Deloitte Challenge KZN Ballito

Deloitte Challenge KZN Ballito2019-09-03T10:04:54+00:00
  • Date
    15 March 2020
  • Location
    Ballito, South Africa
  • Distance
    42, 21,10, 5 Km's or Cycle 40 Km's

Photo credits: Henwood-Fox Photography

The Deloitte Challenge KwaZulu-Natal offers you a bucket list of choices featuring a 42.2 Km Marathon a 21.1 Km Half Marathon; a 10 Km Run, a 5 Km Fun Run and a 40 Km Road Cycle Race. Providing options for everyone to partake in this Challenge. The Deloitte Marathon is immensely popular due to the very scenic coastal route from Ballito along the M4 to Durban. The specific events have different starting venues and times, please refer to Event Info for full details.

Ballito, Dolphin Coast in KwaZulu-Natal is a top holiday destination for all South Africans and a growing International tourist destination, with easy access via King Shaka International Airport, a mere 20 minutes drive.


The Deloitte Marathon and Cycle Race events start in Ballito. The shorter races have different start points as highlighted in the “Event Info” tab.

This area is aptly known as the Dolphin Coast, due to frequent sightings of frolicking bottle-nose dolphins who ride the waves. The Dolphin Coast is an adventurers dream with endless activities and multiple world class restaurants. In Ballito town you will be spoilt with an incredible option of varied “Lifestyle Eat Street” dining options, a firm favorite for locals and a new shopping center with over 200 shops and many sports shops.

For before and after the Deloitte Marathon and Cycle Race, the Dolphin Coast beaches are very popular for swimming with the option of safe rock pools and beach areas managed by life guards due to currents.  The beachfront also offers you a variety of great restaurants overlooking the Indian Ocean.


Sports Adventure tours is offering the following packages:

CLICK Here Deloitte Challenge Travel Packages 

We are happy to tailor make your travel package for the Deloitte Challenge Marathon, Half Marathon, Running events and Cycle Race. With our preferred partners at specially negotiated prices, this includes all logistic requirements according  to your budget:

  • Accommodation
  • Transport  and Airport Transfers
  • Restaurant Reservations and recommendations
  • Adventure Activities and tour options
  • Catering for groups and individuals

You have the possibility to extend your stay pre or post the 153th and 15th of March 2020, just let us know your requirements as we are happy to tailor make your package accordingly.

Fairmont Zimbali Resort is an exclusive luxury resort hotel, set within the tranquil confines of a coastal forest reserve bordering the Indian Ocean. With a spectacular huge “wild” beach, this is a great option for exercise, refreshing walks or simply for you to relax and unwind, this is paradise found! Indulge in variety of multiple dining options, a fitness center, five outdoor swimming pools, Willow Stream Spa, the Country Club, an 18 hole championship golf course, golf carts, putting green, driving range and tennis courts.

Beautiful Indian Ocean views from the Hotel Resort and SEA facing rooms, high-speed internet access, large – luxurious bathtubs, Video-on-demand system, with access to hit movies and games. Air conditioning, in-room safe, Fairmont bathrobes and slippers, luxury bathroom amenities, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, multilingual publications, business services and complimentary newspapers (national or local) available on request.


Day 1. Friday 13 March 2020 – ARRIVAL

On arrival at Durban King Shaka International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will stay for 2 nights.. Official Hotel check-in time is 14h00. During the day and evening you can explore the many attractions and wide variety of restaurants at Zimbali and Ballito.

Overnight: Fairmont Zimbali Resort

Day 2. Saturday 14 March 2020 – RACE REGISTRATION

Breakfast at your hotel is included. Today you are at leisure to enjoy this beautiful world class resort, . Your race packs will be collected on your behalf and delivered to you at the hotel.

We also have a number of optional excursions and activities lined up for your stay in Ballito.

It’s time to prepare your final race kit, enjoy your pre-race dinner and get plenty of rest!

Overnight: Fairmont Zimbali Resort

Day 3. Sunday 15 March 2020 – RACE DAY

Early Morning Race breakfast and transfer to Race start point. If you are checking out today your luggage will be stored prior to departure from the hotel and you will need to settle your individual accounts.

11h00 Official hotel check-out time and settle your extra’s account with the hotel.

The races will finish at Durban beachfront and you will be transferred from Durban back to Ballito, so you can refresh before departure.

Transfer to Durban King Shaka International Airport is included. Travel time is ca 30 minutes.

Wish to stay longer, just let us know so we can make arrangements for you.



What’s included in your package?

  • Fairmont Zimbali Luxury Resort, 2 nights 13-15 March 2020
  • Hotel Room & Breakfast. Located just 2 Km’s from Ballito centre
  • Hotel VAT & Tourism Levy
  • Airport transfers KSIA-Zimbali arrival/departure days
  • Race pack collection and delivery
  • Race transfer to START and post Race transfer from FINISH Durban to Zimbali

Not included:

  • Flights to/from King Shaka International Airport
  • Meals unless stipulated above
  • Gratuity & Tips
  • Race Registration / Timing Chip
  • Travel Insurance



R 3,863 DOUBLE ROOM Deluxe Standard per person sharing a double room (1 King Bed)

R 4,438 TWIN ROOM Deluxe Standard, per person sharing  a twin room  (2 Queen Beds)

R 8,025 SINGLE ROOM Deluxe Standard, per person sole occupancy of a  room (1 King  Bed)


R  4,690 DOUBLE ROOM Deluxe SEA VIEW,  per person sharing a double room (1 King Bed)

R  5,265 TWIN ROOM Deluxe SEA VIEW, per person sharing  a twin room  (2 Queen Beds)

R  9,680 SINGLE ROOM Deluxe SEA VIEW, per person sole occupancy of a  room (1 King  Bed)


The Deloitte Challenge events are held under the rules of International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Athletics South Africa (ASA), KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) and Cycling SA. All foreign athletes must comply with IAAF Rule 4.2 and Rule 142.

The Deloitte Marathon is a Comrades Marathon qualifier, the route is fast and ideal for a personal best, PB! Entries are capped at 7250 across the Marathon, Half Marathon and Cycle Race. Tog bag facilities are provided at the race starts (except 5 Km) and will be delivered to the race finish venue.

Marathon runners must hold a permanent ASA licence and wear club kit. Temporary licences for the 10 Km and 21 Km races can be ordered with your entry and collected at registration, running clothes must be club kit or personal kit with no advertising.

Cyclists that are not licensed by Cycling SA will need to purchase a day licence at a cost of R45.


Marathon: The Deloitte Challenge Marathon starts at Lifestyle Centre, Ballito, looping around the centre before turning right at Ashton College onto the M4 Northern freeway running south on the northbound carriage way. The route then dips gently from Ballito to the beautiful Umdloti lagoon and continues up the hill from the bridge over the Umdloti River. A gentle climb up to Umhlanga is followed by a very fast run into the city where the beachfront skyline and the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium forms the backdrop to the finish. The route turns off the M4 at The Durban Country Club and then follows the Durban Promenade to the finish at the Amphitheatre.

Half Marathon: The Deloitte Challenge Half Marathon starts in the parking lot of Sibaya Casino and then goes down the hill onto the M4 Northern freeway running south on the northbound carriage way. There is a very fast section down to the Umhlanga lagoon. A gentle climb up to Umhlanga from the lagoon is followed by a very fast run into the city where the beachfront skyline and the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium forms the backdrop to the finish. The route turns off the M4 at The Durban Country Club and then follows the Durban Promenade to the finish at the Amphitheatre.

10 Km  Race: The Ten-K starts at Virginia Soccer Club, Virginia Airport Circle and feeds onto the M4. The road glides onto the M4 and is followed by a very fast run into the city where the beachfront skyline and the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium forms the backdrop to the finish. The route turns off the M4 at The Durban Country Club and then follows the Durban Promenade to the finish at the Amphitheatre.

5 Km Fun Run; The Fun Run starts and finishes at Amphitheatre, Durban Promenade. The route follows the Durban beachfront promenade out and back to the finish.
Cycle Race 40 Km: The Deloitte Challenge Cycle Race starts at Lifestyle Centre, goes through Ballito and onto the M4. The Cycle Race follows the Marathon route to Durban and finishes on the M4 at Sandile Thusi Road.


Entries open as at January 2020 and entries close in early March 2020 or will close earlier when the combined entry to these races reaches 7250. There are no late entries and no substitutions are permitted.


(This is not applicable to persons staying In Zimbali / Ballito area, as transfers to race start are provided by Sports Adventure tours)

As this is a point to point challenge finishing in Durban, runners may purchase a coach transfer ticket on race pre entry. Tickets cost (TBC) and will also be sold at race registration. Runners without a coach transfer ticket will no be able to board the coach.Transport will only be provided to the start venues of the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10 Km Challenges, no transport will be provided for the return from Durban to Ballito and runners should make their own arrangements. There will be no transport for Cyclists and Bicycles.

Coaches depart from the Durban Tourist Office, 130 Lower Marine Parade, Durban North Beach, 4001

  • 04h00-04h30 Marathon runners coach departs to Ballito Lifestyle Centre
  • 04h00-05h30 Half Marathon runners coach departs to Sibaya Casino
  • 04h00-05h45 10 Km runners coach departs to Virginia Soccer Club


20+ years for the Marathon / 16+ years for the Half Marathon / 14+ years for the 10 Km / 16+ years for the Cycle Race on the day of the event


The below entry fees are subject to R8 service fee + 5.50 Payment Gateway fees

The below prices are 2018, 2019 prices are to be confirmed

Marathon R280 / Half Marathon R230 / 10 Km R140 / Fun Run R70 / Cycle Challenge R280


  • 42 Km Marathon, starting at Lifestyle Centre, Ballito @ 06h00
  • 40 Km Cycle Race, starting at Lifestyle Centre, Ballito @ 05h30
  • 21 Km Half Marathon, starting at Sibaya Casino @ 06h45
  • 10 Km Run starting at Virginia Soccer Club, Virginia Airport @ 07h00
  • 5 Km Fun Run, starting at the Amphitheatre Durban Promenade @ 07h30

All running challenges end at the Amphitheatre Durban Promenade and the Cycle Challenge ends on the M4 near Sandile Thusi Road with full road closure of the M4 coastal highway.


Marathon 42 Km: 09h00 @ 21.1 Km, runners will be asked to leave the road by authorised officials and will be transported to the finish. A Comrades qualifier needs to be run in a sub 4h50.

Cyclists: 06h45 @ ca 20 Km  M4 Sibaya Circle / 07h15 Virginia Airport circle by 07h15 / or not completed the Cycle Race in 2h30 will be requested to leave the road by authorised officials and be transported with their bicycles to the finish. Under no circumstances can cyclists continue to cycle on the M4 or return to the start on the M4.

Cut-off time for all events is Midday 12h00.


Race numbers and packs (no packs for the 5 Km Fun Run) can be collected at the Amphitheatre, Durban Promenade. You will require your email/SMS prroof of entry from the Deloitte Challenge Team, your race number and your ID.

  • Friday 13 March 2020 from 13h00 to17h00, All races
  • Saturday 14 March 2020 from 10h00 to 17h00, All races
  • Sunday 15 March 2020 from 05h30 to 07h15, Fun Run entries only


All races except the 5 Km race require you to wear a ChampionChip timing device. If you already own your personal device you must wear it. Alternatively you can purchase a personal ChampionChip on race registration or hire a temporary ChampionChip for this challenge only. Runners require a ChampionChip for timing and to qualify for prizes.


The race pack includes a stylish moisture management race shirt or vest (not applicable for 10 & 5 Km runners). Sizes are pre selected at race entry and collected at race registration. Deloitte reserves the right to substitute sizes selected.



Refreshments stations are provided along the route and a choice of refreshments, food and entertainment will be available at the finish in Durban.


Provided by the Organisers



On the ChampionChip website



  • Specific Event Terms & Conditions apply as per Race Organisers
  • Standard Sports Adventure tours Terms and Conditions Apply


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