Marathon Race Info
Difficulty Rating: 4
Route Type: Point to point
The farm roads and sometimes single-track mountain paths set this race apart from your average road run.
No wonder we’re known as, “The toughest race with the warmest heart.”
The half marathon starts on the farm, Grashoek (which is about 19kms from Bredasdorp). You’ll see full marathon runners pass shortly before your race starts.
You join the full marathon route for ±1,2km.
The first 2kms are reasonably easy; the route is wide and there is ample opportunity to pass slower runners to get a good position.
Then you reach the foot of the mountain, take a right turn, and start the steady climb.
Although the track becomes a little narrower for about 1.5km, you’ll still have sufficient space to pass other runners. A 500m-long, single-track stretch (wide enough to pass) takes you to the top of the mountain. You have now completed the steepest section of the Voet van Afrika Marathon. And your hard work will be rewarded, as you’re treated to spectacular surroundings and fantastic views. Take a moment to look out over the golden wheat fields, and breathe the champagne-like air.
From the top of the mountain, there are numerous opportunities to pass slower runners as you head down.
The first female athlete to reach the B&M Ford water station at the Bredasdorp Dam (near the bottom of the mountain – and who also finishes the race) will be crowned the ‘Queen of the Mountain’.
From the Bredasdorp Dam, the route is fairly easy until you reach the main road at the brickworks.
From here you have 8kms to go to the finish.
This final stretch is on tar road – and includes a few long and taxing hills (and vistas of rolling grain fields). You’ll join the full marathon runners along this stretch.
TOTAL ASCENT: 508 m
(Please note: For much of this route, you’re running on private property so please don’t drop water sachets and energy wrappers on the route – which is harmful to the environment and to livestock.)
You have 4.5 hours to finish this race. The final cut-off is 12:00 at the finish.
Transport will be provided in the morning from the Bredasdorp Sports Ground to the start, starting at 05:45. The race starts at 07:30 at Grashoek Farm. (Transport could be a bus or an open truck, so please come prepared. Coffee and rusks are available at the start.)
If you need to have your tog bag transported to the finish, simply load your bag in the transport vehicles at the start, and we’ll bring your bag back to the Bredasdorp Sports Ground. After the race, you can collect your bag from the tog bag area, using your athlete’s number as identification.
Number collection takes place at Sportsmans Warehouse, Canal Walk, on Thursday, 10 October 2019 from 12:00 to 17:00. Or you can collect your number on Friday, 11 October at the Bredasdorp Sports Ground, from 14:00 to 21:00. Or on Saturday, 12 October from 4:00. Temporary licences are available at the Bredasdorp Sports Ground.
The event uses ChampionChip. You can use your own ChampionChip, and if you don’t have one, you can buy or hire with your entry. Your result will not be included without a ChampionChip.
Resources for Runners
What an amazing race. Will definitely return. Thank you Bredasdorp for your hospitality.
– Tracey van Niekerk