A new and exciting facet was added, in 2014, to the Maritzburg City Marathon Experience.
In co-operation with environmentalist and leading KZN Trail designers, Andrew and Lauren Booth, we introduced a City Trail.
Lynton Kynloch, an avid trail runner and enthusiastic organiser, has devised new routes for the 5 and 15 km trails.
Saturday morning of Marathon Weekend will be filled with a maximum of 600 runners and walkers take off from the field at Gold Circle Scottsville and follow the jeep track eastwards to exit the precincts at the bottom end of the straight. A short descent down Wensleydale Hill and its on to jeep track and single path. East, again, along the Duzi Banks and a loop through the beautiful grounds of Ascot Bush Lodge before the 5km peels back along Wensleydale Hill back to the Race Course and the finish.
The 15km will continue westwards along the river banks, crossing the river at Boshoff Street and each of the two beautiful foot bridges before turning across the river at the Wes Street Bridge overlooking the Ernie Pearce Weir. River right all the way down to Wensleydale Hill and back to the finish.
These events may start in batches, from 7.30am on Saturday, morning, 25th February 2017. The 5km will cut off at 9.30am and the 15km at 10.30am.
Timing will be done by chip and times will be recorded mat to mat.
Participants may enter the 15km and cut off at 5km but only 15km entrants will be allowed to continue for the second loop of the “figure 8” course. You will only be eligible to win prizes in the event in which you entered.
All pre-entrants will be eligible to collect a commemorative T shirt at Registration on Friday, 25thFebruary, 2017, between 9am and 8pm, along with their race number and timing chip.
All official finishers will receive a race medal. The winning male and female in each distance will receive a gold medal; the second placed, silver, and all of the others, a bronze medal.
Entries for the two distances of the Trail will, for safety and environmental reasons, be limited to the first 300 per event.