The Big 5 Marathon in South Africa is coming up shortly

A magnificent setting for the Big 5 Marathon

One hopes that the man in the chair has someone watching his back! :)

I should warn you immediately that the date on the video was for last year – but what a lovely video and the marathon is coming up again on the 22nd June this year.

This marathon was highlighted by Forbes Magazine as “one of the Top 10 marathons worth travelling for”. A high accolade indeed and needless to say, runners from around the world will be heading to Entabeni, South Africa  to take part in this year’s event.

Big 5 marathon route

Stuart Mann, a previous participant says this marathon has the “WOW” factor. “The route is simply fantastic. This was the second time in my life (the first was my maiden Knysna marathon) that I enjoyed a course so much that I found myself half dreading each kilometre board (although I have to admit that relief definitely started to overpower this dread towards the end!). One thing that you do have to be careful of is not admiring the spectacular surroundings too much or you are liable to step in a large pile of elephant-style bran muffins. As the name suggests the race is run in Big 5 territory with rangers out to “marshal” the more dangerous animals (dodging rhinos seems to be the biggest challenge).” 

The mind works overtime as you cover the miles and when seeing some fresh lion spoor in the sand, Stuart remembered something he’d read. “Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows that it must out run the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It does not matter whether you are a lion or gazelle. When the sun comes up in Africa you had better be running.”

Guaranteed to keep the adrenalin racing!

One of the best things about this marathon is that it’s a family event. Whilst the marathon-mad member is out there, slogging away, dodging wildlife and heading for the wire – the rest of the family can be enjoying the sylvian surroundings of Entabeni, a 22,000 ha, malaria-free, private game reserve, from the comfort of a game viewing vehicle with nothing more serious on their minds than a wish to spot the Big 5!

The national park represents the best of South Africa’s spectacular nature with high mountains, ravines, savannas, forested savanna, rivers and lakes with an impressive abundance of wildlife.

For more on the Big 5 Marathon just follow the link…


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