How to Become an Authentic Marathon Running Tourist

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I have completed 31 international marathons amongst my current total collection of 251. The vast majority of these were front loaded into my running career when I was fortunate enough to do a substantial amount of business travel and managed to work in a marathon or two around the actual work.

The first was Prague when a week of work conveniently coincided with the weekend of the Prague Marathon – a city full of beautiful Gothic architecture and Bohemian culture but for me the biggest significance was that this was the city where Pilsner was invented. Thirsty marathon runners will also be pleased to note that beer prices in Prague are roughly equivalent to those in South Africa.

My first international marathon back in 2005 – I enjoyed the Gothic architecture, Bohemian culture and cheap Pilsner at the Prague Marathon.
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The Running Mann’s Guide to January 2023 Marathons

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

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

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The Running Mann’s Guide to November & December 2022 Marathons

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

A summary of all your choices is below:

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The Running Mann’s Guide to October 2022 Marathons

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

It’s a bit late so I’m just doing the basics this month. Will try to get the November / December article out with more time to spare!

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The Running Mann’s Guide to August / September 2022 Marathons & Ultras

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

An August Comrades’ means that there is no much happening over these two months but the few options available are quality runs.

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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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