The wildest of them all, The Big 5 Marathon is based in the Entabeni Game Reserve in the Limpopo province of South Africa. Here you will have the chance to not only participate in a challenging marathon but also be surrounded by the famous big five African game; Elephant, Buffalo, Rhinoceros, Lion and Leopard. The marathon is limited to 250-300 people including supporters so get in quick so you don’t miss out on this incredible event.
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Qualifying and cut-off times
There is no qualifying times for The Big Five Marathon however the cut off time for the event is 7 hours
There will be drink stations approximately every 4 kms. Bananas and electrolyte drinks will also be served at selected drink stations.
The weather is likely to be very dry, sunny but cool during the event. The average temperature is likely to be between 15-20 degrees Celsius but this will vary with sun, shade, wind and altitude.
Every step of the marathon is inside the Entabeni Game Reserve. Throughout the course you will be able to experience spectacular 360 degree views of African Savannah. The Big 5 game are among some of the many wild animals which you will pass as you make your way through the course. Don’t spend too much time admiring the scenery though.There is a lot of variation in the course. The first 11km has a lot of climbing, followed by 5km of quick descent. After 8km of flat running there is a steep climb from kilomtres 25-30km. Although the last 12km has some climb the hardest part of the race is behind you. The total elevation is 1145m.
Testimonial from Robin Shafer who ran the event in 2013
I have just got back from the Big Five Marathon. It was an amazing trip; a full-on, week of new experiences, sights and sounds. The run itself was, of course, the highlight but the 7 days staying at Entabeni reserve, surrounded by other runners from all over the world made it so much more than a run. We made new friends and made future plans to meet up again for other, similar, faraway marathons. The run itself was a real challenge with steep, rough country at high altitude but the beauty of the surroundings and the excitement of being amongst the animals made it extraordinary. It was so amazing to be amongst the animals on reserve which were plentiful and beautiful. We were taken on game drives over the 230000 acres everyday by enthusiastic rangers who educated us on the African bush. Our accommodation was really comfortable and the food was perfect for hungry runners; fresh vegetables salads and fruit in abundance. I can’t wait to go back to South Africa again. The travel arrangements all went smoothly and all according to plan. Thank you so much Marathon World Travel for getting me there!!