What is the prize money for the Soweto Marathon 2023?

First prize would remain R250,000. With regards to the projected 50,000 entry target, race director Danny Blumberg said: “We’re ready for you. We have put on an event with 40,000-plus.”

Rules & Regulations


International Athletes

International Athletes must provide a clearance letter from their country of origin. They must also comply with World Athletics rules 4.2 and 142.2 and ASA rule 9.

Foreign athletes are not allowed to run with an ASA Provincial licence; and are required to purchase a temporary licence otherwise face disqualification (Refer to World Athletics rule 4).

Foreign athletes are not allowed to run in club colours unless such club exits in their country of origin or they are in possession of a refugee status permit or are naturalised citizens of RSA (Refer to World Athletics rule 4).

Closing Date of Entries

Entries open on 12th July 2023 and will close when the entry cap has been reached.

Soweto Marathon Rights Reserved

Any irregularities in your entry form will result in a rejected entry. SOWETO MARATHON reserves the right to accept or reject any entry, subject to the rules of World Athletics, ASA, CGA and SOWETO MARATHON.

Age Restrictions 

42.2km – The minimum age requirement is that the athlete must be 20 years or older on 5 November 2023

21.1km – The minimum age requirement is that the athlete must be 16 years or older on 5 November  2023

10km – The minimum age requirement is that the athlete must be 15 years or older on 5 November  2023.

No Chip, No Result, No Prize

The event is being timed by Peak Timing and a disposable timing chip, linked to your entry, will be attached to your race number. Please do not remove this timing chip, bend, fold or damage in anyway. All timing mats MUST be crossed during the race to ensure you receive an official time.

Race Numbers

Race numbers must be worn throughout the race on the front of your upper garment/vest. Registered athlete(s) must be a member of a club affiliated with ASA and must wear their club colours along with their 2023 license numbers, to be worn on the back and front together with the issued race number. The race number should not be placed over the licence number – both must be visible on the front of the race garment/vest. The race number must be worn on the front of the upper garment/vest. Temporary licensed athletes who are associated with a club may also wear their club colours or plain white clothing, with the issued temporary license number also on the back, and race number to be worn on the front. No advertising allowed. Participants must familiarise themselves with and abide by the advertising rules as per the World Athletics, ASA and CGA Rulebooks. (World Athletics Rule 143and ASA Rule 13.1 and advertising regulations). These provisions apply for the duration of the race including warming up, all race ceremonies and official press conference. Under no circumstances may a runner display a political slogan. [World Athletics Rule 2(a)].

No Refund Policy

In the event of natural disasters and race cancellation, no refunds will be processed.


Please note that it is the runner’s responsibility to ensure they enter the correct event when entering online or at a store. Entries incorrectly entered will not be amended and NO REFUNDS will be processed. Duplicate payment for the same entry will also NOT BE REFUNDED. Please take special note of the category options available and the age restrictions which apply. Any payments made directly into the Soweto Marathon Trust account without an entry or after the official closing date or when limits have been reached, will also NOT BE REFUNDED.

Acknowledgement of Entry

Entries will be acknowledged via a valid e-mail address (as supplied on your entry form). It is your personal responsibility to check your confirmation of entry. If any of the info is incorrect, please contact the SOWETO MARATHON RACE OFFICE so that your details can be accurately captured. You must produce this confirmation in order to collect your race number.

Race Pack Collections

Race pack collections will take place at FNB Stadium Johannesburg, South Africa from Thursday 2nd November to Saturday 4thNovember 2023.

Hours: Thurs-Friday: 09:00-10:00. Sat: 08:30-18h00

  • All participants MUST provide proof of identity in order to collect their race number. ID book, Passport or Driver’s License.
  • NO race numbers will be issued on race day.
  • Race packs can only be collected at the prescribed race pack collection times. No race pack collections can be made on or after race day; and no entry fee will be refunded under any circumstances.

Final Race Instructions

Your Final Race Instructions will be part of the registration pack and will also be posted on www.sowetomarathon.com at least 6 days prior to race day. These final instructions will supersede the rules & procedures in this brochure and those currently on the website and will be applied on race weekend.

Listening Devices

For safety reasons, participants are not allowed to use earphones, iPods, etc. during the race. This excludes hearing aid devices.

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