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Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.3
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.3
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4
Developed in conjunction with the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe, the Victoria Falls Marathon race is an AIMS (Association of International Marathon and Distance Races) registered event. The marathon race provides a platform for both local and international runners to pit themselves against the best!The marathon race route is varied … MORE
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    marathonchaser FIRST-TIMER '18

    I enjoyed this race so much and had nost of my running group members for motivation and support. It was a blast, the scenery beautiful and the city so alive … MORE

    I enjoyed this race so much and had nost of my running group members for motivation and support. It was a blast, the scenery beautiful and the city so alive with runners from all over the world. I had an amazing time and wore my medal for days. I would love to run this again in 2019 and you should be there too!

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    nixblig REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Such a beautiful run!!!!! I just loved it even though I was injured. I then had the time to enjoy the amazing African bush! The registration was quick and easy … MORE

    Such a beautiful run!!!!! I just loved it even though I was injured. I then had the time to enjoy the amazing African bush! The registration was quick and easy and online. The start was fun, well organized!

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    Please see my attached race report - this is a tips and tricks supplement to the comprehensive race report provided by Mike from 2017. Two older adults and two youngsters … MORE

    Please see my attached race report – this is a tips and tricks supplement to the comprehensive race report provided by Mike from 2017.
    Two older adults and two youngsters had a great run and a wonderful experience of Victoria Falls.
    Vida xo

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 10, 2018 at 12:57pm

    Excellent blog post, Vida — thanks for all your helpful tips and insights, and huge congrats on completing the marathon with your daughter by your side! Great photos, too. I had no idea there was an opportunity to walk with the lions, that must have been amazing. But I can certainly relate to Rod getting spooked on the course by an elephant — aside from the Falls themselves, that's my lasting memory of the Vic Falls experience. :) And it's impossible to know how you'll respond in that situation until it actually happens. Thanks for sharing!

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    M_Sohaskey FIRST-TIMER '17

    BOTTOM LINE: Victoria Falls may not be the largest, or the sexiest, or the most hyped marathon in Africa. But unlike many American marathons, it continues to grow each year … MORE

    BOTTOM LINE: Victoria Falls may not be the largest, or the sexiest, or the most hyped marathon in Africa. But unlike many American marathons, it continues to grow each year and for good reason. No other race on the planet promises immediate proximity to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a potential close encounter of the two-tusked kind. If you’re a Seven Continents hopeful or a traveling runner of any kind, I’d recommend you take a good long look at Vic Falls when planning your African adventure.

    Other than the initial out-and-back across the bridge alongside the Falls, you won’t have the benefit of head-turning landscapes. The dusty two-loop course lacks compelling scenery, a fact made more conspicuous by having to run it twice. And even in winter, you should plan for a warm day—you can always be pleasantly surprised if cooler temperatures prevail. This is Africa, after all.

    And yes, a disgruntled African elephant (the largest land mammal on the planet) wandered onto the course next to me in mile 15, an encounter that seemed to surprise us both. I’m proud to say I managed to give him clearance and still snap a photo, all without spooking him or soiling myself.

    PRODUCTION: The organizers do a first-class job of hosting their third-world marathon. The Kingdom Hotel where we and many other runners stayed is a 3-minute walk from the start line, always a huge advantage. Likewise the outdoor expo held at the Kingdom Hotel was pleasantly small and easily navigated. At the expo we were able to sign up for shuttle service from the finish line back to the hotel on race day. And though shuttle service at the finish line at Vic Falls Primary School was a bit disorganized, the brief inconvenience was nothing that a bit of patience didn’t resolve.

    The course could have used another aid station or two in the closing miles, and maybe a few more buckets of ice in which to store the water sachets. And there weren’t a whole lot of spectators, but then again that’s not really the expectation in a tourist town like Victoria Falls. Besides, I’m pretty sure my ears were still ringing from all the cheering at Comrades, so a low-key but well-supported race was just what this doctor ordered.

    The course wasn’t closed to traffic, but on sparsely traveled two-lane roads this was never a concern, aside from the clouds of dust kicked up by passing vehicles. Though seeing discarded water sachets being blown into the underbrush by passing trucks was disheartening, and I hope the organizers and volunteers were able to find and collect them before the wildlife did.

    SWAG: First time ever I received a finisher’s tanktop (rather than t-shirt), and an attractive one it is—eye-catching red and blue with the race logo emblazoned on front. And it was cool to see everyone wearing theirs at the finish line festival. I’m not a huge “suns out, guns out” guy with my runner’s physique, but I’m sure I’ll find ample use for it in the SoCal heat. The finisher’s medal is also nice, though small and understated, and depicts three (male?) runners with the Falls in the background. And despite its diminutive size, it’s still the largest of my African medals!

    For more details including traveler’s tips for Zimbabwe, check out my race report at https://blisterscrampsheaves.com/2017/09/13/victoria-falls-marathon-race-report/

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    [email protected] Jul 04, 2018 at 4:37am

    Just back from Vic Falls 2018 marathon. Thank you M Sohaskey (see race reports) for a most comprehensive review (including the valuable race profile) for visitors to VF and marathoners. Maita Basa! Best wishes, Vida Viliunas

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    M_Sohaskey Jul 04, 2018 at 11:56pm

    My pleasure, Vida! Thank you for your kind words — so glad you found my review helpful, and hope you had a fantastic race in Victoria Falls. And if you're so inclined, we'd love for you to leave a review of your own here on RaceRaves. Happy running!

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    [email protected] Jul 06, 2018 at 3:46am

    Thnx Mike - and have even written a review (a tips and tricks supplement to your full review) - but how do I submit if I do not link to a blog or similar? I have a website, but it is only for work...apologies for being a nuisance...

     
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