the people’s race
04 november 2018
42k 21k 10k

Frequently asked questions

  • R200 for the marathon
  • R150 for the half marathon
  • R120 for the 10km
  • Price is per entrant and is inclusive of VAT.

Only online entries are accepted and payment via Mastercard, Visa cards or via EFT at or cash payment entries at the stores listed here (see “Entry Fee”)

Ensure you have answered all the compulsory fields. A green tick next to the fields indicate it is complete. Any red crosses next to a field means it is not completed - go back and fill in the fields required. Also tick the "Terms and Conditions" box to move to the next screen.

ASA is the governing body of athletics in South Africa and all provinces are affiliated members of the ASA. This affirms that the ASA is the authority who issues these ASA licenses to all provincial members, including each province's affiliated athletes. For more information click here.

No, only registered runners with a permanent licence can enter and run the 42.2km. Temp licences are allowed for the 21km and the 10km event and may be purchased when you enter.

42.2km – 11000 Runners
21.1km –7000 Runners
10km – 7000 Runners

Yes, student pricing as follows: R100 half marathon and R85 for 10 km per entrant and is inclusive of VAT. (Student Card or letter from school and ID required are required)
Closing date for registrations is Midnight 30th June 2017 or once each distance has reached its capacity (whichever comes first)

Payment of the entry fee can be made in the following ways:

  1. Online through the secure electronic payment system on the registration platform using your MasterCard, Visa credit card or via EFT;
  2. By CASH ONLY at the following running stores/sites:

Buying a voucher does not secure your place in the race. Full registration needs to be completed first in order to secure entry.

The full race fee will apply unless a valid Student Card or Letter from School and ID are produced at race pack collection.

Race pack collection takes place from 02.11.2017 to 04.11.2017
Hours: Thurs - Fri 10:00 - 19:00 / Sat 8:30 - 16:00
Address: FNB Stadium, Gate D, Soccer City Ave , Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • ID, Driver’s License or Passport
  • Your ChampionChip
  • Confirmation of registration email
  • Student Card or Letter from School (if applicable)
  • If you are under 18, please bring the indemnity form that has been signed by your parent or guardian.

Yes, simply print and complete the Letter of Authorisation to enable someone to collect on your behalf. Don’t forget to ensure that the person collecting the race pack on your behalf must bring:

  • ID, Driver’s License or Passport
  • Your ChampionChip
  • Confirmation of registration email
  • Student Card or Letter from School (if applicable)
They must also show their own ID, Driver’s License or Passport and registration confirmation email in order to collect the race pack

There will be no race pack collections on or after race day

Race Packs can only be collected at the prescribed race collection times:
Dates: Thurs. 02.11.2017 to Sat. 04.11.2017
Hours: Thurs - Fri 10:00 - 19:00 / Sat 8:30 - 16:00
Address: FNB Stadium, Gate D, Soccer City Ave, Johannesburg, South Africa

The following age requirements apply for the race:
42km – 20years
21km – 16years
10km – 15years

We regret no wheelchair athletes due to the route layout

No blade, cyclist or mechanically operated device allowed in the race

If you are younger than 18 (on the day of the race) you will need to have your parent or guardian to complete the waiver form and bring it along when you collect your race pack, without this we will not be able to release your race pack to you.

Yes, with the City of Johannesburg as our official partner, we will have a strong contingent of police, traffic officers, and marshalls at the start, finish and throughout the route

We will still run

  • You have to belong to a club to run the Soweto Marathon (42.2km) / temporary licenses are not accepted in the 42,2km (marathon) / athletes in the marathon must participate in their club colours with their national licence displayed on the front and back of their vest.
  • Temp licences are accepted only in the 21.1km and 10km

There will be a dedicated tog bag area available for runners to secure their personal belongings

Race timing will be done via the ChampionChip race timing chip. Runners must use their own chip for the 42.2km, 21.1km and 10km runs. If they don’t own a chip they will be given the option to buy one or hire one before the race.

ChampionChip is the official timing race chip for the Soweto Marathon. It is the same chip used for Comrades Marathon, DisChem 21, Om Die Dam, Mandela Marathon or any ChampionChip timed event. A ChampionChip must be worn if you want an official finish time for the Soweto Marathon, or if you want to be eligible for prize money.

No, it will not work at the Soweto Marathon. Only the ChampionChip will work - it is the same chip used at Comrades Marathon. If you wear any other chips you will not receive a finishing time.

You may purchase a permanent ChampionChip for R140 and it will be registered in your name and you can wear it at any ChampionChip timed event in the future. To hire one it costs R50, and it can only be used once, at the Soweto Marathon only, and you will return it at the finish line.

Yes, it is compulsory, however you can run any of the distances without a ChampionChip, but you will not receive an official time. A ChampionChip must be worn if you want an official finish time for the Soweto Marathon, or if you want to be eligible for prize money.

Parking will be provided at FNB Stadium. Please note that parking is at your own risk. Old Mutual Soweto Marathon may not be held responsible for theft or damage to any vehicle and its contents

We recommend getting there as early as possible as we expect the traffic to be heavy. Runners must be ready and in the start pens an hour before their designated race start time

If you are not in your designated starting pen by the time the gun goes off, you will not be able to run:
42.2km – 06h00
21.1km – 06h30
10km – 07h00

The marathon route will take runners through Soweto’s historical & cultural landmarks including:

  • The Walter Sisulu Square
  • Kliptown
  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital
  • Vilakazi Street
  • Hector Peterson Memorial
  • Morris Isaacson School
  • Oppenheimer Memorial
  • Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s current home
  • Jabulani Hostels

Yes, every 3 kilometers.

Yes, they are welcome to come and watch you run.

No, unfortunately not. There will be food and refreshments on sale.

No club gazebo's will be allowed in the stadium and a statement will be made available soon on stand allocation/booking within the stadium.

No open fires or gas cylinders will be allowed in the stadium

Yes, there will be vendors selling food and refreshments.

There will be a rapid response vehicle and medical personnel at the start, finish and along the route.

You will be seen to by the emergency services personnel on the day and if the need arises will be stabilized and taken to the nearest government hospital, where any expenses for your care will be for your account.

There will be a medical van that will be sweeping the route and will pick you up and return you to the finish where you will receive the appropriate care.

Each runner will need to complete the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon within 6 hours, the 21km within 3½ hours and the 10km within 2 hours. In addition , for the runner's safety, a half way cut-off at 21km's of 3hrs 20mins will be enforced on the marathon route.

Sweeper vehicles will follow the back runners

Unfortunately your race entry is non-refundable. There are no refunds for cancelled entries. There will be a substitution, upgrade + downgrade window period from 1st September to 30th September 2017. Further details to follow.

Yes, each race participant will receive a free commemorative t-shirt with their race pack

Live race results will be available on race day via the ChampionChip Africa website

Yes, all participants who finish the race will receive a race medal