Border Masters Marathon 

HISTORY

 

The formation of the Border Masters Athletics Association at the beginning of 1978 to cater for athletes 35 years and over resulted in the introduction of a new marathon on the running calendar, the Masters Marathon.  The course in the first three years included Buffalo Pass and in fact the 1980 race was the last 42,2km event on the Border to include this 2km climb to the Umtiza Reserve as part of the run.  From 1981 to 1986 the race started on the N2 outside Berlin and finished at the Old Selbornian Club;  since 1987, however, the present Macleantown/Beacon Bay route has been used.  This undulating, downhill stretch has aptly given credence to the race as ‘the fastest marathon on the Border’.