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Event details:

The Umgeni Water Marathon takes place in March every year during National Water Week. For the last 21 years the event has taken place at Midmar Dam resort. The Dam is situated in the picturesque KZN Midlands on the “Old Main Road” ( R103 ) between Jo’Burg and Durban, approximately 4 km off the N3 Freeway, being about 4-hours drive from Jo’Burg and about 1-hours drive from Durban.

Our event was held on 25 March 2018.

2018 Umgeni Water Category results

2018 Umgeni Water 42 km results

2018 Umgeni Water 32 km results

2018 Umgeni Water 15 km run results

2018 Umgeni Water 15 km walk results

2018 Umgeni Helpers 15 km results

2018 FinishTime Umgeni Water Marathon results with photo

2018 Instapix Umgeni Water Marathon photos

Event distances and time limits:
o 42 km Run - 6 am start - time limit 5 hours
o 32 km Run – 6 am start - time limit 5 hours
o 15 km Run/Walk - 6:15 am start - time limit 3 hours
o Free entry into Midmar Dam
o Total entries limited to 1600 runners/walkers
o On-line entrants will incur additional fees

Directions to Midmar Dam (GPS co-ordinates S=29 29.292 E=30 11.641)
• From Durban. Take Exit 103 ( Howick / Midmar ) approximately 20 km beyond Pietermaritzburg. Turn Left at the top of the off-ramp, and then right after about 100 metres. Proceed down the R103 for about 1 km and across the Umgeni River ( you will see the Dam Wall on your Left ). Carry on for about 1 km. The Main Entrance to the Resort is on your Left hand side. The event takes place at the water’s edge, immediately beyond the Main Reception Centre (GPS co-ordinates S=29 29.307 E=30 11.640).

• From Johannesburg. Take Exit 107 ( Howick North / Tweedie ) approximately 40 km after the Mooi River Toll Plaza. Turn Right at the top of the off-ramp, and cross the freeway. Proceed for about 1 km ( you will go under an old arched railway bridge ). Carry on for about another 1 km. At the T-junction Turn Left onto the R103. After about another 1 km you will pass the Fern Hill Hotel on your left. The Main Entrance to the Resort is on your Right hand side, about 500 metres beyond the Fern Hill Hotel. The event takes place at the water’s edge, immediately beyond the Main Reception Centre (GPS co-ordinates S=29 29.307 E=30 11.640).

Route Description and Maps
• The marathon route comprises two, approximately equal, out-and-back loops in opposite directions along the scenic waters-edge of Midmar Dam, on undulating tar and gravel roads. Please note, the road surfaces within the resort are uneven, and are not suitable for wheelchair athletes.

Umgeni Water 42 km route

Umgeni Water 32 km route

Umgeni Water 15 km route

Midmar Dam Entrance & Start area

More than just a memorable running experience
• Set at the tranquil Midmar Dam Resort and Nature Reserve, in the heart of the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the Umgeni Water Marathon offers you so much more than just an unforgettable running experience.

• Midmar Dam Resort has four camping grounds, for caravans and tents, with powered and non-powered sites, as well as several rustic-cabins and chalets, all near the start/finish area. There are also numerous family Hotels and Bed ‘n Breakfasts on the Midlands Meander, all close to the resort.

• Midmar Dam Resort also offers yachting, skiing, swimming, fishing and board-sailing. Take a slow drive through the well-stocked Game Reserve or along the Midlands Meander to Nottingham Road and then round off the day with a Sunset Cruise.

• Midmar Resort ( 033-330 2067/8 )
• KZN Wildlife ( 033-845 1000 )
o Chalets – Munro Bay – 500m from the Start
o Rustic Cabins – Munro Bay – 300m from the Start
o Campsites – Munro Bay – 200m from the Start
o Campsites – Morgenzon – 4km from the Start
o Campsites – Duku Duku – 5km from the Start
• Fern Hill Hotel ( 033 330 5071 ) o 3-Star + AA Highly recommended – 1km from the Start (outside Resort)
• Hebron Haven Hotel (033 234 4431) o 3-Star + Ideal for Children – 10 km from the Start (outside Resort)
• The Knoll Guest Farm (076 555 5408) Enquiries o Camping and rooms – about 20 kms in Hilton (outside Resort)
• Msinsi Resorts and Game Reserves - to book online click here.

Race queries: e-mail
Collegians Harriers : Les Burnard : 082 7500 822
Howick Athletic Club : Oliver Tatham : 072 629 5072
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