With over 50 million inhabitants, South Africa is one of the five largest countries in Africa!

The largest cities in the country are Cape Town and Johannesburg. Especially Cape Town is one of the most popular destinations in Africa. One of the most beautiful running events on our planet is also held there.

In terms of sports, rugby and soccer are very important in South Africa. While the black population prefers soccer, rugby and cricket are increasingly played by the white population in South Africa. In addition, there are some strong swimmers in South Africa. The country also regularly produces good long-distance runners. However, most of them do not reach the level of the top athletes from Kenya or Ethiopia.

The biggest running events in South Africa

South Africa hosts several running events that attract thousands of runners from abroad to the region. The "big three" are the Two Oceans Marathon, the Comrades Marathon and the Big Five Marathon.
Perhaps the most beautiful race in the world

Many runners describe the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town as the most beautiful race in the world. So it is not without reason that it has made it into the selection of the most beautiful marathons in the world, although strictly speaking it is not a marathon. Because the main race goes beyond the marathon distance and has a course length of 56 kilometers. But that's a good thing, because it allows participants to enjoy even more of this fantastically beautiful route in Cape Town and along the Atlantic Ocean. Around 8,000 runners will be competing in the ultra marathon. There are even more for the half marathon.

The largest ultra race in the world

With 15,000 starters, the Comrades Marathon is the largest ultrarun in the world. There is no other running event that goes beyond the marathon event and has so many participants. The approximately 90-kilometer ultra run was held for the first time in 1921. There are two different runs, which alternate annually. The Up Run runs from Durban to Pietermaritzburg and the Down Run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. The Down Run is a bit easier due to the slightly sloping terrain. The fastest athletes only need a little more than five hours for the more than double marathon distance.

Running past wild animals

An absolutely exceptional event is the Big Five Marathon in Kruger National Park. At this Albatrose Adventures event, you'll move through the national park, past wild animals.

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Other spectacular adventure runs in South Africa include the Wildcoast Wildrun, the Addo Elephant Trail Run and the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon.

Triathlons in South Africa

South Africa also hosts a number of triathlons. Over the long distance, there is the IRONMAN Nelson Mandela Bay in Kings Beach. Over the middle distance IRONMAN 70.3 races are organized in East London, Kings Beach and Durban.

All Running Races in South Africa (sorted by date) can be found in the following overview:

Running competitions 2022 in South Africa

Addo Elephant Trail Runs

 
1
Icon Date | 13:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Addo
Icon Competitions 160,9 km / 76 km / 44 km

Weskus Marathon

 
1
Icon Date | 07:15 Uhr
Icon Venue Langebaan
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km / 5 km

IRONMAN 70.3 Nelson Mandela Bay

 
1
Icon Date | 07:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Kings Beach
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz / Ironkids

Two Oceans Marathon

 
4
Icon Date | 06:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Kapstadt
Icon Competitions 56 km / 21,1 km

Durban International Marathon

 
Icon Date | 06:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Prospecton
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 10 km

Jonkershoek Mountain Challenge

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Stellenbosch
Icon Competitions 53 km / 38 km / 21,5 km / 12 km

Big Five Marathon

 
1
Icon Date | 09:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Kruger National Park
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Knysna Forest Marathon

 
Icon Date | 08:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Knysna
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Knysa Marathon

 
1
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Port Elizabeth
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km

Wildcoast Wildrun

 
1
Icon Date | 07:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Kei Mouth
Icon Competitions 112 km (3 Etappen)

IRONMAN 70.3 Durban

 
Icon Date | 07:10 Uhr
Icon Venue Durban
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz

Cape Town Marathon (Kapstadt Marathon)

 
Icon Date | 06:40 Uhr
Icon Venue Kapstadt
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 22 km / 12 km / 10 km / 5 km

5150 Subic Bay Philippines

 
1
Icon Date | 06:27 Uhr
Icon Venue Bataan
Icon Competitions Olympische Distanz

IRONMAN 70.3 Mossel Bay

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Mossel Bay
Icon Competitions Mitteldistanz (Middle Distance)

Soweto Marathon

 
1
Icon Date | 05:30 Uhr
Icon Venue Johannesburg
Icon Competitions 42,2 km / 21,1 km / 10 km

Knysna Extreme Triathlon

 
Icon Date |
Icon Venue Knysna
Icon Competitions Langdistanz (Long Distance)

5150 Nelson Mandela Bay

 
1
Icon Date | 08:10 Uhr
Icon Venue Kings Beach
Icon Competitions Olympische Distanz / Sprint

Ultra-Trail Cape Town - UTCT

 
Icon Date | 17:00 Uhr
Icon Venue Kapstadt
Icon Competitions 100 mi (7.8570 Hm) / 100 km (4.750 Hm) / 55 km (2.600 Hm) / 35 km (2.200 Hm) / 23 km (1.100 Hm)

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