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Today marks a month to the 2017 Marakele Marathon

08 March 2017

Preparations are underway for the 2017 Marakele Marathon and today 08th March 2017 marks exactly a month before the marathon takes place in the Marakele National Park, outside Thabazimbi in Limpopo. The race dubbed the “run on the wild side” will take place on Saturday the 08th April 2017.

This marathon organised by SANParks in partnership with the SANParks Honorary Rangers and Thabazimbi marathon club is set to be one of the biggest yet. Since inception, the marathon has seen remarkable growth with over 700 people participating in the 2016 race and this year sets its target at over a 1000 people.

The race began over seven years ago as a way of giving back to the community of Thabazimbi and also expose them to the conservation efforts in the Marakele National Park. The atmosphere in the Park as well as the terrain all make this race stand out from the rest as one participant once remarked “the toughest of all the races I have ever done”

It has since grown beyond Thabazimbi and Limpopo with participants coming from all over South Africa and those who wish to qualify for the coveted Comrades use this as an opportunity since this race is one of the comrades’ qualifiers.

Runners can register for any of the following categories 42km; 21km; 10km and 5km fun run which is suitable for the whole family. 

Those who wish to participate can register online at and manual entries as well as accommodation in the park please contact Elise Coetzer on or fax 086 613 0720.

Issued by:
South African National Parks (SANParks) Northern Region Communications

Media Enquiries:
Divhani Maremba
Northern Region Communications Manager
Tel: (012) 426 5304, 
Cell: 074 588 5789

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