The Running Mann’s Guide to July 2022 Marathons & Ultras

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This article provides detailed information on all South Africa’s July marathons and ultras including race descriptions, recommendations and travel information.

It’s slim pickings in July with just ten confirmed marathons and ultras at the time of writing.

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The Running Mann’s Guide to June 2022 Marathons & Ultras

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This article provides detailed information on all South Africa’s June marathons and ultras including race descriptions, recommendations and travel information.

There’s a paltry ten options for the road running enthusiast this June which is surprising since this should be a peak Comrades training month.

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The Running Mann’s Guide to May 2022 Marathons

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This article provides detailed information on all South Africa’s May marathons including race descriptions, recommendations and travel information.

Unless you’re triskaidekaphobic, the good news is that after a very quiet April there are 13 marathon and ultra options in May.

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Joburg North City Marathon (The new kid on the Block)

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[MARATHON #244 / Unique Marathon #143 / 13 February 2022]

With two daughters and one wife, I am totally emasculated at home. Even our cats are female. In fact, the only remaining semblance of masculinity I have left is my surname. I am so thoroughly domesticated that I even put the toilet seat back down when I travel for a marathon by myself.

One of the few vestiges of male privilege that I do have left is being the only member of the household who can walk around topless in decent company. Sadly, even that is becoming difficult. The sight of my stomach unleashes a verbal barrage of sledges that would put Australians with sandpaper in their pockets to shame. Continue reading “Joburg North City Marathon (The new kid on the Block)”

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Why are entry fees so high?

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I have been monitoring race entry fees and increases since 2019. I’ve noticed that there have been significant jumps in the entry fees for most big city races whilst the increases are much smaller for the out-of-town events. So I asked race director Graham Block about the costs to run an event like the Joburg North City Marathon.

Click to expand. This table shows the percentage increase and rand per kilometre charge for all February / March marathons and ultras together with Two Oceans, Comrades and Cape Town (who’ve all announced 2022 entry fees).

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The Running Mann’s Guide to March 2022 Marathons

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This article provides detailed information on all South Africa’s March marathons including race descriptions, recommendations and travel information.

Road running is back in full swing in March with 16 Marathons and 3 ultras spread across 4 weekends. Having run every one of these options I can tell you there are some stunners on the schedule. Continue reading “The Running Mann’s Guide to March 2022 Marathons”

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The Running Mann’s Guide to February 2022 Marathons

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This article provides detailed information on all South Africa’s February marathons including race descriptions, recommendations and travel information.

The road running calendar is starting to normalise again with a dozen marathons spread all around the country. It’s great to see some old favourites along with some new comers.  Continue reading “The Running Mann’s Guide to February 2022 Marathons”

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Kobenhaven Marathon, Denmark (Marathoning with Mermaids)

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[Marathon #73 / 18 May 2008]

Copenhagen is located on the island of Sealand and is the largest city in Scandinavia, and it was the venue for my coming of age (21st) international marathon. That’s not a bad achievement just under three years after completing my first foreign race in Prague, especially considering that only two of the 21 were planned more than a few weeks in advance. (Ah, the joys of last-minute work travel.) Continue reading “Kobenhaven Marathon, Denmark (Marathoning with Mermaids)”

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Little Rock Marathon, Arkansas, USA (A Little ‘Lost’ in the USA)

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(Marathon #67 / International Marathon #13 / 2 March 2008)

My standard process for entering US marathons involves looking at marathonguide.com’s calendar and figuring out (a) which marathons are still open for entry and (b) can be reached fairly easily with a flight re-routing. For this trip to the US, I had to do the marathon planning whilst on holiday in Japan, so I did my best navigating of the web that I could on a Japanese keyboard. I managed to get onto the marathonguide site and found the Little Rock Marathon, and saw that I could still enter and easily route my flights via “Little Rock, AR.”

Not being completely up to speed on American postal codes and state acronyms, I thought AR meant Arizona, so there I was thinking this would mean running in what I assumed would be distinctive desert terrain. I had never run in Arizona before and was really looking forward to the experience, and it therefore came as a bit of a shock to me when the pilot announced our imminent arrival in Little Rock, Arkansas! Continue reading “Little Rock Marathon, Arkansas, USA (A Little ‘Lost’ in the USA)”

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