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Soweto Marathon

Quick facts

Location Soweto, South Africa

Distance Marathon

About Soweto Marathon

The ‘South West Townships’ have evolved from an area of forced habitation to an address of pride and social prestige and a destination in their own right. Though it’s devoid of spectacular sights, Soweto is now well on the tourist trail. Travellers come to be part of the welcoming township life and to visit places of tremendous historical significance, including the former homes of Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, and the Hector Pieterson Museum. A stroll down laid-back Vilakazi St offers an insight into modern African sensibilities, while the addition of Soccer City and the Soweto Bungee provide quality, concrete experiences in a place of great political abstraction. And while it was considered foolhardy to get there on your own a decade ago, it’s now safe to visit the main sights independently. With that being said, the Soweto Marathon is the place to be.

The standard marathon is a challenging test for all endurance runners.



  • 10km

Half Marathon

  • 21.097km


  • 42.195km


Aid Stations

Hydration stations are located every 3 kilometers.

Equipment Storage

There will be a dedicated tog bag area available for runners to secure their personal belongings.

Soweto Marathon Route Map

Soweto Marathon Route Map


FNB Stadium



This marathon starts at JNB Stadiumand runs through the scenic streets of Soweto, it passes by the former homes of two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Nelson Mandela's and Desmond Tutu's. Also runners on their journey will view sites of: Walter Sisulu Square, Hector Pieterson Memorial, Regina Mundi Church, just to name a few.


Loop course that starts and ends at the FNB Stadium, Soweto,Johannesburg. 

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.