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The Knysna Forest Marathon features many unique highlights that cannot be found in any other trail run in the world. True to its name, most of the route runs deep into the Knysna Forest with breathtaking views over the estuary and even the iconic Knysna Heads, a great distraction to get you through those last few kilometers.


    23 January until sold out
    Avoid the rush, secure your place early, and support our nominated charities.


    01 February - 12 February 2023
    This includes all previous race entrants for the years 2020, 2021 and 2022.


    13 February - 21 May 2023
    (or until sold out) For everyone else who wants to run the Knysna Forest Marathon.


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08 July 23
07:00 AM
R 240.00
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08 July 23
08:00 AM
R 220.00

IMPORTANT THINGS you need to know


  • Entries will be available online – on this official Marathon website – ONLY.
  • NO entries will be sold after closing date or at registration.
  • Entries will be limited to 1 250 for the full marathon, and 5 750 for the half marathon.
  • Only 150 Half and 30 Full Marathon Charity entries will be available.
  • Charity entries are R720 for the Half and R740 for the Full Marathon, of which R500 will go directly to our nominated charities.
  • Loyalty Entries – All runners who entered in 2020, 2021 and 2022 will have first choice to enter the 2023 Event. Loyalty entries open on 01 February. Your ID number will be compared to our list to be able to make an entry.
  • Runners not licensed by ASA for the current year will need to purchase a temporary ASA running license available with the online entry at an extra cost of R40.00
  • Several payment options are available from the online entry portal including Card
    and EFT. 
  • Confirmation of your entry will be emailed as soon as payment has been received.
  • Race numbers will be confirmed mid-June by email to all successful entrants.


The Knysna Forest Marathon will accept substitutions for the 2023 race during the substitution window period of 22 May – 04 June 2023.

How it works:

  • Entrants who have successfully entered the 2023 Knysna Forest Marathon will have the opportunity to withdraw from the race during the window period of 22 – 28 May 2023.
  • An Admin Fee of 15% of the entry fee will be deducted from the withdrawing athlete.
  • A refund of 85% of the entry fee will be made to all withdrawing athletes who have been successfully substituted
  • Entry slots that have been made available by withdrawing entrants will then be made available on a first come first serve basis to individuals wanting to enter the event via an online substitution entry window period of 29 May – 04 June 2023.
  • The substitution entry fee will be the same as per the 2023 entry fee.
  • No late substitutions will be accepted.
  • There will be no money or voucher exchange between athletes.


  • Registration and number collection will be open from l0h00 to 22h00 on Friday 07 July 2023 (This is subject to change) at the Knysna High School Sport Field on Waterfront Drive. (Please use the main entrance on the opposite side of Waterfront drive.)
  • There will be no registration or number collection on Saturday morning. No exceptions. 
  • The race number confirmation together with positive Photo identification such as an ID book or a driver license must be produced at registration.
  • T-shirts not collected in Person at Registration will be sold on behalf of our Charities on the Saturday. No T-shirts will be posted or kept for entrants not collected at Registration.
  • At registration you will receive your race number (with timing chip), t-shirt (if ordered), goodie bag and final instructions.


  • Taxis start leaving from Vigilance Drive at 04h30 until 06:00.
  • There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits for all athletes at the start.
  • The 42.2km starts at 07h00 and the 21.1km starts at 08h00.
  • Timing starts when you cross the start line (mat to mat timing). 
  • Water and other suitable refreshments will be provided at approximately 3km intervals on the route as well as at the finish
  • Distance markers will be placed on the right-hand side of the route at every km
  • Cut-off times:
    21.1km = 3 ½ hrs
    42.2 km= 5 ½ hrs


  • Silver medals will be given to the first 800 finishers and bronze medals for the rest who finish the 42.2km
  • All 21km finishers will receive a bronze medal.
  • Prize giving and lucky draws will commence at the finish venue at 12h45.
  • You must be present to be eligible for the lucky draw prizes. The organizers decision is final in awarding the lucky draw prizes.
  • Prize and Lucky draw Money will be paid to your bank account by way of EFT.
  • Prize Money will only be paid out once the race results have been verified.


  • Held under the rules of ASA and ASWD. All competitors must comply with the rules, regulations and instructions given by officials, marshals, and traffic officials.  Non-compliance may lead to disqualification.  The Race Referee’s decision is final.  The Race Organizer reserve the right to accept / reject any entry received.
  • Minimum Age:
    21.1 km = 16 yrs 
    42.2 km= 20 yrs.
  • No Private vehicles will be allowed on the race route or near the Start area in the Glebe. The provided Taxi service is the only way to get to the Race Start.
  • No seconding will be allowed on the routes due to access restrictions.
  • Movement of emergency vehicles: For safety reasons and to prevent delays in deploying emergency vehicles the use of personal music players (ASA Rule 34.10.6), Animals (ASA Rule 34.10.1), or Wheelchairs (ASA Rule 34.10.4) are NOT allowed. Any person using such device shall not be eligible for prizes and will be disqualified without a warning and will be removed from the route.
  • Medical support will be available at the Finish venue as well as at certain points on the routes. Medical staff may remove a runner from the course should they have reason to suspect that continuing might pose increased health risks to the runner.

Disclaimer – The organizing body reserves the right to alter these rules and regulations to comply with updated National rules and regulations as published by ASA and Provinces from time to time.

NO REFUNDS! Should the race not be able to go ahead, a virtual event will be arranged.


By entering this event I undertake to be bound by the rules and regulations of the event including those of IAAF and ASA. I warrant that I am in good health and aware of the risks and dangers and physical nature of this sporting event, and do not claim ignorance of these risks and dangers. I hereby accept that I participate in the event entirely at my own risk and I release and discharge, to the fullest extent allowed in law, the organizers of the event, all sponsors, persons and organizations assisting in the staging of the event, provincial and national athletics bodies and all local authorities from any responsibility, liability or costs relating to any injury, loss or damage of whatever nature, however caused, arising directly or indirectly from my participation in the event including pre- and post-race activities. I further agree and warrant that if at any time I believe conditions to be unsafe, I will immediately discontinue further participation in the activity.


1Male 42 kmOpenR 5 000
2Male 42 kmOpenR 3 500
3Male 42 kmOpenR 3 000
4Male 42 kmOpenR 2 000
5Male 42 kmOpenR 1 500
1Male 42 km40 – 49R 900,00
2Male 42 km40 – 49R 600,00
3Male 42 km40 – 49R 500,00
1Male 42 km50 – 59R 900,00
2Male 42 km50 – 59R 600,00
3Male 42 km50 – 59R 500,00
1Male 42 km60 – 69R 900,00
2Male 42 km60 – 69R 600,00
3Male 42 km60 – 69R 500,00
1Male 42 km70 +R 900,00
2Male 42 km70 +R 600,00
3Male 42 km70 +R 500,00
1Female 42 kmOpenR 5 000
2Female 42 kmOpenR 3 500
3Female 42 kmOpenR 3 000
4Female 42 kmOpenR 2 000
5Female 42 kmOpenR 1 500
1Female 42 km40 – 49R 900,00
2Female 42 km40 – 49R 600,00
3Female 42 km40 – 49R 500,00
1Female 42 km50 – 59R 900,00
2Female 42 km50 – 59R 600,00
3Female 42 km50 – 59R 500,00
1Female 42 km60 – 69R 900,00
2Female 42 km60 – 69R 600,00
3Female 42 km60 – 69R 500,00
1Female 42 km70 +R 900,00
2Female 42 km70 +R 600,00
3Female 42 km70 +R 500,00
1Male 21 kmOpenR 4 500
2Male 21 kmOpenR 3 500
3Male 21 kmOpenR 3 000
4Male 21 kmOpenR 1 500
5Male 21 kmOpenR 1 000
1Male 21 km40 – 49R 600,00
2Male 21 km40 – 49R 400,00
3Male 21 km40 – 49R 300,00
1Male 21 km50 – 59R 600,00
2Male 21 km50 – 59R 400,00
3Male 21 km50 – 59R 300,00
1Male 21 km60 – 69R 600,00
2Male 21 km60 – 69R 400,00
3Male 21 km60 – 69R 300,00
1Male 21 km70 +R 600,00
2Male 21 km70 +R 400,00
3Male 21 km70 +R 300,00
1Male 21 kmJuniorR 700,00
2Male 21 kmJuniorR 400,00
3Male 21 kmJuniorR 300,00
1Female 21 kmOpenR 4 500
2Female 21 kmOpenR 3 500
3Female 21 kmOpenR 3 000
4Female 21 kmOpenR 1 500
5Female 21 kmOpenR 1 000
1Female 21 km40 – 49R 600,00
2Female 21 km40 – 49R 400,00
3Female 21 km40 – 49R 300,00
1Female 21 km50 – 59R 600,00
2Female 21 km50 – 59R 400,00
3Female 21 km50 – 59R 300,00
1Female 21 km60 – 69R 600,00
2Female 21 km60 – 69R 400,00
3Female 21 km60 – 69R 300,00
1Female 21 km70 +R 600,00
2Female 21 km70 +R 400,00
3Female 21 km70 +R 300,00
1Female 21 kmJuniorR 700,00
2Female 21 kmJuniorR 400,00
3Female 21 kmJuniorR 300,00
 Lucky Draw Prize R 10 000,00

Knysna Forest Marathon 2023 Shirt Long

Long-sleeve Event Shirts are available for purchase online with race entries. R240 each

A limited amount might also be available for purchase at the Knysna Forest Marathon registration and on race day.

Knysna Forest Marathon 2023 Shirt Short

Special Edition Short-sleeve Event Shirts are available for purchase online with race entries. R200 each

A limited amount might also be available for purchase at the Knysna Forest Marathon registration and on race day.


in the iconic Knysna Forest

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07 July 2023
10:00 - 22:00
Red and White Running Sporty Collage Canada Sports Facebook Post (6)
08 July 2023
08:00 - 14:00
  • EXPO

    While the Expo is usually the main focus on Registration Day, this year exhibitors will open, in the same spot, for Race Day as well.


    This year's market featuring a beer tent, food stalls, drink stands, sweet treats and much more will be open on Registration as well as Race Day.


    Stall applications for the Knysna Forest Marathon will be open from 1 March to 31 May 2023 and are subject to approval.


42.2km & 21.1km ROUTE MAPS



Action Photo SA is our official race photographer.

Images can be ordered from their website after the event.