Voet van Afrika
History

The toughest race with the warmest heart. 

Looking back

A rich history

– SINCE 1977 –

The race dates back to 1977 – when the Bredasdorp Athletics Club was established. At the time, an icon named Eps Joubert was chair of the club. He sparked the idea to start a truly Overberg marathon; a unique marathon given our special location close to Africa’s southernmost tip.

How it started

October 1978

And so, in October 1978, the FIRST Voet van Afrika Marathon was held.

The race was won by ex-Matie, Stephan Donald, competing against 169 runners. His winning time was 2:43:20.

An article from 27 October 1978 quotes feedback from athletes at this first race. “Tough, challenging and a combination of marathon and a trail run. You definitely have something that will grow into a big marathon.” Prescient words, indeed.

PAST WINNERS

Over the years, notable long-distance athletes have competed and won our marathon. These include:

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

Johannes Thobejane

Gabashane Rakabaele

Ben Choeu

Siphiwe Gqele

Elias Stemmer

Josiah Thugwane

Michael Scout

Charl Mattheus

Vladimir Kotov

Jaroslave Janici

Lindile Tokota

(In 1978, only men participated in the full marathon. The women at the time ran our half marathon).

Our FIRST half marathon winner was Thelma Rossouw

 

(in a time of 1:40:29). In 1980, the world-famous Elana Meyer won this event. But as she was too young to participate, she was not officially crowned.

Other half marathon winners include:

– Liz Eglington
– Noo Scales
– Frith van der Merwe
– Grace De’Oliveira
– Marie Hill

In 1998, we added a 10km race for our up-and-coming and less experienced runners. And in 2002, the half marathon was opened for men.

Resources

Resources for Runners

Registration

This year, you can register online through ChampionChip (www.championchip.co.za). Online entries close 30 September …

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FAQ

What time does the full marathon start? The marathon starts at 06:00. Find our answers to frequently asked questions here …

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Going Green

The Voet van Afrika team takes this greening role seriously. Every year, we’ll implement more innovative green steps …

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What an amazing race. Will definitely return. Thank you Bredasdorp for your hospitality.

Tracey van Niekerk