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July 20, 2009  

Elephants liked The Big Five Marathon 2009
The 20th of June the 5th edition of The Big Five Marathon was held in South Africa.
The marathon and half marathon takes place in a big 5 game reserve among the wildlife of the African savannah.
The winner from last year - Hylton Dunn from South Africa - was again to find among the 120 runners and he came back in style. He won the marathon in 3:30:06 which was 25 minutes faster than his winning time last year. Peter Van De Walle from Belgium was 2nd while Joan Boada from Spain was 3rd.
The females marathon was won by Australian Richelle Turner in 4:43:06. 2nd and 3rd was the Americans Tarah Martell and Hollye Kleiner.
See all results and photos from the marathon on
The animals behaved well this year except from the elephants who liked the km signs so much that they decided to throw around with them.
In 2010 The Big Five Marathon is held 5th of June. Because of the FIFA World Cup in football/soccer is held in South Africa starting 11th of June we do recommend runners to sign up early. We do expect to be sold out fast !

I've never heard of the big-five marathon, But sounds awesome! Must be quite an adreneline rush running in the open with wild animals!

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