Maritzburg City Marathon

Quick facts

Distance Marathon

Date 24 February, 2019

About Maritzburg City Marathon

The Witness Maritzburg City Marathon, which is powered by Clover, takes place on the last Sunday in February, annually.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 (three and a half hours for 21.1 km and 6 and a half hours for the marathon) but caters equally for runners and walkers. 

wheel chair athletes are welcome in the dedicated quarter marathon on Saturday morning, (for safety reasons, we, unfortunately, may no longer include these athletes in the road running races). This is an ideal entry level Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km.Maritzburg Marathon, known as the ‘marathon of battlers’ is organized in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

The Maritzburg Marathon has been consistantly ranked by Runners World as a well organized and well presented event. The events include a marathon and a half marathon. Walkers and wheelchair athletes are also welcome.To give you something different, we have added two trail runs. Andrew and Lauren Booth of KZN Trail have partnered with the Maritzburg City Marathon, to design a “figure 8” trail course along the banks of the Umsinduzi River. The trail will offer a 5 km option as well as a 15 km distance.

Maritzburg City Marathon Route Map

Maritzburg City Marathon Route Map


Alexandra Park

363 Prince Alfred St, Pietermaritzburg, 3201, South Africa


Alexandra Park

360 Prince Alfred St, Pietermaritzburg, 3201, South Africa




  • Msinduzi river
  • Maritzburg College and Girls’ High
  • Oribi Airport
  • Golden Horse Casino
  • Gold Circle Scottsville Race Course


The event has a two lap route through the historic of part of Pietermaritzburg. The course starts and finishes at the brand new Athletics Stadium in Alexandra Park, Pietermaritzburg. The route takes you through the suburbs of Scottsville, Bisley and Pelham before looping through the city centre. After looping through the of the old part of the city, the course crosses the Msinduzi river at the Ernie Pearce Weir.

After passing the famous schools of Maritzburg College and Girls’ High, participants run through the new suburb of Bisley, past the nature reserve, Oribi Airport and back into Scottsville through the KwaZulu Natal University Campus. A loop out into Hayfields and it’s down past St John’s DSG (another famous girls’ school) and the Golden Horse Casino at Gold Circle Scottsville Race Course. Across the river once again and back to the Drill Hall past Merchiston and Longmarket schools. 

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.