2022 Frequently Asked Questions
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When and where will the 2022 Econet Victoria Falls Marathon take place?
3 July 2022 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
As per the Zimbabwe Sports and Recreation Event rules, all entrants and staff must either be:
- Fully vaccinated against Covid-19 OR
- Have a Covid 19 negative test dated less than 48 hours before number collection
Vaccination certificates/ negative test results will be checked at number collection by MARS staff.
Your temperature may also be checked.
Please have a copy of your test / vaccination to give to the MARS checkpoint – if not, they can take a photo of your original.
If you are collecting for a group , you will need all the copies of vaccination/ test results per entrant before you will be able to collect their numbers.
500 rapid tests will be available for those that need them.
Cost is $10 each and it will take a few minutes to get the result.
Anyone testing positive will be declined entry and referred to MARS (Medical Air Rescue Services)
Only athletes / runners allowed into the Race Number Collection area. Family and friends to stay in the car park.
You are encouraged to comply with all Covid protocols:
- Please practise social distancing – especially at the starts and in the tunnels – and where social distancing it is not possible be sure to wear a mask for the short period of time needed.
- Hand sanitising is recommended.
- Sharing of water etc is not permitted.
All staff working at the event including number collection, at water points and in the tunnels will be requested to be masked, and sanitise their hands regularly.
Should I book my accommodation in Victoria Falls or Livingstone?
The Vic Falls Bridge (Immigration point between Zimbabwe and Zambia) is closed on race morning to control traffic. You should therefore stay on the Zimbabwean (Victoria Falls) side of the border.
Where does it start?
The race starts in Victoria Falls town, see map. Final details are provided at registration when you collect your number.
What time does it start?
Usually the full marathon starts at 06h45, followed by the half / fun run.
However exact times will be published once entries open.
How do I enter?
You may enter on-line via this website ENTRY tab. There are different prices for different nationalities and race distances, take care to enter correctly. You will be required to complete your passport or Zimbabwe ID information in order for us to prepare permission from Zimbabwe Immigration Authorities as the full/half marathons both cross the Vic Falls Bridge, so please ensure you have that information at hand.
You will require a credit card to enter / pay for this race. You will be billed in ZA Rands at the prevailing ROE and including a handling fee.
For Zimbabwean citizens who do not have access to an international credit card to pay, we will have an option to pay within Zimbabwe – details to be communicated in due course.
When do entries close, and is there a cut-off on race numbers?
There is a cut-off on entries due to safety of the athletes and capacity on the route.
- Full Marathon – 900
- Half Marathon – 2500
- Fun Run – 1500
- Half Marathon Team Relay – 100 teams of 2 runners per team
Entries close Sunday 19 June 2022 (midnight), or sooner if capacity is reached.
Where do I collect my race number?
Collection from Kingdom Hotel – garden below car park
Thursday 30 June 12h00 – 17h00
Friday 01 July 10h00 – 17h00
Saturday 02 July 09h00 – 16h00.
You will need to provide proof of payment and ID/passport to collect.
If you are collecting for a friend, you will require a copy of THEIR ID and proof of payment as well.
Do NOT SWAP RACE NUMBERS, or your results will be incorrectly recorded.
Can I collect my race number on race day?
No – you will need to make an arrangement to collect when Registration/Collection is open
May I enter a friend and pay for them?
You can but each entry must be done individually and paid for individually, you can’t do both entries for yourself and the friend at the same time. Two separate entries and two separate payments.
Are the entries refundable?
The entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances. Athletes submitting duplicate entries will be charged for both.
Does the Victoria Falls Marathon accept late entries?
How will I know if my on-line entry has been accepted?
An e-mail (if an email address is supplied) will be sent to you once your entry has been processed. Please check your data carefully upon receipt of your entry confirmation.
Payment must be made for your entry to be accepted. No payment = no entry = no race number.
Can anyone enter the Vic Falls Marathon?
The race is restricted to runners/walkers only.
Please refer to the age restrictions, per IAAF, for each distance.
How old must I be to enter the Vic Falls Marathon?
Per IAAF guidelines. The minimum age requirement is that an athlete must be 20 years of age on the day of the race for the 42.2km, and 18 years for the 21.1km.
Fun Run participants have to be 10 years or older, unless accompanied by an adult.
Will I be allowed personal seconding?
May I wear ear-phones and listen to music during my run?
No. Due to the fact that some of the sections on the route may have limited traffic, running with ear-phones/music is NOT allowed on any of the races. Also, because you’re running in a nature reserve, you need to be aware of nature and the animals, you are entering their natural environment.
Are there water stations along the routes?
Yes, approximately every 4km – 5km there will be hydration points, supplying water and in some cases coke.
What prize money is on offer?
All 2022 Prize Money information can be found under: ‘2022 Race Information’ – ‘Prize Money’, on the Victoria Falls Marathon website
Prize Monies will be taxed according to the laws of the country before payment
May I wear sponsor’s advertising?
The race is run under the rules of the IAAF, which stipulate that no personal sponsors’ logos may be worn by an athlete.
Sponsored teams have to stick to the regulated size of 1 x logo per apparel items. The logo to be no bigger than 10cm x 10cm.
What must I do to earn a gold medal?
Gold medals are awarded to the first 10 men and first 10 women to cross the finish line, in the 42.2km, and 21.1km categories.
How long do I have to complete the race?
Cut-off time is 6 hours for the Full Marathon.
Is the race timed and when are the results available?
Yes the race is timed using disposable timing chips.
Race results are effectively on live-time and will be uploaded to the website immediately.
Must I qualify to compete in the Vic Falls Marathon?
No, it’s not necessary – but we do recommend proper training as the full marathon route is considered to be tough.
Who should I contact if I have any other questions?
Email the Victoria Falls Marathon: firstname.lastname@example.org
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