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BlueBoost Winelands Marathon & Half Marathon



Saturday: 11 November 2017

42.2km & 21.1km, Running, Helderberg Harriers Athletic Club, Top Events

Blueboost and Helderberg Harriers, presents the 40th Winelands Marathon, 21st Winelands Half Marathon Race on Saturday 11 November 2017 at Eikestad Primary School, Stellenbosch.
Hosted by Helderberg Harriers, in accordance with the rules of ASA & WPA.


11 November is our annual #BlueBoost WinelandsMarathon, Half Marathon and 5km Fun run in Stellenbosch.

You can enter online at TOP EVENTS – online entries close at midnight on Thursday 2 November.

This is a Two Oceans Ultra and Comrades qualifier, scenic route through the Winelands and finish at Eikestad Primary School.

Do remember that we support the #RunClean campaign and urge runners to make use of the bins provided or keep their water sachets with them until they reach a bin.

This year our race charity is HART, Helderberg Animal Rescue Team, a registered NPO. Their main focus is to ensure that all dogs and cats are vaccinated and sterilised. They subsidise food (or donate free where needed), deal with injuries and illness, treat mange, dip for ticks and fleas, provide or subsidise kennels and collars and rescue abused, neglected or abandoned animals.



Entrants for the marathon must be 20 years or older and for the half marathon 16 years or older on race day, Saturday 11 November 2017.

  • No changing from the marathon to the half marathon or vice versa will be allowed.
  • One race number (bib) will be issued. Registered athletes must wear their 2017 ASA licences on the front and back of their vest.  The race number must be worn on the front of the vest, partially covering the ASA licence, so that the ASA licence sponsor remains visible.
  • No personal seconding or bicycles will be allowed on the route.
  • The time limit will be 6 hours for the marathon and 3½ hours for the half marathon.
  • Social walkers are welcome to enter the half marathon.
  • In addition to Overall (Open) prizes, participants will only be eligible for an age category prize in the age category they enter. Corresponding numerical age category tags must be worn on the front and back of their vests.  Participants may enter the age category corresponding to their chronological age or any younger category down to senior.
  • Temporary licensed participants are eligible for age category prizes provided they enter the relevant age group, wear the appropriate age tags and provide proof of age.
  • Juniors (born in 1998 or later) wearing a junior or senior licence, must display age tags to qualify for age group prizes.
  • Club colours must be worn to qualify for team prizes.
  • For safety reasons the use of personal music players with headphones is not allowed. The use of such devices is in contravention of ASA Rule 30.10.6 and may result in disqualification.
  • Temporary licence athletes must complete and hand in the tear-off strip from the number in order to be eligible to compete. Boxes for this purpose will be available at registration points.
  • This is a #RunClean event ! Please do not litter. Dispose of sachets and cups responsibly by using the boxes provided or carrying them to the finish. Report offenders to the referees.
  • Detailed rules are available on wpa.org.za or on request from the organisers or the WPA office.




  •  The marathon will start at 05:30 sharp and the half marathon at 05:50 sharp at the Eikestad Primary School.
  • All runners must register. Runners will have to produce their confirmation of entry in order to receive their race numbers.  Registration will take place on Friday, 10 November, 15:00-19:00 and Saturday, 11 November, from 04:30 at Eikestad Primary School, Stellenbosch and Friday, 10 November, 09:00-18:00 at Sportsmans Warehouse Somerset West, Tygervalley and Rondebosch.  Runners must select one of the venues when entering for the race.
  • Entrants who have completed 9 marathons or half marathons and qualify for permanent numbers must please indicate as such on their entry forms.
  • Prizegiving for the half marathon will take place at the Eikestad Primary School and start between 09:30 and 10:00.
  • Prizegiving for the marathon will take place at the Eikestad Primary School and start between 11.30 and 12:00.
  • Lucky Draws and plenty spot prizes and entertainment on the day.
  • Results will be available at topevents.co.za
  • For all race enquiries contact Top Events at entries@topevents.co.za or tel. 021 511 7130.
  • For accommodation contact Stellenbosch 360 (Stellenbosch Tourism) at 021 883-3584.


The entrant agrees not to hold the Winelands Organising Committee, Helderberg Harriers, WPA, any sponsor, or any person assisting in the organisation or holding of the race liable for any injury or illness or loss of property which he/she may suffer directly or indirectly as a result of participating in the race.  The entrant also confirms that he/she will abide by the rules of the event and that this Special Agreement is entered into for the benefit of the BlueBoost Winelands Organising Committee, Helderberg Harriers, WPA, the sponsors and the persons assisting in the organisation and holding of the race.


Remember to order your high quality moisture management T-Shirt at only R210 each when you enter.



Begin with a loop through historic Stellenbosch and leave the town along the R310 past Spier Estate and turn left into Annandale Rd just before the 14km mark, which is the lowest point on the route. Annandale Rd is an undulating stretch of 5km, to reach the R44. Turn right and follow the R44 to Somerset West where Steynsrust bridge is used to cross the R44. Coming back along the R44, just past the 32km mark, runners turn right at Louw-se-Bos (Stellenrust Rd) and join up with the half marathon route, back to the finish. The last 2km is slightly downhill, levelling off before the finish at Eikestad Primary School.


Start at Eikestad Primary School, do a loop through Krigeville and then head out on the R44 towards Somerset West.  At about the 11 km mark turn left into Stellenrust Rd.  The next 5 km is gravel, corrugated and mostly uphill.  Getting back on the tar at about 16 km there is a short, steep downhill section before the course levels out to a less steep section.  This part takes runners back to the R44.  From here it is about 2 km to the finish at Eikestad Primary.




The marathon is a qualifying event for the 2018 Two Oceans and Comrades ultra-marathons. Please note that both these events require a marathon race to be completed within 5 hours.


The following awards will be handed out as runners who qualify for these prizes finish the race:

  • Permanent numbers for a 10th run; Unique “Wingerdstompie” trophies after 15 completed runs and Double laurel permanent numbers after 20 completed runs.
  • Entrants who have completed 9 Winelands marathons and qualify for a permanent number, must please indicate as such on the entry form.
  • The following awards will be awarded at prizegiving:
  • Permanent numbers for winning one of the categories (open, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+) for a 3rd time, Unique “Wynvat” trophies after 25 completed runs and Triple laurel permanent numbers after 30 completed runs.


  • Permanent numbers are awarded to runners finishing the half marathon for the 10th time or winning one of the categories (open, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+) for a 3rd time.
  • Entrants who have completed 9 Winelands half marathons and will qualify for a permanent number, must please indicate as such on the entry form.


Tog bag facilities will be available on race day. Please note that while the organisers will take reasonable care with the bags, no responsibility whatsoever is accepted for loss or damage. Do not leave money or other valuables in your bag!

 5km FUN RUN

  • The fun run is an open event for licensed and unlicensed athletes.
  •  Children under 9 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • The start will be at 06:30 at Eikestad Primary School.
  • For safety reasons young competitors are requested to start near the back.
  • Entries at R15.00 each are taken on the morning of the run from 05:00.
  • The time limit is 1 hour and all finishers will receive a medal.
  • For further fun run enquiries, contact Top Events – 021 511 7130


Parking is provided for 1200 vehicles at various venues in close proximity to the race venue. Security officials are on hand, and endeavour to keep the vehicles as safe as possible.  However, runners making use of these parking facilities must ensure that they do not leave any valuable items or personal belongings in their vehicles.

Parking marshals are on hand to direct race participants to these parking venues. Please obey and respect these parking marshals. Their assistance is invaluable in ensuring that all participants arrive at the race venue on time. Runners are requested to provide adequate time en route to the race to ensure that they arrive on time for the start of the event.

Please note that the owners of vehicles that park illegally, will be held liable by the local Traffic Officials.

THANK YOU To Coca-Cola for supplying refreshments at the finish



logo-fwHelderberg Animal Rescue Team is as registered NPO and Public Benefit Organisation which started in March 2015. Their volunteers are mostly working mums who give up their free time to work in various disadvantaged communities in and around the Helderberg.

Their main focus is to ensure that all dogs and cats are vaccinated and sterilised.

They subsidise food (or donate free where needed), deal with injuries and illness, treat mange, dip for ticks and fleas, provide or subsidise kennels and collars and rescue abused, neglected or abandoned animals. They try to educate owners and their children about taking responsibility for and the care and protection of their pets under HART’s guidance. HART have also re-homed numerous puppies, kittens, adult dogs and cats.