About the Maritzburg City Marathon

This is the twenty second 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 Golden Horse, 45 New England Road, Pietermaritzburg. The route takes you through the city and back past the iconic City Hall before looping through the suburbs of Bisley and Pelham before returning to the Golden Horse through Scottsville.

The 10km route starts at the Golden Horse at 9am. After a fast start into town the route loops back through Alexandra Park and joins the last 5km 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 rubbing stations en route.

Through the kind services of our logistics partners, Clover, we have a REFRIGERATION LORRY AT EVERY SECONDING TABLE!!! YOUR DRINKS WILL BE COLD!

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.

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.
6000 athletes in 2017 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, 23rd February 2018, between 9am and 8pm, Saturday, 24th  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 25th February 2018.

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 abundance 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 www.pmbtourism.co.za