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Umgeni Water Marathon

Quick facts

Location Baynesfield, South Africa

Distance Marathon

Date 29 Mar 2020

About Umgeni Water Marathon

The Umgeni Water Marathon takes place in March every year during National Water Week. For the last 21 years the event has taken place at Midmar Dam resort. The Dam is situated in the picturesque KZN Midlands on the “Old Main Road” ( R103 ) between Jo’Burg and Durban, approximately 4 km off the N3 Freeway, being about 4-hours drive from Jo’Burg and about 1-hours drive from Durban.


14.475 km

  • 14.475km


  • 21km


  • 42.195km


Maximum Time

42 km Run - 6 am start - time limit 5 hours. 32 km Run – 6 am start - time limit 5 hours. 15 km Run/Walk - 6:15 am start - time limit 3 hours.

Umgeni Water Marathon Route Map

Umgeni Water Marathon Route Map


Corrie Lynn School



Midmar Dam resort



Set at the tranquil Midmar Dam Resort and Nature Reserve, in the heart of the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the Umgeni Water Marathon offers you so much more than just an unforgettable running experience. 

Midmar Dam Resort has four camping grounds, for caravans and tents, with powered and non-powered sites, as well as several rustic-cabins and chalets, all near the start/finish area. There are also numerous family Hotels and Bed ‘n Breakfasts on the Midlands Meander, all close to the resort. 

Midmar Dam Resort also offers yachting, skiing, swimming, fishing and board-sailing. Take a slow drive through the well-stocked Game Reserve or along the Midlands Meander to Nottingham Road and then round off the day with a Sunset Cruise. 


The marathon route comprises two, approximately equal, out-and-back loops in opposite directions along the scenic waters-edge of Midmar Dam, on undulating tar and gravel roads. Please note, the road surfaces within the resort are uneven, and are not suitable for wheelchair athletes.

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.