Race Info

These rules and regulations set out what entrants need to do to enter the African Bank Soweto Marathon. They also provide information regarding restrictions on entrants when participating in the race, what the prizes are and how they can be won. It is very important for you to understand these rules.

Rules & Regulations


International Athletes

International Athletes must provide a clearance letter from their country of origin. They must also comply with World Athletics rules 4.2 and 142.2 and ASA rule 9.

Foreign athletes are not allowed to run with an ASA Provincial licence; and are required to purchase a temporary licence otherwise face disqualification (Refer to World Athletics rule 4).

Foreign athletes are not allowed to run in club colours unless such club exits in their country of origin or they are in possession of a refugee status permit or are naturalised citizens of RSA (Refer to World Athletics rule 4).

Closing Date of Entries

Entries open on 12th July 2023 and will close when the entry cap has been reached.

Soweto Marathon Rights Reserved

Any irregularities in your entry form will result in a rejected entry. SOWETO MARATHON reserves the right to accept or reject any entry, subject to the rules of World Athletics, ASA, CGA and SOWETO MARATHON.

Age Restrictions 

42.2km – The minimum age requirement is that the athlete must be 20 years or older on 5 November 2023

21.1km – The minimum age requirement is that the athlete must be 16 years or older on 5 November  2023

10km – The minimum age requirement is that the athlete must be 15 years or older on 5 November  2023.

No Chip, No Result, No Prize

The event is being timed by Peak Timing and a disposable timing chip, linked to your entry, will be attached to your race number. Please do not remove this timing chip, bend, fold or damage in anyway. All timing mats MUST be crossed during the race to ensure you receive an official time.

Race Numbers

Race numbers must be worn throughout the race on the front of your upper garment/vest. Registered athlete(s) must be a member of a club affiliated with ASA and must wear their club colours along with their 2023 license numbers, to be worn on the back and front together with the issued race number. The race number should not be placed over the licence number – both must be visible on the front of the race garment/vest. The race number must be worn on the front of the upper garment/vest. Temporary licensed athletes who are associated with a club may also wear their club colours or plain white clothing, with the issued temporary license number also on the back, and race number to be worn on the front. No advertising allowed. Participants must familiarise themselves with and abide by the advertising rules as per the World Athletics, ASA and CGA Rulebooks. (World Athletics Rule 143and ASA Rule 13.1 and advertising regulations). These provisions apply for the duration of the race including warming up, all race ceremonies and official press conference. Under no circumstances may a runner display a political slogan. [World Athletics Rule 2(a)].

No Refund Policy

In the event of natural disasters and race cancellation, no refunds will be processed.


Please note that it is the runner’s responsibility to ensure they enter the correct event when entering online or at a store. Entries incorrectly entered will not be amended and NO REFUNDS will be processed. Duplicate payment for the same entry will also NOT BE REFUNDED. Please take special note of the category options available and the age restrictions which apply. Any payments made directly into the Soweto Marathon Trust account without an entry or after the official closing date or when limits have been reached, will also NOT BE REFUNDED.

Acknowledgement of Entry

Entries will be acknowledged via a valid e-mail address (as supplied on your entry form). It is your personal responsibility to check your confirmation of entry. If any of the info is incorrect, please contact the SOWETO MARATHON RACE OFFICE so that your details can be accurately captured. You must produce this confirmation in order to collect your race number.

Race Pack Collections

Race pack collections will take place at FNB Stadium Johannesburg, South Africa from Thursday 2nd November to Saturday 4thNovember 2023.

Hours: Thurs-Friday: 09:00-10:00. Sat: 08:30-18h00

  • All participants MUST provide proof of identity in order to collect their race number. ID book, Passport or Driver’s License.
  • NO race numbers will be issued on race day.
  • Race packs can only be collected at the prescribed race pack collection times. No race pack collections can be made on or after race day; and no entry fee will be refunded under any circumstances.

Final Race Instructions

Your Final Race Instructions will be part of the registration pack and will also be posted on www.sowetomarathon.com at least 6 days prior to race day. These final instructions will supersede the rules & procedures in this brochure and those currently on the website and will be applied on race weekend.

Listening Devices

For safety reasons, participants are not allowed to use earphones, iPods, etc. during the race. This excludes hearing aid devices.

10km MEN & WOMAN


21km MEN & WOMAN


42km MEN & WOMAN


Race Day Conduct

All entrants must bring proof of identification, which can either be a valid Driver’s License, ID or Passport and confirmation of entry to collect their race pack. If entrants are not available to collect their race packs, they must supply a letter of authorisation to allow someone to collect them on their behalf. Please note that race packs can only be collected during the prescribed times, no late collections will be accommodated

Registered athletes must be a member of a club affiliated with the ASA and must wear their club colours along with their 2023 license number, to be worn on the front & back of the shirt. If issued with a race number this must be worn on the front of the upper garment/vest. Temporary licensed athletes whom are associated with a club may also wear their club colours or plain clothing, with the issued temporary licence number also on the back, and the race number to be worn on the front. No advertising allowed.

Entrants will not be allowed to change the size of the t-shirt contained in the race pack on collection of the race pack. The Organiser has used its best efforts to ensure that all sizes ordered by entrants will be available. However, if because of circumstances beyond the Organiser’s control, the Organiser runs out of a particular size, all attempts will be made to match t-shirt sizes as close as possible to entrant’s requests.

There will be photographers and videographers capturing entrants during the event. By entering the African Bank Marathon entrants authorise and permit African Bank the Soweto Marathon Trust, CGA and their subsidiaries the right in perpetuity and throughout the world, without any payment, to use the entrant’s photograph, video or film portrayal, image, likeness and voice in any media, including, but not limited to live television cover, catalogues, brochures, displays and any other printed or written material in connection therewith, for the purpose of advertising or promoting African Bank, the African Bank Soweto Marathon and related activities.

All instructions from traffic and race officials must be obeyed at all times.

Proof of age for prize winners is required and must be presented to the referee before prize giving. Prizes will be withheld until confirmed.

  • Prize money is subject to taxation in SA.
  • Payment of prize money is subject to finalization and availability of Dope Testing Results.
  • Payment of prize money will take up to 3 months from event date.
  • Payment of prize money is subject to submission of personal bank details.
  • Prize money will be paid strictly into the athlete’s bank account.

No earphones, iPods and the like allowed and contravention of World Athletics rule 144.2b, may lead to disqualification.

Athletes may not run with another athlete’s race number unless by prior arrangement with the race organiser.

Entrants should visit the race website (www.sowetomarathon.com) for additional information.

A Grand Master is a person 60 years or older on race day.

Entrant means any person who successfully enters the African Bank Soweto Marathon

African Bank Soweto Marathon means the 42.2km, 21.1km and 10 km race which will be sponsored by African Bank and held in Soweto, Johannesburg on 5 November 2023 and any and all related events or functions, regardless of whether they are held before, during or after the race itself.

Organisers mean African Bank, the Soweto Marathon Trust, Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) and any of its appointed officials, employees or agencies.

By continuing to use this site, you agree to the terms and conditions of this Privacy Policy. If you do not agree with this privacy policy, please do not continue to use the site. Incomplete entry forms will result in the entrant’s race registration being unsuccessful.


The Soweto Marathon Organisers wish to balance their legitimate business interests when collecting and using your personal information and your reasonable expectation of privacy. In this respect, the Soweto Marathon Organisers will take reasonable technical and organisational measures to prevent loss of, damage to, or unauthorised destruction of personal information and unlawful access to or processing of personal information.


You agree that the Soweto Marathon Organisers may collect, collate, process and/or store your personal information provided by you during the registration process and possibly other relevant times for purposes of verifying your identity, providing you with access to the website and conducting research. The Soweto Marathon Organisers will not disclose your personal Information without your consent. Should the entrant Opt In during the registration process for future communications, the Soweto Marathon Organisers will communicate future runs and or promotions to the Entrant from time to time.

Whilst the Organisers will take all reasonable steps to ensure the entrants safety during participation in the Soweto Marathon and any events relating to it, participation in the Soweto Marathon will be at the entrants own risk. This means that if the entrant agrees to enter the Soweto Marathon and participates in any related events, the entrant will do so on the basis that if they suffer any injury, harm or any loss whilst participating, even if it was caused by the negligence of the Organisers, they will have no claim against the Organisers, their agents, sponsors, CGA and/or ASA. The entrant will be responsible to pay for any harm or losses they suffer.


The Organisers reserve the right to amend these rules and regulations without giving prior notice or reason for the amendment. The Organisers will, however, give notice of any significant amendments to the rules and regulations on www.sowetomarathon.com as well as on the day of the Soweto Marathon Events.