The Icon's Journey Marathon (a proud member of Proudly South African) presents to you it's 3rd annual multi-sporting event.
The Icon’s Journey Marathon vision was inspired by President Nelson Mandela’s life journey of growing up in the rural villages of the former Transkei homeland to becoming a Global Icon.
In the physical event participants in South Africa’s longest 1 day running event have a unique opportunity to trace Madiba’s footprints from where he was born, grew up, went to school and is laid to rest.
A unique heritage, tourism and adventure route where participants have an opportunity to also touch the birth places of some of South Africa’s Iconic freedom fighters namely Chris Hani, Walter Sisulu, Mama Albertina Sisulu, King Sabata Dalindyebo, Govan Mbeki and President Thabo Mbeki.
The heritage route distances:
103km Clarkebury Institution start
35km Nelson Mandela’s Qunu home start
12km Mvezo village start
7km Mvezo village start
All distances finish in Ludondolo village which is in the AmaXhosa Kingdom
The only way to finish this challenge is by tapping into your inner Icon.
WILL YOU ENDURE THE ICON’S JOURNEY?
PLAN YOUR RACE
Physical Event 2021
Following the decision taken by the organising committee of The Icon's Journey Marathon to cancel the physical event which was scheduled for 16-18 July 2021. It was further resolved to host a virtual challenge The Icon’s Journey Marathon event.
”Wherever you are Run/Walk/Ride In The Giant's Footsteps"
Run for Social Change
Help us Promote Sport for Social Change!
Donate used/ new running shoes to underprivileged children and young adults in the villages along the 103km route
In July 2021, 15 social runners will run from Fort Hare University in Alice to Mvezo village in 8 days covering a total distance of 400km. The aim is to raise enough funds to benefit 4000 rural / township school boys and girls with school shoes, sanitary towels & sports kits.