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Running races

© SA Tourism© SA TourismThere are literally hundreds of running races taking place in southern Africa so you’ll be able to stretch your legs almost any time you happen to be here, but there are some special races you should plan for. The Comrades Marathon, which takes place on the 16th June every year between the KZN cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, is a gruelling 98km ultra-marathon with a fascinating history. A bit shorter, but still not exactly a jog in the park at 56km, is Cape Town’s Two Oceans Marathon. Billed as one of the most beautiful races on earth, it is run over the Easter Weekend. Other shorter, but no less classic races include the Soweto Marathon and the Knysna Forest Marathon. The Soweto Marathon, which is run in November, is extremely popular, particularly for the enthusiastic supporters who line the whole route, offering water, songs and cheers. The route goes through some of the historical parts of the township. It’s all about accessibility. There is also a 15km and a 5km fun run (which may be walked), and the sponsors set up training clinics in Soweto months before the race to encourage locals to start running. The Knysna Marathon, which is part of the Knysna Oyster Festival in July, is run through some beautiful forest. As well as a half-marathon, there are loads of other sporting and non-sporting events.

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