Marathon Race Info
Difficulty Rating: 5
Route Type: Point to point
This race is tough – and spectacular!
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 full marathon starts on the Elim road, 6km from Bredasdorp. About 1.5km down the tar road, you turn onto a farm road. Follow this route for 12km.
You’ll pass the original start of the marathon, as it was run in 1978, along this stretch. The gravel road is fairly narrow, but there’s more than enough space to pass slower runners. Despite a hill or 2 to contend with, the first 13kms of the route are not too difficult.
Thereafter you start climbing the mountain. And it may feel like it’s never-ending (it includes a climb of 470m over 2kms). Beware: it’ll use up lots of energy if you’re in a hurry. Rather use this time to enjoy the spectacular mountain Fynbos (keep your eye out for the striking King Protea). A R500 prize is up for grabs for the King of the Mountain – the first man to reach the water station at the FM Tower on top of the mountain (who also finishes the race).
From the FM Tower, it’s a wonderful downhill cruise on a gravel road, until you reach the main road in Napier. The most difficult part of the marathon is about to start: it’s the 16km stretch between Napier and Bredasdorp. Here you run on tar roads, and need to contend with several long, taxing hills. (Take the time to enjoy the views of the grain fields around you). You’ll join the half marathon runners with around 8kms to go (from the brickworks), and the 10km runners with about 3kms to go.
(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.)
There are 3 cut-off points:
- First cut-off at the start of the 21km race (10km from the start) at 7:20.
- Second cut-off in Napier at the “Bo-dorp Huisie” (16.5km to go) at 10:30.
- Final cut-off at 12:00 at finish. Time limit of 6 hours.
Total Ascent: 806 m (approximately)
Transport will be provided in the morning from the Bredasdorp Sports Ground to the start, starting at 04:45. The race starts at 06:00 on the Elim Road. (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