The Icon's Journey Marathon (a proud member of Proudly South African) presents to you it's 4th annual multi-sporting event.

The Icon’s Journey Marathon vision was inspired by President Nelson Mandela’s 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 heritage 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, Dr. A.B Xuma, Mama Albertina Sisulu, King Sabata Dalindyebo and General Bantu Holomisa.

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Physical Event 2022

The most gruelling and mind testing gravel route which is designed in such a way that no matter where you start, 103km or the 7km, cycling or running, as an individual or a group, you have to tap into your inner Icon in order to finish the challenge.

This year we introduce two new challenges, the Overnight Hiking Experience and the Spot Run, which is available as a physical event in Mthatha and a virtual event.

Run for Social Change

Donate to underprivileged children and young adults in the villages along the 103km route.


Play your part by donating to Promote Sport for Social Change!

Virtual Event 2022

As we transition back to a physical event, Icon's Journey Marathon introduces a new challenge...


Spot running:  the art of running or jogging on one spot for a chosen time or distance.  


Icons will purchase time and they will run to clock as many kilometres as they possibly can in that duration wherever they are in the world.


Grab your tribe and enter this new and exciting event. 

400km Iconic Challenge

In July 2022, 20 social runners will run a total distance of 400km in 8 days. The aim is to raise enough funds to benefit rural boys and girls with school shoes, sanitary towels & sports kits.

The application process for this event is now closed and our brave social runners have been chosen.


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