Vic Falls Marathon, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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The Vic Falls Marathon is a qualifier for the Two Oceans and Comrades, but it is also a fun-filled and friendly event in spectacular surroundings for all abilities. Meet new friends and soak up the atmosphere in this great holiday destination.Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe once again hosts this popular event which is brought to you by the same people who organise the annual Vic Falls Mountain Bike Challenge and the Kilimanjaro Marathon. You can expect a professional, world-class race and great camaraderie in this feel-good event.

People of all shapes, sizes and abilities have entered the Vic Falls Marathon in the past. Elite runners will have the opportunity to officially make their mark in the top group and go on to greater challenges on the international race calendar.

About the Race

The next Vic Falls Marathon will take place on 29 June 2014. Prizes and medals will be awarded to the top finishers in the Full and Half Marathon categories. The Vic Falls Marathon is run in accordance with the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe and the IAAF rules and regulations.

Main Categories are as follows:

  • Open - Full Marathon 42.2km (26.22 miles) for participants 21 years to 39 years of age
  • Open - Half Marathon 21.1km (13.11 miles) for participants 18 years to 39 years of age
  • Veterans - for participants 40 years and over
  • Fun Run - 5km (3.10 miles) for participants 10 years and over
  • Disabled - details for this category still to be confirmed

The Experience

The marathon takes place in the vicinity of Victoria Falls town and within a national park where wildlife can often be seen. Armed game rangers are posted at intervals in the wilderness sections to keep a lookout. There is great support along the route and many runners enjoy the social aspect of the race as well as the wonderful views of the gorge and river. Great media coverage has been enjoyed in the past - so you could spot yourself on Super Sport.

The route takes a steep path down toward the historic iron bridge over the gorge then turns left along the Zambezi River, through the Victoria Falls National Park and around the outskirts of town, past the golf course, along the road between the Zambezi National Park and the river before doubling back to town and the eventual finish at the primary school. The shorter races take part within this route with some variations.

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Accommodation and Activities

There are a number of excellent hotels in Victoria Falls which can be booked in conjunction with flights, transfers and a range of exciting activities for the complete getaway. Citizens of certain countries may be required to register with a designated accommodation package well in advance to ensure they are entered correctly.

Victoria Falls is an exciting holiday destination and offers something for everyone. You can start off with a walk through the rainforest to view the falls, go shopping for curios or enjoy other sightseeing, game viewing and touring options. Golf is a popular activity as is cruising and canoeing on the Zambezi River.

Adrenalin lovers can choose from an extensive menu of Vic Falls adventure activities such as bungy jumping, white-water rafting, jet-boating, and gorge swinging to name a few. For something truly unique how about a thrilling Lion Encounter or Elephant-back Safari?

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