Run Alongside the Victoria Falls in the "Happiest Marathon on Earth"


The Victoria Falls Marathon allows runners to view and experience one of Africa's most breathtaking landscapes while competing in this challenging run. Fondly nicknamed "The Happiest Marathon on Earth," this event offers a unique opportunity to combine a world-class race with an unforgettable adventure. Held annually on the first Sunday of July, this World Athletics and IAMS-accredited marathon attracts participants from around the globe.

A Course Where Nature Cheers You On

The marathon route involves a scenic loop around the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Given the relatively gentle elevation, runners can fully enjoy the breathtaking scenery without the run being too strenuous, and allows participants to focus on the stunning surroundings. Regular water points and cooling stations ensure a comfortable run for all levels, from seasoned marathoners to first-time marathon participants.


Join the Herd, Embrace the Reward

While achieving a personal best is certainly a goal, Victoria Falls Marathon is a celebration of running, community, and culture. The event attracts both local and international runners, creating a vibrant atmosphere of camaraderie. The race offers a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 7.5km fun run, catering to all levels. But the true magic lies in the post-race festivities. Participants can enjoy the post-run parties, explore the surrounding area, and witness the awe-inspiring power of Victoria Falls.




Planning Your Trip

Whether you're a seasoned runner or a weekend jogger seeking an adventure, this race offers a chance to challenge yourself with, let's be honest, one of the best backdrops nature can create.

This year, 2024, marked the 16th edition of the marathon, making it a well-established event for both local and international runners. Enquire for next year’s Victoria Marathon 2025 and combine it with a full travel package as Zimbabwe has so much to offer.

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Adventure Beyond the Race

Victoria Falls itself is a bucket-list destination, and the marathon provides the perfect excuse to explore. Beyond the race itself, Victoria Falls offers a plethora of activities for runners and their families. Recover from your run with a thrilling white-water rafting adventure, bungee jumping, helicopter ride or a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Explore the surrounding Zambezi National Park on a game drive, where you might even spot elephants along the river. Read more here.



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