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  • Maritzburg City MarathonThe Maritzburg City Marathon is a qualifier for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. Taking place on Sunday 23 February 2014, this important race will be great preparation for your Two Oceans efforts.
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Maritzburg City Marathon

The Maritzburg City Marathon has become the most popular marathon (42.2km) and half marathon (21.1km) combination in KwaZulu Natal. More Comrades entrants use this race as their qualifier than any other race and it is widely regarded as one of the best organised races in the country.

The Maritzburg City Marathon is an Old Mutual Two Oceans qualifier. It starts at 5:00am on Sunday 23rd February 2014. In 2013, we introduced a 10km event which starts at 9am on race day. After looping through the city, this course joins the marathon route for the last 6km to the finish.


Entries open 1 November 2013 and close when 5000 entries have been received or at midnight Wednesday 5th February 2014 (whichever comes first). Entry forms are available online or in most KZN sports shops, the Comrades Marathon office or KwaZulu Natal Athletics and from the race office. Photocopied entries will be accepted.

This is a pre-entry event and no late entries will be accepted after 18H00 on Wednesday 5th February 2014. Postal entries must be sent early enough to arrive in our office by this time.

Training Programmes

The Old Mutual Virtual Coach, Norrie Williamson, has created training programmes specifically for the athletes competing in the Martizburg City Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km. Register in the Training Centre and we’ll email you the relevant training programme for the finish time you hope to achieve.


Registration takes place on the following dates:

  • Friday, 21st February 2014, in the evening.
  • Saturday, 22nd February 2014, 9am – 5pm.
  • Sunday, 23rd February 2014, 4am to 4.45am.

At registration, athletes will receive their race number and timing chip and all entrants will receive a T-Shirt. Foreign athletes are reminded that they are to comply with IAAF Rule 4, Paragraph 2. Many athletes will be running in their permanent numbers. Athletes qualify for a permanent number by successfully completing the 42,2 km distance (within the 6 hour time limit) five times.

Race Day

There is a whole weekend of festivities planned including the always popular, Kidzone, which runs across Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd February. The Kidzone ensures that your family will be safely entertained whilst you run or enjoy the EXPO. Saturday afternoon also offers you the opportunity to introduce your family, safely, to our sport. Join them in one of the appropriate distances in the MaraFun which supports our cancer charities, Pink Drive and MBTM.

There will be lucky draw prizes on the day. Plus, all official finishers who complete either the marathon or half marathon within the generous cut-off times will receive the unique double faced medal. Maritzburg City Marathon is the only race in the country that serves cold drinks to EVERYONE! Thanks to logistics partners, Clover, there is a refrigeration lorry at every seconding table.

Race Route

The 21,1 Km course starts and finishes at the historic Natal Carbineers Drill Hall in Pietermaritzburg. After looping through the old part of the city, the course crosses the Msinduzi river at the Ernie Pearce Weir. After passing the famous schools of Maritzburg College and Girls’ High, participants run through the newer suburb of Bisley, past the nature reserve, Oribi Airport and back into Scottsville through the KwaZulu Natal University Campus.

A loop out into Hayfields and it’s down past St John’s DSG (another famous girls’ school) and the Golden Horse Casino at Gold Circle Scottsville Race Course. Across the river once again and back to the Drill Hall past Merchiston and Longmarket schools.

The course has gentle climbs (almost flat) and good long gentle down hills. The second half of each lap affords plenty of ‘make up’ if you are chasing a good time or qualifier. We are proud of the fact that we put every effort into making it possible for each and every athlete to achieve their goal. The 10km route loops through town before joining the Marathon route for the last 6km.

Race Enquiries

Enquiries can be made on the Maritzburg City Marathon website. You can email the organisers or call the race office at 076 164 9554.

For further information regarding accommodation, please visit the relevant map on our race web site or telephone Pietermaritzburg Tourism on 033 345 1348 or visit their website.