About the race
The majestic Drakensberg between Sabie and Lydenburg in Mpumalanga sets the stage for one of South Africa's most popular running events
â€“ the Longtom Ultra & Half Marathons. Run in one of the most beautiful parts of our country, this tough challenge has been voted consistently amonsgt the top 5 ultra marathons in South Africa for the past five years. The latest ratings announced in 2010 ranked the Longtom Ultra Marathon as the 2nd best race overall in South Africa for the period 2005 â€“ 2010 (The Comrades Marathon took 1st place honours).
The event is well organised and has grown rapidly in popularity amongst professional as well as amateur athletes from across the country.
The Longtom Ultra Marathon is the â€œEverestâ€ of ultra marathons in South Africa and is arguably the most difficult race of this distance on the South African road race calendar. The downhill half marathon is popular amongst serious runners as well as social runners. Whilst an ever increasing percentage of participants are from Gauteng, both races attract many runners from Mpumalanga and is a highlight on the Thaba Chweu community calendar.
The Longtom Marathon celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with special celebrations planned for race day! "On 31 March 2012 we plan to celebrate the unique lifespan of one of South Africa's greatest races. The Longtom Marathon has come a long way since the days when the 56km attracted a mere 213 athletes. The Longtom Marathon Trust aims to host another world class road running event for the people who have kept this race alive during the past 25 years." said Loma van der Walt, race director of the Longtom Marathons. "Longtom athletes are a different breed of runners. They say that the mountain gets in your blood and you need to get back to it year after year! It's their passion that has carried this race forward in the most difficult times and this is part of what we will celbrate on 31 March 2012!"
Coca-Cola Fortune (Powerade) remained the largest secondary sponsor for the 2011 Longtom Marathon, with ASA Metals (Sinosteel), SAMANCOR Eastern Chrome Mines, Coastal Hire, REMAX, Kruger Construction, Dwarsrivier Mine, Debonairs, Fish Aways and Larami SPUR as major contributors. Various other local businesses followed closely with financial and/or logistical support. Local businesses from corporates to SMMEâ€™s annually compete for water points and logistical support from local business entities has always been tremendous. We are extremely thankful to the all the sponsors for their loyal assistance and ongoing support in staging the event.
With the financial and logistical support of these sponsors the Longtom Marathon Steering Committee has one goal: â€œTo present a world class race in all aspects of road runningâ€.
With the support of the Lydenburg Mashishing Business Chamber and the financial and logistical support of local business entities the organisers hope to facilitate the following for the 2012 event:
coverage of the event.
Advertisements in the February and March 2012 editions of Runner's World magazine
welcoming visitors erected at the main entrances to Lydenburg and Sabie.
An elite group of sports journalists
from major national & regional newspapers will be hosted to report on the race.
The invitation of celebrities and professional athletes
to boost the popularity of the event, to provide encouragement, assistance, and in some cases a helping hand to experienced and novice athletes.
Substantial cash prizes
for category winners
Special 25th Anniversary Medals and T-shirts
for all participants
filled with surprises
for 1st 10 runners home in each respective race!
Medical, emergency and physiotherapy services