42 KM
The 42.2 KM ultra-Marathon is our flagship event. Race has been scheduled to take place on 25 August 2019. Thobani Chagwe holds the record time of 2:27:12 (2014) for the male race and Irvette Van Zyl holds the record time of 2:4715 (2014) for the female race. Race Starts at Manaye Hall in iMbali (Pietermaritzburg) where Nelson Mandela made his last speech as a free man in 1962 before he was arrested by the apartheid police in Howick on 5 August at spot which is now referred to as the Capture Site.
  • All Athletes will receive a sms confirm your entry.
  • Registration will take place in Durban, Moses Mabhida Stadium on 21-22 August and Pietermaritzburg 23-24 August 2017.
  • Each athlete will be given a Goodie Bag, Race pack, and Final Race Instructions on Registration
  • No registrations will be done on the day of the race.
  • Parking has been reserved at the starting point.
  • Roads will be closed 30 minutes before the race.
  • Race starts at 06H00.
  • There will be no shuttle buses from the Finish site to shuttle Athletes to the starts before the race. Therefore you are advised to park at the start.
  • Athletes will be shuttled back to their vehicles after they have finished the race.
  • Should the winner (man and woman) of the 2019 Mandela Day Marathon break the Best Time  recorded, he or she will receive a cash payment of R 50 000.00.
TIME LIMITS & CUT OFFS
The 42.2km race is run with a 6 hour cut-off. There will be 6 cut-off points on the route and the cut-off times for these points will be confirmed in the final race instructions. The MANDELA DAY MARATHON reserves the right to alter these positions.  Runners will be required to board a rescue bus and be transported to the finish venue should they not have reached the cut-off points within the specified time. Athletes MUST retire once ordered to do so by a race official, medical delegate or medical staff. IAAF Rule The cut-off points will be clearly sign posted and do not relate to the location of any timing mats or other markers along the route. Point 1 – 08:50 Mtolo Butchery (Caluza Road / Dennis Shepstone Drive) Point 2 – 9:30   Half Way Mark Point 3 – 10:00 Rotunda Entrance (Cedara Road) Point 4 – 10:30 Merryvale off-ramp Point 5 – 11:00  Howick Stadium Point 6 – 12:00 Finish Line Please note that these times and positions are subject to change should the organisers deem it necessary. The final cut-off is at 6 hours (12h00) and if you have not reached the Finish, you must leave the route and retire from the race immediately.
PARKING
All routes to the Start Venues will be clearly signposted from the freeway to the Start Venue. ALL START VENUES WILL HAVE A DESIGNATED PARKING AREA  PARKING AREAS WILL BE OPEN AS FROM 02h00 ON RACE DAY.
SHUTTLE SYSTEM

2019 Will supply an extensive shuttle service transporting athletes after the event back to their vehicles parked at the Start Venues. A total of 20 x 65 seated busses and 45 x 16 seated taxis will be used to transport athletes. No shuttles will be running in the morning to start venues.

RUNNERS REFRESHMENTS
  • Road Running Events Sunday 25 August
  • 26 Fully Stocked Refreshment Stations
  • 1,5 Km apart
  • ABSA Hydration Zone
  • Finish line refreshment station
  • Full Athlete Recovery area with post event meals
ATHLETE SUPPORT
  • Road Running Events Sunday 25 August
  • Accommodation for 900 athletes
  • 42,2km athletes  FET College Imbali
  • Full meals supplied
  • Transport to start venues