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

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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Maritzburg City Marathon 2017

Thank you for being a part of the 20th Witness Maritzburg City Marathon, powered by Clover and Khayelihle.

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal, in collaboration with the organising committee of the Maritzburg City Marathon, are conducting an impact assessment of the event in order to determine its economic value for, not only the province, but also for the Msunduzi Municipality (Pietermaritzburg). The survey will also determine a number of other key aspects of the race, for example – how many people from outside of Pietermaritzburg attended the race and how long they stayed in the area for. This information, along with other key findings, will essentially assist in the growth of the event through increased support from the local government and other sponsors. We will be extremely grateful if you would take a couple of minutes to complete the questionnaire on line.


Maritzburg City Marathon 2017

This is the twenty first staging of this race and many athletes will be running in their permanent numbers. You can also qualify for a permanent number by successfully completing the 42,2 km distance (within the 61/2 hour time limit) five times.

The 21,1 km course starts and finishes at the brand new Athletics Stadium in Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg. The route takes you through the suburbs of Scottsville, Bisley and Pelham before looping through the city centre.

The 10km route starts in Princess Margaret Drive at 9.30am. After a fast start through Alexandra Park the route joins the last 8km of the Marathon Route.

The course has gentle climbs (almost flat) and good long gentle down hills. Each lap affords plenty of ‘make up’ if you are chasing a good time or qualifier.

We are proud of the fact that we put every effort into making it possible for each and every athlete to achieve their goal. Event Medical Services provide more than adequate medical support and athletes are served by physio stations en route.

Through the kind services of our logistics partners, Clover, we have a


There is a rubbing station at the end and each of the seven well stocked seconding stations on the route has a limited supply of Vaseline, Deep Heat, etc.

There will be lucky draw prizes aplenty.

Entertainment will be provided and food and drink will be on sale.

Capital Running, in partnership with the host club, Natal Carbineers’ organisational ability is renowned. Why don’t you come and see, for yourself, why Comrades greats like Willie Mtolo, Sean Meicklejohn, Grace and Eloi de Oliveira and Colin Goosen are regular participants.

5000 athletes in 2016 couldn’t be wrong!

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

Registration takes place on Friday, 24th February 2017, between 9am and 8pm, Saturday, 25th February, between 9am and 5pm or on Sunday morning prior to the start from 4am to 5.15am.

Here, the Team will give you your race numbers as well as a T-Shirt (all entrants in the half or marathon and early bird 10km entrants).

10km registration will continue from 6.30am until 8:30am on Sunday 26th February 2017.

All foreign athletes are reminded that they are to comply with IAAF Rule 4, Paragraph 2.

Pietermaritzburg may be known as the ‘sleepy hollow’ but come and spend the weekend at one of the many hotels or B & Bs and you could discover a wealth of history, charm and activity.

The Midlands Meander offers a scenic drive through the midlands with its wealth of craft shops.

For those wishing to include the race as part of a holiday, Pietermaritzburg is the Capital and centrally situated in the province of KwaZulu Natal (the Kingdom of the Zulu) and you will be within a couple of hours drive of fantastic beaches, glorious mountains, game parks offering the big five and the most awe inspiring battle fields of both the Anglo Zulu and Anglo Boer Wars.

For further information regarding accommodation, please view our accommodation map or telephone Pietermaritzburg Tourism on 033 345 1348 or

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