On Sunday 9 June 2019, 25 000 brave individuals will attempt the Comrades Marathon, an 87km race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
With runners flying in from all over the country and the world to take part in the race, many with families and supporters in tow, Durban will be buzzing with energy.
Just because you’re arriving with a mission doesn’t mean you can’t have fun along the way. Here’s an itinerary that’ll get you to the starting line while seeing the sights on your trip to KwaZulu-Natal:
Friday 7 June: fly in to Durban, get settled, visit the expo
You don’t want to land in a mad rush the day before the race, which is why we suggest you arrive on Friday.
Obviously your first stop is getting there. Mango has regular flights to Durban’s King Shaka International Airport from Cape Town, Lanseria and OR Tambo International Airport. Don’t forget to book your hire car through Mango’s partners for great savings. You can either do this online when you book your flights or directly with the services.
Now that you’re in Durban, your second port of call would be to settle into your accommodation. Since the start of this year’s race is at Durban City Hall, try to book accommodation in or around the city so that it’s easy to get to the starting mat.
Did you know we offer special travel packages that include flights, accommodation and airport transfers in and around Durban? If you’re running late and haven’t made any bookings for your trip yet, this will be the quickest way to finalise your arrangements.
When you’ve unpacked and made yourself at home, head off to the Comrades Marathon Expo to pick up your race number. Since it’s still two days before the event, you’ll miss the worst of the crowds. You can also buy all your sport drinks and snacks here – it’s a long race, you need to keep those electrolytes up! The expo takes place at the Durban Exhibition Centre, and is open from 9am to 7pm on Friday 7 June.
Finally, the administration for the day is done and now you can relax! Since you’re at the coast, end the day with a long walk on the beach as the sun sets. There’s a number of beaches close by the city centre that you can visit, or you can drive out to a more secluded area.
Saturday 8 June: explore the city
Durban is a beautiful and vibrant city, and in all fairness you should spend much more than just one day to truly experience it.
First and foremost, visit the Moses Mabhida Stadium where you can enjoy a view of the city like no other, from the top of the arch that crosses the stadium! If you're brave enough, take a leap into the centre of the stadium below from the rooftop with the world's tallest rope swing.
After you’re drained of adrenaline at Moses Mabhida, get to know Durban’s inner city by visiting Warwick Junction, home to nine individual markets and thousands of vendors. Browse crafts and snack on local delicacies as you explore the giant hub.
We’re sure you’ll want to head to bed early before the race the next day, but you can’t end the day without dinner! Whether you believe in carbo-loading or protein power, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of Durban’s best restaurants, offering all kinds of cuisine. If you’re in the mood for something a bit more local, here’s your guide on finding the best bunny chow in the city.
Sunday 9 June: run to Pietermaritzburg or take the supporter’s route
With the race starting at 5.30am, it’s going to be an early morning. Be sure to leave for the Durban City Hall extra early as there will undoubtedly be traffic on the roads.
If you’re running the race, we wish you the best of luck! If you’re supporting a runner, keep reading …
As a supporter, it’s vital to plan your route, whether you intend to drive straight to the finish line at Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg or to stop en route. Be aware of all road closures and keep the route map handy and you’ll be fine. Have fun cheering on your friends and family!
Monday 10 June: recover along the Midlands Meander before heading home
Phew, it’s all over now. The runners are probably stiff and achy and the supporters are likely hoarse from all the cheering – it’s been tough all round.
While you’re still in Pietermaritzburg, don’t miss an opportunity to explore the nearby Midlands Meander. Don’t worry, it’s not a strenuous excursion, but rather a leisurely drive through beautiful countryside while stopping off at quaint eateries and craft shops.
Make sure you head to the airport with time to spare. We wish you a pleasant flight!