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KNYSNA FOREST MARATHON
DATE 22 June 2024
TIME 08h00
ORGANISERS Knysna Marathon Club
DISTANCE 5km, 42.2km
PROVINCE Western Cape
START VENUE Central Knysna Festival Grounds,Waterfront Drive,Knysna Central
RACE WEBSITE CLICK HERE
PRIMARY CONTACT
NAME Wayne Kidd
NUMBER 081-4936373
EMAIL forestmarathonknysna@gmail.com
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KNYSNA FOREST MARATHON

ENTRY DETAILS



This event is strictly pre-entry. Pre-entries usually open on 1 March. The field is limited to 1,300 and given the phenomenal popularity of this race, it is essential to enter early to avoid disappointment. Entries usually close on 31 May or when the entry limit is reached, which usually takes just a few days. Registration takes place at the Thesen Island the Friday before the race between 10h00 and 22h00. No name changes, substitutions or grade swops can be done at registration. See the website for substitution details.

 

 

 




KNYSNA FOREST MARATHON

DIRECTIONS

Race Start Coordinates: -34.039149841627584, 23.04243360703611 

Race Finish Coordinates: -34.03627,23.04713 

KNYSNA FOREST MARATHON

THE RUN



This race is brutally tough but stunningly beautiful. You are first bussed into the forest for the start of a most delightful marathon. Here, in the cold morning air, coffee and rusks are served as both marathon and half marathon runners wait to get going. The two events set off in opposite directions.

The first 12 kilometre section consists of a relentless climb which seems to go on forever. There is some relief as the road drops slightly around the 15-kilometre mark, but the challenge of the route is renewed as you run through forest, over stream, ever upward. The dirt road becomes a single track; the climb seems never-ending until the halfway mark.

It is here that you can lose yourself in the peace of birdsong, babbling mountain streams, massive beautiful trees, stunning views of the Outeniqua Mountains and a kind of ‘eensaamheid’ that could be best put down to a runner’s high. A bone-jarring nine kilometre plummet to the 30-or-so kilometre mark brings you back to reality. It is brutal and will shake even the most well trained quads.

This is followed by a challenging two kilometre climb to the Simola Country Club. Here the race has yet another special treat for below lies the sweeping panoramic view of the intense green of the golf course with the Knysna River snaking between the fairways. The next section demands concentration and a conservative approach: between the 33  and 37 kilometre markers, the route plummets down to sea level with a bone-crunching descent that will leave those already battered quads feeling even more wobbly. Take it slowly here and you will reap the benefits in the last few kilometres alongside the N2, right on the bank of the stunning Knysna Lagoon. Here the excitement of the crowds and the atmosphere that is uniquely Knysna will get you to the finish line.


FACILITES

There is a festival with stalls selling food, drinks and other goods at the finish venue.

Type Point-to-point
Sub Event Off-Road Running
Difficulty Rating 5
KNYSNA FOREST MARATHON

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Race Name Release Date Media Release
KNYSNA FOREST MARATHON

ORGANISER
NAME Knysna Marathon Club
PROVINCE South Western Districts
EMAIL orestmarathonknysna@gmail.com
WEBSITE www.knysnamarathonclub.com
ADDRESS Entrance to Loerie Park Sport Stadium George Rex Drive Knysna

CONTACT PERSON
NAME Lehanie Scholtz
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EMAIL kmcrunning@gmail.com
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RACES BY THIS CLUB
TYPE PROVINCE RACE DATE VENUE CONTACT NUMBER
Western Cape Knysna Trail Run 01 January 2024 Middel Erf Knysna Leon Brown 082-4221033
Western Cape Knysna Forest Marathon & Half - Six days - VIRTUAL RACE 01 January 2024 Anywhere Race Organiser 076-1954832
Western Cape Knysna Heads Marathon 02 March 2024 Thesen Island Knysna Barry Danvers 083-2921580
Western Cape Knysna Forest Half Marathon 22 June 2024 Central Knysna Festival Grounds Waterfront Drive Knysna Central Wayne Kidd 081-4936373
Western Cape Houtkapper Trail Run 23 June 2024 Quinto Da Montanha Bibbys Hoek Road Rheenendal Gavin Bezuidenhout 083-5027935
Western Cape Knysna Waterfront Half Marathon 09 November 2024 Knysna Waterfront Barry Danvers 083-2921580
Western Cape Knysna 10 km Night Race 16 December 2024 Knysna Marathon Club House Loerie Park Sports Complex Knysna Peter Szeili 081-5645889
KNYSNA FOREST MARATHON

EDITORS NOTES



EDITORS NOTES

The  Knysna Forest Marathon has been consistently ranked in a number of our surveys as a well organised and well presented event. Although the race starts at 07h00, it is important to get to Loerie Park early to be taxied up to the start, no private vehicles will be allowed up to the start. The taxi shuttles start leaving from 04h30. This aspect of the race has its own special appeal and the taxi trip is almost as memorable as the race itself.

A good suggestion is to wear old clothing that you will not mind discarding once you start or have warmed up, but there is a tog-bag truck on hand to take your bag back down to the finish so no need to freeze while waiting for the start. The event takes place at the same time as the Knysna Oyster Festival. This is the most beautiful race on the calendar; one that is well worth a slight detour to run and enjoy.



Time Limit: 05:30

Finishers: 800

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