SPORTING EVENTS

GETTING ACTIVE IN THE MIDLANDS

Kwa-Zulu Natal has everything a traveler could look for in a vacation destination: Warm summer days and mild winters, majestic scenery including Beach, Big 5 game viewing in the Bush and of course Berg in the ancient Drakensberg Escarpment.

What the friendly province also has, is some of the world’s greatest sporting events.

 

PIETERMARITZBURG

THE DUSI CANOE MARATHON

Started in 1951, the Dusi Canoe Marathon is the largest canoeing race on the African continent. 

It attracts up to 2000 competitors each year who make the 120 km river trip between Pietermaritzburg and Durban over 3 days. The race starts on the uMsindusi River that runs through Pietermaritzburg, joins the uMngeni River where the rapids become more challenging and ends at Blue Lagoon. 

HOWICK

THE MIDMAR MILE

The Midmar Mile is the world’s largest open water swimming race with as many as 16 000 entrants hoping to complete the one mile swim held each year at Midmar Dam, outside of Pietermartizburg. 

The race began in 1974 with 150 entrants and achieved Guinness World Record status in 2009 as the largest open water race in the world.

PIETERMARITZBURG

mANDELA DAY MARATHON

The Mandela Day Marathon is an initiative by uMgungundlovu District Municipality which aim to unite people from all walks of life from all over the globe to get together for just one day to walk in the steps of Nelson Mandela himself. 

The journey begins ar Manaye hall where he made his last speech and end at the magnificent and breath taking must see capture site where he was captured.

Durban

Tsogo Sun Umashova Bicycle race

Amashova Durban Classic is a one-day road cycle race with four distances. It also includes a 160km race that is part of the Gran Fondo World Tour. It takes place between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

The history of this, the oldest ‘classic’ cycle race in the country, is one of dogged determination to succeed in spite of the odds. The idea of having a bicycle race on the route of the world famous Comrades Marathon, between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, was the dream of veteran Springbok cyclist Dave Wiseman and his friend Tony McMillan. 

Karkloof

KARKLOOF 100 MILER

Karkloof 100’s mission is to deliver a world class 100 mile foot race in one of South Africa’s most beautiful and runnable terrains.

 

The Karkloof100 is one of South Africa’s premier ultra trail events, creating an opportunity for endurance runners to take on the ultimate distance over beautiful terrain and landscapes. Much of the course is run on purpose-built trail, jeeps tracks and farm roads. While it’s a pure trail experience, the course is not too technical and incorporates mile after mile of flowing trail through the Karkloof Valley.

Durban/Pietermaritzburg

COMRADES MARATHON

The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 kilometres which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. 

It is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race. The direction of the race alternates each year between the “up” run (87 km) starting from Durban and the “down” run (now 90.184 km) starting from Pietermaritzburg.

Pietermaritzburg

MARITZBURG UNITED

Maritzburg United F.C was formed in 1981 and a professional club that plays in the top flights of South African football. The club is based in Pietermaritzburg.

The Club’s Vision is to be both inspirational and aspiration to the communities of KZN, in particular Pietermaritzburg. To nurture youth and future leaders into exceptional role players that will drive the Club in to a world class brand.