Want to run on the wild side? The Marakele Marathon, a Comrades qualifying race in the heart of Marakele National Park, is calling!

Imagine running a marathon in the middle of a national park home to elephant, leopard and mountain reedbuck. The Marakele Marathon, taking place on 8 April 2017 in Marakele National Park, is a runner’s dream. Feel the wilderness’s beating heart under your soles while heading for the finishing line.

As a qualifier race for one of South Africa’s most popular ultra-marathons, the Comrades, the Marakele Marathon appeals to professional runners as well as adventure lovers of all ages. Choose between the full marathon (42km), half marathon (21km) or 10km. There’s even a fun run (5km) for the whole family. Enter now!

Runners challenge themselves over marathon and half-marathon distances in the Marakele National Park.

Marakele Marathon-Court SANParks-1

Pictures courtesy of SANParks

Hosted by SANParks in partnership with the SANParks Honorary Rangers and the Thabazimbi Marathon Club, the day promises a run in Big Five country that you won’t soon forget.

And with the majestic Waterberg Mountains as backdrop, you’ll be running through one of South Africa’s most beautiful landscapes.

Louis Lemmer, chairperson of the SANParks Honorary Rangers, says Marakele is a spectacular setting for marathon runners and their families. “Where else can you not only tame the course, but the Big Five at the same time? The SANParks Honorary Rangers invite all South Africans to come and enjoy this beautiful park and show your support for conservation.”

Take note

  • Ticket prices per person: 42km – R150; 21km – R120; 10km – R60; 5km – R30.
  • Participants are limited to 300 runners per race. There is no limit on the 5km fun run.
  • Register online or send an email to [email protected].

Marakele Marathon SHR 2017