Route & Route Maps

 

FULL MARATHON (42.2KM)

  • Start Time :  06h45

As per previous years, the race starts in town, outside the banks, next to Ilala Lodge. The race then crosses the bridge to the Zambia border, and comes back into Zimbabwe, then turns right along Zambezi Drive offering great views of the river, the Big Tree, and maybe some game along this section.  There will be National Parks armed rangers along this section. The Zambezi Drive then joins Park Way, at 7.2 km mark T-junction, and now turns LEFT, towards town, and then right at the Rainbow Hotel – up into the suburbs, on cool, quiet, tree lined streets. The route enters the iconic Victoria Falls Safari Lodge grounds via their back gate.

From here the route heads out of the main ‘entrance’ Safari Lodge gate, winding downhill to join Park Way – left – toward the Zambezi National Park.

At the park gate you turn around and come back for a second loop.

Part two of the Full Marathon is the same route with an additional 2.5km out and back on the Kazungula road.

The finish is at Elephant Hills Driving Range – access from Park Way.

SPECIALLY ABLED RACE (approx. 17km)

  • Start Time :  06h50

The race starts shortly after the Full Marathon.

As per previous years, the race starts in town, outside the Banks, next to Ilala Lodge. From the start, head downhill and turn FIRST LEFT into Zambezi Drive – you do NOT CROSS THE BRIDGE.

Zambezi Drive offering great views of the river, the Big Tree, and maybe some game along this section. There will be National Parks armed rangers along this section. The Zambezi Drive then joins Park Way, at the 7.2 km mark, turning LEFT, towards town, and then right at the Rainbow Hotel – up into the suburbs, on cool, quiet, tree lined streets. The route enters the iconic Victoria Falls Safari Lodge grounds via their back gate.

From here the route heads out of the main ‘entrance’ Safari Lodge gate, winding downhill to join Park Way – left – toward the Zambezi National Park.

At the park gate you turn around and head back to the finish at Elephant Hills Driving Range – access from Park Way.

HALF MARATHON (21.1km) & STEWARD BANK RELAY (10.5km x 2 persons)

HALF MARATHON

  • Start Time : 07h15

As per previous years, the race starts in town, outside the Banks, next to Ilala Lodge. As per the full marathon, the race crosses the bridge to the Zambia border and comes back into Zimbabwe, then turns right along Zambezi Drive offering great views of the river, the Big Tree, and maybe some game along this section. There will be National Parks armed rangers along this section.  The Zambezi Drive then joins Park Way, at 7.2 km mark, turning LEFT, towards town, and then right at the Rainbow Hotel – up into the suburbs, on cool, quiet, tree lined streets. The route enters the iconic Victoria Falls Safari Lodge grounds via their back gate.

From here the route heads out of the main ‘entrance’ Safari Lodge gate, winding downhill to join Park Way – left – and on to the Zambezi National Park.

At the park gate you turn around and head back to the finish at Elephant Hills Driving Range – access from Park Way.

STEWARD BANK TEAM RELAY

  • Start Time : 07h15

Team member #1 – runs part one of the half marathon race described above, and the transition / change-over point is inside the Vic Falls Safari Lodge grounds.

Team member #2 – continues into Zambezi National Park, finishing at the Elephant Hills driving range.  Transport is provided from The Kingdom Hotel Parking lot area, via buses meeting at 06h00, but departing sharply at 06h15am to avoid the traffic before the races start, and they will take the second runner to the change-over point.

FUN RUN (just under 8km)

  • Start Time:  07h45

As per previous years, the race starts in town, outside the Banks, next to Ilala Lodge. The the route then heads down hill and turns LEFT on to Zambezi Drive.

After winding along next to the river and past the Big Tree, up to the junction and now turns RIGHT on to Park Way.

Run past Elephant Hills main turnoff, follow the signs to the finish along Park Way – into the back of the driving range and the Finish.

There will be plenty of water / refreshments along all the routes, and one bottle of water at the Finish in the tunnels for all athletes.

Food and other drinks will be on sale at the finish.

THE FINISHING LINE

The atmosphere in the stadium is electric with local bands playing, entertainment, crowds of local enthusiasts to cheer the runners, and lots of food and drink for sale.

The Victoria Falls Marathon is completely backed up, and manned by local organisations. Crowd control and traffic control are provided for, as is medical assistance and communications and sweep cars, marshals, signage, water, and coke at some points.