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Marathon Profile: Big Five Marathon

Tonight I decided to profile a marathon I had not heard of before I came across it in an online search. Tonight’s profile is of the Big Five Marathon in South Africa.

What makes this one unique is that it gives you the opportunity to run a marathon in a game reserve. Where else could you run among lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffalo? Incidentally, this is where the name of the marathon comes from, the animals referred to as the Big Five game in Africa.

Now you might think a race through lion territory would be dangerous. Apparently it is not as there are helicopters and armed rangers patrolling the course in order to ensure the safety of runners.

Here’s a video from youtube to give an idea of what the course is like…

If that is not enough, go here and check the pictures posted on the marathon’s Facebook page.

If none of this is enough to entice to go out and register for next year’s race you can read some race reviews here.

What do you think, would you do this marathon?