Road to Victory: The Econet Victoria Falls Marathon 2024

Road to Victory: The Econet Victoria Falls Marathon 2024

Running is a high-impact activity, and regular participation in marathons is one of the most effective forms of exercise for improving bone density and overall health.

The Econet Victoria Falls Marathon has grown to become one of the top events on the Zimbabwean sporting calendar. It continues to receive enthusiastic reviews ahead of its 16th edition, which will take place in the scenic resort town on July 7th.

Each year, the quiet town of Victoria Falls becomes a scene of competition and celebration with the build-up to the marathon. This international marathon, held every winter amidst the majestic backdrop of the iconic Victoria Falls, has grown to become a catalyst for economic growth. It draws local and global participation and attention.

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The theme for this year’s marathon is “Road to Victory,” and it offers a variety of distances for runners. This year, the marathon is expected to attract over 5,500 runners from around the world.

“The Victoria Falls Marathon has become an important event in Zimbabwe’s sporting calendar, attracting both elite athletes and recreational runners looking to experience a memorable race in a breathtaking setting,” said tourism expert and researcher Charles Mavhunga.

The marathon will start on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River. Competitors will run across the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, stretching over a massive gorge, experiencing the sights and sounds of the “Smoke that Thunders.”

Participants can choose from several distances: the famed full 42km marathon, the half marathon (21km), a collaborative team relay with two runners each doing 10.5km, or the more popular 7.5km Family Fun Run.

Charmaine Brown

Charmaine Brown is 27 years old, media personnel. She studied Media and Society Studies (2017-2020) at Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. Charmaine had an internship at The Herald and presently is the Editor for My Afrika Magazine. She currently lives in Harare.

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