Merrell Hobbit 42km Mountain Marathon

Saturday 29 April 2023

Online Entry fee: TBC (includes VAT)

  • Entries online open Monday, 12 September at 09h00
  • Online entries close at 18h00 on Wednesday, 26th April – Entries will be available on the day with an additional R50 late entry fee
  • Entrants for the Mountain Marathon (42km) must be 18 years or older on race day
  • No refunds, but substitutions are allowed up to three days before the event (for a substitution fee of R80)
  • Should the event scheduled for the 28 – 30 April 2023 be postponed due to National Restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, entries will be transferred to the rescheduled event or the 2024 Hobbit Trail Runs.

Race entry does not include the following:

  • Personal medical and nutritional requirements
  • Any snacks or performance nutrition during the event
  • Basic medical support is offered for emergencies but excludes helicopter evacuation, or any hospitalization transport, which will be for the participant’s cost.

Registration and start times

  • Registration at Arminel Hotel from 06h00 on Saturday, 29 April 2023
  • Race Briefing Mountain Marathon – 6h55
  • Race start Mountain Marathon (42km) – 7h00
  • Prize-giving when the majority of runners are finished

Route Overview Mountain Marathon – 42km 

The Zingcuka Loop starts at Hobbiton and after a short downhill to the Tyumie River climbs steeply up the mountain and behind The Hog. From here there is a steep descent and rock scramble down to the Wolf River where the trail joins up with the Merrell Hobbit 90km trail, negotiating two river valleys and then contouring along the top of the cliffs of the Zingcuka Valley forests.  A very steep descent and a cool forest path leads to the hiking huts and the forest road.  A little further the check point the long arduous climb up the Hog begins from where it is “all downhill” to the finish at the Arminel Hotel.

The route will be marked.  See interactive route map here

Runners Info Mountain Marathon 42km

  • Runners must be self-sufficient for the day, no seconding, and no feeding stations
  • There are no water stations on the 42km route. There is adequate water at the many streams along the trail to refill bottles and bladders
  • There will be cut off times along the way, after which emergency routes must be followed
  • Times per day range between 4 and 10 hours
  • Runners must be fit and should have completed at least a 20km trail (not just a dirt road) run recently
  • Runners must stick to the marked trail. No short cuts are allowed.
  • There will be a sweeper
  • There will be checkpoints
  • Smile and take in the scenery – that is why you are there!


  • There will be emergency services on standby but participants must be fit, healthy and, under normal circumstances, be able to complete the event safely without aid.
  • Should the race medic declare any participant unfit to continue, he or she must withdraw from the event.
  • Helicopter evacuation, or any hospitalization transport or hospitalization, which will be at the athlete’s cost.

Compulsory Running Equipment 42km

  • Backpack
  • Water container min 2l.
  • WATERPROOF rain jacket (NOT just a wind breaker)
  • Base layer / fleece top
  • Base layer – legs/pants
  • Buff / Beanie
  • Whistle
  • Space blanket
  • Food/drink for the day
  • Basic First aid kit
  • Cell phone – emergency numbers will be on your race number

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