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  The Umgeni Water Marathon



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General Information
• The Umgeni Water Marathon will take place on 15 March 2015 at Midmar Dam. The Dam is situated in the picturesque KZN Midlands on the “Old Main Road” ( R103 ) between Jo’Burg and Durban, approximately 4 km off the N3 Freeway, being about 4-hours drive from Jo’Burg and about 1-hours drive from Durban. The GPS co-ordinates to the entrance to Midmar Dam are: S=29 29.292 E=30 11.641.

Three events:
o 42 km Run - starting at 6 am - Entry fee R200
o 32 km Run – starting at 6 am - Entry fee R180
o 15 km Run/Walk – starting at 6:15 am - Entry fee R110

Ways to enter:
o On-line on or before Saturday 28 February at 6 pm.

Manual entries will be accepted at the Collegians Harriers clubhouse, 381 Boshoff Street, Pietermaritzburg from 2 to 5 pm on Saturday 28 February 2015.

o Manual entries entries together with the exact entry fee in cash, which must be sealed in an envelope, may be placed in the Umgeni Water Marathon entry box at Poobie Naidoo Sports, 67 Boshoff Street, Pietermaritzburg, on or before 28 February.

Please ensure that your race pack and T-shirt are collected at Midmar Dam on either Saturday, 14 March, between 2 and 5 pm or on Sunday, 15 March, between 4:30 and 6 am before the start of the event.

Temporary licences:
o 32/42 km R30
o 15 km – R20

Umgeni Water Marathon entry form
The Umgeni Water Marathon entry form is to be completed for manual entries only ie entries handed in at Poobie Naidoo Sports on or before 28 February or at the Collegians Harriers Clubhouse on 28 February.

Umgeni Water 42 km route

Umgeni Water 32 km route

Umgeni Water 15 km route

Midmar Dam Entrance & Start area



Directions to Midmar Dam (GPS co-ordinates S=29 29.292 E=30 11.641)
• From Durban. Take Exit 103 ( Howick / Midmar ) approximately 20 km beyond Pietermaritzburg. Turn Left at the top of the off-ramp, and then right after about 100 metres. Proceed down the R103 for about 1 km and across the Umgeni River ( you will see the Dam Wall on your Left ). Carry on for about 1 km. The Main Entrance to the Resort is on your Left hand side. The event takes place at the water’s edge, immediately beyond the Main Reception Centre (GPS co-ordinates S=29 29.307 E=30 11.640).

• From Johannesburg. Take Exit 107 ( Howick North / Tweedie ) approximately 40 km after the Mooi River Toll Plaza. Turn Right at the top of the off-ramp, and cross the freeway. Proceed for about 1 km ( you will go under an old arched railway bridge ). Carry on for about another 1 km. At the T-junction Turn Left onto the R103. After about another 1 km you will pass the Fern Hill Hotel on your left. The Main Entrance to the Resort is on your Right hand side, about 500 metres beyond the Fern Hill Hotel. The event takes place at the water’s edge, immediately beyond the Main Reception Centre (GPS co-ordinates S=29 29.307 E=30 11.640).

Route Description
• The marathon route comprises two, approximately equal, out-and-back loops in opposite directions along the scenic waters-edge of Midmar Dam, on undulating tar and gravel roads. Please note, the road surfaces within the resort are uneven, and are not suitable for wheelchair athletes.

More than just a memorable running experience
• Set at the tranquil Midmar Dam Resort and Nature Reserve, in the heart of the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the Umgeni Water Marathon offers you so much more than just an unforgettable running experience.

• Midmar Dam Resort has four camping grounds, for caravans and tents, with powered and non-powered sites, as well as several rustic-cabins and chalets, all near the start/finish area. There are also numerous family Hotels and Bed ‘n Breakfasts on the Midlands Meander, all close to the resort.

• Midmar Dam Resort also offers yachting, skiing, swimming, fishing and board-sailing. Take a slow drive through the well-stocked Game Reserve or along the Midlands Meander to Nottingham Road and then round off the day with a Sunset Cruise.

Accommodation
• Midmar Resort ( 033-330 2067/8 )
• KZN Wildlife ( 033-845 1000 ) bookings@kznwildlife.com
o Chalets – Munro Bay – 500m from the Start
o Rustic Cabins – Munro Bay – 300m from the Start
o Campsites – Munro Bay – 200m from the Start
o Campsites – Morgenzon – 4km from the Start
o Campsites – Duku Duku – 5km from the Start
• Fern Hill Hotel ( 033 330 5071 ) fernhill@futurenet.co.za o 3-Star + AA Highly recommended – 1km from the Start (outside Resort)
• Hebron Haven Hotel (033 234 4431) hebronhaven@futurenet.co.za o 3-Star + Ideal for Children – 10 km from the Start (outside Resort)
• Tantallon Guesthouse (0847532125) juliesplace@depari.net o Bed & Breakfast in Howick (outside Resort)

To book Midlands Meander accommodation online click here.




Race queries: e-mail collegians.harriers@gmail.com
Collegians Harriers : Andrι Booysen : 082 7500 822
Howick Athletic Club : Neill Brand : 076 700 6506
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