The annual Victoria Falls Marathon is almost upon us, taking place on Sunday, 3 July, 2016. Attracting athletes from over 25 countries around the world, it has rapidly grown in popularity since its inception in 2009.
The full 42.2km route is a ‘double loop’, the starting point of which is the car park outside the Ilala Lodge entrance. Runners make their way across the historic Victoria Falls Bridge, and into Zambia, before swiftly making a U-Turn back towards the Smoke That Thunders. After crossing back over the bridge, runners arrive at the most breath-taking section of the race – Zambezi Drive.
Gaze upon gorgeous views of Cataract, Livingstone and Princess Victoria Island within the mighty Zambezi River, and look out for the infamous Big Tree situated at the far end of Zambezi Drive – a towering baobab which stretches eerily into the sky. The relatively-flat route then continues along Mosi-oa-Tunya Drive, through the lush Zambezi National Park, ending at Victoria Falls Primary School. As you make your way through the game reserve, there is a strong possibility of wildlife sightings, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled.
As to the other races – the 21.2 km half marathon comprises just one loop, while the shorter 7.5 km fun run cuts out the brief Zambian visit and most of the Mosi-oa-Tunya Drive section. After the event, runners are warmly welcomed onto a comfortable boat for a scenic sunset cruise along the Zambezi River. What better way to reward yourself after such an exhausting day?
Full Marathon – 06:45
Half Marathon – 07:15
Fun Run – 08:15
This year, proceeds from the marathon will go towards the Victoria Falls Green Fund, the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit, the Painted Dog Conservation, and the Rose of Charity in Victoria Falls. If you’re not lucky enough to be in Victoria Falls to run the race, or show your support, make sure to catch the televised version on Supersport.
Did you know? The Victoria Falls Marathon is the only marathon in the world that crosses an international border (from Zimbabwe to Zambia).
To find out more about the Victoria Falls Marathon, simply visit their page: www.vicfallsmarathon.com.
If you haven’t had a chance to lock down your Victoria Falls accommodation during the event, then give the luxurious Ilala Lodge a call on +263(13) 44737/8/9, or simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image Credits: Tami Walker Photography and Phillip Wannell