Witness Martizburg City Marathon powered by Thirsti

23 - 24th FEBRUARY 2019    

Your Marathon of Choice

Our theme for 2019 will be celebrating the 25th anniversary year of Democratic South Africa and our race motto is  AS’PHELIMOYA - NEVER STOP BELIEVING

The Witness Maritzburg City Marathon, which is powered by Tlhirsti, takes place on the LAST SUNDAY IN FEBRUARY, ANNUALLY.

The 2019 ‘Maritzburg City Marathon takes place at 5:00am on Sunday 24th February 2019.

Entries will open on line at www.pmb42.co.za at 9am on 1st November and close when the respective limits are reached or on 1st February 2019, whichever comes first. Payment can be made by EFT, Credit or Debit Card or cash at a number of listed stores.

Paper entries will be available from late November and there will be collection points at the usual stores and we will attend the usual KZN races.

Safety limits (cap) are

42,2km           3000 plus 300 Charity entries at R500 each

21,1km           3000 plus 300 Charity entries at R400 each

10km              2000

Trail runs       300 each

Start time moving forward to the original 5am for the Marathon and Half. The 10km will start at 9:30am as usual.

The Marathon Cut off will be extended to 7 hours and the half to 4 hours. Two and a half hours for 10km.

Comrades qualifying for the marathon distance will be 4 hours 50 minutes and 5 hours for Two Oceans. The 21,1km half marathon is also a qualifier for seeding at Two Oceans.  With the co-operation of our logistics partners, THIRSTI, we will have 8 fully stocked refreshment stations, each with a refrigeration lorry in the 21km lap. The 10km will make use of three of the stations.  We will, again, be offering mat to mat (net) time results and there will be ten timing points on the marathon. Results will, however, be calculated from gun to finish.  We will still have KidZone, Trail Runs and Marafuns on Saturday and KidZone on Sunday.

On the Friday of Marathon Weekend, we will again be co-ordinating PinkDrive, MBTM and the Durban University Technology Medical Faculty, and any other sponsors and partners, in our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) activation in Sobantu Village.

The routes will be the same as the 2018 races starting in New England Road and finishing in front of the Gold Circle Grandstand.

This year we will be adding the Red Cross as an official charity and will continue with our shoe, shirt and medal collection.

Beginning in mid November there will be a daily training program published in the Witness to assist aspirant athletes achieve their goals.

Information will be on the race website as well as regular communication on social media.

As’pheilimoya – Never Give Up!


Your Marathon of Choice

The Witness Maritzburg City Marathon, which is powered by Thirsti, takes place on the LAST SUNDAY IN FEBRUARY, ANNUALLY.

The 2019 ‘Maritzburg City Marathon takes place at 5:00am on Sunday 24th February 2019.

This race has become the most popular marathon and half marathon combination in KwaZulu-Natal. The race not only has generously achievable cut off times (four hours for 21,1 km and seven hours for the marathon) but caters equally for runners and walkers. This is an ideal entry level Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km.

The basket of races also includes a 10km race beginning at 9.30am. This is open to runners and walkers and has a generous 2 hour 30 minute limit.

To give you something different, we have added two trail runs. Lynton Kynloch has designed a trail course along the banks of the Umsinduzi River. The trail will offer a 7 km option as well as a 16 km distance. These events will be run on Saturday morning, 23rd February.



Traditionally, more Comrades entrants used this race as their qualifier than any other race. Comrades Marathon Qualifying time is 4 hours 50 minutes. The 42.2km is also a Two Oceans Marathon (5 hours) qualifier.

In our continuing efforts to improve this event, the organisers have The Witness as a Media Partner, and Thirsti handling logistics. We have also engaged the assistance of other role players to assist us in improving sponsorships and activities. With their assistance we are growing the event to include the FUN RUNS along with the usual fare and upgraded entertainment.

Keep an eye on this web site, our FaceBook page and the media for the arrival of each piece of good news.

A whole weekend of running and entertainment festivities.

By kind support of LIBERTY MIDLANDS MALL, EL SOMBRERO SPUR and PINKDRIVE, we are, again, providing a KIDZONE for both Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February. Here, your family will be safely entertained whilst you run or enjoy the registration and races. No more excuses! No more feeling left out. No more running on your own in different races. Now both Mum and Dad can enjoy and achieve together and the kids will be there to share your day.

Where we lead, others follow.

This is the twenty third running of this event. By popular demand, we are maintaining the unique double faced medal which will be given to all official finishers who complete any of the distances on offer, inside the generous cut off times as well as beautiful T-shirts to ALL marathon and half marathon entrants. Early bird 10km entrants will also receive T-shirts as will trail athletes. Additional T-shirts will be available for sale after the event.

This Comrades (4 hours 50 minutes) and Two Oceans qualifier (5 Hours) is a pre entry event and no marathon or half marathon entries (except limited “Charity Entries” at a “Charity Price”) will be accepted after the closing dates or when the safety caps (limits) have been reached. Postal entries must be sent early enough to arrive in our office by the closing date. This will ensure that we supply sufficient cold water, Coke and energy drink for all the participants.

Race enquiries can be made on the Internet at www.pmb42.co.za, e-mail enquiries to rd@pmb42.co.za or by telephoning the race office which will be open, 9am to noon, Monday through Friday, from 29th January to 23rd February 2018.



Race Witness Medihelp Maritzburg City Marathon, Half & 10 km
Website www.pmb42.co.za