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 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.



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"





The 103km route cuts across many villages amongst them Clarkebury, Mqhekezweni, Qunu and Mvezo.

The run kicks off at Clarkebury Institution - proceeds on the village gravel road towards Nkondlo where it joins the R61 tarred road towards Mthatha.  Around Bhaziya Village it takes a turn at Bityi Road, passing Mqhekezweni Village until it touches the N2 North.  It then cuts across Qunu Village to Mvezo via Sakhela Village where it finishes at the Mbashe River Bridge.