed = Date from provincial fixture list with high probability of race happening
  • Unconfirmed = Provincial fixture list not received yet and / or new race with lower probability of happening
  • Cancelled = Race definitely not happening in 2023

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Last update: 28 January 2022

January
AECI Mielie Marathon (Sat 21 Jan): Confirmed
LocationWelkom, FS
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttp://www.goudveldmultisport.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionThis is a fast, uncongested, single-lap marathon around the Free State’s second largest city. The route is flat and the support tables are friendly. This will be the 44th running of the event (as such it is the oldest marathon in the States) and is a great pick for a fast January qualifier.
The race offers a permanent number to her regular customers and you can get some Comrades tips from local legend Louis Massyn (47 Comrades finishes) along the route.
Detailed ReportMielie Marathon (The Amaizeing Race): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/02/09/mielie-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?250km (2h30) drive from Joburg down the N1.
Flyer (where available)
Volksrust Marathon (Sat 21 Jan): Confirmed
LocationVolksrust, Mpu
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttp://volksrust.com/marathon/index-1.html
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionAn up and down, out and back route with some of the best support tables in the country (and arrive at the start with enough time to enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and rusks). A bit of dirt road running is thrown into the end of the loop for those that like to get off the tar for a bit. Make sure you leave room in your tog bag for the medal – it is by far the biggest in the country!
Detailed ReportVolksrust Marathon (High Spirits in the Highlands): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/02/04/volksrust-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?240km (2h45) drive.
Flyer (where available)
Finlime Flat One Marathon (Sun 22 Jan): Unconfirmed
LocationLime Acres, NC
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttp://arulagroup.co.za/marathon.html
Typical Finishers+/- 30
Race DescriptionIf you fancy running a marathon in the middle of the Kalahari Desert then make a plan to include the one of the smallest Comrades qualifiers in the country (just 22 finishers when I ran in 2018) into your running schedule. The route is fairly flat and the spectacular desert landscape is only broken by the odd diamond and lime mine.
Logistically, this is one of the hardest races to get to but it offers a truly unique marathon running experience and I would recommend all South African runners make the effort to do this marathon at least once.
Detailed ReportFinlime Marathon (The Time I Ran a Marathon in Middle of the Kalahari Desert): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/01/29/finlime-marathon-kalahari-desert/
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (6-7hr drive) from Joburg or fly to Kimberley and shorten the drive to 1h45.
Flyer (where available)
STBB Red Hill Marathon (Sat 28 Jan): Confirmed
LocationCape Town, WC
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttp://www.redhillmarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionFind out what happens if you kept running straight at Two Oceans instead of turning right towards Sun Valley. The route is a stunner that explores the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula and is the most beautiful of the January marathon options.
Abridged description from race site, “Runners will line up facing away from Peer’s Cave…   The route then takes the runners through Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs, Scarborough, and at the Perdekloof Picnic site, the Marathon runners will veer off towards Cape Point for a 6km loop…[after which you] continue over Red Hill. The runners join up with the Simonstown Main Road at the end of Red Hill, and continue towards Fish Hoek.”
Be aware that Fish Hoek is a dry suburb so you may have to smuggle your own beer to the finish line.
Detailed ReportRed Hill Marathon (Fish Hoek, line & sinker): http://runningmann.co.za/2020/02/28/red-hill-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Cape Town; 45km drive from the airport to Fish Hoek
Flyer (where available)
Wonderpark Akasia Marathon (Sat 28 Jan): Confirmed
LocationPretoria, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttp://www.akasiaathleticsclub.co.za/mainrace.html
Typical Finishers+/- 2000
Race DescriptionA flat double-lapper around the north of Pretoria and proof that a small running club (Akasia with around 60 members) can put on an excellent event. Not much of interest along the route but this a good option for Gauteng runners to get the first marathon of the year done. Although there is plenty of parking at the Wonderpark Shopping Centre, there are about 6,000 runners across all distances so allow time for the congestion.
The marathon honours Johann Van Eeden, an Akasia athlete who has completed 40 Comrades.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?80km (1h) drive but allow extra time for congestion.
Flyer (where available)
Ottosdal Nite Marathon (Sat 28 Jan): Confirmed
LocationOttosdal, NW
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttps://ottosdaldrafentrap.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionWith a 5:30pm start, this is the only night marathon in South Africa. An out-and-back, traffic-free route where lanterns line the road and guide you home after the sun sets. Ottosdal is the smallest town in the country to host a marathon and the town’s population more than doubles over race weekend (there are cycling events as well for the bike curious).
Enjoy the simplistic beauty of being out in nature as the sun starts to set. The profile is undulating although there are no major hills but a few good pulls that will give your legs a good workout while the declines allow your legs to enjoy a few sundowners.
This race is also the meat in the marathon running weekend sandwich that allows hardcore runners to run three marathons in just over 24 hours (with Wonderpark Akasia and Johnson Crane providing the bread).
Detailed ReportOttosdal Night Marathon (Testing the Limits of Delayed Gratification): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/02/21/ottosdal-night-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?240km (3h) drive west past Potch and Klerksdorp.
Flyer (where available)
Middelburg Marathon (Sat 28 Jan): Confirmed
LocationMiddelburg, Mpu
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/628272040935571/
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionThe race promises to be an early season fitness tester that offers some of the finest views of Middelburg.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?160km (1h45) drive using N12 or N4.
Flyer (where available)
Johnson Crane Marathon (Sun 29 Jan): Confirmed
LocationBenoni, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttp://johnsoncranemarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 4000
Race DescriptionThis race lives up to the expectations that Benoni is the flattest, highest and most tedious part of the highveld: The two mostly flat laps are run between an altitude of 1618m and 1664m through the city streets, suburbia and out into the countryside passed smallholdings. Watch out for the nasty ‘slow poison’ pull from 18 to 20km which you get to repeat at the end of your marathon.
Although this is not the most interesting route (there has not been much interesting to look at in Benoni since 1994 when Charlize Theron left for Hollywood), this race holds a special place in my heart since it was my debut marathon back in 2002 (when it was still a single-lap race). I enjoyed it enough to run 10 but have not run it since 2015 (after earning my permanent number and parole).
In Pre-Covid times, the event had 14,000 participants across all distances, making it one of the biggest running events in the country and by far the largest in January. It is normally very well organised with plenty for the family to do at the finish line. If you are short of clothes and cash, after the December holidays the race always has a quality shirt and goodie bag for participants.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?30 minute drive along the N12. However traffic is very congested so you need to allow at least 90 minutes.
Flyer (where available)

February
Vodacom Meerkat Marathon (Sat 04 Feb): Confirmed
LocationKimberley, NC
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/events/404353618359718
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionThe flat, circular route provides a great on foot tour of some of Kimberley’s historic sites like the Big Hole, Rhodes Memorial (with canons and other artefacts from the Anglo Boer War), the Northern Cape houses of parliament and the Star of the West (the oldest pub in South Africa). The scenery over the route varies a great deal and provides a cosmopolitan perspective of suburbia, township, industrial and country life in and around the city. A carnival-like atmosphere awaits all finishers at Bishops Old Boys’ sports fields line.
You can have a beer at the oldest pub in South Africa – the Star of the West – before, after or during or your marathon. If your legs are too tired after the race, you can always try the Halfway House – the first drive-in pub in South Africa.
Detailed ReportMeerkat Marathon (The One With A Presidential Sendoff): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/03/02/meerkat-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?500km (5h) drive or 1h flight (approx R2,000 return)
Flyer (where available)
Kloppers Marathon (Sat 11 Feb): Confirmed
LocationBloemfontein, FS
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttp://kloppersrun.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionThe race followed a new route in 2019 but still has the same great sponsor (Kloppers have sponsored the race since its inception 30 years ago). For those who’ve never run around the City of Roses, it can be surprisingly hilly – but the organisers have made sure they keep the climbing to a minimum with the objective of securing a good qualifier for their runners.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?400km (4h) drive due south on the N1.
Flyer (where available)
Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala Marathon (Sat 11 Feb): Confirmed
LocationWatersmeet-Ladysmith, KZN
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.bjsmarathon.com/
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionA new point-to-point race run from Watersmeet to Ladysmith. The race honours the legacy of the late Ladysmith Black Mambazo leader Dr Joseph Shabalala.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?350 (3.5h) drive south on the N3
Flyer (where available)

Aquelle Joburg North City Marathon (Sun 12 Feb): Confirmed
LocationJohannesburg, Gau
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/JoburgNorthCityMarathon/
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionFind you true north with RunZone AC’s excellent single lap route around Joburg’s shady northern suburbs.
An undulating circular route that has been designed for speed. A course where the climbs are gentle and the downhills are generous – and you get to run the “flat part” of Northcliff.
Detailed ReportJoburg North City Marathon (The new kid on the Block): http://runningmann.co.za/2022/02/23/joburg-north-city-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?10km north of the city centre
Flyer (where available)
Hillcrest Marathon (Sun 12 Feb): Confirmed
LocationHillcrest, KZN
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttp://hillcrestvillagers.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionIf you ever wondered what a real avenue of trees looks like, Hillcrest is the place to find out. The route provides the astute runner an opportunity to get acquainted with the undulations and atmosphere they’ll encounter on their way down to Durban during Comrades later in the year. Whilst Comrades slowly processes 20,000 runners through Kwazulu Natal’s colon, you get to see the fresher, unprocessed side of the suburbs during the Hillcrest Marathon.
This is one of the most scenic city runs I’ve done and, whilst I am not one to rush into definitive statements, Hillcrest can definitely lay claim to being the most beautiful double-lap, urban marathon in South Africa.
Detailed ReportHillcrest Marathon (Code Brown on the Comrades route): http://runningmann.co.za/2020/03/13/hillcrest-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?550km (5h30) drive or 1h flight to Durban and 60km drive from King Shaka Airport.
Flyer (where available)
Jeppe Marathon (Sun 12 Feb): Cancelled
LocationJohannesburg, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://jeppemarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 2000
Race DescriptionOne of the highlights on the Joburg running calendar. Sadly, this race lost its sponsor in 2018 but have continued to give a fabulous experience to runners as thousands of athletes hurtle around Bedfordview and Edenvale. Local businesses try to outdo each other by putting on the most impressive hydration station. Some runners think this course is tough (but they are wrong and need to get out more). Although there are one or two short, sharp steep pulls, most of the climbing is gentle – the highest-lowest point elevation difference is just 76m. You also do most of the hard work on the first half of the lap, hit the highest point (1672m) and then fly home from Gillooly’s Farm to the finish (1596m). You just need to remember to leave a little in the tank for a nasty pull in the last kilometre.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?11km from central Jhb but race day traffic is very congested so allow extra time.
Flyer (where available)
Aurum Klerksdorp Marathon (Sun 12 Feb): Confirmed
LocationKlerksdorp, NW
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://klerksdorpmarathonclub.com / FB Page:  https://www.facebook.com/klerksdorpmarathon/
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionThe largest town in the North West province boasts a well organised, fast and flat marathon with great water tables. This route has changed to a double-lap in 2020 through the suburbs to give runners more shade and less traffic. There is just one hill in Klerksdorp – but of course they make sure to show it off to their visiting runners during the marathon.
The race is organised in collaboration with The Aurum Institute – a leading healthcare organisation that has successfully been battling the joint scourge of HIV and TB for the past 20 years.
Detailed ReportKlerksdorp Marathon (You Shouldn’t Judge A Town By Its Main Road): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/03/10/klerksdorp-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?170km (2h) drive along the N12.
Flyer (where available)
Sasol Secunda Marathon (Sat 18 Feb): Confirmed
LocationSecunda, Mpu
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionAfter Sasol founded Sasolburg, they decided to establish a second town around the nearby coalfields of Mpumalanga. They called the town Secunda (which I imagine narrowly beat out Sasolburg II in the naming stakes). Sasol retains their dominance on the area by sponsoring both the Sasolburg and Secunda Marathons. The Secunda marathon is your standard, flat, industrial double-lapper. If running to the backdrop of massive cooling towers, smoky chimneys and giant steel constructions is your thing, then this is the race for you. The race claims to provide slightly more variety than their sister town of Sasolburg with a few gentle undulations to stop your legs from going to sleep – and if you are feeling tired the lively support tables will give you a boost.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?130km (1h30) drive east along the N17.
Flyer (where available)

BestMed TUKS Marathon (Sat 18 Feb): Half marathon only
LocationPretoria, Gau
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.up.ac.za/athletics/home
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionIf you thought single-lap races were extinct in Pretoria you’d be wrong – they returned in 2018 with the inaugural Tuks Marathon. The University of Pretoria is one of the country’s leading institutes of higher learning – and enrolling in this course will involve stringent tests and rigorous examinations over a tough route that crams almost every hill in Pretoria into one marathon. However, those who do graduate after 42.2 gruelling kilometres, know that they’ve earned a quality undergraduate degree – and are on the fast-track to honours at Comrades. The good news is that your tertiary education isn’t complete without a party or two – and this race offers festive tables as well as musicians and bands along the way to ensure that there is a bit of playtime amongst all the hill work.
Detailed ReportTuks Marathon (Earning your undergraduate degree the hard way): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/03/17/tuks-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?75km (1h) but allow extra time for traffic.
Flyer (where available)
John Nugent Marathon (Sat 18 Feb): Confirmed
LocationUpington, NC
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/johnnugentmemorial/
Typical Finishers+/- 30
Race DescriptionJohn Nugent was a prominent Upington optometrist who died of cancer 2014. He dedicated his life to eye-care in the region and his legacy is continued by his son with the John Nugent Marathon. All funds raised from the race are donated to the John Nugent Memorial Eye Care Foundation, a NPO that provides funding for Eye disease screening programs and funding for sight saving procedures.
The two-lap route provides the best of Upington with stretches along the Orange River, vineyards, pecan orchards and scenic suburbs. Bring your all surface shoes because you’ll be running on farm roads, jeep tracks and tarmac. Although this is a flat course, there is a nasty heartbreak hill towards the end of each lap to make sure you earn your unique medal which is in the format of a pair of spectacles.
This is officially the hardest marathon to get to in the country: A 9-hour+ drive from all South Africa’s major cities or a very expensive once-a-day flight on SA Airlink. However, if you want to say you’ve run all over South Africa you need to notch up a marathon in all 19 athletics provinces – and this is the perfect opportunity to do so in the North Western Cape region.
Detailed ReportJohn Nugent Marathon (Upington: The Final Frontier): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/04/07/john-nugent-marathon-upington/
How To Get There from Joburg?800km (8-9h drive) or very expensive 1h30 flight (over R6,000)
Flyer (where available)
Potties Marathon (Sat 18 Feb): Cancelled
LocationMokopane, Lim
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionAn interesting double-lapper (you don’t get too many of those) on a flat route that includes a bit of dirt road running along some game farms. If you like experiencing town and country on the same run this is a good one to do. I always thought this race was in Potchefstroom but it takes its name from the former name of Mokopane – Potgietersrus – which was the town’s name when the race started.
Detailed ReportPotties Marathon Photies (A Pictorial Report from the South African Bushveld): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/02/21/potties-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?270km (2h30) drive due north on the N1
Flyer (where available)
Zabalaza Marathon (Sun 19 Feb): Unconfirmed
LocationCato Ridge, KZN
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 30
Race DescriptionAccording to the organiser this is fast, undulating, double-lap route.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (6h) drive or 1h flight to Durban and 80km drive from King Shaka Airport.
Flyer (where available)
Cape Peninsula Marathon (Sun 19 Feb): Confirmed
LocationCape Town, WC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.topevents.co.za/event/cape-peninsula-marathon-and-half-marathon-2022/
Typical Finishers+/- 3000
Race DescriptionA secinc point-to-point marathon from Green Point to Simon’s Town with plenty of running along the coastline. A fast, flat, easy marathon – unless the South Easter wind blows!
Detailed ReportPeninsula Marathon (Naval gazing in the Cape): http://runningmann.co.za/2022/03/18/peninsula-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Cape Town; Green Point is 20km and Simon’s Town 45km from the airport.
Flyer (where available)
Groot Gat Marathon (Sun 19 Feb): Unconfirmed
LocationKimberley, NC
Route TypeCircular
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionThe race takes its name from what is claimed to be the deepest hole excavated by hand – Kimberley’s ‘Groot Gat’ (or Big Hole) – and the relatively easy circular route that takes one through the Big Hole complex. There is a tricky off-road section through a working quarry to negotiate before one heads back into Kimberley. Much of the marshalling is done with the assistance of the residents of the Yonder Home for Mentally Impaired – a really nice touch and a great reason to give your marshals a friendly greeting. The race is organised by one of the oldest running clubs in the country, Kimberley Pirates, who gave birth to the truant child resident in Greenside.
A “Groot Gat” marathon t-shirt is something to be worn with pride (and gets one many admiring looks).
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?500km (5h) drive or 1h flight (approx R2,000 return)
Flyer (where available)
CDM Polokwane Marathon (Sat 25 Feb): Confirmed
LocationPolokwane, Lim
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://polokwaneathleticclub.co.za
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionA fast and flat route around Limpopo’s capital city. The route isn’t going to win any beauty competitions but is a good option as a qualifier for those in South Africa’s northern outreaches. The race strives to be the premium marathon in the area with a total prize purse of R150,000.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?325km (3h) drive due north on the N1.
Flyer (where available)
Battlefields Marathon (Sat 25 Feb): Confirmed
LocationNewcastle, KZN
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttps://newcastleharriers.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionThis is a hilly out-and-back route along the quiet D96 passed Fort Amiel (a garrison from the Anglo Boer which is now a national monument). Although the course is tough, the surrounding scenery is simply stunning – your legs might complain about the hills but your eyes will feast on the pristine Drakensburg views for the full 42.2 kilometres.
Whilst this might not be the easist marathon on the calendar, it’s great preperation for Comrades – every single person who used the race for as their Comrades qualifier finished the race in 2022.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?300km (3h15 drive) south
Flyer (where available)
Old Mutual Insure Bielie Mielie Marathon (Sat 25 Feb): Confirmed
LocationReitz, FS
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttp://www.bieliemielie.co.za/index.php
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionThe people of Reitz have a bielie mielie and they know how to use it! Although the town of Reitz is small in size they are big on mielies – and have one of the largest maize silos in the southern hemisphere.
The marathon forms part of the Bielie Mielie Festival – a long weekend full of festivities, sporting activities and ‘lietjies’ from the best Afrikaans talent in the industry. The out-and-back route is run over undulating country roads while competitors take in the atmosphere of the eastern Free State.
If you like your mielies buttered on both sides, stick around after the race to experience some local culture at the festival. The energetic and competitive can take part in the ‘Boeresport-kompetisie’ later on Saturday afternoon together with your favourite local soap opera stars. Other activities include eiergooi (egg-tossing), mieliepit eet (competitive corn consumption), sakresies (sack races), trekkerband trek (tractor tyre pull) en baaldra (hay bale tossing).
Detailed ReportBielie Mielie Marathon (Valentine’s Day in the Free State): http://runningmann.co.za/2020/03/21/bielie-mielie-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?215km (2h) drive south.
Flyer (where available)

TWK Assegaai Marathon (Sat 25 Feb): Confirmed
LocationPiet Retief, Mpu
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/AssegaaiMC/  or @assegaaimarathonclub on Instagram
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionAn excellent race close to the Swaziland border. The route is really simple – you run all the way to the Assegaai River and then you turn around and run back again. The first 8km provides a gentle climb and then you have a long gentle decline before a final plummet to the river. This means that the Assegaai stabs you in the back with lots of climbing over the second half.
Local legend has it that if you drink from the Assegaai river, it will forever be in your blood. Local common sense has it that if you drink from the Assegaai river, you will have a severe case of explosive diarrhoea. The motto of the organising club is “Laat waai, Assegaai,” which translates as “Let loose, Assegaai.” – one glass of unfiltered river water and you’ll definitely be letting loose all over the place!
The race entry is worth is just to experience the Charka support table – undoubtedly the best table I’ve ever had the pleasure of frequenting. Tables are every 2km along the route and compete for prestigious annual trophies.
Detailed ReportAssegaai Marathon (Can You Judge A Marathon By The Shirt?): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/02/25/assegaai-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?330km (4h) drive along the N17 and N2.
Flyer (where available)

Cango Marathon (Sat 25 Feb): Confirmed
LocationOudtshoorn. WC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086833024612
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionA downhill marathon from the famous Cango Caves to the Infantry School in Oudtshoorn. A fast qualifier amongst wonderful mountainous scenery and farmland  – look out for large flocks of ostriches along the way to Oudtshoorn.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?1150km (11h+) drive. Recommend fly to George and 60km drive from there.
Flyer (where available)

Buffs Marathon (Sun 26 Feb): Confirmed
LocationEast London, EC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.buffaloroadrunners.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionA fast, downhill marathon that starts near Macleantown at an altitude of 500m and drops you back to sea-level at the Buffs Club in East London.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?1,000km (10h) drive or 1h30 flight to East London (R1,000 – R2,000 return) and 50km (1h) drive.
Flyer (where available)
Ethekwini Best of Best Marathon (Sun 26 Feb): Confirmed
LocationDurban, KZN
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttp://www.bestofthebestmarathon.co.za
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionA double-lap route from Kings Park Stadium towards Suncoast Casino including a section along the promenade. From there it’s over the river to Durban North and then back to Kings Park.
This race is much better organised than the Durban City Marathon which follows a similar route.
Detailed ReportBest of the Best Marathon (Surviving Shark country): http://runningmann.co.za/2022/04/26/best-of-the-best-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (6h) drive or 1h flight to Durban and 35km drive from King Shaka Airport.
Flyer (where available)

Phobians Pretoria Marathon (Sun 26 Feb): Confirmed
LocationPretoria, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://pretoriamarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 3000
Race DescriptionThis race in the nation’s capital is one of the tougher marathons out there. The double-lap route winds you up Waterkloof Ridge and to the top of Klapperkop Hill before murdering your quads with a rapid descent that takes you all the way into the beautiful grounds of Pretoria Boys’ High School. Although the final kilometre is a juicy downhill, the preceding four kilometres are a steady climb that will test your weary legs.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?75km (1h) but allow extra time for traffic.
Flyer (where available)

Capital City Marathon (Sun 26 Feb): Confirmed
LocationPietermaritzburg, KZN
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://capitalcity42.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionTouted in its inaugural year (2020) as the Marathon of Choice, this is a relatively flat one-lap route around Kwazulu Natal’s capital city that starts in front of the iconic City Hall and finishes a short distance away at the Umsunduzi Athletics Stadium.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?500km (5h) drive or fly to Durban and 100km (1h) drive from King Shaka.
Flyer (where available)

Edenvale Marathon (Sun 26 Feb): Confirmed
LocationJohannesburg, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://randroadwarriors.co.za/edenvale-marathon/
Typical Finishers+/- 2000
Race DescriptionThis is your stock-standard fast-and-flat East Rand double-lapper.
A well organised, low fuss community organised marathon with all proceeds going to local charities.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?Edenvale is 15km east of central Joburg with many access points.
Flyer (where available)

March
Bruintjieshoogte 50k Ultra (Sat 04 Mar): Cancelled
LocationSomerset East, EC
Route TypeOut-and-back
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionThis is a quality 50km race surrounded by the beautiful Eastern Cape landscape. One of the real hidden gems on the race calendar. A race all runners should make the effort to run at least once.
A 25km climb out of Somerset East to the top of the Bruintjieshoogte and then back again is the recipe for another great South African 50km ultra. The oldest ultra in the Eastern Cape and one I would recommend all runners add to their running CV.
Top tip: Take some time to unwind afterwards in the awesome Addo Elephant National Park – and practice your game spotting skills along the route keeping a lookout for kudu, gemsbok and the majestic sable.
Detailed ReportMarathon Addict? Guilty As Charged! (My 100th Unique Marathon At Bruintjieshoogte): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/05/17/bruintjieshoogte-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?1,050km (11h) drive or a 1h30 flight (approx R1,500) and 200km (2h) drive to Somerset East..
Flyer (where available)
Hemel & Aarde Marathon (Sat 04 Mar): Cancelled
LocationCaledon-Hermanus, WC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 2000
Race DescriptionThis is s beautiful point-to-point route between Caledon and Hermanus. On paper this is an easy downhill marathon but in practice there are plenty of rolling hills along the way before you finally start descending towards the coastline. The good news for weary runner is that refreshment tables are every 2km from the 30km mark and the last 10km are “mostly downhill”. The Hemel and Aarde race is organised by running legend Wietse van der Westhuizen who promises to move heaven and earth to make is a great new runner-centric addition to the marathon calendar.
This year the finish is at Hermanus High School which cuts out one of the early climbs and makes the route easier than the inaugural event in 2020.
Detailed ReportHemel & Aarde Marathon (Leap year running): http://runningmann.co.za/2020/03/27/hemel-aarde-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Cape Town; 100km (1h15) drive from the airport to Caledon or Hermanus
Flyer (where available)
VKB Surrender Hill Marathon (Sat 04 Mar): Confirmed
LocationClarens, FS
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitewww.bethlehemmarathonklub.co.za
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionOne should always be wary of marathons with the word ‘hill’ in the title – the Surrender Hill Marathon enhances this reputation. It’s a gruelling out-and-back route that takes one over 1,900m above sea level whilst you enjoy the natural beauty of the Maluti Mountains.
Surrender Hill was known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’ until 1900 when the Free State Boers surrendered to the British during the Angle Boer War. It is now a national heritage site and forms the focal point of the marathon. Saying that you’ve conquered Surrender Hill is must for all marathon runners.
Detailed ReportSurrender Hill Marathon (Overdosing on Maluti Muti): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/03/31/surrender-hill-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?300km (3h15 drive) south
Flyer (where available)
Powerade Marakele Marathon (Sat 04 Mar): Confirmed
LocationThabazimbi, Lim
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/marakelemarathon/
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionThis was the favourite marathon I ran in 2017. It doesn’t get any better (or more South African) than running a marathon in an unfenced Big 5 game reserve. The Marakele National Park is nestled into the Waterberg and the race organisers ensure that you take time to enjoy your beautiful surroundings with one of the toughest climbs in the country to get to the turnaround point. Before heading back to the safety of base camp, take some time to enjoy the spectacular cliff faces. Whilst looking up, don’t be too concerned if vultures seem to be circling overhead and following you – the reserve is instrumental in the conservation of Cape Vultures with 800 breeding pairs (the most in the world).
Armed rangers are positioned every few hundred metres to keep a close eye on proceedings and ensure the safety of the runners. Depending on your thrill-seeking levels, you may be lucky (or unlucky) enough to get a big 5 sighting on route – in 2012 runners had to be couriered around a pride of lions lazing in the road and some 2017 runners blamed their slower than expected times on the lethargic elephant bull who wandered across the route. If you do encounter a predator during your run the standard game ranger advice is, “Don’t worry, you don’t have to run faster than a lion. You just have to run faster than the guy next to you!”
All proceeds go to the Marakele National park and its conservation projects. Each year the run themes itself around a different animal.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?250km (3h) – see how far the William Nicol/R511 goes north and the turn right to Thabazimbi.
Flyer (where available)

Diamond Marathon (Sat 04 Mar): Confirmed
LocationKimberley, NC
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.kimberleyharriers.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionMost humans learn walk when they are one years old. Kimberley Harriers celebrated their first birthday with a marathon over half a decade ago and they’ve now got the oldest marathon in the Northern Cape.
I was fortunate to run the Golden Jubilee of the Diamond Marathon in 2020 (their 50th event). There are not many marathons on the planet that get to turn 50 and this may be the one with the smallest field.
The route is fast and flat route with the friendly runners from Kimberley to keep you company.
The races boast one of the longest standing men’s records in South Africa: 2:19:05 set 30 years ago by a very young Gert Thys who was running as a junior!
Detailed ReportDiamond Marathon (Roughing it amongst the diamonds): http://runningmann.co.za/2020/03/30/diamond-marathon-roughing-it-amongst-the-diamonds/
How To Get There from Joburg?500km (5h) drive or 1h flight (approx R2,000 return)
Flyer (where available)

Knysna Heads Marathon (Sat 04 Mar): Confirmed
LocationKnysna, WC
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttps://knysnamarathonclub.com/knysna-heads-marathon/
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionFlat and beautiful don’t often go together but the Knysna Heads marathon gets full marks on both counts. The highest point on the route is just 30m above sea level. This is a tranquil tour around the Knysna Lagoon which hugs the water for all but 2.4 km of the entire route.
Detailed ReportKnysna Heads Marathon (The Return of the Jetty): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/05/01/knysna-heads-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?1,250km (12h) drive or 2h flight to George (R1,000 – R3,000 return) and 70km (1h) drive.
Flyer (where available)

Cape Gate Vaal Marathon (Sun 05 Mar): Confirmed
LocationVereeniging, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttp://www.vaalmarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 2000
Race DescriptionFor those who are scared of curves, this is as flat as South African marathons get. Bring a rose to throw on the lawn of the late crooner Bles Bridges – you never know, he might be your father!
This is an immensely popular qualification marathon and a race many a runner has PBed on. The two-laps are as fast and flat with a very gradual climb over the first half of the lap. The second half includes the Three Rivers region (see if you can spot the Suikerbosch, Vaal and Klip Rivers).
Although Vaal Athletic Club (also known as sideways Celtics for their vertical green and white striped vest) has just 49 members they pull in friends, family and the local community to pull off the biggest sporting event in the Vaal Triangle. The race gives back to the local community in kind with a portion of your entry going to local charities (and funds from previous race funds have been used to fix all the potholes on the route).
There is a special medal on offer: An “Arthur Doyle” medal for all sub-3:15 finishers. Arthur is the lifelong President of the Vaal Athletic Club and is one of the founding fathers of the marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?60km (45m) south but allow more time for raceday traffic.
Flyer (where available)
Benoni Northerns Marathon (Sun 05 Mar): Confirmed
LocationBenoni, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://bnac.co.za/bnacmarathon / https://www.facebook.com/benoninorthernsmarathon
Typical Finishers+/- 3000
Race DescriptionThe route is a fast and flat double-lapper through Northmead, Rynfield and the beautiful Ebotse golf estate (for those who got their fill of Benoni earlier in the year at Johnson Crane, this route is completely different). There’s plenty of shade along the way making this an ideal route to test your legs and improve your seeding before Comrades. This year there is just a standard marathon and no ultra option.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?The start is 40km (30mins) east of central Joburg with many access points but allow for race day traffic.
Flyer (where available)
Tzaneen Tuffy Marathon (Sat 11 Mar): Confirmed
LocationTzaneen, Lim
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/TzaneenTuffy/
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionIf you can fly up these hills, Comrades will be a breeze! And if the hills don’t leave you breathless, the scenery will.
This is as difficult as marathons get. The first 17km smash your quads as you skydive from an altitude 1,200m down to 650m. If you go out too fast expect a lot of turbulence over the rest of your journey. For those that avoid a crash landing into the lowveld, the next few kilometres provide a chance to level out… but then it’s time to fasten your seatbelts for a monster 600m climb over 10km that will test the aviation skills of even the strongest marathon runner. As long as the wheels haven’t come off, the last 3km are an easy downhill for a smooth landing back in Tzaneen.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?400km (4h30) along the N1 to Polokwane.
Flyer (where available)
Kijima Kosmos 3-in-1 Marathon (Sat 11 Mar): Confirmed
LocationSecunda, Mpu
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttp://kosmos3in1.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 2000
Race DescriptionA flat marathon where most of the participants stick around to run another half marathon at lunchtime and a further 10km in the evening for a 73.3km total. You can run all three or enter events individually. The race has superb refreshment tables hosted by the local community – so you’ll be well fed and supported over the course of the day (the Fats Cats running club were known as the Chubby Cats before they started running Kosmos). All races start and finish at the Lake Umuzi Kamp Oase – an excellent venue that provides plenty of entertainment options for the kids while mom and/or dad run.
Detailed ReportKosmos 3-in-1 (Where A Marathon Is The Soft Option): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/03/18/kosmos-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?130km (1h30) drive east along the N17.
Flyer (where available)

Anco Ultra Ultra (Sat 11 Mar): Confirmed
LocationWelkom, FS
Route TypeTriple-lapper
Websitehttps://goudveldmultisport.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionIf you’re in Welkom and you’re bored (but I repeat myself). Three 16k laps around Welkom is great mental preperation for anything that life might throw at you!
Detailed ReportAnco Ultra (You know you’re addicted to running when…): http://runningmann.co.za/2020/04/07/anco-ultra-welkom/
How To Get There from Joburg?250km (2h30) drive from Joburg down the N1.
Flyer (where available)
Durban International Marathon (Sun 12 Mar): Confirmed
LocationDuban, KZN
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://durbanmarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionPoint to point route that doubles as the SA champs.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (6h) drive or 1h flight to Durban and 35km drive from King Shaka Airport.
Flyer (where available)
Swasap 52k Ultra (Sat 18 Mar): Date Confirmed
LocationBloemfontein, FS
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttp://bfnachilles.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionI am told this is a moderate route with some hills.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?400km (4h) drive due south on the N1.
Flyer (where available)
Om Die Dam 50k Ultra (Sat 18 Mar): Confirmed
LocationHartbeespoort, NW
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttp://www.omdiedamultra.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 4000
Race DescriptionLike the name says, this ultra is one long lap around the Hartbeespoort Dam. The route is back to its traditional anti-clockwise direction in 2022 which means the classic climb of Saartjies Nek greets you at the 38km mark. This is a tough route with continual undulations..
Enjoy the spectacular views on offer as you run over the Hartbeespoort Dam wall early on but the real highlight of this race is Saartjies Nek at 38km. Legend has it that Saartjie was a wicked witch who now haunts the pass (making this a real “hek’s nek”). Saartjie is indeed a nasty nymph who will haunt and taunt the weary ultra runner as you slowly drag yourself to the top of the Nek. Take your time to appreciate the effort the support tables put into this section – the road is lined with replica witches who mock you with “mop messages” like “Saartjie sê goeiemore“, “Saartjie het jou” (Saartjie’s got you) and at the top “Saartjie sê sien jou volgende jaar” (Saarjie says see you next year). When I first ran the race, Saartjie could only speak Afrikaans but she has learnt a bit of English over the years – maybe she’ll also start speaking another of our 11 official languages in years to come!
Detailed ReportOm Die Dam: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: http://runningmann.co.za/2018/03/27/om-die-dam-good-bad-ugly/
How To Get There from Joburg?80km (1h). Reduced events and entry numbers should make traffic better this year but in the past you had to leave by 3:30am to make the 6am start.
Note from the organisers: “There will soon be updated detail directions from Gauteng to the venue on our website (since there are various routes available). Runners should familiarise them with the proposed routes and not use their GPSs only, since there will be road closures in Hartbeespoort on the morning of the race.”
Flyer (where available)

Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon (Sat 18 Mar): Confirmed
LocationLangebaan, WC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.weskusmarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionThis is a stunner of a race run entirely through the West Coast National Park. You start on the beach to the crashing sounds of the Atlantic Ocean and head up and down the fynbos covered sand dunes whilst the tranquil turquoise waters of the Langebaan Lagoon (the largest of its kind in the world) keeps you company. Those worried about twisting an ankle (or getting their shoes dirty) need not fear, only the initial 2km are on (smooth) dirt road and the remainder on tar. As an added bonus the route is entirely traffic free, so you can really appreciate your surroundings. Watch out for Langebaan Country Estate beer table at the 36km mark – which acts a warm-up for the carnival-like atmosphere at the finish.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?2h flight to Cape Town and 150km (1h30) drive from the airport to Langebaan.
Flyer (where available)
City of Mbombela / Jock of the Bushveld Marathon (Sat 18 Mar): Confirmed
LocationBarberton-Mbombela, Mpu
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100086086102892
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionThis is a new point-to-point race from Barberton to Mbombela aimed at promoting tourism in the region. The course is undulating with an easy 5k downhill start before a long pull to the 15k mark. The big climb is just after the 22k mark for 6 kilometres. After that is mainly downhill to the finish.
Note: The race will alternate each year so it will be from Mbombela to Barberton this year. More details on the route will be published in the March marathons article.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?350km (4h) east along the N4.
Flyer (where available)

Mokoro Village Race Marathon (Sat 18 Mar): Confirmed
LocationMankweng, Lim
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg??
Flyer (where available)
Human Rights Real Gijimas Ultra Ultra (Sun 19 Mar): Confirmed
LocationEast London, EC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/241175602960648/
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionA unique and superb running experience through the Eastern Cape townships. Highly recommended for those that want something a little different.
The Real Gijimas club was formed in Mdantsane township as a sporting outlet during the political turmoil of the 1980s. As such they are the oldest township running club in the country and organise an impressive array of races – including the Bridle Drift Half Marathon (the toughest of its kind in the province).
The inaugural 50k ultra was held in 2018 and the second running of this point-to-point race through the rural Eastern Cape promises to become a highlight on the running calendar.
Having run every 50k race in South Africa, I can confirm that this is the toughest. If you can sail through the final 11km of razor-sharp uphills into and around Mdantsane township you are in good shape.
Detailed ReportReal Gijimas Ultra (Every village needs an idiot): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/05/15/real-gijimas-ultra/
How To Get There from Joburg?1,000km (10h) drive or 1h30 flight to East London (R1,000 – R2,000 return) and 50km (45m) drive.
Flyer (where available)
South Coast 48k Ultra (Sun 19 Mar): Date Confirmed
LocationUvongo, KZN
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttp://www.southcoaststriders.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionThis race gives you a five-course feast that covers the diversity of the South Coast. From the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre you start with a series of demanding but beautiful rolling hills through rural Kwazulu Natal, after which you head into the bustling township of Gamalakhe and drop down to the coast at Uvongo.
The exquisite coastal road to Margate is the easiest section of the route (and the year I ran it there was a whale basking in the bay). After soaking up sea-level serenity, you head back inland over several steep climbs that consume most of the second half of the course.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?700km (7h) drive or 1h flight to Durban and 170km (2h) drive from King Shaka Airport.
Flyer (where available)
Umgeni Water Marathon (Sun 19 Mar): Confirmed
LocationHowick, KZN
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://www.collegiansharriers.co.za/umgeni.htm
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionReplace the traffic, congestion and carbon monoxide of other locales with the thick Midlands air on a traffic-free marathon and celebrate Water Week with a marathon around the Midmar Dam.
This is a beautiful but surprisingly tough route exploring the 3,000 hectare Midmar nature reserve. Enjoy a complimentary coffee at the start and the stunning scenery along the route.
Top tip: Stay in one of the resort chalets which are a few hundred metres from the start and enjoy a weekend in the Midlands.
Detailed ReportUmgeni Water Marathon (One Dam Marathon After Another): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/04/07/umgeni-water-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?550km (5h30) drive down the N3 or fly to King Shaka and 115km (1h30) drive.
Flyer (where available)
Jackie Gibson Marathon (Sun 19 Mar): Confirmed
LocationJohannesburg, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/JackieGibsonMarathon/
Typical Finishers+/- 2000
Race DescriptionThis is the Texas Chainsaw Massacre of marathons – connoisseurs of pain, horror and gore will love it whilst the weak and squeamish will hate every minute (for the record I love this race).
The race celebrates its 77th running in 2023. As such it is Johannesburg’s oldest race – and the oldest standard marathon in the country. A tough double-lapper that has so many hills that no one has bothered to name them.
A great Comrades training run and an experience that epitomises what marathon running is all about – a gritty race, organised by people who love the sport, that gives your legs (and your mind) a great workout. Highly recommended for Gauteng runners.
Detailed ReportJackie Gibson Marathon (Where The Hills Have No Name): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/05/08/jackie-gibson-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?The start is 15km south of central Joburg with many access points.
Flyer (where available)
West Rand Marathon (Sun 19 Mar): Date Confirmed
LocationRandfontein, Gau
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionI have made contact with the race organisers who confirmed that there will be a “43km ultra marathon” this year (in the past the event had marathon in the title but was only a 10km).
Strangely this event is on the same date as the Jackie Gibson Marathon.
I will make updates as these are available.
Detailed ReportJM Busha Peace Marathon (A Tale From The Tavern) [Not sure how close the route is to this once off event.]: http://runningmann.co.za/2018/06/01/jm-busha-peace-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?The start is 50km west of central Joburg.
Flyer (where available)
Goldi Standerton Marathon (Tue 21 Mar): Date Confirmed
LocationStanderton, Mpu
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttp://www.standertonmarathonclub.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionCelebrate your right to run a marathon on Human Rights Day in Standerton. This is your typical small mining/agricultural town marathon with energetic support tables lining the out-and-back route. This is a popular qualifying marathon with a fairly easy route along the R50 towards Leandra. In the past the R50 was a like a cross-country course in places – and your biggest risk was disappearing down a pothole – however, the road has recently been repaired so this year’s runners can enjoy a smooth run. For those that aren’t chasing a fast time, enjoy the thousands of cosmos flowers that are blooming at this time of the year.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?160km (2h) south east.
Flyer (where available)

Nelspruit MC 4-in-1 Marathon (Sat 25 Mar): Confirmed
LocationMbombela, Mpu
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://nelspruitmarathonclub.com/
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionThis is the one of the fastest and easiest marathons on the calendar. Make sure you stock up on ice to treat your quads afterwards though!
A point to point, downhill quadkiller that starts on the R37 towards Sabie and finishes at the Mbombela Stadium. Although the last few kilometres are similar to Kaapsehoop Marathon, this race drops you into Nelspruit/Mbombela via a different road. Take time to admire the views as you descend from the highveld to the lowveld – and enjoy the scents and colours of the local foliage and fauna.
Note: There used to be a 50km and standard marathon option but in 2023 there is just a marathon.
Detailed ReportUniwisp Fast 50 (The Fastest Ultra in Africa): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/03/14/uniwisp-fast-50/
How To Get There from Joburg?350km (4h) east along the N4.
Flyer (where available)

Hippo Richards Bay Marathon (Sat 25 Mar): Confirmed
LocationRichards Bay, KZN
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionRun the most easterly marathon in South Africa – and for those that like to get their run over and done with as early as possible this race starts at 4:30am.
After a long absence, marathon running returned to Richards Bay with the ‘Hippo’ – a super flat double-lapper at sea-level through the suburbs of Richards Bay. Things can get hot and sweaty very quickly in Richards Bay so to compensate for the expected heat the race starts extra early and refreshment tables are extra frequent to prevent overheating.
Full road closure on two of the main roads and partial road closure for the rest of the route.
Detailed ReportHippo Marathon (Getting hot & sweaty in Richards Bay): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/03/24/hippo-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (7h) drive or fly to Durban and 150km (1h30) drive from King Shaka along the N2.
Flyer (where available)

Sasol Sasolburg Marathon (Sat 25 Mar): Confirmed
LocationSasolburg, FS
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/Sasolburg-Athletic-Club-122425144543541/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionObtuse, acute, right: Regardless of which angle you look at the Vaal Triangle from, you are in for a hot run through flat industrial landscapes. However, the people of the Vaal Triangle are proud of their towns, so much so that they all make you run around them twice.
Sasolburg, founded in 1954 as a housing project for the local Sasol petroleum refinery (and the bottom point of the Vaal Triangle), is no exception: This is a fast and flat marathon that gives you a two-lap tour of the town. However, the race organisers have some mercy on their runners and ensure that there is plenty of shade along the way – and what the area lacks in natural beauty they make up for with some spectacular waterpoints.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?80km (1h) drive along the N1 or R59.
Flyer (where available)

Human Rights Marathon (Sat 25 Mar): Unconfirmed
LocationBloemfontein, FS
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg??
Flyer (where available)
Durban City Marathon (Sun 26 Mar): Confirmed
LocationDurban, KZN
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://www.durbancitymarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionA flat two lap tour of Durban incorporating the city centre, promenade, harbour and point area.
Runner Beware: Bring your own water – this race is regularly plagued by serious organisational issues.
Detailed ReportDurban City Marathon (Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink): http://runningmann.co.za/2022/04/29/durban-city-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (6h) drive or 1h flight to Durban and 35km drive from King Shaka Airport.
Flyer (where available)


April
Mall of the North Marathon (Sat 01 Apr): Date Confirmed
LocationPolokwane, Lim
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitewww.polokwaneathleticclub.co.za
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionPolokwane races are normally hot and not particularly interesting. However, this race bucks the trend and is the best I’ve done in Limpopo’s largest city. An out and back route that takes you almost immediately from the mall parking lot into pristine African savannah and keeps you there for over 40km.
Detailed ReportMall Of The North Marathon (The Pick of Polokwane): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/05/01/mall-of-the-north-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?325km (3h) drive due north on the N1.
Flyer (where available)
TWK Highveld Marathon (Sat 01 Apr): Unconfirmed
LocationErmelo, Mpu
Route TypeOut-and-back
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionYour stock, standard small town marathon through the Mpumalanga agricultural and mining town (and surrounding countryside) of Ermelo.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?210km (2h15) drive east on the N17.
Flyer (where available)
Potato Pride Wilge Marathon (Sat 01 Apr): Unconfirmed
LocationFrankfort, FS
Route TypeOut-and-back
Website?
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionThe is an out-and-back course with most of the route being run on good quality dirt road along the banks of the picturesque Wilge River. There’s a drop down to the river early on and a steep climb back into town at the end but, other than that, it’s flat and scenic.
Be aware that running next to the river can be freezing cold until the sun warms things up.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?150km (1h30) drive south down the N3
Flyer (where available)
Balwin Properties (formerly Dolphin Coast) Marathon (Sun 02 Apr): Confirmed
LocationDurban, KZN
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttps://dolphincoaststriders.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 3000
Race Description“Fast and beautiful” is a combination you’ll seldom find on South African marathon route descriptions – get to enjoy the best of both worlds at this marathon up and down the M4 Dolphin Coast highway.
Enjoy great beach views on a fast course whilst the gentle sea breeze counteracts the Durban heat and humidity.
Note: This race was previously known as the Dolphin Coast Marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (6h30) drive or fly to King Shaka and 20km (20m) drive.
Flyer (where available)
Irene Ultra 48k Ultra (Sun 02 Apr): Confirmed
LocationCenturion, Gau
Route TypeTriple-lapper
Websitehttps://www.ireneultra.co.za
Typical Finishers+/- 3000
Race DescriptionThis is one of only two ultras in Gauteng and is a low fuss, hassle-free Gauteng ultra that brands itself as “#THEQualifier for Comrades”. The race starts and finishes in the local agricultural grounds with the meat of the race run through the Irene and Midstream suburbs. The route has changed to a 3 x 16 km lapper to ensure the safety of the runners and has plenty of long, straight stretches for easy running.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?The start is 50km (45mins) north of central Joburg with many access points but allow for race day traffic.
Flyer (where available)
aQuelle Zone 48k (Sat 08 Apr): Confirmed
LocationJohannesburg, Gau
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://runzone.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionTBC
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?10km north of the city centre
Flyer (where available)
Great East Marathon (Sat 08 Apr): Unconfirmed
LocationHazyview, Mpu
Route TypeCircular
Website?
Typical Finishers+/- 30
Race DescriptionI ran the inaugural event in 2019 when there were just 18 finishers and really enjoyed it. There are no major hills but there are constant undulations making this quite a difficult route (total elevation is 723m). The scenery is spectacular over this circular route in rural Mpumalanga on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park.
Detailed ReportGreat East Marathon (The Kruger Park run): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/05/07/great-east-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?400km (4h30) drive east on the N4 past Mbombela.
Flyer (where available)
Galaxy Bingo Wolfpack Marathon (Sat 15 Apr): Confirmed
LocationTzaneen, Lim
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/Warriors-Wolfpack-Marathon-4-in-1-102960192094644
Typical Finishers+/- 30
Race DescriptionThe route starts with a picturesque ten kilometre out-and-back along the R36 from the Merensky School. Once back at the school, the remaining 32 kilometres are essentially a big loop around the Tzaneen Dam. The route is described by locals as being “Relatively flat.” However, this is term that must be heard with caution in this part of the world where you can rise and fall between the Lowveld and the Highveld during a parkrun. The Wolfpack Marathon is relatively flat compared to the other marathons in the area in the same way that Scarlett Johansson is relatively flat when compared with Dolly Parton.
Detailed Report(The runt of the litter at) The Wolfpack Warriors Marathon: http://runningmann.co.za/2021/10/29/wolfpack-warriors-marathon-tzaneen/
How To Get There from Joburg?400km (4h30) drive mostly along the N1.
Flyer (where available)

Total Sports Two Oceans 56k Ultra (Sat 15 Apr): Confirmed
LocationCape Town, WC
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.twooceansmarathon.org.za/events/ultra-marathon /
Typical Finishers+/- 9000
Race DescriptionEnjoy 56 magnificent kilometres around the Cape Peninsula.
The second largest ultra in the world and my own personal favourite (I’m looking forward to my 19th voyage in 2023). After a flat first half through Cape Town’s southern suburbs and alongside the Indian Ocean, you get to climb one of the most beautiful passes in the world, Chapman’s Peak Drive. A drop into Hout Bay gets you to the marathon mark and this is followed by 4km of extreme nastiness called Constantia Nek. The last 10km are mainly downhill with a few bumps along the way until you reach the best finish straight in the country at the University of Cape Town.
Detailed ReportTwo Oceans (A Love Letter To My Favourite Ultra): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/04/25/two-oceans-ultra-love-letter/
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Cape Town; 20km drive from the airport to Newlands.
Flyer (where available)
Nquthu Marathon (Sun 16 Apr): Unconfirmed
LocationNquthu, KZN
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg??
Flyer (where available)
TRACN4 Elands Marathon (Sat 22 Apr): Confirmed
LocationNgodwana, Mpu
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.tracn4.co.za/#/trackeventsElandsMarathon
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionThis a point-to-point downhill flyer along a scenic route for those looking for an easy qualifier or to upgrade their Comrades seeding.
The race sponsor also manages the road the marathon is run on – ensuring a safe and secure running experience with full road closures.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?260km (3h) drive east on the N12 and N4.
Flyer (where available)
Polokwane City Marathon (Sat 22 Apr): Confirmed
LocationPolokwane, Lim
Route TypeCircular
Websitewww.polokwaneathleticclub.co.za
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionFlat circular route around Polokwane City
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?325km (3h) drive due north on the N1.
Flyer (where available)
Kovsie Runners Marathon (Sat 22 Apr): Unconfirmed
LocationBloemfontein, FS
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?400km (4h) drive due south on the N1.
Flyer (where available)
Selati Pongola Sugar Cane Marathon (Sat 22 Apr): Unconfirmed
LocationPongola, KZN
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/pongolaac/
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionThe route is flat and easy through the sugar cane fields of northern Kwazulu Natal. You can expect great hospitality, excellent support tables, a jam packed goodie bag and one of the best medals of any race (a 80mm “hanging sugarcane man”). You won’t often hear me saying, “This is a double-lap marathon worth travelling for.” but I am happy to make an exception for Pongola.
Detailed ReportPongola Marathon (The Zululand Sugar Rush): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/07/22/pongola-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?425km (4h45) drive east along the N17 and N2.
Flyer (where available)
Tshwane North Ultra Ultra (Sat 22 Apr): Confirmed
LocationPretoria, Gau
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/Thecombatrun/
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionFrom the organisers, “Tshwane North Ultra (TNU) is a new initiative to host an official 50km and 21km road running event aiming at the streets of North of Tshwane on the vicinity of the Magalies Mountains. It passes through the beautiful landmarks of Pretoria North and West as it creates a circular map of the northern and southern Magaliesberg mountain range via Hornsnek road starting at Akasia Community Hall and going down to the bottom of Wonderboom and coming back to the finish via Berg Avenue.
This initiative which is being put together as a collaborative effort between Atteridgeville Athletics Club, Addicted to Life Multisports & Lifestyle Club and Madoko Athletics Club was borne out of the need to support both elites and social runners in the Tshwane North area.”
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg??
Flyer (where available)
Rising Sun Chatsworth Freedom 52k Ultra (Sun 23 Apr): Confirmed
LocationDurban, KZN
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttp://chatsworthathletic.co.za/rising-sun-chatsworth-freedom-marathon/about-the-freedom-marathon/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionOnly the rash and reckless walk the streets of Chatsworth – but only the incredibly brave run 52km around her streets. This is a race that earns you serious street cred.
The Chatsworth Freedom Ultra was started to commemorate the end of apartheid and dawn of democracy in South Africa – and has been going strong ever since. You get to cover almost every street in Chatsworth as you wind and grind up and down their undulating terrain. With long stretches along the Higginson Highway, this is a route that tests your mind and well as your legs – making this an ideal Comrades preparation run (Stephen Muzhingi has won the race twice and followed both victories up with a Comrades triumph). The route is something between circular and a double-lapper as there are several repeat sections. The highlight of the route comes towards the end – four shaded, scenic kilometres through the Silverglen Nature Reserve.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (6h) drive or 1h flight to Durban and 55km drive from King Shaka Airport.
Flyer (where available)

Sedibeng Marathon (Thu 27 Apr): Confirmed
LocationVereeniging, Gau
Route TypeCircular
WebsiteNone
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionRunning a marathon in the Vaal Triangle for the views is like watching a porno for the storyline. This is a flat, single lap course amongst steel smelting plants, petro-chemical factories, coal fired power stations and electricity pylons. Vereeniging is all smoke and no mirrors but it does have its own charm – and I enjoyed running the inaugural event in 2019 and expect I’ll be back for more.
Detailed ReportSedibeng Marathon (Getting down & dirty in the Vaal Triangle): http://runningmann.co.za/2020/04/26/sedibeng-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?65km (45m) south
Flyer (where available)

Outeniqua Marathon (Sat 29 Apr): Date Confirmed
LocationGeorge-Wilderness, WC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/162468160447018/
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionIf this is not on your bucket list add it now. A superb small field marathon in the heart of the Garden Route. The route combines trail, tar and dirt road as you navigate the ancient roads cut into the Tsitsikamma forest between George and Wilderness. Expect hills, dams, lakes, lagoons, stunning sea views and indigenous forests.
Detailed ReportOuteniqua Marathon (The One I Almost Missed): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/05/26/outeniqua-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?1,200km (12h) drive or 2h flight to George (R1,000 – R3,000 return).
Flyer (where available)
North West N12 Ultra (Sat 29 Apr): Confirmed
LocationKlerksdorp-Potch, NW
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.nwn12ultra.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionPoint to point ultra along the N12 from Klerksdorp to Potch.
The inaugural event in 2022 had some organisational issues.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?170km (2h) drive along the N12.
Flyer (where available)

Prince Mangosuthu 52k Ultra (Sun 30 Apr): Date Confirmed
LocationNqutu-Dundee, KZN
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/823926617668517/user/100063701852974/
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionA point-to-point ultra from Nqutu to Dundee in northern KZN. The first 18 kilometres are an easy downhill that drops one from around 1,400m to below 1,100m. This lulls one into a false sense of security until you hit the bottom of the Buffalo River Valley. From that point onward it’s hard work, with plenty of climbing as you bob up and down all the way to Dundee.
Detailed ReportPrince Mangosuthu Ultra (The Dundee double): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/09/08/prince-mangosuthu-ultra/
How To Get There from Joburg?370km (4h drive) south east
Flyer (where available)
Sol Plaatjie Memorial  Marathon (Sun 30 Apr): Unconfirmed
LocationBethlehem, FS
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?270km (3h drive) south
Flyer (where available)
Township Marathon (Sun 30 Apr): Unconfirmed
LocationJohannesburg, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttp://www.thetownshipmarathon.org/
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionI’ve not run the course since it became a double-lapper but understand that it is fast and flat with lots of community participation. The race promises a unique township vibe and post-race entertainment. The route takes in several points of interest and historic sites like Walter Sisulu Square where the Freedom Charter was signed in 1955.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?Eldorado Park is 20km south west of central Joburg with many access points.
Flyer (where available)
Seshego 50k Ultra (Sun 30 Apr): Date Confirmed
LocationPolokwane, Lim
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.seshegomarathon.org/
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionA point to point ultra that starts on the R71 to Tzaneen. The first 22km takes you back towards Polokwane before veering left onto the N1 highway for an extended period of freeway running.
You exit the N1 around the 34 kilometre mark on the southern outskirts of Polokwane. Seshego is on the north-western periphery of the city so you’ve got 16 kilometres through industrial areas and suburbs to conquer before you can earn your finish.
Detailed ReportSeshego Marathon (Signing out from Polokwane): http://runningmann.co.za/2022/06/18/seshego-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?325km (3h) drive due north on the N1.
Flyer (where available)
Tronox Marathon (Sun 30 Apr): Date Confirmed
LocationEmpangeni, KZN
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttps://www.umhlathuze-ac.co.za/crocs-rock/uac-race-events
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionBy popular demand, the race is back to the traditional out-and-back route through the sugar cane fields. For the bipodal (who enjoy a bit of running in the rough), you get the best of both tar and trail on this course.
The scenic route combines tar and off-road running over a course that will test your endurance. Northern Natal can be very hot, but the refreshment tables are always well stocked with ice-cold Coke and water. Marathon runners are ensured a balanced diet over the route with barrels of bananas (which grow like weeds in this part of the world) as well as potatoes and oranges.
Detailed ReportTronox Marathon (The Empangeni sugar rush): http://runningmann.co.za/2022/08/07/tronox-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (7h) drive or fly to Durban and 150km (1h30) drive from King Shaka along the N2.
Flyer (where available)

May

MiWay Wally Hayward Marathon (Mon 01 May): Confirmed
LocationCenturion, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttp://wally.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 4000
Race Description “The Wally” is named after the legendary Wally Hayward who won five Comrades from five attempts (1930, 50, 51, 53, 54) before returning as a 79-year old in 1998 (finishing in 9h44) and 1999 (10h50 and the oldest ever finisher). This is one of the most festive races on the calendar as Gauteng runners flock to Centurion to do some roadwork on Workers’ Day
The two-lap route starts with some gentle climbs through leafy suburbs and finishes with easy downhills on wide open roads. As race sponsor, MiWay pull out all the stops to make this a memorable run.
Detailed ReportMiWay Wally Hayward Marathon (Can I be Frank with you?): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/08/10/wally-hayward-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?The start is 55km (45mins) north of central Joburg with many access points but allow for race day traffic.
Flyer (where available)

Gaterite Challenge Marathon (Mon 01 May): Unconfirmed
LocationVerulam, KZN
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttp://www.verulamac.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionI ran this race a few years ago and accidentially booked accommodation in a whorehouse near the start. Although no whores entered my room (I was unaccompanied for the night), I remember the accommodation very clearly and not much about the marathon (it was not the most interesting route). Uber does not pickup passengers in Verulam so I ended up getting a lift back to the airport in a policevan – my father reckons I was “Ridden out of town by the cops.”
I do need to write a blog about this some time…
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (7h) drive or fly to Durban and 10km drive from King Shaka.
Flyer (where available)
Chillie Friendly Marathon (Mon 01 May): Unconfirmed
LocationEast London, EC
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg??
Flyer (where available)
Lowmed River to Spruit City Marathon (Mon 01 May): Unconfirmed
LocationWhite River, Mpu
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg??
Flyer (where available)
Forever Resorts Loskop 50k Ultra (Sat 06 May): Confirmed
LocationMiddelburg-Loskop Dam, Mpu
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttp://www.loskopmarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 3000
Race DescriptionWith over 3,500 finishers this is one of South Africa’s biggest, a 50km point-to-point route from Middelburg to the Loskop Dam on closed roads. With the start 1,500m above sea-level and the finish 1,000m, it’s a fast, downhill route – but there are some tricky sections: there is a gradual climb to 1,600m all the way to the half marathon mark and two nasty hills on the second half (Bugger’s and Varaday’s) will give you something to talk about while you cool you legs in the Forever Resort pool at the finish.
The excellent support tables and organisation make Loskop a pleasure to run – and for those wanting to prep for the Comrades “down” run, this route is a perfect replica of what you can expect to face in June.
And for the regulars there is a chance to shake the hand of an Olympic Marathon gold medallist – if you complete 10 Loskops, Josiah Thugwane is usually on duty to hand them out (he still holds the men’s record 2:44:03).
Detailed ReportLoskop Marathon (The one with a late start & a fast finish): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/05/19/loskop-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?160km (1h45) drive using N12 or N4.
Flyer (where available)

False Bay 50k Ultra (Sun 07 May): Date Confirmed
LocationKleinmond-Betty’s Bay, WC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttp://strandac.co.za/wp/valsbaai-50km/
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionA point-to-point route from Kleinmond to Gordon’s Bay that hugs the Cape coastline along the R44 Claren’s Drive route. An ideal last long run before Comrades – and a great alternative for a Cape ultra for those not lucky enough to get a Two Oceans ballot entry.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?2h flight to Cape Town and 100km (1h20m) drive from the airport to Kleinmond.
Flyer (where available)
Harry Gwala District Marathon (Sun 14 May): Unconfirmed
LocationIxopo, KZN
Route TypePoint-to-point
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (6h30). N3 to Pietermaritzburg and then head into the country or fly to King Shaka and 165km (2h) drive.
Flyer (where available)
Great Lake Marathon (Sat 27 May): Unconfirmed
LocationChrissiesmeer, Mpu
Route TypeOut-and-back
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionThis is a simple straight-line out-and-back route from Chrissiesmeer, an authentic one horse, 200 tractor town (most of the tractors belonging to Randall’s Ranch and Tractor Museum). On the way out there is a continual slow poison climb all the way to the eight kilometre mark, one speedbump between 15 and 17 kilometres and then, with the neighbouring town of Carolina in sight, a nasty little incline to the turnaround point. On the way home this translates as three kilometres of climbing to get to the 25k mark, which is shortly thereafter followed by a relentless seven kilometre pull to 34k. The good news is that you can cash in on your opening eight kilometre investment with a lovely long downhill finish.
Detailed ReportGreat Lake Marathon (Top secret marathon running): http://runningmann.co.za/2020/02/20/great-lake-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?250km (3h) drive east
Flyer (where available)

June
Comrades Marathon (Sun 11 Jun): Confirmed
LocationPietermaritzburg-Durban, KZN
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://comrades.com/
Typical Finishers+/- 16000
Race Description90 very hilly kilometres between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
Detailed ReportComrades Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Run: http://runningmann.co.za/2018/08/24/comrades-strangelove-2018/
How To Get There from Joburg?600km (6h) drive or 1h flight to Durban and 35km drive from King Shaka Airport.
Flyer (where available)
Big 5 Marathon (Sat 17 Jun): Confirmed
LocationEntabeni Reserve, Lim
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://big-five-marathon.com/
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionTBC
Detailed ReportBig 5 Marathon (Entabeni Game Reserve): http://runningmann.co.za/2022/08/19/big-5-marathon-entabeni/
How To Get There from Joburg?350km (4h) north along the N1.
Flyer (where available)