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Soweto is the biggest township in South Africa and is fast becoming a popular stop for tourists visiting the country. Known for its rich history and diverse culture, the township now boasts a world-class marathon too. Soweto itself is a world-famous name and has played a hugely important role in South Africa's modern history. The Old Mutual Soweto Marathon honours this heritage of Soweto by taking runners past the iconic landmarks of the area.

Runners pass six significant heritage sites one the marathon route, including Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital (the third largest hospital in the world), Walter Sisulu Square (birthplace of 1955's Freedom Charter that emphasised a non-racial society, liberty and individual rights), Regina Mundi Catholic Church (also referred to as "the people's church" due to its role in the anti-apartheid struggle), Morris Isaacson High School, Vilakazi Street and the Hector Pieterson Memorial.

The Old Mutual Soweto Marathon encourages South Africans to learn more about the rich heritage of Soweto, and also exposes international runners to one of the most vibrant and historically significant parts of the country.

Dubbed "The People's Race", the Soweto Marathon has a special place in the hearts of many South African runners.

Join us again in September 2017 for information on the next memorable Soweto Marathon.

2017 Entries

Entries for the 2017 Soweto Marathon, which will be taking place on Sunday 05 November, are now open.


Race Pack Collection

Race pack collection will take place from 2 - 4 November 2017 at the FNB Stadium, Gate D during the following times:

  • Thursday - Friday 10h00 - 19h00
  • Saturday 08h30 - 16h00

For more information on race packs, please visit the Soweto Marathon website.

Run for more than yourself

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