Whether you’re a thoroughbred long-distance runner or simply a nature lover prone to the occasional jog, the Marakele marathon is a unique opportunity for a “run on the wild side”.
Hosted annually in the Marakele National Park in Limpopo, the marathon, half marathon and fun race takes competitors on a bipedal journey through the vast nature reserve.
Marakele National Park offers great bird watching, as well as the opportunity to spot a plethora of large wildlife, including the big five.
The park is also home to the world’s largest Cape Vulture colony, hosting around 800 breeding pairs of the avian scavenger.
“Getting an opportunity to run in a big five national park is a thrilling feeling and this event offers that to the participants and we hope this year won’t be any different,” says park manager Mphadeni Nthangeni. “The proceeds from this marathon will go to the Honorary Rangers who will plough it back into the park towards conservation activities.”
Avid runners will be glad to hear that the event is no mere novelty – it’s also a qualifier for the world-famous Comrades Marathon.
This year, the race will fall on the 8th of April. Note that both of the serious events will be limited to 300 competitors each.