Entries open for the 2016 Marakele marathon

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

THABAZIMBI – Marakele National Park will once again partner with SANParks Honorary Rangers and Thabazimbi marathon club to bring the 2016 Marakele marathon.
This is a unique marathon which takes place inside a national park and aims to bring both the ordinary members of the public as well as the professional running community of South Africa to have some fun and take “a run on the wild side”.
The marathon, which takes place on Saturday, 27 February 2016, is held in the park to focus the public and the media’s attention on the importance of conservation. It also highlights various fundraising and tourism initiatives which are key to the functioning of a national park.
Participants can choose to complete one of three races, namely the full marathon which is 42.2 km, a half marathon which is 21.1 km or a 10 km race. There is also a 5 km fun run suitable for the whole family, which is very popular among children and casual supporters. While there is no limit on the fun run, other races have a cut-off of 300 participants.
In 2015 Fliyatswepiso Moqoboya won the men’s 42km at an amazing time of 02:35:52 and the women’s race went to Prudence Zwane with 03:13:46. In the 21km, the men’s race was won by Harmans Mokgadi with 01:12:41 while Catherine Malungane took the women’s race with an excellent time of 01:30:01. Joseph Manyedi and Done Grove won the 10km race for men and women at 00:32:30 and 00:41:25 respectively.
Over and above, the marathon provides an opportunity for runners to experience the wild as well as get the opportunity to qualify for the popular Comrades marathon.
“We are hoping to see more participation from the community of Thabazimbi and South Africa at large, and therefore call upon all interested parties to register early.” said Johan Taljaard, Park Manager Marakele National Park.