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The Heaven & Hell Marathon is intended to provide the ultimate mountain running challenge in Africa, and is not recommended as a Comrades qualifier! The main race is a brutal 44 km mountain run with 3 756 m total elevation gain over extremely technical terrain. That translates into 85 m elevation gain per km; an amount of climbing which no other race in South Africa comes close to matching. The organisers have also not been able to find any 44 km race globally that includes as much climbing as the Heaven & Hell.

Based in the Rhodes Village area in the Southern Drakensberg, the race is run at an average altitude of 2 150 m and the route has everything a mountain runner looking for the ultimate challenge could hope for – extremely steep gradients, ridiculously technical wilderness terrain, multiple crossings of the famous Bell River, two peak summits at over 2 500 m, pristine mountains and spectacular scenery. A few sections of the ascents and descents will require scrambling and liberal use of grass tufts as handholds!

Participants can choose to enter the 22km half marathon distance with 1 878 m total elevation gain, or the ultimate challenge of the 44 km race with 3 756 m total elevation gain. The 44km race comprises 2 laps of the 22km race. The cut-off time for the 22km race is a generous 12 hours. The cut-off times for the 44km is 12.5hrs. The record for the marathon set in 2018 stands at 8hr33min.

For social runners, there will also be an 8km and 14km mountain run, and also a 5km scenic and enjoyable 5km fun run along the Bell River and various other fun activities for the whole family, including 4 x 4, fly-fishing, tennis, bushman paintings, horse riding.