Adventure - - Events - Jill 2014. alike. It is

Go­ing on sa­fari in Africa is a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence so why not com­bine it with run­ning the Big Five Ad­ven­ture marathon? That way you get to tick off two items on your bucket list. Not only do to see amaz­ing wildlife in stun­ning sur­round­ings but you meet a dif­fer­ent breed of marathon run­ners. Peo­ple who seek ad­ven­ture rather than PB's. This event is more than run­ning a marathon. It is a to­tal wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence (be­fore the race and dur­ing) in the 32,000 hectare game re­serve 4 hours drive from Jo­han­nes­burg. We chose the 7 day pack­age so had plenty of op­por­tu­nity, morn­ing and night, to see the "Big Five" (Buf­falo, Ele­phant, Leop­ard, Lion and Rhino) and to view a lot of the marathon route whilst bounc­ing around in the jeeps. Sur­pris­ingly, it took the first marathon run­ner (yes a New Zealan­der) only five min­utes longer to run it than it took the jeeps to drive the course. Do not be put off by that fact, as this marathon whilst it is tough, it is achiev­able (I am fe­male over 60). Sure, you do not usu­ally en­counter a male lion on a marathon course (for­tu­nately not race day but two days be­fore) or run through herds of rhino, ze­bra, giraffe or ele­phant. But the wildlife, the ter­rain and your fel­low com­peti­tors from all around the world make this race spe­cial. Don't be fooled into think­ing the half marathon is the easy op­tion be­cause you still have to go up and down the in­fa­mous Yel­low­wood Val­ley ravine. Only if you thought you couldn't com­plete the marathon in the cut-off time - 7 hours - then the half is worth con­sid­er­ing. You will come away from this ad­ven­ture marathon with a huge sense of achieve­ment that you ran a marathon in rugged but beau­ti­ful ter­rain, with no fences pro­tect­ing you from the wildlife, with peo­ple just happy to fin­ish. The rangers they can change the marathon course on race day if wildlife such as lions are in the vicin­ity. Run­ners health and safety is para­mount. I highly rec­om­mend this marathon for run­ners and spec­ta­tors amaz­ing.

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