Maritzburg Marathon- *Marathon
Kilimanjaro Marathon, Tanzania *Marathon
This famous marathon takes place on the last Sunday in June every year at the base of Mt Kilimanjaro in the little town of Moshi, Tanzania, Africa. The marathon is a 10.5 loop where the runners run the same course 4 times. The Mt. Kilimanjaro Marathon is the only marathon that does not invite any professional runners. Every year an amateur runner wins
Surrender Hill Marathon, Clarens, South Africa *Marathon
Two Oceans Marathon, Cape Town, South Africa *Ultra
This very popular ultra marathon or 56km takes in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans around the Cape Peninsula, there is a half marathon as well.
Marathon Des Sables
This race across the Sahara desert in East Morocco is considered the worlds toughest. It covers 220-240km over 6 stages. The race is through open desert on sandy trails, dry lakebeds and stony tracks
Gorilla Marathon, Source of the Nile,Uganda *Marathon
This marathon raises awareness of the plight of the gorilla population as well as raising funds for conservation work in Uganda.
The race is based around the Source of the Nile, a spectacular region near the town of Jinja where Lake Victoria becomes the Nile River.
Comrades Marathon-Durban, South Africa *Ultra
One of the most popular and revered world running events, and is also the world's largest and oldest Ultra event. Each year the race start alternates, so on even years the course is uphill and starts in Durban and on odd years its easier and starts in Pietermarizburg. This is an 89km race, it attracts about 11,000 entrants annually, with 80% of them finishing.
Johannesburg City Marathon *Marathon
This marathon starts and finishes at the Botanical Gardens and travels around most of Johannesburg historical sites.
The Big Five Marathon, African Savannah,South Africa
Safaricom Marathon, Kenya *Marathon
This marathon is run on dirt roads, over two 21km loop for the half-marathon- through the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.Safaricom marathon has gained a reputation as one for being one of the ten toughest marathon events in the world. Run on a rough terrain and under harsh climatic conditions, it is an enticing experience which has continued to inspire distance runners and athletic fans alike. The scenery is amazing, better still if you can glimpse dsoem of the native animals. The grueling marathon is also unique in that it is run within a wildlife conservancy located at an average altitude of 5,500 feet above sea level.
Spar Women's 10km- Durban, South Africa
This very fast event attracts the top women runners.
Knysna Forest Marathon, Knysna, South Africa *Marathon
This amazing forest marathon was my third continent. It was a tough, 30km in a cold, dark forest and then the last 12km on the road. There are so many highlights (one being the Sambuca shots at the last drink station!) to this marathon, and many runners on the day told me it is the best marathon in Africa. To read my blog on the Knysna marathon click here...South Africa
Haut Bay Trail Challenge- Capetown
This 36km trail run takes in some of South Africa's stunning Western Cape.
The Puffer, South Africa *Ultra
This Ultra marathon of 80km takes you over Capetown's magnificent backdrop, Table Mountain and finishes at the very popular V and A Waterfront
Fish River Challenge, Namibia *Ultra
This amazing ultra of 100kms takes you through the Fish River Canyon, which is only second in size to the Grand Canyon, making this an extremely challenging event.
Don Lock Memorial- Capetown
Victoria Falls Marathon-Zimbabwe and Zambia
This 8km race is run from Rondebosch Common to Landsdowne Road
This stunning marathon crosses the Zambezi River which is the border between these nations, the course also goes through a gamepark where runners are bound to see some African Wildlife.
4 Peaks Mountain, South Africa
This is a 24km mountain race in and around the Witterberge Mountain range.
Otter Trail Run, Eastern Cape, South Africa *Marathon
This trail run is of marathon distance and offers stunning views of the cape.
Nairoibi Marathon *Marathon
This is Kenya's biggest marathon, there is also a half marathon and a 10km event