Upcoming South African ultramarathon dates

February 03, 2020

With still summer here, the hills have been alive with the sound of takkies hitting the tarmac and scores of people chasing their new year goals. 

If you’re looking for motivation to push your 2020 goals to the next level, consider this fact about South African ultrarunners: in a study released this month titled, “The State of Ultra Running 2020”, we’ve been lauded as the fastest ultramarathon runners in the world. 

“The best ultrarunners are from South Africa with an average pace of 10:36 min/mile. The runners-up are Sweden (11:56 min/mile) and Germany (12:01 min/mile),” says the report, which “analyzed 5 010 730 results from 15 451 ultrarunning events, making this the largest study ever done on the sport”.

Runner’s World South Africa asked the study researchers why Kenya, renowned for its marathon runners, didn’t make the cut, and their reasoning was: “In the country analysis, the report only included the top nations with the highest participation, since many countries have too low participation to make reliable findings. Kenya being one of those countries. However, the report does include all countries when it comes to gender, pace, and so forth.”

So our runners are fast, and we have high participation numbers. We’ll take it! And to help our ultrarunners prepare for the upcoming months we’ve compiled a list of ultramarathons for you to diarise.

Upcoming South African ultramarathons to diarise

Date Event Distance
 4 April 2020  Arthur Cresswell Memorial Ultra-Marathon  52km
 11 April 2020  Two Oceans Marathon  56km
 18 April 2020  Forever Resorts 50km Loskop Marathon  50km
 23 May 2020  Mac Mac Ultra  46km
 14 June 2020  Comrades Marathon  90km (down run)
 18 July 2020  Cape Town Festival of Running  50km or 100km


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