Running in South Africa
The marathon has a proud history and is steeped in tradition. History records that in 490 BC, the soldier Pheidippides, covered the distance from a battlefield near Marathon, Greece, to Athens in order to bring the news of a Greek victory over the Persians. At the end of this historical run he collapsed and died from the exertions of fulfilling his duty.
It's no wonder South Africans love running, whether it's short or long distance - the country's beautiful, contrasting landscape is ideal for endurance sport activities.
In South Africa, there are a host of marathons, half-marathons, fun runs and the odd ultra marathon spread out throughout the year but, naturally, some do stand out.
The 56km Two Oceans in Cape Town over Easter is one of the most scenic races in the world and, for the real seasoned runner, the Comrades is a hectic 98km, between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, run in June. The Two Oceans and the Comrades manages to pull top professionals from overseas and others on South African holiday all vying for a good placing in the race.