Knysna Forest Marathon 2024

Event Date

The race offers several unique highlights found in no other race anywhere in the world. Much of the run takes place deep in the forest with a breath-taking view over the Knysna lagoon into The Heads, for inspiration towards the finish. One race tip is to start slow.

Although no one taking part has ever seen the elusive Knysna elephants, little piles of dung sometimes seen on the route are a reminder that they do inhabit the forest, somewhere. Keeping this pristine environment in mind and the potential impact of the race on it, all runners share rides into the forest provided by local taxis to the race start in a clearing in the forest, where runners arriving early are also treated to hot drinks and snacks next to warming fires.

Entry Detail

Online Entry Portal

  • No entries available on race day
  • NOTE that the entry limit for this event is 7000 entrants
  • Entry fees are non-refundable
  • Race entry fees:
    • Marathon: R270
    • Half-Marathon: R250
    • Charity Entries: Charity entries will be on sale from 22 January 2024 until they are sold out. There will be 150 Half and 30 Full Marathon entries available. These can be bought by anyone, should you wish to avoid disappointment. Charity entries will cost R750 for the Half Marathon and R770 for the full marathon, excluding Temp license or T-shirt.
    • Loyalty Entries: All runners who entered in 2023 will have first choice to enter the 2024 Event.  Loyalty entries open on 29 January 2024.  Your ID number will be compared to our list to be able to make an entry.  
    • General Online entries: Open on 12 February, and will close when the limit has been reached, or on 21 May 2024.

  • Online entries only. No Postal, fax or telephone entries will be accepted.
  • T-shirts must be collected in person and will not be handed to third parties. T-shirts not collected on Registration Day will be sold on race day towards Charity. No T-shirts will be kept or distributed after the event 
  • NOTE: This race is NOT a Comrades qualifier

Race T-Shirt

  • T-Shirt R250: Moisture management, long sleeve event T-shirt. R220 for the short-sleeve

Registration / Number Collection

  • No number collection on race day
  • Registration / Number collection will take place on:
    • Friday, 21 June 2024 10:00-22h00 @ the venue
  • There will be no registration or number collection on Saturday morning.  No exceptions.  
  • The race number confirmation together with positive Photo identification such as an ID book or a driver's license must be produced at registration.
  • T-shirts not collected in Person at Registration will be sold on behalf of our Charities on Saturday.  No T-shirts will be posted or kept for entrants not collected Registration.

Race Day Information

  • MEDALS: Medals will be awarded to all finishers within cut-off times
  • PRIZE-GIVING: Scheduled to start at 12h45
  • LUCKY DRAWS: Lucky draws will be held
  • TOG BAG: Tog bag facilities will be available, used at own risk
  • REFRESHMENTS: Refreshments will be on sale at the event
  • PARKING: Parking is available at Loerie Park and along George Rex Drive. 
    • The taxi pickup point to the start is from Vigilance Drive as per the map on the website.
    • Entry into the Taxi Loading area is only available from the George Rex Drive Direction.
    • Taxis leave from Vigilance Drive from 04h30 onwards, last pick-up is 06h00 DO NOT BE LATE! Please comply with the final instructions in your race pack.
    • A free Taxi Shuttle service will be provided to get the runners from the Finish back to the Taxi Pick-up point near Loerie Park. 
  • START: There will be free tea, coffee, and biscuits for all athletes served in the Bedouin tent.
  • TIMING: The timing starts at the firing of the starter pistol and when you cross the start line. THE RACE IS MAT TO MAT.
  • WATER: Water and other suitable refreshments will be provided at approximately 3km intervals on the route as well as at the start and finish. 
  • ABLUTIONS: Toilets will be available at the Taxi pickup point, at the race start, and at the Finish venue.
  • MEDICAL: Medical support will be available at the Finish venue as well as at certain points on the routes.  Medical staff may remove a runner from the course should they have reason to suspect that continuing might pose increased health risks to the runner.
  • This race will by run in accordance with the rules of WA, ASA and ASWD

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