2017 – 2018 South Africa Marathon Calendar

There are very few places in the world where you can run a marathon and go on a safari – at the same time! However, South Africa is one such place and the The Red Cross Big Five Marathon is the marathon that might allow you to get a peek at lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, Cape buffalos and perhaps even a leopard! It is often cited as one of the marathons most worth travelling for.

Another spectacular – and spectacularly challenging – marathon is the Sani Stagger Marathon at the Sani Pass. One gathers that a marathon featuring a mountain pass is likely to take its toll… But what a view of the Drakensburg!

The Otter African Trail Run allows runners to take in the incredibly scenic Otter hiking trail – a trail that is off limits to runners at all other times. Those in the know refer to the race as “the Holy Grail of trail running”. Why don’t you give it a shot and let ahotu Marathons know what you think?

No need to leave the beaten track, though… the Nestle Bar One Buffalo Marathon stays on the pavement but also takes runners through some very picturesque countryside as they head from Stutterheim to East London.

Finally, there is the Langebaan Country Estate Weskus Marathon which represents, according to its organizers, “an unforgettable run in the park”. The park in question is, of course, the beautiful West Coast National Park in Langebaan.

Now, running in South Africa does not necessarily mean wild animals, hiking trails, national parks and breathtaking scenery. The country has its share of city marathons as well. Indeed, many of the country’s largest cities host a marathon. Here are a few of them: Deloitte Pretoria Marathon, Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Marathon, Soweto Marathon

If you are ready for longer runs, you cannot miss the two South African iconic ultra races : Comrades Marathon, Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

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22 races

Knysna Forest Marathon

Knysna Forest Marathon
July 15, 2017 Race day in 20 days
South Africa / Knysna
Marathon
Charity

Komatipoort Border Marathon

July 29, 2017 Race day in about 1 month
South Africa / Komatipoort
Marathon

Mandela Day Marathon

Mandela Day Marathon
August 27, 2017 Race day in 2 months
South Africa / Imbali
Marathon
Road Running

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon and Cape Town 10km

Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
September 17, 2017 Race day in 3 months
South Africa / Cape Town
Marathon
Flat Road Running

Voet van Afrika Marathon

Marathon
October 14, 2017 Race day in 4 months
South Africa / Bredasdorp
Marathon

SABS Jacaranda City Challenge

SABS Jacaranda City Challenge Marathon
October 14, 2017 Race day in 4 months
South Africa / Pretoria
Marathon

Soweto Marathon

Marathon
November 05, 2017 Race day in 4 months
South Africa / Soweto
Marathon
Road Running

Salomon Sky Run

42 km
November 19, 2017 Race day in 5 months
South Africa / Lady Grey
Marathon - 42 kilometers
Trail Mountain

Sani Stagger Marathon

Sani Stagger Marathon
November 25, 2017 Race day in 5 months
South Africa / The Sani pass
Marathon

eThekwini Township 2 Township Marathon

Marathon
September 25, 2016 The race has already taken place.
South Africa / Umlazi
Marathon

Marico Bosveld Marathon, Half Marathon & 10km

Marico Bosveld Marathon
October 01, 2016 The race has already taken place.
South Africa / Marico Bosveld Dam
Marathon

Goss & Balfe South Coast Marathon

Goss & Balfe South Coast Marathon
October 16, 2016 The race has already taken place.
South Africa / Amanzimtoti
Marathon