Route Descriptions

All of the courses are hilly for a road run. It is designed to help those training for Comrades build strength. But, no matter your level, goals, or distance, this course will improve your running.

The Festival of Running in NMB is an experience race, not a “personal best” route. Approach it with this in mind and try to run your race with mates on an “even effort” between the first and second half.

Marathon: 42.2km, 847m elevation gain/loss (explore the route here or see below:
This out and back loop is scenic taking in some of Nelson Mandela Bay’s most pristine forest and coastline areas. Those nearing the back of the field are likely to get a seaside sunset before the climb back to finish.

Half Marathon: 21.1km, 419m elevation gain/loss (explore the route here:
What starts as a fast, flowing downhill for the first 9km, gives a short, sharp warning that things will change. Through Beachview there’s a flat section for your viewing pleasure, and then its 5km hill with a sting in the tail at the end! Save energy for this last climb and a sprint finish.

10km, 202m elevation gain/loss
Usually a fast distance to run, the 3-sisters hills going down to the turn will sap your energy if you run too hard. And the views will distract you!

5km, 92m elevation gain/loss
As with the 10km, take it easy, have fun. See if you can spot the Easter Bunny or a rhinoceros.