With only a day left before the deadline date of 31 July 2018, which is a cut-off-date to register to participate in one of Africa’s fastest growing marathon, the Nelson Mandela Day Marathon.   The organisers are issuing a call to all runners to urgently register on time to avoid being left out of this iconic marathon which this year celebrates the centenary and the legacy of South Africa’s first democratic president, Nelson Mandela.

The Mandela Day Marathon which runs in spectacular settings and surrounded by a festive vibe from Manaye Hall in Imbali Township in Pietermaritzburg to the Howick Precinct where Madiba was arrested, a historic incident which set South Africa on the journey to freedom.


Runners are urgently requested to visit the website www.mandelamarathon.co.za  to download the forms or visit uMgungundlovu family of municipalities. The Mandela Marathon Office has extended its hours of work to ensure that applications are processed on time.  For the next two days the Mandela Day Marathon office will open from 08h00 to 20h00.

Race categories and Entry Fees include: 42.2 Km (licenced runners only)

21.1 Km  (temporary licence R20)

10 Km (temporary licence R10)

4.6664 ( 5Km – Entries by invitation)


  • Runners are advised that there may be no extension of the date as this impact on logistics preparation hence they are implored to register on time before the 31st July 2018.

  • Those who fail to register timeously risk the disappointment of not taking part in this year’s historic 7th edition of the Nelson Mandela Day Marathon.

  • A total of over 500 runners who have been running the Nelson Mandela Day Marathon for the 5th consecutive time will receive permanent numbers.

  • This year’s race will be run under the theme #Keep Running the Legacy, which symbolises Tata Madiba’s vision of a united and prosperous nation.

  • More logistics including water stations, medical facilities, shuttle services and parking facilities and security arrangements have been upgraded to higher schedules this year.

  • Runners are advised that there will be no shuttle services to their starting venues and it is their duty to timeously familiarise themselves with the race routes and parking venues.

  • Runners will also be prohibited from switching from the race they initially registered for to the new one on the date of the marathon.

The 7th Mandela Day Marathon will be held on Sunday, 26 August 2018; starting at the Manaye Hall in Mbali Township, Pietermaritzburg and finishing at Mandela Capture Site in Howick.


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