Kumba Marakele Marathon and Half Marathon

South African National Parks (SANParks) is once again partnering with Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore to present the 6th annual Kumba Marakele Marathon (KMM) on Saturday, 7 March 2015 at Marakele National Park (MNP), Limpopo.
The marathon, held in the park highlights the importance of conservation and the various key fundraising and tourism initiatives. This partnership also provides for much needed jobs and economic development in the Thabazimbi community, an area riddled with substance abuse, unemployment and the lack of healthy living, lifestyle programmes.
Marakele National Park is characterised by its contrasting majestic landscape, grass clad hills and deep valleys. The rugged landscape boasts a rich variety of fauna and flora owing to its location between the dry western and moist eastern region. “The park is also home to the big five and the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures, making this unique marathon challenge a must for avid runners and wildlife enthusiasts” said Johan Taljaard, Park Manager: Marakele National Park.
Kumba Iron Ore partnerships are an essential part of its community development strategy. It is committed to building active South Africans, through its numerous sports sponsorship programmes. This event, hosted by the Thabazimbi Marathon Club in collaboration with the SANParks Honorary Rangers is also an official qualifying race for the Comrades marathon. The race consists of four running distances: the 42.2 km marathon, the 21.1 km half marathon, the 10 km race and the popular 5 km fun run.
For the 42.2 km, 21.1 km and the 10 km races, participants are limited to 300 per race category with no limitation on the fun run. There will be category prizes and lucky draws amounting to just over R50 000.
To enter, visit www.racetime.co.za, entries close 27 February 2015. Registration will take place at the Marakele National Park gate on Friday, 6 March 2015 from 15:00-18:00 and again on Saturday, 7 March 2015 from 04:00-06:00
Walkers are welcome; however, this race is not suitable for wheelchair athletes.