Main Sponsors : Tronox KZN Sands
Date : 26/03/2017
42.2/21.1 : 5:30 AM
10/5 : 7:00 AM
Umhlathuze Athletics Club - Clubhouse
5 Fun Run
This is an official Comrades Marathon 2017 qualifying raceFlyer
About this event
This scenic and challenging marathon starts with an out and back section through Empangeni. It then loops back past the start and heads out through the cane farms around town. Finally runners head out on the old Mtubatuba road.
Here the 21.1km runners turn back after a short loop and head back to Addison Park on a flattish section that will test those that ran too hard in the previous 18km
The marathoners now head out to their real test. Around 21km in the ascent starts up what is known in the area simply as "big hill" going past "groot boom". This is a fairly steep ascent of roughly 2.5km that will tax the novice and Comrades pro alike. Thereafter follows a slight reprieve with a long easy downhill before the route undulates to the turn around point after the steel bridge.
A mostly uphill return now follows back up the easier side of "big hill", and then the route undulates back to Addison Park
Starting this year a new 10km route is being added to this event. This is for the runners who need to build some confidence before tackling their first half or are just looking for a nice social run.
Great care is taken by the organizers to ensure there is plenty of cold water and coke along the route. Zululand is not for the faint of heart when the sun is out and the wind is still.
Prize money are given to race and category winners. Medals will go to all finishers