Have you heard about The Victoria Falls Marathon? It’s the only race in the world that runs across an international border (from Zimbabwe to Zambia). Taking place every year since 2006, it attracts locals as well as tourists from over 24 countries to take part. Runners pass through a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and may even see wildlife along the way, definitely one of the most unique marathons in the world.
The marathon includes a full 42.2km marathon, a 21.2km half marathon, and a 7.5km fun run. It is an AIMS (Association of International Marathon and Distance Races) registered event and was developed in conjunction with the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe. When it took place the first time, 12 years ago, there were just 300 local runners joining the competition. Now it has become a meeting point for both local and international runners to challenge themselves and achieve their goals.
There is great spirit while running, with some racers waving their country’s flags. Water is available all along the route, managed by the sponsors. The race starts in the car park by the banks of the Zambezi, then crosses over the Vic Falls Bridge and ends at the Victoria Falls primary school. The after-party is on the banks of the mighty Zambezi.
Every year the race raises money for various charity initiatives, this year the beneficiaries are Painted Dog Conservation, Rose of Charity in Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls Green Fund, and the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit.
Of course, many visitors in town for the marathon extend their stay to explore more of Victoria Falls as well as the neighbouring areas of Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia that all offer fantastic safari experiences.
Don’t wait too long, book your flight and join us for the next Victoria Falls Marathon on the 1st July 2018!