The first half of the race is very easy. From the start, at the Yacht Club, you can use the easy loop along the rim of the Bongolo Basin as a warm-up. This stretch is characterized by good gravel roads through farmlands. The race then heads into Queenstown through Blue Rise and around Berry Dam. By now the guinea fowl have abandoned all hope of a peaceful breakfast. The halfway mark is at the Queenstown Harriers Clubhouse.
Continuing through the suburbs of Queenstown the route goes into the Longhill Reserve. The climb is steady but the effort is rewarded with panoramic views of the magnificent gardens of Queenstown. Eland, impala, springbok and other species of game gaze in wonder as the runners puff up the hill. The highest point is reached at 27 kilometres after which there is a two-kilometre fast and easy downhill section followed by five kilometres of demanding running as the route passes the picnic spot at Sunnyside, proceeds out of the reserve and heads back into town. You may be lucky enough to spot some rhino here, fortunately on the other side of the electric fence.
The run back to the Yacht Club is fairly flat with only two hills, one a gradual incline and the other a short, steep climb up to the wall of the historic Bonkolo Dam.
The half marathon event is undulating, easy and very scenic. The race starts off with a downhill stretch into Queenstown and then goes through Blue Rise, around Berry Dam, and through Balmoral and Van Coller Park. There is a slight hill as you go past the golf course and then it is flat past the SPCA to the bottom of the Bonkolo Dam Wall. The only real hill is the 600-metre climb up to the wall.
The Twizza Bonkolo Marathon takes place on the 2nd of November 2019, starting from Bonkolo Dam (Queenstown). Distance options: 21.1km & 42.2km.
This event is a qualifier for the Comrades & Two Oceans Marathons.
Distance & Entry Fee:
42.2km – R170
21.1km – R140
Temp. License (21.1km/42.2km) – R30/40
Late Entry Fee – add R30
Venue: Bonkolo Dam, Queenstown
Start Time: 5:30 am
How to Enter?
Online entries – www.rutronics.co.za/bong.html
Race entries will close on Friday 25th October at 12h00 (Late Entry Fee of R30 will be applicable)
Entry fee may be deposited into the following account:
Account Name: Queenstown Harriers
Bank: ABSA Bank
Account No.: 4045804790
Branch Code: 632005
PLEASE USE YOUR ID NUMBER AS REFERENCE
Email Entry together with Proof of Payment to firstname.lastname@example.org
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