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The first Vlakte Marathon took place in 2001 and it was the first marathon that the Langeberg Athletics club held, which is a race that starts from Heidelberg to Witsand. Around 90 athletes competed that specific day, up to date the marathon has grown to a total number of 750 athletes competing during the last weekend in November every year.

This race is also one of the last Comrades Marathon qualifiers race for the year and this creates the opportunity to grow this events as one of the major events in the Explorer’s Garden Route.

The Vlakte Marathon hosts various distances, a Halfmarathon (21.1km), 10.4km and a 5km event to give everybody, athlete or non-athlete a chance to enjoy the day, take in the explorer’s scenery and part take in a fun race for the whole family.