Voet van Afrika Marathon and Half

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Date: 14 October 2017
Time: 06h00
Organisers: Bredasdorp Athletic Club
Distance: 42.2; 21.1;
Province: Boland
Start: Elim Road
9.5km outside Bredasdorp
Finish: Agri Mega Park
Race Changes 12 Jun 2017
  Race Date changed changed from 01/01/2017 to 14/10/2017.
Race Name changed changed from Voet van Afrika Marathon and Half Marathon to Voet van Afrika Marathon and Half .
Contact 1: Frans Botha
(C) 082-6751311

Contact 2: Top Events
(W) 0215117130
Entry Details:
This event is strictly pre-entry. Entries close two weeks before the event. Each entrant will receive a SMS or email confirming their entry which must be presented together with their ID at registration.
Route Description:
Difficulty Rating: 5. Route Type: Point-to-point
To describe this race as tough, undulating and spectacular is an understatement. The record, 02:26:39, set in 1995 by Olympic Marathon Champion Josiah Thugwane speaks for itself. That may look slow but be assured it is a good one for this route because it is a cross-country run, mountain climb and marathon all-in-one.

The marathon starts on the Elim road almost 10 kilometre outside Bredasdorp. Here warm bonfires drive away the early morning chill and set the tone for the challenge ahead. With barely two kilometres done you turn onto a dirt road which you will follow for almost 12 kilometres. The private road is narrow but there is enough space to pass slower runners. The first quarter of the course is moderate with few demanding hills. Thereafter you climb the notorious Soetmuisberg, 470 metres over eight kilometres to the water station at the FM Tower. If the gradient does not take your breath away the panoramic sweep of the Agulhas Plain will.

From the summit there is some small respite before you reach the main road in Napier. Here you must steel yourself and enter into the spirit that is the “Voet”. The 16 kilometre stretch between Napier and Bredarsdorp may well be tarred but the very soul of the race waits for you here.

The half marathon starts on Grashoek Farm at the back of the Anysberg and within four kilometres you are presented with the same climb up the Soetmuisberg. To be sure, the half marathon ranks as one of the toughest in South Africa, but then this is “the toughest race with the warmest heart”.

Voet van Afrika Marathon
Prizes and Give-Aways:
A floating trophy and R500 prize money goes to the King of the Mountain - the first person to reach the top of the mountain and also finish the race. The first 10 men and 10 women win gold medals, the next 20 men and 10 women win silver, and finishers within the 05:30 time limit get bronze. The last athlete who finishes in 05:30 receives R100.
Course Records:
Name Time Year
Men J. Thugwane 02:26:39 1995
Women K. Bradford 03:06:33 1997
Editor's Notes:
The Voet van Afrika Marathon has been consistently ranked in a number of our surveys as a well-organised and well-presented event. The half marathon starts at 07h10 on Grashoek Farm at the back of the Anysberg and has a 3:30 cut-off. The local publicity association holds a festival over this weekend at the Bredasdorp Sports Complex with stalls, a beer tent, music and entertainment. The race will be run for the 38th time in 2017.

Finishers: 450 Time Limit: 05:30
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