Your Marathon of Choice

The Witness Medihelp Maritzburg City Marathon, which is powered by Clover and Khayelihle, takes place on the LAST SUNDAY IN

The Best Marathon

This race is rated as the BEST MARATHON by Tom Cottrell in the Nedbank Runners’ Guide.

A Marathon With a Heart for Charity

The Witness Maritzburg Marathon presented by Clover celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016, and like many established events charity has




The 2017 Witness Medihelp Maritzburg City Marathon, powered by Clover and Khayelihle, and all its ancillary activities will take place at the Golden Horse Casino, New England Road, Pietermaritzburg.

The Scottsville Race Course will offer plenty of off street parking. There will be a walk of about one kilometre to the start from the parking and, if you still have to collect race numbers on the day, allow for an extra 500 metres.

You are respectfully requested to avoid walking across the horse race track.

There is a pedestrian subway which will get you safely across and there will be a dedicated pedestrian lane through the motor car subway as well.

If you pass through the hotel to the start, please go AROUND the gambling area and please be respectful of the hotel and casino patrons.



Both the half marathon (the marathon is exactly two laps) and 10 kilometre routes have been re-measured and any errors removed. The routes are certified by the IAAF and Association of International Marathons (AIMS).

The start for both the Marathon and Half Marathon will be at 05H30 and the 10km will start at 09H30

The cut off times for these three events will be...
42.2 km           12 noon           (6 hours 30 minutes) Comrades and Two Oceans Qualifier 5 hours
21,1 km           10h00              (4 hours 30 minutes)
10 km              12 noon           (2 hours 30 minutes)

Mat to mat time will be offered but all results will be calculated from the start gun to finish line (“Gun time”)

The starts will be in New England Road in the designated south (outward bound) lanes. Please stay within the speed fenced area as the rest of the road will be open to normal traffic.

The finish for all events is straight down the entrance access road and the finish venue will be on the field on the south of the horse race track and east of the finish line.

At all times run or walk only on the side indicated by the officials and only cross or change lanes at the points indicated. YOUR SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT



Please be aware that Early Bird entries have closed. Normal prices now apply. However, everyone  who enters before 8th February will be guaranteed a race T shirt that may be collected at Registration on Marathon Weekend.

On line entries can be made via the race web site or by clicking here. (link to

There are numerous easy and secure payment options for on line entries.

  1. Credit card
  2. Ipay - Instant EFT will link you directly with your online banking
  3. Bank EFT - You can pay this by electronic funds transfer or by depositing the cash at the relevant bank. The most important point being that you use only the Sage Pay reference number that is allocated to YOUR ENTRY.
  4. Retail - This is a cash option which allows you to print a barcode and QRcode which can be presented at one of the following convenient stores...
    • SA Post Office
    • Checkers
    • Shoprite
    • House and Home
    • OK Furniture
    • UsaveThe teller will scan your code and you can pay the cash. Your entry will be automatically confirmed. (In some centres you may need to remind the teller to look under their “SS Codes”
  5. Masterpas - Click here for an explanation

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Manual entry forms are available at many sports stores around KwaZulu-Natal, at Comrades Marathon  House and the offices of KZNA. 

Alternatively, you can download and print a Race Flier and Entry Form

For your convenience, clearly completed manual entries may be delivered in the following ways

Handed in at our collection table at the finish of one of the following races....

  1. Kearsney 21/10 km
  2. PDAC 25km
  3. Sydenham 32/16km

Faxed, along with a copy of your deposit slip to 0866167500.

Placed, with a copy of your deposit slip attached, or in a sealed envelope with the correct  cash, in the red, marked and locked collection boxes at one of these participating stores....

  1. The Sports Zone, Ballito
  2. The Sports Zone, Kensington Square, Durban North
  3. The Durban Runner, Glenwood Village Shopping Centre, Glenwood
  4. The Durban Runner, Berea, Durban
  5. Sportsman’s Warehouse, Westville Pavilion (on the top parking deck)
  6. Poobie Naidoo Sports Warehouse, Boshoff Street, Pietermaritzburg.

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Wheel Chair Races, Trail Runs, SPCA PawsWalk, and MaraFuns will take place from the finish line at the Golden Horse Scottsville, as per advertised times.

KidZone will be open on Saturday and Sunday of Marathon Weekend, to safely care for your children, at a nominal R40.00, per session, whilst you are running.

Khayelihle Concert and Flame Lighting:

The Opening Ceremony, hosted by Khayelihle Events and in support of the Pietermaritzburg Community Chest, will take place on the Concert Stage in front of the Main Grandstand, on Friday evening, 24th, from 18H00 to 22H00.

Candles, in support of Community Chest, will be on sale and beverages will be available for sale. This is a licenced venue so please don’t bring your own.

Your Marathon of Choice

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

The 2017 ‘Maritzburg City Marathon takes place at 5:30am on Sunday 26th February 2017.

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 (four and a half hours for 21,1 km and six and a half hours for the marathon) but caters equally for runners and walkers. Registered wheel chair athletes are welcome in the dedicated quarter and half marathons on Saturday morning, 25th (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 9.30am. 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 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. The 42.2km is also a Two Oceans Marathon (5 hours) qualifier.

In our continuing efforts to improve this event, the organisers have The Witness as a Media Partner, Medihelp sharing the title 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, CONCERT, PASTA DINNER and FUN RUNS along with the usual fare and upgraded entertainment.

2016 saw the launch of our Wheel Chair/Hand Cycle dedicated “Quarter and Half Marathons” which takes place at 5.30am 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 LIBERTY MIDLANDS MALL, EL SOMBRERO SPUR and PINKDRIVE, we are, again, providing a KIDZONE for both Saturday 25thand Sunday 26th 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.

This is the twenty first 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 and Two Oceans qualifier (5 Hours) is a pre entry event and no marathon or half marathon entries (except limited “Charity Entries” at a “Charity Price”) 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 or by telephoning the race office which will be open, 9am to noon, Monday through Friday, from 1st February to 24th February 2017.

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