Your Marathon of Choice in Africa

The Witness Maritzburg City Marathon, which is powered by Clover, takes place on the LAST SUNDAY IN FEBRUARY, ANNUALLY.

The 2016 'Maritzburg City Marathon takes place at 5:30am on Sunday 28th February 2016.

This race has become the most popular marathon and half marathon combination in KwaZulu-Natal. The race not only has generously achievable cut off times (three and a half hours for 21,1 km and 6 and a half hours for the marathon) but caters equally for runners and walkers. Registered wheel chair athletes are welcome in the dedicated quarter marathon on Saturday morning, 27th (for safety reasons, we, unfortunately, may no longer include these athletes in the road running races). This is an ideal entry level Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km.

The basket of races also includes a 10km race beginning at 9am. This is open to runners and walkers and has a generous 2 hour 30 minute limit.

To give you something different, we have added two trail runs. Andrew and Lauren Booth of KZN Trail have partnered with the Maritzburg City Marathon, to design a “figure 8” trail course along the banks of the Umsinduzi River. The trail will offer a 5 km option as well as a 15 km distance.


Traditionally, more Comrades entrants used this race as their qualifier than any other race.

In our continuing efforts to improve this event, the organisers have The Witness as a Media Partner and Clover handling logistics. We have also engaged the assistance of other role players to assist us in improving sponsorships and activities. With their assistance we are growing the event to include an EXPO, PASTA DINNER and FUN RUNS along with the usual fare and upgraded entertainment.

2016 sees the launch of our Wheel Chair/Hand Cycle dedicated “Quarter Marathon” which takes place at 4.30am on the Saturday morning of Marathon Weekend.

Keep an eye on this web site and the media for the arrival of each piece of good news.

A whole weekend of running and entertainment festivities.

By kind support of BIDVEST and PINK DRIVE, we are, again, providing a KIDZONE for both Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February. Here, your family will be safely entertained whilst you run or enjoy the EXPO. No more excuses! No more feeling left out. No more running on your own in different races. Now both Mum and Dad can enjoy and achieve together and the kids will be there to share your day.

Where we lead, others follow.

The Witness is commemorating the 170th Anniversary of the first publication and this event forms part of the celebrations.
This is the twentieth running of this event. By popular demand, we are maintaining the unique double faced medal which will be given to all official finishers who complete any of the distances on offer, inside the generous cut off times as well as beautiful T-shirts to ALL marathon and half marathon entrants. Early bird 10km entrants will also receive T-shirts as will trail and wheelchair athletes. Additional T-shirts will be available for sale after the event.

This Comrades qualifier (5 Hours) is a pre entry event and no marathon or half marathon entries will be accepted after the closing dates. Postal entries must be sent early enough to arrive in our office by the closing date. This will ensure that we supply sufficient cold water, Coke and energy drink for all the participants.

Race enquiries can be made on the Internet at, e-mail enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning the race office which will be open, 9am to noon, Monday through Friday, from 1st February to 26th February 2016

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We would like to thank the following businesses for their ongoing support. Without them this great event would not be what it is today - The Marathon of Choice!

Save Cash & Carry • Karra Nichha • Clover • Milling Logistics • Midlands Eggs
Parklane Spar • Mugg & Bean • Gas & General • Peter & Co • Foodpak