Run among lions and elephants. A really cool race. (about: 2005)|
L. N. from Copenhagen, Denmark (7/15/05)
4-5 previous marathons
| 1 Big Five Marathon
In the middle of the game reserve Entabeni in South Africa you run a marathon (or 23K) surrounded by animals such as lions, elephants, leopards, hippos, rhinos, impalas and lots of other animals. The red dust, the heavy sand and patches of rock keep you awake - all mixed with hard soil, grassy bits and magnificent views. In the middle of the race we meet the steep 400m (1300 ft) hill, which for the next 2-2.5 miles takes us to the high plateau which opens up another spectacular setting for the rest of the marathon. The hill is a killer - will you run it or walk it? I did both! One positive thing though - after passing the hill, there are no more lions. :-)
The whole race, rangers are watching the animals, a helicopter is ready and safety is taken seriously. Big Five is an adventure, and the race is combined with lovely days of game-drive safaris in the reserve. You can sleep in luxury tents or in one of the fantastic lodges in the reserve. There is no doubt: I will be back someday, and this time I will run the whole hill. The spectators are not many - only the family of the runners, but they meet us on the right spot, right where you need it! So bring your close ones too.