The No BS Christmas Gifting Guide for Runners

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Whenever I am asked “What do you want for Christmas?” I usually respond with, “I don’t know”. This year I thought I’d make it easier for my wife and mom by putting this comprehensive guide together based on social media responses to the question, “Christmas presents for runners: What are your wishlist items and fantastic finds?”

You can use this list to shop for the runner in your life and / or give it to your present-buying friends and relatives to ensure you get the running boost you need for 2024.

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LetsGo Potch Marathon (searching for pots, chefs & strooms)

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[MARATHON #253 / UNIQUE MARATHON #150 / 28 OCTOBER 2023]

Although it was mid-term school break, I could not sell a weekend away in Potchefstroom to my teenage daughters. Therefore, I did the short trip along the N12 from Joburg solo. Two hours later I was in the North West province and checked into my accommodation for the night – an establishment called Beesdam. I had chosen it for proximity to the start which would allow me a slightly longer sleep the following morning. Potchefstroom is a university town and my room was adjacent to the main campus entrance. When booking, I noted that one of the rooms offered a “studding” desk – things have certainly changed since I was a student.

Upon arrival I settled into a beer and a few Friday afternoon emails whilst watching the Proteas cruising to victory against Pakistan and gloatingly posted to our family WhatsApp group about “enjoying the bachelor life”. I made the 500m stroll down the road to registration, which was friendly and efficient, hoping that Markram and Miller would wait for my return before knocking off the winning runs.

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Complete 2024 South African Road Marathon & Ultra Calendar

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This article contains high level details and, where available, flyers, profiles and route maps for every 2024 South African road marathon and ultra. Updates will be made regularly as races are added, cancelled and confirmed.

The 2024 calendar is brought to you by RaceSpace – tklerhe app that has every running and endurance event in the corununtry at your fingertips. RaceSpace are covering some of my marathon running travel costs in 2024 – you can support me and the site by downloading the RaceSpace app on Apple, Android or by using the QR Code below.

“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 2024

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Last update: 12 February 2024

January
AECI Mielie Marathon (Sat 20 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 45th 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 (48 Comrades and 46 Two Oceans 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 20 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)
STBB Red Hill Marathon (Sat 27 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)
Johann van Eeden Akasia Marathon (Sat 27 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 27 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)
Blue Mining Services Middelburg Marathon (Sat 27 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 28 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 3 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)
Air Force Base Makhado Marathon (Sat 3 Feb): Confirmed
Race DateSaturday 03 February 2024
LocationMakhado, Lim
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Website
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionBring out the jet fuel – this is a fast and very flat double-lapper around the Makhado air force base. You’ll get to see some jets in full flight during the race to the beautiful backdrop of the Soutpansberg mountains.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?500km (5h30) drive north east
Flyer (where available)
Bay Marathon (Sat 03 Feb): Cancelled
LocationGqeberha, EC
Route TypeCircular
Website?
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionThis looks to be a replacement for the Bay Ultra which was one of my favourite races from 2018 – a lovely 50km route with plenty of climbing over the first half before you drop back to sea level and a 20km Marine Drive finish along pristine Eastern Cape coastline. Running in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) is always a treat – you’ll definitely get to experience the ‘Friendly City’ – but hopefully you’ll get a gentle sea-breeze and avoid experiencing the ‘Windy City’.
The organisers are making an ongoing effort to reduce carbon footprint reduction and stand out as a leader in progressive race organisation and environmental efforts.  All finishers will be awarded with bamboo medals and welcomed onto a “green carpet” on the finish line. There will be no water sachets on the 5km fun run route.
Detailed ReportBay Ultra (See the Lighthouse at the End of an Ultra): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/02/16/bay-ultra/
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Gqeberha and 10km (15m) drive or 1,050km (11h) drive

Flyer (where available)

Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala Marathon (Sun 4 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 (Sat 10 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)
City of Mbombela / Jock of the Bushveld Marathon (Sat 10 Feb): 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)
Kloppers Marathon (Sat 10 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)
Aurum Klerksdorp Marathon (Sun 11 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)
Balwin Sport Jeppe Marathon (Sun 11 Feb): Confirmed
LocationJohannesburg, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://jeppemarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 2000
Race DescriptionOne of the highlights on the Joburg running calendar is back as part of the Balwin Sport marathon series.to give Joburg runners the opportunity to hurtle around Bedfordview and Edenvale. 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)
Rolando Hillcrest Marathon (Sun 11 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)
Sasol Secunda Marathon (Sat 17 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)
CDM Polokwane Marathon (Sat 17 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)
Potties Marathon (Sat 17 Feb): Not on calendar
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 18 Feb): Confirmed
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)
Balwin Sport Peninsula Marathon (Sun 18 Feb): Confirmed
LocationCape Town, WC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Website
Typical Finishers+/- 3000
Race DescriptionA scenic 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)
Moretele/RWFL Marathon (Sun 18 Feb): Doubtful
LocationPretoria, Gau
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?65km (45m) drive north.

Flyer (where available)

Battlefields Marathon (Sat 24 Feb): Cancelled
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)
TWK Assegaai Marathon (Sat 24 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)
Bielie Mielie Marathon (Sat 24 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)
Cango Marathon (Sat 24 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)
Anco Ultra Ultra (Sat 24 Feb): 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)
Makhuduthamaga Mayor’s Marathon (Sat 24 Feb): Doubtful
LocationJane Furse, Lim
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?300km (4h drive) north east

Flyer (where available)

Buffs Marathon (Sun 25 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)
Balwin Sport Pretoria Marathon (Sun 25 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 25 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)

Township Marathon (Sun 25 Feb): Confirmed
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)
Runified City 50k Ultra (Sun 25 Feb): Confirmed
LocationGqeberha, EC
Route TypeCircular
Websitewww.epathletics.co.za
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionThis is the first year that the Runified 50 will be a mass participation race open to all runners and also doubles as the ASA 50km Championships. The route is a 10km loop, followed by a 34km out-and-back stretch and then a final 6km loop to conclude the ultra.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Gqeberha and 30km (30m) drive or 1,050km (11h) drive
Flyer (where available)

March
TRACN4 Elands Marathon (Sat 2 Mar): 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)
John Nugent Marathon (Sat 2 Mar): 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)
Diamond Marathon (Sat 2 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 2 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)
Powerade Marakele Marathon (Sat 2 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.
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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)
Bruintjieshoogte 50k Ultra (Sat 2 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 2 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)
Cape Gate Vaal Marathon (Sun 3 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)
Edenvale Marathon (Sun 3 Mar): 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)
Ethekwini Best of Best Marathon (Sun 3 Mar): 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)
Lake Umuzi Kosmos 3-in-1 Marathon (Sat 9 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)

VKB Surrender Hill Marathon (Sat 9 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)
Tzaneen Tuffy Marathon (Sat 9 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)
Umgeni Water Marathon (Sun 10 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)
Swasap 52k Ultra (Sat 16 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)
Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon (Sat 16 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.
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How To Get There from Joburg?2h flight to Cape Town and 150km (1h30) drive from the airport to Langebaan.
Flyer (where available)
Thavhani Mall Land of Legends Marathon (Sat 16 Mar): Doubtful
LocationThohoyandou, Limpopo
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?500km (5h) drive north

Flyer (where available)

Om Die Dam 50k Ultra (Sat 16 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)

Balwin Sport Dolphin Coast Marathon (Sun 17 Mar): 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)
Human Rights Real Gijimas Ultra Ultra (Sun 17 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)
Bill Rowan Three Bridges 50k Ultra (Thu 21 Mar): Doubtful
LocationKoster-Derby, NW
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg??
Flyer (where available)

Goldi Standerton Marathon (Thu 21 Mar): 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.
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How To Get There from Joburg?160km (2h) south east.
Flyer (where available)

Human Rights Marathon (Thu 21 Mar): Doubtful
LocationNgqeleni AC, EC
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg??
Sasol Sasolburg Marathon (Sat 23 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.
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How To Get There from Joburg?80km (1h) drive along the N1 or R59.
Flyer (where available)

NMC 4-in-1 Marathon (Sat 23 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)

Makoro Village Race Marathon (Sat 23 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)
JT Gumede 79k Ultra (Sat 23 Mar): Doubtful
LocationBergville, KZN
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?350km (3h30) drive south down the N3

Flyer (where available)

Johannesburg (Jackie Gibson) Marathon (Sun 24 Mar): Confirmed
LocationJohannesburg, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/JackieGibsonMarathon/
Typical Finishers+/- 2000
Race DescriptionNote: This will be a new single-lap route in 2024 and the race has rebranded to be called the “Johannesburg Marathon”.
This 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)
Durban City Marathon (Sun 24 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)

Festival of Running Marathon (Fri 29 Mar): Doubtful
LocationGqeberha, EC
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Gqeberha and 30km (30m) drive or 1,050km (11h) drive

Flyer (where available)

Waterberg 3-in-1 Marathon (Sat 30 Mar): Doubtful
LocationModimolle, Lim
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?200km (2h) drive due north on the N1.

Flyer (where available)

Harry Gwala District Marathon (Sun 31 Mar): Confirmed
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)
uMhlathuze Crocs Marathon (Sun 31 Mar): 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.
Note: This was formerly known as the Tronox Marathon.
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)
Run Against Diabetes (with Pitso Molemane) Marathon (Sun 31 Mar): Half Marathon Only
LocationRandfontein, Gau
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
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)

City to City 50k Ultra (Sun 31 Mar): Confirmed
LocationPretoria-Johannesburg, Gau
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/city2citymarathon/
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionThe return of the City to City Ultra. The route is running from Centurion Rugby Club to Wanderers Stadium which means that the highest point on the route will be just before the finish.
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How To Get There from Joburg?45km (40m) drive.

Flyer (where available)


April
Hippo Richards Bay Marathon (Sat 6 Apr): 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)
Highveld Marathon (Sat 6 Apr): Date Confirmed
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)
Mall of the North Marathon (Sat 06 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)
Great East Marathon (Sat 6 Apr): Not on calendar
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)
Irene Ultra 48k Ultra (Sun 7 Apr): Date 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)
Arthur Creswell Memorial 52k Ultra (Sun 7 Apr): Date Confirmed
LocationBergville-Ladysmith, KZN
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttp://www.ladysmithathleticsclub.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionThe race offers 52 countryside kilometres through northern Kwazulu Natal with enthusiastic support tables organised by the local community. Remember your warm top for the icy start in Bergville and your suntan lotion once the sun comes up – it’s a long, hot slog to Ladysmith. Those who enjoy a challenge (and a good view) will appreciate the stretch from 12 to 18km up Child’s Hill – the highest point on the route. Luckily the organisers leave the rest of this hill’s family out of it as you drop and undulate all the way home. To keep you on your toes, there is a tricky dirt road section towards the end of the route. The Bergville ultra features as the cornerstone of many KZN runner’s Comrades training plans.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?350km (3h30) drive south down the N3
Flyer (where available)
Total Sports Two Oceans 56k Ultra (Sat 13 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)
Kimberley Marathon (Sat 13 Apr): Date Confirmed
LocationKimberley, NC
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?500km (5h) drive or 1h flight to Kimberley

Flyer (where available)

Tshwane North Ultra Ultra (Sat 20 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)
Forever Resorts Loskop 50k Ultra (Sat 20 Apr): 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)
Benoni Northerns Marathon (Sun 21 Apr): 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)
Rising Sun Chatsworth Freedom 52k Ultra (Sun 21 Apr): Date 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)

Kuruman Marathon (Sat 27 Apr): Date Confirmed
HeadingKuruman Marathon (Sat 29 Apr): Confirmed
Race DateSaturday 29 April 2023
LocationKuruman, NC
Route Type?
Websitewww.facebook.com/Kuruman-Running-Club-285976032121266
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?530km (6h) drive along the N14
Outeniqua Marathon (Sat 27 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)
Polokwane City Marathon (Sat 27 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)

Chris Hani Marathon (Sat 27 Apr): Date confirmed
LocationCofimvaba, EC
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg??
Flyer / Profile / Route Map (where available) 

Seshego 50k Ultra (Sun 28 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 Mankweng to Polokwane. 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)
Durban International Marathon (Sun 28 Apr): 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)
Sedibeng Marathon (Sun 29 Apr): Date 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)


May

MiWay Wally Hayward Marathon (Wed 1 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)

Buffalo City Marathon (Wed 1 May): Date Confirmed
LocationBerlin-East London, EC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
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)
Lemo Mall Mangaung Marathon (Sat 4 May): Date Confirmed
LocationBloemfontein, FS
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/C2TitaniumsAC/
Typical Finishers+/- 200
Race DescriptionCircular route around Bloemfontein. This is a new marathon that replaces the Titaniums Marathons that was run in 2023.
Detailed Report:
How To Get There from Joburg?400km (4h) drive due south on the N1.
False Bay 50k Ultra (Sun 5 May): Cancelled
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)
Prince Mangosuthu 52k Ultra (Sun 5 May): 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)
North West N12 Ultra (?9 May): Date 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)

Elias Resort Nzhelele Valley Marathon (Sat 18 May): Date Confirmed
LocationMakhado, Lim
Route Type?
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/717944699654842
Typical Finishers0
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?500km (5h30) drive north east
Flyer (where available)
Galaxy Bingo Wolfpack Marathon (Sat 25 May): Date 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)


June
Comrades Marathon (Sun 9 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 15 Jun): Unconfirmed
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)
Knysna Forest Marathon (Sat 22 Jun): Date Confirmed
LocationKnysna, WC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://knysnamarathonclub.com/forest-marathon/
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionThe Garden Route is without doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world and this is one of the best marathons in the country. Go deep into the indigenous Knysna Forest, conquer some massive hills and shatter you quads on the crushing downhills before a flat finish around the lagoon.
Detailed Report-: –
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)

July
Cape Town Festival 100k Ultra (Sat 13 Jul): Date Confirmed
LocationSea Point, Cape Town, WC
Route TypeCircuit
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/capetownfestivalofrunning
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race Description“From the start the on the Sea Point Promenade, runners are treated to beautiful coastal views as they make their way towards the Sea Point Swimming Pool, then looping back towards the Lighthouse, where they turn to complete the loop at the Promenade.”
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Cape Town; 20km drive from the airport to the Waterfront.
Flyer (where available)
Washie 100 miler Ultra (Fri 19 Jul): Date Confirmed
LocationCathcart-East London, EC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.washie100miler.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionThe oldest road 100 miler in the world. The Washie is a right of passage for East London long distance runners.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to East London; 1h25 (130km) drive to Cathcart
Flyer (where available)
The Icon’s Journey 103k Ultra (Sun 21 Jul): Date Confirmed
LocationClarkebury-Mthatha, EC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.theiconsjourneymarathon.com/
Typical Finishers+/- 50
Race DescriptionFrom the race website, “The Icon’s Journey Marathon vision was inspired by President Nelson Mandela’s journey of growing up in the rural villages of the former Transkei homeland to becoming a Global Icon.
In the physical event participants in South Africa’s longest 1 day running event have a unique opportunity to trace Madiba’s footprints from where he  was born, grew up, went to school and is laid to rest.
A unique heritage and tourism  route where participants have an opportunity to also touch the birth places of some of South Africa’s Iconic freedom fighters namely Chris Hani, Walter Sisulu, Dr. A.B Xuma, Mama Albertina Sisulu, King Sabata Dalindyebo and General Bantu Holomisa.”
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?Expensive flight into Mthatha or Fly to East London & 230km (3h15) drive to Mthatha
Flyer (where available)

August
Amathole Marathon (Sun 4 Aug): Not on calendar
LocationStutterheim-King Williams Town, EC
Route TypePoint-to-point
WebsiteN/A
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionAfter departing Stutterheim there are 24km hilly kilometres before enjoying many downhills (and a few undulations) to the finish in King William’s Town.
This is the second oldest marathon in South Africa.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to East London; 100km (1h15) drive to Stutterheim
Flyer (where available)
Memel Ultra Ultra (Fri 9 Aug): Not on calendar
LocationMemel, FS-Newcastle, KZN
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.memelwalk.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 100
Race DescriptionA lowkey 51.2km race from Memel (the coldest town in the Free State) to Newcastle in Kwazulu Natal. The race is run along the along the historic Battlefields Route and provides breath-taking views once the early morning fog lifts. Expect great support tables and plenty of small-town hospitality along the way. Although the race starts over 1,700m above sea level and finishes around 1,200m, there is by no means an ‘easy ultra’. There are plenty of climbs along the way – and you’ll warm up quickly from your sub-zero start with a 17km climb to Botha’s Pass before dropping into Kwazulu Natal.
Detailed ReportBlood Buddy Ultra (The Legacy of a Schoolboy Dare): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/09/28/blood-buddy-ultra/
How To Get There from Joburg?300km (3h15 drive) south
Flyer (where available)
Wellington Marathon (Sat 10 Aug): Date Confirmed
LocationWellington, WC
Route Type?
Website?
Typical FinishersN/A
Race DescriptionNothing known about this marathon.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Cape Town; 70km drive from the airport to Wellington.
Flyer (where available)
Blouberg Marathon (Sun 25 Aug): Date Confirmed
LocationBlouberg, WC
Route TypeCircular
Websitehttps://www.bloubergmarathon.co.za/
Typical Finishers+/- 1000
Race DescriptionA flat, beautiful and scenic route along the Blouberg and Melkbos beach front.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Cape Town; 40km drive
Flyer (where available)
Dawn 2 Dusk Ultra (Fri 30 Aug): Date Confirmed
LocationPretoria, Gau
Route TypeCircuit
Websitehttp://www.akasiaathleticsclub.co.za/
Typical Finishers?
Race DescriptionCircuit race for those that like that sort of thing.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?80km (1h) drive but allow extra time for congestion.
Flyer (where available)

Beaufort West Kanniedood Marathon (Sat 31 Aug): Date Confirmed
LocationBeaufort West, WC
Route TypeOut-and-back
Websitehttp://www.aswd.co.za/event/beaufort-west-marathon-2/
Typical Finishers+/- 30
Race DescriptionYour chance to run a marathon in the Karoo Desert. This is a flat, out-and-back route that starts and finishes on Karoo National Park. One of the more difficult races to get to but it promises a fantastic experience once you are there.
Detailed Report-: –
How To Get There from Joburg?950km (9h) drive south along the N1 or fly to Cape Town and 450km (4h) drive.
Flyer (where available)

September
Tony Viljoen Masters Marathon (Sun 1 Sep): Date Confirmed
LocationMacleantown-Beacon Bay, EC
Route TypePoint-to-point
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/bordermastersathletics/
Typical Finishers+/- 500
Race DescriptionTony Viljoen Masters Marathon is pure, unadulterated marathon running erotica. Nothing but feathers, tender caresses and light tickles; A gentle frolic as you tenderly work your way down from an altitude of 600m to a sea-level climax. The route follows the N6 for 95% of the race and there is absolutely no kink at all until the 40km mark when you veer into the suburbs.
This marathon is light petting, PG-rated first base action all the way. There are no quad crushing downhills – just a long, gradual, tantric drop to home base (and a very soft landing) at Feathers in Beacon Bay. There are a couple of minor uphills along the way but nothing that will leave any marks or bruises the next day. No safe words required. This is a race that treats you well, is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face and will respect you the next morning.
I make this the easiest marathon in the country.
Detailed ReportTony Viljoen Masters Marathon (Pure unadulterated running erotica): http://runningmann.co.za/2019/10/13/tony-viljoen-masters-marathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to East London; 50km (45m) drive to Macleantown
Flyer (where available)
Aquelle Jozi City 48k (Sun 1 Sep): Date Confirmed
LocationJohannesburg, Gau
Route TypeDouble-lapper
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)
PPC Riebeek Bergmarathon (Sat 7 Sep): Date Confirmed
LocationRiebeek Wes, WC
Route TypeCircular
Websitewww.ppc.africa/za/strength-beyond/riebeek-bergmarathon
Typical Finishers+/- 300
Race DescriptionThe race starts and finishes at the PPC Cement Factory to the contrasting backdrop of Dickensian industrial machinery and pristine vineyards. The race explores the local towns of Riebeek Wes and Riebeek Kasteel – two of the oldest in the country. All the while one admires the unspoilt mountains in the distance before getting more closely acquainted with the Kasteelberg, Porseleinberg and Bothmaskloofpas over the second two thirds of the race (the latter two providing monster climbs that give the Bergmarathon its name). Once into the countryside, the views are stunning. This is a course that liberally dishes out the rewards to her diligent runners and the wonderful vista of the Riebeek Valley from the top of the Bothmaskloofpas is worth the entry fee alone.
Detailed ReportPPC Riebeek Bergmarathon (a win-win-win Winelands scenario): http://runningmann.co.za/2018/09/15/riebeekbergmarathon/
How To Get There from Joburg?Fly to Cape Town; 100km drive from the airport to Riebeek Wes/Kasteel.
Flyer (where available)