The first Vlakte Marathon took place in 2001 and it was the first marathon that the Langeberg Athletics club held, which is a race that starts from Heidelberg to Witsand. Around 90 athletes competed that specific day, up to date the marathon has grown to a total number of 750 athletes competing during the last weekend in November every year.
This race is also one of the last Comrades Marathon qualifiers race for the year and this creates the opportunity to grow this events as one of the major events in the Explorer’s Garden Route.
The Vlakte Marathon hosts various distances, a Halfmarathon (21.1km), 10.4km and a 5km event to give everybody, athlete or non-athlete a chance to enjoy the day, take in the explorer’s scenery and part take in a fun race for the whole family.
November 25 @ 05:00 – 17:00
Registration & Late Entries : On-Line Entries @ www.aswd.co.za . Close Monday 20 November 23h30. All Late Entries : Will be accepted at a R20 premium to advertised rates.
Transport : Morning of the race, available from Witsand Camp site at 3.30am and no later.
ASWD Licensed athlete take note: Forget your IPICO chip – you will have to pay R20 to loan one for the race. Lost your chip – you will have to pay R75 for a replacement chip.
Start : 42.2km : 05h00 Heidelberg High School
Sports Ground 21.1km : 06h00 Zoutpan (Halfway down the R323 to Witsand) 10.4km : 07h00 Vondeling Primary School (10 km from Witsand on the R323) 5km : 08h00 Green shed 2km from Port Beauford/Witsand on the R323 Finish : All races finish in Witsand Hand-outs : Goodiebags for first 100 Entries Prize giving
Athletes are responsible to collect their own prize money or make an alternative arrangement with the Event Organizer. Failing which prize money is forfeited. (ASA Rule 2.9) Accommodation
A variety of accommodation is available ranging from “low budget” in the local High School Hostel (028 722 1455 Mon-Fri 08:00-14:00) to Heidelberg Hotel (028 722 1860) to guest houses or visit the following link for more information : www.riebenstravel.com or call 087 802 6403 to get more information on accommodation.
Enquiries : Nico Steyn – 0832263091