On the 29th of April 2017 Umzimvubu Local Municipality hosted its 1st Annual Marathon in KwaBhaca (Mount Frere). One of the most underlining objectives of this marathon was to create a whole new generation of roadrunners by providing residents with the opportunity of improving their strides while hoping to achieve local economic stability in the area. With this said the marathon forms part of the 2016/17 SDBIP in aid of enhancing tourism in area.

According Cllr P.B Mabengu,” Umzimvubu Local Municipality seeks to stimulate marathon running within our local communities. The Municipality looks to foster a healthy society for our communities which in turn will make them more productive. On a slightly different tone, taking part in the marathon was a unique way to experience Umzimvubu’s indigenous landscape in what is the most developing rural area in the Eastern Cape.” she concluded.

The Marathon consisted out of three runner categories: 5km, 10km, and 21km. With this said the local municipality aims to make the event one the Eastern Capes most recognized calendar events in the coming years with much more exciting activities to be added. The municipality appreciates valued support from ABSA, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Volvo, Daily Dispatch, Margate Hotel, Nedbank and local businesses.​​​​​